If Lambo's most recent designs have been a bit too conservative for your taste, say hello to the Lamborghini Veneno ($4.6 million). Created for the supercar maker's 50th anniversary, it's reportedly based on the Aventador platform, with a 740 horsepower 6.5 liter V12, a seven-speed transmission, a top speed of 220 mph, and a 0-62 time under three seconds. Outside, however, it's totally new, with a hyper-aggressive design that has more fins, flaps, and wings than a fighter jet. The only problem, apart from the price? Only three are being made, and they're all already accounted for.
We're not sure who it's really for — multi-millionaires with secret lairs miles away from the nearest road, perhaps? — but we do know it's badass. The Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6 (£350,000; roughly $525,000) is the biggest, most rugged offroader Stuttgart's ever produced. As the name suggests, it features six wheels for increased traction, a twin-turbocharged 5.5L AMG V8 cranking out 536hp, a seven-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. It's not all rugged capability, though, with an interior that features copious amounts of leather and Alcantara, sports seats, and other luxurious appointments. Just don't expect to see too many of them — word has it there's only going to be 20-30 built each year. [via]
Coming up its 40th anniversary, VW is getting ready to take the wraps off the seventh generation of its speedy hatchback. The 2014 Volkswagen GTI (€28,000; roughly $36,000) is the first GTI to arrive with two power options: a 220 hp 2.0L TSI engine standard, which is cranked up to 230hp with the optional performance pack. Even with the power improvements, the new hatch offers improved fuel economy of up to 39 mpg with the six-speed manual and 36.8 with the six-speed, dual-clutch DSG transmission. Other features include sports seats with the "Clark" tartan pattern, red ambient lighting, a GTI shifter knob and instrument cluster, stainless-steel pedals, Climatronic climate control, a touchscreen infotainment system, and heated front seats. Arriving in Germany in May; look for it stateside sometime after that.
Yes, the venerable Cherokee is making a comeback — but it isn't quite what you think. Details are still scant on the 2014 Jeep Cherokee ($TBA), but it's believed to be a replacement for the far more feminine Liberty. Word also has it that it's built atop the Dodge Dart's platform, making it at most mid-sized and at worst an oversized hatchback. But none of that's the first thing you'll notice. Instead, you'll be staring at the bent-backward slotted grille and the sleek new headlamps — in fact, you're doing that right now, aren't you? Arriving in Q3 2013.
Not every custom bike has to be glitzy or overly rugged. The Bandit9 Hephaestus Motorcycle (RMB 85,000; roughly $13,700) makes its mark by being simple yet sleek. Sitting on standard tires and alloy rims, Hephaestus features a custom handcrafted stainless steel tank, cowl and fender, a custom gas cap, upgraded front and rear disc brakes and suspension, a custom hand-stitched leather seat, custom side covers, a custom exhaust and muffler, and custom turn signals. All the rest of it is a stock Honda Bros 400 — although admittedly, that's not very much.
Some Bentleys are meant for driving, and some are well suited to serving as small limousines. The 2014 Bentley Flying Spur ($TBA) lies somewhere inbetween. Based on the Continental GT, the Flying Spur offers driver-focused features like a twin-turbocharged 6.0L W12 engine pumping out 616hp, a ZF eight-speed transimssion, a rear-biased all-wheel drive system, a computer-controlled air suspension, a 0-60 time of 4.3 seconds, and a top speed of 200 mph. For those who choose to let someone else take the wheel, rear seat occupants are treated to niceties like electrically-operated rear side blinds, a bottle cooler, an available 1,100 Watt Naim audio system, a touch screen remote for controlling climate and entertainment options, heated seats, an optional built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, dual 10" screens, each with its own multimedia player, USB charging ports, and wireless headphones.
We may never see it on this side of the pond, but that won't stop us from lusting after the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG ($TBA). Boasting the most powerful production 4-cylinder in the world — a turbocharged, 2.0L inline four cranking out 360hp — this compact four-door hatchback sprints from 0-62 in just 4.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 155mph. Other features include a seven-speed AMG dual-clutch transmission, a high-performance cooling system inspired by the SLS AMG, 4Matic all-wheel-drive, 3-stage ESP, an AMG sports suspension and aerodynamics package, 19-inch alloy wheels, and red accents spread throughout the interior.
It's pretty much impossible to find vintage Woodys in good condition — unless, of course, you're looking through the selection of Wagonmaster Vintage Jeep Wagoneers ($30,000-$45,000). Available in a wide range of years and colors, each vehicle has undergone a full mechanical workover, electrical inspection and upgrade, and cosmetic makeover if necessary. In addition, all of them sit on renewed, resurfaced year-appropriate Wagoneer rims with four new white sidewall tires. It's almost like buying a brand-new 30-year-old car, with the bonus of having the only one around.
What do you get when you pair up a company known for its rugged motorcycles with one that builds armored riding apparel and helmets? Something like the Quartermaster Motorcycle ($TBA). A collaborative project from Ural Motorcycles and Icon, the bike is based on the former's Solo sT, inspired by Soviet Naval ships, and is designed for End of Days use. Features include an oversized main spar and high-clearance sub-frame, an oversized fuel tank, hand-formed fenders, Enduro bars and controls, a full skid plate, Supertrapp exhausts, and knobbed Continental tires.
Just in case the standard GT-R wasn't enough for you, dealers all across the country will soon be able to offer you the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition ($TBA). Limited to just 150 examples in the US market, this speed machine is even more focused on performance than its stablemates, featuring a specially-tuned suspension that was developed at the Nürburgring, a new front spoiler with carbon fiber air ducts, special brake cooling air guides, blue-trimmed high-grip seating surfaces, and nothing but a quilted mat where the rear seats used to be. Start saving your pennies now — sales begin in May.
It does look quite a bit like any other C-class Benz — but a closer look at the hood should tell you that you're not dealing with any run-of-the-mill C250. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507 ($TBA) is even more powerful than the standard C63, milking 507 hp from the naturally-aspirated, 6.3L V8. All that power is good for a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 174 mph. Other features include that heat-expelling hood, taken from the Coupe Black Series, as well as light-alloy forged wheels, a sports stripe above the rocker panels, and exclusive interior and exterior liveries.
It's only a concept, but my, what a concept it is. The Lamborghini Sesto Concept ($TBA) is setting a new bar for lightweight supercars, thanks to advanced carbon fiber technology construction that gives it a curb weight of just over 2,200 lbs. — and that's including its V10 engine and permanent all-wheel drive. And while the V10 outputs "only" 570 hp, that's still good enough for a 1.75 kg per hp power-to-weight ratio and an insane 0-62 mph time of just 2.5 seconds. If you're wanting to get your hands on one, you'd best wish for A.) Lamborghini to make it and B.) some sort of financial windfall, because this thing isn't gonna come cheap.