2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith

 

Today Rolls-Royce unveils its most powerful car ever, the new Wraith. This car is a beast; with a V12 engine, 624bph, 590 pound-feet of torque (available from 1,500 rpm), the Wraith can go 0-60 in 4.4 seconds. There is a new Satellite Aided Transmission technology which utilizes GPS mapping to pre-select the most efficient gear for the road ahead. The interior is gorgeous, of course; with wood paneling and “Phantom-grade leather” (from ghost cows?). The on-board dash screen now has touch abilities akin to a smart phone and provides a more streamlined navigation system. It should be available near the end of the year at approximately $332,000. www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com

Aether Strida Folding Bicycle

 

Bicycle design hasn’t changed very much over the years… until recently.  The Aether Strida claims to have developed the first completely new bicycle geometry in 95 years.  Its triangular frame, made out of lightweight aluminum, folds quickly into a small package that you can easy throw in the trunk of your car, or put it inside your closet for storage.  This single speed bike transfers power to the rear wheel using a clean Kevlar belt that’s much quieter than a chain.  The high-mounted, horizontal handlebars allow the rider to sit comfortably upright and offer a great view of the road ahead.  Be ready to do a little more pedaling thought, the bike does have smaller wheels.  $650.  www.aetherapparel.com

2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO Edition


 

Whoever said ‘money can’t buy you love’?  The 370Z isn’t just another dream sports car that you’ll never be able to afford.  This is a highly capable vehicle that is attainable to the average Guydster kinda guy.  Under its sexy, mischievous body, this NISMO edition packs a serious punch:  a 350-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 (276 lb-ft of torque) engine, a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission, sport-tuned suspension and brakes and 19-inch lightweight forged aluminum-alloy wheels.  The 370Z NISMO’s enhanced engine power and acceleration (versus the base 370Z) comes from an exclusive H-configured exhaust system design and muffler tuning, along with optimized ECM (Engine Control Module) calibration.  Finishing off the NISMO package are lots of exterior and interior touches, such as the front and rear fascias, lower side sills, side mirrors, rear spoiler, a new steering wheel and a NISMO tachometer.  If you’re not a bachelor, it might be a good idea to swing by a jewelry store after leaving the dealership and getting your significant other a little something.  $43,000+.  www.nissanusa.com/zcoupe/

Antro Moveo Electric Scooters Are More Than Meets The Eye

 

No it doesn’t transform into a badass bipedal robot that fights Decepticons and makes pop culture references, but the Moveo Electric Scooter does fold and compact down so you can pull it behind you like luggage. This is great in a world where you spend twenty minutes looking for a parking spot; especially when you’re already late for work (“The Last Barfighter” tournaments happen daily… see post below). Weighing in at twenty-five kilos, the Moveo can reach a top speed of forty-five kph with a range of thirty-five kms. You won’t be making cross country trips, but it’s great for inner city travel. I’m hoping they make a helicopter backpack next. Not yet available in North America, but the price point will be around $3,200. News via www.scooterfile.com

2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition

 

The Nissan GT-R is a marvel of Japanese engineering, capable of scaring the living heck out of you thanks to its 545 horsepower V6 which produces 463 lb-ft of torque.  The 2014 Track Edition takes everything we love about this street supercar and brings it even closer to a pure motorsports competition machine.  Upgrades over the “base” model include a specially tuned suspension developed at the Nürburgring Circuit, special brake cooling guides, front spoiler with carbon fiber air ducts, high-grip seating surfaces and a rear seat delete.  To help you put the power to the ground, the GT-R is equipped with a paddle-shift sequential 6-speed dual clutch transmission, which allows you to shift gears at race car-like speeds.  Like the “base” 2014 models, the Track Edition has new fuel injectors for enhanced torque response in the 4,500 – 6,000 rpm range and improved throttle and acceleration feel at mid- and high-rpm ranges.  At the center of the instrument panel is a video game-style display which can show you just about anything about the car, including mechanical and driving information, acceleration, brake pedal pressure and steering angle.  Topping it all off is a navigation system, Bluetooth phone system and an 11-speaker Bose audio system.  Production will be limited to 150 cars for the U.S. market. www.nissan.com

Acura NSX Concept

 

Wanna be next in line, after Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno of course, for the new Acura NSX when it finally comes out?  It seems that the NSX is always a couple of years away, every time the concept car is shown at the Detroit Auto Show.  This year, Honda revealed the car’s interior, called the “Human Support Cockpit” designed to create synergy between man and machine, for the very first time.  As you might expect, on the inside you’ll find sport bucket seats and a gorgeous leather and cloth interior in a maroon finish.  Honda hinted that the interior will still undergo some changes but the exterior has remained true to the original concept styling.  The NSX Concept is powered by a mid-mounted direct injection V6 engine, mated to Acura’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) system.  This all-new three-motor hybrid system that combines torque vectoring all-wheel drive with advanced hybrid efficiency through the use of three electric motors – one motor integrated with the V-6 engine and two motors driving the front wheels – along with an all-new dual-clutch transmission (DCT).  We can’t wait to see it hit the road!  Click the picture above to see the gallery. www.acura.com

