Most of these mid-size SUVs are little more than a safety capsule for soccer moms and not only do they rarely see life off-road, most aren’t even built for it. Not so for Audi’s latest variant of the Q3, called the Vail. It’s got flared wheel arches to spit snow out and flying gravel. Factory roof rails accommodate your ski and board racks while in the cockpit, a plugged-in thermos bottle keeps your morning Joe warm on the way to the hill. There’s also a charging station in the trunk for electronics and safety. C’mon, steer it into the snowbank, you know you want to.
Sports car fanatics have been waiting for the return of the fabled Acura NSX, aka the “Japanese Ferrari.” Well, it’s coming back. We’re not sure exactly when but sometime in the next two or three years. The concept car features the same high-revving rear-mounted six but this one is also backed up by 3 electric motors which control torque in its unique AWD system. We don’t know how many ponies this new NSX will push but a hybrid with lines like these is sure to be a hit.
Hot off the presses, Fujifilm just launched their X-Pro 1. It’s a small yet versatile rangefinder-style camera that’s equipped for interchangeable lenses and has a huge 16-megapixel sensor. There are currently three lenses available: an 18mm, a 35mm, and a 60mm. It’s also got a hotshoe flash mount. This little unit truly is a photographer’s camera but still easy enough to use, even for us amateurs.
Swiss watchmaker IWC is introducing a new military-style chronograph with San Diego roots. Named for the Miramar air base and the Tom Cruise flick filmed right up the road from werd.com headquarters, this watch is as tough as our local leathernecks. Its ceramic case, titanium case back, and a whopping 168-hour power reserve make it battle proof.
Since winter doesn’t seem to be coming this year, you should be thinking about that new mower you’re going to need come Spring. The forthcoming CTX from Craftsman is a solid choice. It cuts grass like a mofo and comes equipped with automatic traction control, electronic fuel management, cruise control and a dash-mounted beer holder. What else do you really need to know?
You can’t get much more weatherproof than concrete and steel, and that’s what this ping-pong/dining table is made of. It’s got regulation ping-pong dimensions and is built tough for a lifetime of backyard and table tennis action.
In dark, greasy garages around the world a small but loyal cult has grown up around a lowly, out-moded Chinese motorcycle called the Chang Jiang 750. And Beijing-based wrench-spinners Bandit 9 are now doing some sweet, bare bones CJ 750s. The Magnus has key upgrades to braking and suspension plus a custom tank and other hand-fabbed bits. Do you need one? Just e-mail the dudes. Source
We’re sorry for ruining your holiday gift giving experience. We didn’t mean to. It’s just that we didn’t discover these next-level, brain-melting slot car tracks from Slot Mods until today. Encased in the classic full-scale body of the RCR 917 driven to victory at the 1971 12 Hours of Sebring, the press of a button reveals a 1/32 scale slot car track hidden inside.
Nobody really wants their new cars, so Ford is adding another old school Mustang body to its growing line of vintage body shell offerings. Licensed through Ford, the new 1967 Mustang body is a spec-correct complete from Dynacorn Int, and it’s ready for your custom car project.
Road & Track just leaked this shot of the latest buzzer from Lexus. It’s called the LF-LC but aside from a couple images, few concrete facts are known about the concept coupe. Here’s what we can say: she looks like the sexiest Lexus yet. Doesn’t she?