If you're looking for a bike that's built to just go fast — no frills, nothing extra — you need to check out the Ducati Monster 1200 Motorcycle ($16,000), their third-generation fairing-less bike. Powered by their hot Testastretta motor, a twin cylinder engine producing 145 horsepower and 92 pound-feet of torque, this thing is made to tear up the streets. Weighing just over 400 pounds, and featuring eight-level traction control, three-level ABS, and a three-level ride-by-wire throttle, it's also made to handle. The bike comes in two sporty paint schemes, a red frame with black wheels, and a white and bronze frame.
From the same guys who brought us some of the most fun track-day cars in recent memory, comes their first entry into the two-wheeled market, the Caterham Brutus 750 Motorcycle ($TBA). This bike, which they are describing as the "SUV of motorcycles" is meant to function equally well as a sport street bike, an off-road machine, and — with a few hours spent turning wrenches — a snowmobile. While relatively scant details have been released about the motor, it does promise nimble handling and an automatic transmission.
Call us high maintenance if you want, but we prefer our hotrods with a classically-minded exterior and a completely-modern everything else — a smooth ride, performant drivetrain, and reliable electronics. Similarly-minded ICON (who seem to be on quite the roll lately) just announced the Icon Thriftmaster Truck ($250,000), a Chevy 3100-based piece of lust-worthy automotive art. Powered by an available Magnuson supercharged 5.3-liter small block V8 producing 435 horsepower and 458 lb-ft of torque, with all-wheel ABS-equipped disc brakes, independent front suspension, a four-link solid rear axle, and a six-speed Tremec manual trans, this truck is made to move, handle, and stop. Add to that an all-LED lighting system, matted interior for a quieter ride, beautiful upholstery, a split bench seat, power windows and locks, as well as a touchscreen control panel, and you get a gorgeous vintage truck with all the advantages of a modern vehicle.
One of the most attractive parts of riding a motorcycle is standing out from the pack of minivans, subcompacts, and SUVs that dominate the roads — you want to look original, different, independent. And you'd be hard-pressed to find anything on two wheels that looks as distinct as the Bandit9 Nero MKII Motorcycle ($TBA). This completely custom ride is one of just nine models available, and looks so unique most people won't even understand what they're seeing. With a custom gas tank, rear cowl, handlebars, fork, and foot pegs, as well as the curved dual exhausts, exposed suspension, and completely matte black paint job, you're definitely bound to turn a few heads (and get a few jealous stares).
Ahead of the official release of their upcoming GLA Class, Mercedes has announced a limited edition run of the 2014 Mercedes GLA Edition 1 ($TBA). While under the skin it's basically the same (a turbocharged two-liter, four-cylinder engine with 211 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque), on the surface it gets a different treatment unique to this preview model. It sports blacked out mirrors, trim, and headlights, and a set of 19-inch wheels, with a very limited five paint options. Inside it gets all-brown leather upholstery with beige inserts, stainless steel control surfaces, an aluminum-trimmed instrument panel, and a three-spoke steering wheel. Unfortunately, it won't be available in the USA, but if anyone wants to send us one, we wouldn't complain.
While the current-generation Range Rovers have all the serious off-road capabilities you'd expect, the majority of these sleek SUVs will never leave the pavement. So why not make them even more luxurious and presidential. As it's name implies, the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Long Wheelbase ($TBA) is a slightly stretched edition with a longer wheelbase (not seen from Land Rover in about 20 years) that gives you (or your kids, boss, or king) lots of room to spread out. With seats that recline 17 degrees, side door blinds, a panoramic sunroof, lots of storage, massive 22-inch wheels, and an immaculately appointed interior, there's few other SUVs that offer more. Available this March.
The sometimes-maligned BMW 1 Series is dead — long live the 2014 BMW 2 Series Coupe ($32,000-$43,000). In an attempt to reconfigure the compact segment of their brand, BMW will now be replacing their more economically-priced line with the 220i Coupe and the M235i Coupe. These cars, sporting a 184 horsepower four-cylinder engine and a 326 horsepower six-cylinder inline engine respectively, have been restyled and retooled from the ground up. The cars are each a bit wider and longer than their 1-Series predecessors, and boast better aerodynamics, handling, and more. Overall what you'll find is a line of compacts made to be more enjoyable to drive, and a lot more exciting looking.
The Wazuma V8F Matte Edition ($TBA) might just be the most fun you could possibly have on four wheels, if you have the guts to actually turn the thing on. This vehicle — some kind of mad combination of a motorcycle, a trike, and a sports car — is powered by a three-liter Ferrari V8 engine driven through the gear box of a BMW M3. Its massive wheels (two 285 millimeter slicks up front and two connected 315s around back) keep what is essentially an engine, a seat, and handlebars on the ground, while huge Brembo brakes and a highly-customized suspension system keep it from launching into orbit. It might be the strangest combination of vehicles we've seen, and we're not even sure it's street legal, but it definitely looks like a hell of a rush.
Say what you will about the bizarre styling of the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster ($4.5 million) — it's a Lamborghini after all — but we challenge you to find a single negative thing to say about the 750 horsepower 6.5-liter V12 around back. This small-batch exotic (based on the slightly less expensive Veneno coupe) is limited to just nine cars, so chances are you won't run into too many out on the road. It's built to be lightweight and highly aerodynamic, with carbon fiber construction and a range of angular surfaces to control airflow. Its massive engine pushes it up to a staggering 220 miles per hour, while it reaches 62 in only 2.9 seconds. So, if you do see one it'll probably be moving too fast to give you a chance at criticizing its looks.
A proper bike shouldn't be confined to just riding on the roads — it should give you the kind of freedom your adventurous spirit needs. The BMW R 1200 Adventure Motorcycle ($15,000) has everything you need for excitement on the roads and off, with a flat-twin two-cylinder four-stroke engine producing 92 lb-ft of torque and 125 brake horsepower, rain and road drive modes, and a nearly eight-gallon fuel tank. Muscular styling, plenty of options to outfit it for nearly any excursion, and three available color versions (olive matte, racing blue metallic matte, and alpine white) let you go anywhere in absolute style.
The monster luxury SUV you've all been waiting for is finally here, and the 2015 Cadillac Escalade ($TBA) is better than ever. Under the roof you'll find an interior wrapped in leather and wood from front to back, a quieter ride due to a stronger body structure, sound dampening, and Bose Active Noise Cancellation technology. Under the hood a 420 horsepower 460 lb-ft torque 6.2-liter V8 pushes both the two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive variants, while variable-assist power steering and cylinder deactivation help it get more miles between fill-ups. The dash is also crammed with tech — a 12.3-inch digital gauge display and an eight-inch center screen connect you with the car, using touch and gesture recognition, proximity sensors, and voice recognition. Choose between standard, luxury, and premium models to add 22-inch wheels, driver awareness technology, and a driver assist package.
Realize your lifelong dream of traveling out west on a motorcycle — and do it in style with your favorite partner in crime — on the Ural x Pendleton Gaucho Rambler Sidecar Motorcycle ($14,350). This is the perfect bike for the rambling man who just wants to get up and go (no room for anything but the essentials and a co-pilot). With a 749 cc OHV air-cooled four-stroke opposed twin cylinder engine producing 40 horsepower and 38 lb-ft of torque, this two-wheel drive bike can go pretty much anywhere. Pendleton wool accessories, western-inspired details, and the pacific blue paint job mean it'll look great, even if it's just sitting in your garage waiting for your next getaway.