Gibbs Sports Amphibians Presents: The Quadski

 

I remember when I was just a little guy…dster; playing with cars, on the street, in the sandbox or in the bathtub. There was no surface we couldn’t conquer. Then I turned 16 and my father’s car turned into—well it’s still a car, but it’s at the bottom of a lake now. The Quadski, by Gibbs Sports Amphibians, is a magnificent beast of a machine. Gibbs’ patented HSA technology makes this the first ever amphibious vehicle able to reach speeds of up to 72kph on land and water. The wheels retract and lower at the press of a button. Payload limit is 120kg, so no doubling. Sorry again, Dad. $40,000. www.gibbssports.com

Ford Atlas Pickup Concept

 

The Ford Atlas concept, just revealed at the Detroit Audio Show, shows what urban cowboys of tomorrow will be driving.  Some of the aggressive styling and technology from the Atlas will make its way into a future generation F-150.  This concept vehicle is packed with both the latest technology and numerous new practical/productivity features.  The Atlas is powered by a next gen EcoBoost powertrain with Auto Start-Stop technology which shuts off the engine when stopped in traffic to save fuel.  It also features innovative active aerodynamic elements that reduce wind resistance.  These include active shutters behind the grille, which open and close depending on driving speed; active wheel shutters, which close automatically at highway speeds; a drop-down front air dam; and auto-deploying running boards.  On the practical side, the cargo box walls offer multiple tie-down points as well as 110-volt electrical outlets for charging power tools.  An integrated roof carrying system and hidden extendable ramps give the truck unique functionality for a variety of jobs.  Other features include a 360-degree point of view camera, which gives a bird’s eye view of the truck, and dynamic hitch assist, which makes it easy to line-up the truck with a trailer.  www.ford.com

QNX Technology – Truly the Future of Car Tech

 

Imagine instructing your car to pick up your girlfriend from the subway station via your smartphone?  It sounds little crazy but the technology may not be as far away as you think.  QNX is one of the companies pushing the boundaries of car technology and according to demos recently shown we are on the cusp of seeing some revolutionary technology integrated in cars in the next few years.  The QNX is an HTML 5-based platform that makes it possible to leverage apps from consumer electronics devices to create advanced infotainment systems, integrate superior hands-free calling with HD stereo, integrate head-up-displays on the windshield and much more.  Future applications will offer features like video calling and even the long-imagined autonomous driving.  Gotta watch this video to believe it!  www.qnx.com

2014 Cadillac ELR – The Best Electric Coupe Yet?

Kudos to Cadillac for being the first of the big car manufacturers to produce an electric coupe that’s as sexy as it is environmentally friendly.  The Cadillac ELR is powered by a GM’s EREV (Extended Range Electric Vehicle) technology, combining a pure electric drive and a range-extending 1.4L gas-powered electric generator, capable of 207 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.  Using only the energy stored in its lithium-ion battery pack, the ELR will deliver a range of about 35 miles (56 km) which should be plenty for your daily commute to work and back.  The battery can be charged by plugging the ELR into a 120V outlet or a dedicated 240V charging station. If this is the future of electric powered vehicles then we love it!  Click on the pic above to see the full gallery. www.cadillac.com

Introducing Destino

Some guys get married, have kids and buy a minivan.  But others, despite settling down, manage to remain cool.  How?  They buy an exclusive 4 door performance sedan like this Destino – just announced at the North American International Auto Show.  The Destino is designed by Henrik Fisker who designed other spectacular cars like the Aston Martin DB9, Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Fisker Karma and BMW Z8.  This luxury sedan is powered by the 638 bhp Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 engine and comes with a choice of a manual or standard transmission.  This all-American car aims to compete with cars like the Porsche Panamera and Aston-Martin Lagonda Rapide.  You should be able to buy one in the second half of 2013. Click the picture above to see the full gallery.  www.VL-Automotive.com

SpnKiX Electric Powered Roller Skates

 

Walking is so overrated. You’ll glide across the pavement with these electric-powered “rocket skates”. Okay, admittedly SpnKiX (spin-kicks) seem like a lazy alternative to walking, but they’re also a lot of fun. These things can reach a top speed of 16 kph and you can travel a solid 10 kilometers on a single charge. They come with a wireless remote to control speed and you brake as you would on roller blades. The creators also boast that using SpnKiX once a week instead of driving to the grocery store or work can save you more than $300 a year on gas. That’s good for mother nature too. SpnKiX do have a weight limit of approximately 200 lbs…no piggy back rides. $699 www.spnkix.com

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

 

Chevy is so proud of its long anticipated C7 Corvette that it has given it The Stingray designation.  This high tech American muscle car combines stealth fighter lines with cues from the classic Stingray Corvette.  The 2014 Stingray will offer a 0 to 60 time of under 4 seconds thanks to its massive 6.2L V8 LT1 engine which puts out 450 horses and 450 lb-ft of torque.  Despite all this raw power it somehow manages a fuel mileage of 26 mpg.  Customers will get a choice of two transmissions: a seven-speed manual with Active Rev Match or a six-speed paddle-shift automatic.  Other highlights include a removable roof panel and a carbon fiber hood.  View a full picture gallery by clicking on the picture above.  www.chevrolet.com

