The Tesla Model S was already one of the coolest cars on the planet, but the new Tesla Model S P85D is better — in a number of really important ways. For starters, there's the dual motor system, giving the car true AWD while improving efficiency, resulting in greater range. The dual motors also make for a higher top speed, and let you zoom from 0-60 in just 3.2 seconds. And then there's the new suite of autonomous driving technologies, including a long-range forward-looking radar, a camera with image recognition that can read signs and know where pedestrians are, and a 360-degree long-range sonar. When integrated with the GPS, navigation, and real-time traffic, you have a car that's capable of driving itself. Which means it can park itself, drive up to where you are while you wait for it, or even come pick you up at a certain time — provided you're on private property, as the system's not quite yet ready for the open road.
It might be classified as an SUV, but you won't see the Lexus NX taking on trails anytime soon. Instead, this new offering was designed for urban use, with a striking, angular compact body that offers maximum creature comforts in minimal space. It's powered by either a hybrid system with a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine, generator, motor and battery, a 2.0L turbo engine, or a normally aspirated 2.0L, and sits on either 17- or 18-inch wheels. Inside, you'll find forward-thinking features like a wireless charging tray, a new touchpad-based interface, and a Panoramic View Monitor that combines video from four cameras to provide a glimpse of everything happening around the car — perfect for avoiding pedestrians and other urban-specific obstacles.
You won't ever be able to pick one up from your local dealer, but with any luck, at least some of the tech found in the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration will make it into production models. At the top of the list is the concept's hybrid powertrain, which pairs a 450hp 3.0L twin turbocharged V6 with a 100hp electric motor to deliver great fuel economy and extra power when you need it. There's also a 9-speed automatic gearbox, and an intelligent drive system that can switch between rear- and all-wheel drive as needed. Head-up displays for both the driver and passenger keep important info a glance away, suicide doors in the rear make for easy entry and exit, and a wide, long, curvy design provides plenty of sex appeal. Last but certainly not least, an autonomous drive system that employs cameras, lasers, and sensors keeps the car driving without your input, and is available at the push of a button, making rush hour traffic no more than a minor inconvenience.
When Harley-Davidson quit building the Buell 1125, the guys at Ronin Motor Works were upset — and they decided to do something about it. The Ronin 47 Motorcycle is the result. Based on the 1125, this striking conversion ditches the original's Showa forks for a cast aluminum alloy linkage fork, with easy fine-tuning available via a Penske mono-shock. There's also a radiator front-and-center to help cool down the notoriously hot Rotax-designed motor, alongside stacked low and high beam headlights. Other notable changes include a new exhaust system, new controls, new gauges, a new seat, a new LED taillight, and a new RFID-enabled key for push-button starting. Named after the Japanese folktale The 47 Ronin, only 47 uniquely samurai-named bikes will be available.