Your private jet or luxury cruiser yacht may still be a few years off. In the meantime, you can get the next best thing. Rover’s latest offering, called the Autobiography Ultimate Edition. This lavishly appointed model is basically a Rolls Royce with four-wheel drive. Interior upgrades include plush, fine leather and rare wood trims. There are recessed drink coolers and the rear cargo floor area is finished with teak. You can choose between two engines, we recommend the 5-liter supercharged V-8.
Dodge is keeping America’s muscle car tradition alive. These “performance” sedans from other countries have nothing on our Detroit steel. Do you see Acura, Audi or Saab trying to wedge 465 horses under the hood? Dodge has done it in the Charger SRT8, upping the output by an extra 40 horses for the 2012 model. Actually, do you see any other car on the market with a 6.5-liter V-8 and room for five passengers? Didn’t think so. Dodge, America thanks you for this beast. Sincerely.
Ever wonder what you could do with some spare time and a toolbox? Here’s just one little example from John Ryland, an ad guy by day and wrench-spinner by night. He took a crusty 1978 Yamaha XS 750 triple and stripped it down to the essentials. It is now the burly street fighter/café machine you see before you. And if you’ve never heard or ridden a Yamaha Triple, understand that this thing screams like a wild beast.
Fine timepieces like this Radiomir 8 Day Ceramica model by Panerai beautifully hide their technical superiority. The case is made of synthetic ceramic for an ultra hard, nuclear-proof matte finish. The hand wound movements operate on 21 jewels and have an 8 Day power reserve. The face is black, the buckle titanium, the strap buffalo leather. Model production limited to 500.
Great ideas have kept Harley going strong for over a hundred years. Their newest one is killer: Build-Your-Own Bike. Choose from a tasty menu of custom parts and design your own factory custom 1200 Sportster on HD’s website. Your custom bike will then be delivered with your exact specs to the local dealer. Wheels, paint, trim & more, just how you want it, before you pick it up. Genius.
It’s a strange PR spin that has James Dean in the role of martyr for the electric car. But strangely, it fits. Euromasters Classic Cars are creating incredible electric replicas of Porsche’s 365 Speedster and 550 Spyder. Dean died in a Spyder. And you could too, because these aren’t wimpy bumper cars. The replica 365 Speedster has a top speed of over 100 miles an hour and is actually faster in the 0-60 than it’s gas powered fore-bearer. They’re about 50-grand. Add an extra fifteen grand if you want the James Dean Edition.
Customizing your bike, whether you’re stripping it down or tricking it out, cuts into your time spent on the road. Victory’s new High Ball, a custom, bare bones bobber, comes straight-off the showroom floor looking mean. The All-American 106 Freedom motor is all bells, whistles and technical performance, but the styling on this bad boy is rugged and rough. If you want a burly, old school bike, you won’t have to modify this one. Just get on it & go.
We won’t even pretend to know how this thing works. Beneath its matte grey, industrial finish, it’s a Swiss clock. Designed by French ID guy, Julien Ado, and Paris design house, Illi, the articulating square tiles of the clock beat like a heart, counting the seconds. Actual time is revealed by voice command.
In theory electric bicycles sound like a great idea, but so far, most designs leave a lot to be desired. The Grace e-bike however looks really good. Mean even. This beast will do 28-mph and travel over 30 miles on a 1-hour charge. Power comes from Li-Ion batteries hidden in the frame and an efficient little electric motor built into the rear wheel.
If you want to experience the frozen beauty of Antarctica, you better hurry up. Science confirms our seventh continent is indeed slowly melting into the ocean. But before it goes, you can take the guided trip of a lifetime to this white desert to visit Emperor Penguins, mountains of ice and the exotic, far-flung corner of our planet where few have ever stood. Intriguing? Yes. Cold? Very.