Over the past several decades, we've seen more design missteps than successes in the form of America's iconic muscle car, but just in time for their 50th anniversary, the guys in Detroit seem to have gotten everything right with the 2015 Ford Mustang ($TBA). While the look has been completely updated for a new generation, there are plenty of elements in this pony car that are distinctly Mustang, namely the fastback rear window, the long hood, and short rear deck. And though there are suggestions of retro, this is every bit a modern car, with improved handling thanks to a new suspension system, improved electronics and entertainment, and a surprising array of engines offered. Drivers can now choose from the Mustang standard, a 5.0-liter V8, a 3.7-liter V6, and for the first time ever a four-cylinder turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost. Though the third will no-doubt ruffle some purist feathers, it's obviously an attempt to appeal to a global market concerned with fuel economy. All things said, the new Mustang is a strong step in the right direction, and clear proof that American muscle isn't dead — it's just growing up.
While billed as the world's most-powerful all-electric bike, the Voxan Wattman Motorcycle ($TBA) may also just be the world's ugliest. Wrapped in a light-weight aluminum exoskeleton chassis that houses all of its drivetrain components, this bike would likely be more comfortable on the set of a Tron sequel than an actual motorway. What's really impressive about this bike is a little harder to see at first glance: the 200 horsepower electric engine makes it easily the most powerful EV on two wheels, propelling it to 100mph in just under six seconds, while still retaining the ability to recharge in less than 30 minutes.
While these days mid-engine and four-wheel-drive sportscars are somewhat less than remarkable, in the 1960s, they were pretty novel ideas. To say that the 1964 Chevrolet CERV II Concept ($1.1 million) was ahead of its time, might be a bit of an understatement. As CERV stands for Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle, this was really more of a proof of concept than anything ever slated for production. But as it stands, this V8-powered 550-horsepower 1,900-pounder is a thing of beauty, and a marvel of midcentury American engineering might. And while the price tag might be steep, there's no questioning the historical importance of this one-of-a-kind car.
Underneath the skin the 2014 SRT Viper GTS Anodized Carbon Edition ($TBA) is still the same old SRT Viper GTS — but don't get it wrong, we're not complaining — you'd never catch us whining about a naturally-aspirated all-aluminum 8.4-liter V10 rated at 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. No, what really makes it special are the unique aesthetic details given to this edition (limited to just 50 units). They've been dressed in a never-before-seen metallic matte color unique to this all-American supercar. The Viper also gets orange-painted brake calipers, carbon fiber accents inside and out, orange interior details, and Nappa leather and Alcantara seats.
Don't let the name fool you — you don't need to be on the front lines battling Vietcong to drive the Starwood Full Metal Jacket Jeep ($107,000). But we're willing to bet it would be just as at home on the battlefield as it is on the toughest friendly terrain. This heavily-customized Jeep Wrangler features a Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 285 horsepower, letting it get from zero to 60 in 8.4 seconds (not bad for something this big). A fully-upgraded suspension and lift kit, LED light bars all around, and kevlar panels on the interior and exterior make it one bad ride.
There's something about the Jaguar F-Type Coupe ($65,000 and up) that appeals to us somewhere deep down — maybe it's the gorgeous lines leading back to the rearward cabin, or maybe it's the sound of that throaty 5.0-liter supercharged V8 revving to 5,000-plus RPMs. Either way, this fine piece of British metal is one beautiful beast, whether it's standing still, or tearing down the track. The R variant — which, if we're being honest, is all we really care about — features the aforementioned V8 producing all of 550 horsepower, in addition to a lot of race-inspired kit (things like adaptive suspension, electronic active differential, 15-inch brakes, and much more). It will hit 60mph in just four seconds, and reaches a top speed of 186. Of course, you could go with either of its V6-powered cheaper siblings, but who'd want to do that?
The Nissan GT-R Nismo ($TBA) provides indisputable proof that you don't need to drop damn near a million bucks for a track-ready supercar. Underneath the hood, you'll find a 3.8-liter turbocharged V6 engine producing a ridiculous 600 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque, making it the fastest GT-R to date. A race-inspired suspension setup, exclusive Dunlop tires, a more rigid body structure, and significantly-improved aerodynamics make it an impressive beast on and off the track. Inside you'll find carbon-fiber Recaro racing seats, Alcantara details throughout, and red accents to dress it up. Overall what you get is an incredible sports car that's barely slower than rides likely costing four times its price. Not too shabby.
The third generation 2014 MINI Cooper ($TBA), continuing the trend set by previous generations, is a little less mini, with a longer wheel base, longer, wider, and taller body, and increased interior capacity. Available in two models, the Cooper and Cooper S, you get the choice between a three-cylinder 134-horsepower engine or a four-cylinder 189 horsepower engine, both featuring turbo chargers. The faster of the two can make it to 60 mph in just over six seconds, thanks in large part to a healthy 162 pound-feet of torque. Also available — in addition to a kitted out interior with plenty of technology like a heads up display and improved entertainment system — are new six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
When you're heading out into the wild, you don't want a car masquerading as an SUV — you want a real, rugged off-roader. Like the 2014 Toyota 4Runner ($33,000 and up). Built using proven body-on-frame construction methods, this stout vehicle features a towing capacity of up to 4,700 lbs, an optional Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, and a 270hp, 4.0L V6 engine offering up to 22 mpg, ensuring that you won't run out of gas if you trek farther into the wilderness than you'd planned. And for those times when you're forced back into civilization, it features a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth, optional navigation and app support, a backup camera, an optional sliding rear cargo deck, and up to three rows of seating, giving you plenty of room for your gear when you're out on the trail and your friends when you're not.
Sponsored by our friends at Toyota. We're all born wild. The trick is staying that way. 4Runner remains a rugged beast of a body on frame. The perfect companion for those brave enough to keep it wild.
Unfortunately, all good things must at some point come to an end — and this gull-winged thing of German beauty is no exception. But at least the Mercedes SLS AMG GT Final Edition ($TBA) gets to go out in style. Limited to a run of just 350 units, those lucky enough to get behind the wheel of the last SLS AMG will get to experience every bit of its naturally-aspirated 6.3-liter 591-horsepower V8 engine. Set to be revealed at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show and Tokyo Motor Show, the Merc gets a special two-tone red and black paint scheme worthy of such an iconic sportscar. While sad to see it go, we can think of no better way to watch it leave.
If you're in the market for the ultimate overland expedition vehicle with style to spare, look no further than the Filson x AEV Brute Double Cab Jeep ($130,000). Based on AEV's excellent double cab Jeep conversion, this collaboration combines all the badass qualities of the Brute, with a custom forest green paint job, Filson's signature leather and dry finish tin cloth upholstery, badges, and a set of rugged twill bags. It's powered by a massive 6.4-liter variable valve timing V8, and features a cored composite truck bed, double cab hardtop, custom rocker guards, bumpers, instruments, off road lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, 35-inch mud tires, and so much more.
Ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show this year, the purveyors of all things two-wheeled have announced a slew of exciting-looking vehicles — among them the Yamaha PES1 Concept Motorcycle ($TBA). This electric motorcycle is powered by their Yamaha Smart Power Module, a brushless DC motor with an easily-replaceable lithium-ion battery pack. Ideal for jetting around town (and avoiding trips to the pump), this street sport bike features a monocoque structure, manually-shiftable automatic transmission, and a number of smartphone integration capabilities. While just a concept, it clearly illustrates the direction this industry-leader plans to take as it ventures into electronic vehicles.