2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport


When Tim Allen asked for more power this Christmas, the 2013 Dodge Charger AWD Sport is exactly what he had in mind. Its robust, powerful front end contains 370 horsepower and a V-6 engine that’s best in class for fuel efficiency. The Charger also sports Beats audio technology, giving you high-definition sound quality akin to a professional recording studio. Finally, the new “sports mode” feature allows higher revs and quicker gear shifts, providing an all around faster acceleration. UGHOHO! $29,995. www.dodge.com

Gumpert Tornante Sportscar

 

If you desire heart-stopping acceleration and exotic looks from a niche car brand, look no further than the Gumpert Tornante.  German car manufacturer Gumpert has just revealed a production version of the Tornante sports car, first shown as a concept at last year’s Geneva Motor Show.  This production version looks far sexier than the concept and will be built with the help of an Italian company Carrozzeria Touring, utilizing its Superleggera construction techniques which will allow the car to be incredibly rigid and lightweight.  The Tornante will be powered by a 90-degree V8 bi-turbo engine outputting a beastly 690 horses, married to a 6-speed paddle shift semi-automatic transmission.  www.gumpert.de



2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe

 

 

The new M6 Gran Coupe is a luxury 4-door sedan that offers a ridiculous amount of power and can easily scare the heck out of your passengers.  It aims to compete with cars like the Audi S7 and the Mercedes-Benz CLS63.   Its power comes from a direct-injected 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 which puts out a whopping 560 horses and a peak torque of 500 pound-feet.  This power is delivered to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and an electronically controlled Active M Differential for optimal traction.  The M6 will do 0-60 mph in just 4.1 seconds.  www.bmw.com

Galpin Auto Sports GTR-1 Supercar

 

Galpin Auto Sports announced at the LA Auto Show plans to build its own supercar called the GTR-1. This gorgeous new low-slung coupe will be based on the Ford GT which was built between 2005 and 2006. The GTR-1 will be built with either an aluminum or carbon fiber body and will offer more than 1000 horsepower. Various suspension and drivetrain upgrades will be done to the Fort GT platform to be able to handle the extra horsepower. Interiors will be customized to customer desires. www.galpinautosports.com

2014 Acura RLX Now Available with Krell Audio System

 

The 2014 Acura RLX will be the first automobile to offer a premium Krell Industries audio system.  The Krell audio system is said to offer the same high-end performance in the luxurious interior of the 2014 Acura RLX that home audio enthusiasts have been enjoying for many years.    The system’s most important main amplifier channels feature the same robust, high quality bipolar power transistors used in flagship Krell home amplifiers. The result is an amplifier that has 1/3 less distortion than a leading competitor’s flagship luxury car amplifier and power and headroom to meet the obstacles that the road will throw in its way.   The system’s tweeters are composed of lightweight magnesium cones that create extraordinary musical detail and extended high frequencies without any trace of harshness.   Even more impressive are the system’s six mid bass drivers that are made from Zylon – the world’s strongest super fiber. Rounding out the speaker complement is a potent carbon fiber composite subwoofer. The dedicated 100 Watt subwoofer amplifier insures that low frequency music is reproduced cleanly and with substantial impact.  www.krellonline.com

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Eterniti Artemis ‘Super SUV’ Specs Revealed

 

A new competitor has just entered the unlikely “super SUV” market.  London-based Eterniti is a company backed by a number of Asian investors and expects 90 percent of its sales will be in China.  The Eterniti Artemis is priced at £210,000 and should appeal to those considering the Bentley EXP 9F, Lamborghini Urus and Maserati Kubang SUVs.  The company says that the Artemis is based on the Porsche Cayenne and offers supercar performance and limousine comfort.  www.eternitimotors.com

Ownership of Revived Alpine Brand to be Split 50/50 Between Renault-Nissan and Caterham

 

We’ve had our questions about the wisdom of many decisions by Renault-Nissan leader Carlos Ghosn. But we wholeheartedly embrace resurrecting Alpine—a sub-brand founded in 1955 by race driver Jean Rédélé, that specialized in sports and race cars. The last Alpine rolled off the assembly line in 1994. Now the brand is close to a comeback, but it won’t be a wholly French-owned company anymore. In fact, the British sports- and kit-car maker Caterham, known for its low-tech but powerful derivatives of the Lotus Seven—a 1950s design—will takeover 50 percent of Alpine. The new company will be called Société des Automobiles Alpine Caterham, and the cars will be built at Alpine’s traditional headquarters in Dieppe, France.

Renault explains that Caterham brings expertise in materials and production, as well as “enhancing powertrains.” What we’ll see is new models—”large and small” volume, as Renault promises—spun off jointly developed platforms. The first new cars will be launched in three to four years. Inspiration will come from the Alpine A110-50 concept car; the British will pick up where it left off with the slow-selling Caterham 21.

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