Sometimes it seems like upcycled and repurposed materials are little more than marketing fluff to make ugly products appeal to your guilty-conscience consumerism. But now new stuff made from old stuff is starting to look quite nice. LA-based designer Stephen Kenn creates fine furnishings using repurposed military surplus materials. Perfect for the man room or bachelor’s den.
The 2012 Ducati 1199 Piangale isn’t really a recreational machine. It’s more of an off-the-lot racer. This new model packs 20 more horses and weighs 20 pounds less than the current 1198 model. The combination of a 360lb. curb weight and 195 horsepower translates to speed that will peel your face off. Surprisingly, the anti-lock braking system is optional. Hold on tight.
Motorcyclists are rightfully skeptical of the electrics. Most are underpowered, have limited range, and above all, they look weird. But that’s all changing. Case in point, The Volta BCN, which will hit the showroom in 2012. It’s got lots of torque, 70km range and actually looks like a motorcycle. Sweet!
By now we know better than to expect American automakers to produce a small car that any of us want to drive. But, the partnership between Chrysler and Italy’s Fiat brand looks promising. The Fiat 500 Abarth will soon be imported to the states and this little jellybean rips. It’ll pack a snappy 1.4 liter turbo and, as you can see, a rather aggressive look.
The “sport” part in the 2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport means that instead of going full mid-life, you were a good “sport” and compromised. Instead of buying a blown vintage coupe you got an executive slash family car that makes you feel cool for your age.
The D-Lux 5 is a peerless, high-powered digital point-and-shoot from Leica, makers of the world’s best cameras. Technically, this new Titanium model is the same as the black one, just sexier and a little bit lighter.
What the hell is this beauty? Well, the simple answer is that it’s a late-60s Ford Bronco. However, it’s been completely re-imagined by the Los Angeles-based custom craftsmen at ICON. Founder and front-man Jonathan Ward & his crew take old school donor SUVs like Jeep CJs and Toyota FJs and transform them into modern monsters, complete with serious power, performance, chassis, and body upgrades.
Ward offers us his own explanation of the ICON approach, “ICON, at our core, is all about revisiting vintage transportation in a modern context. We’re also part of a resurgence in American design and manufacturing, hell bent on reviving classic American craftsmanship and industrial design quality, in detail.” And when he says detail, he’s not kidding. The ICON Bronco boasts Ford’s new 5-liter Coyote Mustang motor and a whole raft of fully custom features from bumper-to-bumper.
The design for the ICON Bronco also included the input of a team of 10 designers from Nike who took their expertise in reviving classics into a whole new realm of collaborative creation. You want one, right? Okay then, just do it.
If not for the movie Back To The Future, the exotic, stainless steel DeLorean would have gone the way of the Edsel, the AMC Gremlin and the Ford Pinto – filed under goofy/extinct. But Marty McFly drove this landshark into infamy. A revived and reorganized DeLorean will soon be selling this iconic car in a futuristic all-electric model.
Nine months or so must have passed because the Kings of planned obsolescence, Canon Camera, are releasing another new flagship model. If you know you need the newest and best, this is your body but unless you’re a professional, you’ll have no idea what the improvements and upgrades in this new model mean.
From the outside this futuristic camper looks like something shat out by an Imperial Walker, but on the inside it’s like a luxury yacht. Designed and built in Austria, this ultra-deluxe 30-foot camper offers all the comforts of a presidential suite without the stigma of a corporate jet.