First released back in 1975, the ubiquitous Honda Rebel has been the user-friendly point of entry for generations of motorcycling enthusiasts. For 2017, the small-displacement factory custom cruiser got a complete overhaul. Available in a 300 or 500-CC model, the new Rebels feature water-cooled powerplants: the 300, a single & the 500, a parallel twin. Styling features include blacked-out & bobbed rear fenders, solo saddles, blacked-out wheels & a trellis-style frame. Shipping to Honda dealers April 2017.
Due to hit the streets in 2018, the all-electric I-Pace from Jaguar is powered by a 90 kWh battery that delivers 394 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels. That equals 0-60 in 4 seconds with a range of 220 miles on a charge.
First unveiled at this year’s EICMA international motorcycle show in Milan, BMW’s HP4 RACE was still just a prototype. Billed as the most exclusive bike they’ve ever created, BMW has now confirmed that the bike—featuring an all carbon fiber frame and carbon fiber wheels—will actually be produced and delivered in very limited numbers in the second half of 2017.
Audi has just unveiled the latest variant of their iconic R8. The limited-Edition 2017 R8 V10 Plus Exclusive features, for (almost) the first time in the U.S., headlights that combine LED & laser-light technology. It also features a Quantum Gray exterior, a Titanium Black Optic package, 20-inch gloss anthracite wheels, and a Solar Orange stripe along its carbon-fiber side panel. The interior features black & Signal orange leather.
It’s a Jeep, so you know it’s built for off-road action. The Revolution BFR-3 is a pedal-powered go-kart with big air-filled off-road tires, 3 gears, and a unique pedaling system allows you to go in reverse—easier to back out of a bog. There’s also a roll-bar & rear mud guards plus the frame is adjustable so you can add a second seat for riding 2-up. Sorry, kid-size only.
With its solo saddle and a clean rear triangle frame design, the 2017 Bonneville Bobber has a classic look with modern comforts. It may look it, but this is no hard tail. Hidden under the seat is a shock & spring that supports the whole rear end. This new model is powered by Triumph’s 1200cc in-line motor & features stripped down body work, wire spoked wheels and the option of drag bars or apes.
With a lot of sportbikes you sacrifice comfort for performance and track-day styling. Not with the 2017 Ducati SuperSport. They took the 937cc Testastretta motor from the Hypermotard 939 & put it into a trellis frame, easing back the riding position for every day comfort. Power was also moved down in the rev range with mellower gearing. It features ABS & traction control, plus an adjustable Marzocchi fork, Brembo brakes & an Akropovic performance exhaust.
Due to be officially unveiled next month at the Paris Motor Show, Ferrari’s latest offering is the GTC4Lusso T, a 2-door 4-seater hatchback powered by a V8 motor. The 4-seater + V8 configuration is a first for Ferrari and the 3.9-liter turbo-charged powerplant delivers just over 600 horses to the rear wheels. Combined with its lightweight build and 4-wheel steering, this should be a really fun ride.
Is it a wagon revival? Audi’s got their Allroad, Volvo just rolled out their V90 Cross Country & now this. Mercedes might just pull into the lead with the new E-Class All-Terrain. It is a top-of-the-line luxury wagon with 4MATIC all-wheel drive and an adjustable suspension system called Air Body Control to optimize ground clearance; it’s built for cruising through snow and off the beaten path. Protective wheel well flares keep dirt and dings off the paint and the front end borrows styling from their SUV line. Two diesel engine options are on offer, both with the nine-speed 9G-Tronic transmission.
Apparently, this is real. Letvision is a Turkish R&D startup in the business of making real Transformers. As in, Optimus Prime. They take 3-series BMWs and build full-size, fully animatronic bots that quickly transform from car to character with a wireless remote control. They have moving arms and hands, dynamic eyes, and the ability to speak.