Those enthusiastic motorcycle misfits known as Ural owners are always dressing up their Russian iron in wartime paint schemes with tricked out sidecars. But the builders at Icon 1000 don’t. They took the stock Ural Solo and tweaked it pretty hard, transforming yet another unlikely vintage ride into some sort of future-retro-enduro-street fighter.
Japanese custom bike builders have been tinkering with 70s-era Yamaha SR models for years but the old, reliable twins are getting some traction in the states thanks to builders like Virginia-based Motohangar. Their stylishly stripped-down SR café builds look fast & mean but cost only a fraction of the price of a new bike. Source
Apparently Aston Martin’s V12 Rapide sedan wasn’t rapide enough. The recently unveiled Rapide S was tweaked to produce 80 more ponies for a total of 550 and an improved 0-60 time of 4.7. Three suspension modes from the Adaptive Damping System offer custom handling options. The interior is duotone black & red with perfed leather while exterior trim panels are all carbon fiber.
Via Motors is an American carmaker that specializes in custom electric vehicles, mainly turning popular full-size GM cars & trucks into long-range plug-in electrics. Their latest, the 2013 Chevy Silverado-based X-Truck just debuted at the Detroit auto show last week. The truck has been heavily modified inside and out with beefed-up and mean looking body panels, bumpers, and suspension, while achieving the fuel economy of a Prius.
This 2-person rowboat is made from a single sheet of plastic that you fold up into an actual, floating vessel. You won’t want to row it out onto the high seas but it will come in handy for fishing in the local pond or paddling over to see if your neighbors survived the storm surge.
Nobody’s going to argue with another RS model being added to Audi’s lineup. The all-new 2014 RS7 Sportback was unveiled in Detroit. Powering the 5-door coupe is a stupid-quick V8 tuned to scream with a pair of twin scroll turbochargers. It can also be driven economically by deactivating as many as 4-cylinders & using only half the engine. Probably boring but yes, economical.
It’s a good thing GM took the bailout money otherwise, this totally re-designed 2014 Corvette Stingray may never have happened. After years of development, this 7th generation Vette, the first variant to earn the Stingray badge since ’76, will be the best performing, arguably the best looking, and without question, the most fuel-efficient Corvette ever made. Sitting atop an all aluminum frame, the new body sports very Italianish styling and under the hood there’s a gas-sipping 450 HP 6.2-liter V8, that gets an unbelievable 30mpg on the freeway.
Exotic and impractical, the half-car/half-boat hovercraft is the perfect vehicle for blockbuster action movies & dirty south rap videos. When this new design, with a body inspired by Bugatti’s Veyron, Maserati’s GT & the Audi R8 is released, the odds that it’ll end up on-screen in a Gucci Mane video or Expendables 3, is pretty much guaranteed.
Year after year, Honda’s legendary VFR1200 ranks among the most advanced and fastest production bikes on the road. Along with ABS braking, traction control, and its super-compact 1237cc V4 motor, the 2013 gets a standard setting dual-clutch transmission for paddle-style speed shifting through all 6 gears.
When the Porsche 911 was released 50 years ago, it looked incredible. And not once in the past 50 years have they ever made a bad one or an ugly one—even in the 80s! This 304-page book celebrates the stunning design of this enduring, iconic car with images by master photographer René Staud.