After 30 years, MB is killing production of the soft-top version of its longest-running model, the G Wagen. In a limited run of 200 vehicles, the torquey, 388–horse, V8 ‘Final Edition’ Cabriolet will wave farewell to its legions of fans, and not surprisingly, most of these little monsters have already been scooped up through pre-order.
Due to be unveiled next week in Frankfurt, the Audi Sport Quattro concept appears worthy of the praise that will no doubt be heaped upon it. Reviving the classic rally-inspired 2-door does sound good: A 700HP hybrid powertrain blending a twin-turbo 8 & an electric motor, pushes this Quattro to 189mph then it’ll go right back to sipping gas at 94mpg.
If your days of motorcycle roadtrips with nothing but a bed roll strapped to the bars are now behind you, the Moby 1 might get you back out on the open road. Their lightweight, compact campers weigh less than 300lbs, with a low, teardrop style design that is perfect for pulling behind your bike or sub-compact car. At 80-inches long they’ve got a bed & storage inside plus a galley in the back.
If the inside of your lowrider still smells like spilt Robitussin and Olde English, you need to get Eazy-E up in there. Strap an apple-scented Eazy air freshener on the rearview mirror and roll out smelling West Coast fresh. Dr. Dre also available in a black ice scent.
The mid-engine 458 Speciale will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. It gets a step up in both power & aerodynamics from its predecessor the 458 Italia. An E Index of 1.5, an award-winning 605-horse V8 and electronic control of slip angle aerodynamics put out numbers that will snap your neck back. Like 0-60 under 3 seconds & a top speed over 200MPH.
Sooner or later you’ll get tired of dressing up like the Sons of Anarchy & riding a hardtail. When that day comes, Harley’s new Project Rushmore bikes will be waiting. Eight of their 2014 cruisers will get the smooth, new high-output fuel-injected 103 engine, linked antilock brakes and LED headlights plus Bluetooth connectivity, GPS, navigation, phone, & intercom for cruising in comfort.
As a true heritage brand, the original Horex company produced motorbikes for 40 years from 1920 to 1960. The brand was revived in 2010 and its latest offering is a clean, upright 6-cylinder, 6-speed sport bike called the VR6 Classic. Kinda looks like Buell and a late-model Triumph Bonneville mash up. But remember, it’s got German engineering on its side.
Indian is back. Their 3 new big V-Twin cruisers offer modern comfort & performance wrapped in the classic Indian styling of yesteryear. Powered by the Thunderstroke 111 cubic- inch motor, the first all-new Indian motor built in 70 years, these bikes appear to have everything needed to put this classic American nameplate back on the map.
When you get to the emergency room, don’t bother trying to explain that it was an adult Big Wheel and that it seemed perfectly safe. They won’t care. Sure, it’s built to hold riders up to 275 lbs and as tall as 6’6” but that doesn’t mean daddy should go full Evel Knievel.
Luxury and performance, blah, blah, blah. But for real, the new S63 AMG is the most powerful sedan in its class. A 5.5-liter Bi-turbo BlueDIRECT motor boasting 585HP plus construction based on MB’s “AMG Lightweight Performance” philosophy makes it not just fast but more nimble & fuel efficient. The proven 4MATIC AWD system keeps it glued to the street in any weather. Top speed, 155MPH.