Probably the biggest highlight from the 2016 CES nerd circus was the EHang 184 human-size drone, the world’s first electric autonomous aerial vehicle. The 8-rotor drone can carry 1 person up to 220-pounds on 23-minute flights at speeds up to 62MPH. With no controls or steering in the cockpit but instead a tablet that handles all aspects of takeoff, travel, & landing.
Delivering new levels of luxury and a bunch of semi-autonomous driving technologies, like drive pilot assistance to keep you in your lane & evasive steering assist to safely correct a swerve, plus a range of MB’s most efficient engines ever, the 2017 E-Class is bringing S-class excellence to their popular mid-size sedan.
The 1977 Pontiac Trans Am from the movie “Smokey and the Bandit” is coming up for auction. This iconic car, piloted by (and now autographed by) Burt Reynolds got a frame-off restoration and is PHS-documented with matching-numbers. It is also certified by Universal Studios. As Bandit Darville said, this car will make it look like the Smokey’s are “running in slow motion.”
Based on Embraer’s state-of-the-art Flagship Lineage 1000E jet, The Skyacht One is exactly that: A yacht for the sky. It features a luxuriously appointed interior with a galley, main cabin dining area, fine furnishings & flatscreens plus a master suite with a bath & shower.
Modena, Italy is exporting more than premium olive oil these days. The city’s Motor Valley is also turning out some of the world’s best electric motorcycles. The EVA Streetfighter is the second production bike from Energica Motors. Aggressive, Italian styling is evident but power comes from a quiet, 95 hp (71 kW) electric motor that gives the EVA a top speed of 124MPH with varying performance options in 4 different drive modes.
If your preference leans towards fast & topless, there’s a lot to like about Mercedes’ latest AMG-tuned offering. The 2017 S65 Cabriolet is a 2-door 4-seater powered by a punchy 6-liter V12 that churns out 630 horsepower. The interior: all luxury & leather & its Distronic Plus systems means it’s loaded with active & passive safety features like blind spot assist, steering assist & automated emergency braking.
There’s nothing else out there that looks like a Bandit9 bike, and the Saigon-based custom house has done it again with their Honda 125-based AVA build. This little scoot is a true limited custom built from the ground up with heaps of hand-built parts like the unibody, swingarm and front cowl; all rendered in shining chrome.
Ducati and the eyewear brand Italia Independent put their heads together to create this limited edition Scrambler. It features a special Night Copper color scheme, showcased on tank side panels, the tubular frame, & alloy wheels. The motor got blacked out & growls through a 2-into-1 Termignoni pipe. Zero drag bars and a mini cafe windshield complete the build. 1,077 units available.
They look pretty much the same as last years’ models—damn good—but Porsche’s just-revealed 2017 911 Turbo & TurboS got upgrades & updates where it counts: under the wing. 540-horses for the Turbo & 590-horses for the S. Both feature twin turbos with top speeds of 198 and 205 mph, respectively.
On the 50th anniversary of its release, Fiat’s 124 Spider will be reborn for 2017 in an all-new model. Built on the chassis of the new Mazda MX-5 Miata, the revived Spider features classic body lines and a leather-clad interior. It’s rear-wheel drive & powered by a 1.4-liter, 160-horse 4 & your choice of a 6-speed manual or automatic tranny.