You can call Porsche’s new Macan a crossover or a compact SUV. It’s got that look, with 5 doors, 5 seats, & all-wheel-drive. But it’s still a Porsche and that means it’s a sports car at heart, so in addition to the S model, there’s also a 400hp Turbo model.
Having spent no time ever riding a 4-wheeler, it’s hard to know how much of an issue flat tires are for the hardcore quadder. But since Polaris is now offering one with airless tires, we’re assuming it’s an issue. Their new Sportsman WV850 features TerrainArmor tires that cannot pop. In fact, Polaris claims they can survive a hit from a .50-caliber round and still function just fine for 350 miles.
British sports car company Caterham is now producing 2-wheeled vehicles. At the recent International Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan they debuted 3 new machines: A fat-tire on/off-road 750 motorbike, and two E-bikes. One is an retro-style cruiser with a 50-mile range & the other is a carbon MTB model inspired by F1 racing designs.
Like a Smart car for the sea, this 23-foot Italian made Micro Yacht gets you and a few friends on the open ocean for a fraction of the cost of those big rigs. The Jet Capsule is also well-equipped: the dining area converts to a bunk plus there are options like a compact kitchen, & even a private bathroom. via
As the lure of their big twin bikes continues to wane, Harley is taking extreme measures to get anyone under 50 on their bikes. Their solution: 2 new smaller displacement bikes, the 500CC and 750CC Street. Both are light, nimble, & very competitively priced plus they feature those classic HD looks. Maybe this will work.
A dune buggy snuck into the hangar and crossbred with an ultralight aircraft. Nine months later the engineers yanked out the SkyRunner. Yup. A flying car. It drives and flies using a 1-liter EcoBoost engine which gets it off the ground quickly, and up to 15,000 foot elevation at 55MPH. Should this motor quit mid-flight, you’ll float gently back to earth with the reserve chute.
Normally not a lot changes when the new Ducati Monster 1200 drops every year but 2014 is different. This year the iconic Italian bike goes from its old, air-cooled V-twin to the water-cooled Testastretta 11º motor used in the racy S4/S4R and it also gets a larger 17.5-liter fuel tank.
ICON has mastered the art of vintage looks and modern drive. The Thriftmaster was inspired by the 1947-53 Chevy 3100 five window classic pick up but of course it features all new guts under the sheet metal. A fuel injected supercharged aluminum emissions equipped V8, ABS four wheel disc brakes, Bison hide seating, navigation, et cetera.
A while ago we showed you the original Nero from Saigon-based bike-builder Bandit9. The new, super-limited-edition Nero MKII is based on the same Chang Jiang 750 and is made almost completely of custom-fabbed parts including a longer, lower frame design that slams it even closer to the street.
The former NASA designer who created the space-age Cricket Trailer now has a new one. The Firefly is an even more compact ultra-lightweight camper pod designed to fit in the back of a pickup, on a travel trailer or it can be heli’d into remote locations. It’s got enough room for all your gear and plenty of space to sleep 2. via