People seem to like the café style of the original R NineT, so BMW built a new variation to unveil this week at the EICMA motorcycle expo in Milan. The R NineT Scrambler is powered by the same 1.17-liter boxer twin but features larger wheels & a high-sweeping exhaust for off-road detours. Analog instruments, a rounded headlight, and low-key colors highlight the powerplant.
The newest version of the Diavel from Ducati, the 2016 X-Diavel is geared for cruising & features a stroked-out 1262-CC motor that delivers more low-end linear torque than the original Italian devil-bike. To make it more comfortable for all-day journeys, they also gave it a stretched-out, feet-forward riding position.
In brutal contrast to the wave of round & retro-revival bikes being released at the EICMA show this week, Yamaha has just unveiled a futuristic 1-liter cruiser called the MT-10. Its 998cc four-cylinder cross-plane engine delivers massive low-to-mid-range torque. It features re-designed intake, exhaust and fueling systems as well as 3-mode traction control.
A fully-certified lightweight plane designed for personal use, the Valkyrie from Cobalt Aircraft travels at speeds up to 300MPH with a capacity for up to 5 adults & their luggage. In addition to a thoroughly modern design, the Valkyrie also offers an optional emergency parachute that will gently lower the aircraft to the ground in the event of a catastrophic failure.
The Beast is an e-bike with the rugged features of an ATV that’s built for off-road detours yet still totally legal for street use. Several battery/motor/trim options are available with top speeds ranging from 15-30MPH and distance ranges from 15-18 mi. on a full charge. The Beast also offers a backup solar charging panel.
Unchanged since 2001, The Triumph Bonneville was long overdue for an update. What it got was an overhaul. The upright British classic now sports a water-cooled engine, plus a full ground-up rebuild of the frame and body. The new Bonny will be available in several variants: the Street Twin, T120, Thruxton, and power-packed Thruxton R, a range offering 900cc & 1200cc motor options.
Wyoming-based Legacy Classic Trucks do frame-off, nut & bolt rebuild-restorations of the iconic Dodge Power Wagon, one of the meanest American 4X4’s ever made. They’re now offering 4-door versions, complete with a 480hp Direct Injected 6.2 Liter LT1 V-8, boxed frame, Recaro seats, and heaps more.
BMW’s 2016 M2 draws 365 horses from its TwinPower Turbo inline-six and pulled a 7:58 lap-time at the Nürburgring. That’s faster than the last generation V-8 powered M3! In addition to plenty of power, it’s loaded with M-Series features like its active rear differential, lightweight aluminum suspension, M Performance brakes, & 19-inch forged wheels.
Ferrari’s new F12 TdF is a more powerful update to their already scary-fast F12 Berlinetta. Upgraded from 730 horses to 769. Ferrari also brought back the faster shorter-shifting 7-speed dual clutch tranny, as well as adding 4-wheel steering, larger wheels, and massive 1-piece brakes. Limited edition of 799.
The 2016 BMW M4 GTS is a street-legal racecar. With 493 horsepower and extensive carbon fiber in the chassis & body, BMW is proudly calling it the “most agile, radical, & powerful M4 ever.” Used for the first time in a production road car, this M4 features a water-injection system that cools the intake, helping the turbochargers to crank even harder. Only 300 of these track-tuned cars will be imported to the U.S.