In 1964, Cassius Clay fought Sonny Liston, declaring that he would, “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”. He stung and became the heavyweight champ. Fourteen hundred miles north, in Detroit, production began on another: the Ford Mustang. The Mustang was built to compete with the muscle cars of its day in more ways than one but was priced so the average family could afford it. Over the last 50 years this icon weathered many redesigns, most appreciated (and a few not so much), but we can already tell you that we’re digging the latest. With a lower, wider stance and aggressively minimal styling, the upcoming Mustang comes with one of three powertrains: a naturally aspirated 3.7L V-6, a 5.0L V-8, or, if you like the sound of weed eaters, a 2.3L 4-cylinder turbo, that push out 300hp, 420hp, and 305hp, respectively. It’s also finally welcomed many modern amenities including independent rear suspension, Intelligent Access with push-to-start, LED headlights, and a convertible model that goes topless twice as fast as this year’s. Best of all, just like in 1964, it’s to be priced for the average family, taking some of the sting out of buying a new classic.
Coming late next year. Learn more at Ford – $TBA
While you’ve probably never heard of Voxan before, we doubt you’ll forget their Wattman anytime soon. Voxan’s green creation is driven by a the most powerful electric motor to ever grace the chassis of a motorbike, spinning up to 10,500 rpm to provide an instant 200 horsepower and 200 Nm of torque with no power curve to climb. The result is a stunningly-designed motorcycle that’s noticeably – and boldly – electric, that goes from 0 to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds, and that has a range of just over 110 miles.
Read more at Voxan – $TBA
Bike carriers need not be bulky and conspicuous – take, for instance, Whipbar’s WB200 Fork Mount Bicycle Carrier. This sleek silver bar attaches to your existing Whispbar T-slot bars or Yakima round or square bars in a few seconds using the QuickDock system, and sits idly until it’s called upon for transporting your bike. Thanks to SmartMount technology, the WB200 holds either road or mountain bikes by their front fork, the integrated lock securing both bar and bike to the rail, while a padded rear wheel strap coddles even delicate carbon wheels.
Find it here – $250
Getting a flat on a car or bike is a drag, but we shudder at the thought of being stranded on a hill or far away field after blowing a tire on an all-terrain vehicle. Polaris’ Sportsman WV850 H.O. ATV quite literally cannot get a flat thanks to its TerrainArmor non-pneumatic tires that conform to the ground for shock absorption all while tolerating abuse to a much higher degree – in fact, they’ll keep rolling following ballistic damage or railroad spike penetration. The WV850 also has an oversized 11.75 gallon fuel tank, weight bearing front and rear steel racks, a 77 horsepower engine, plus many more hardworking features inspired by its military-grade brother, the MV850.
Hit up Polaris for deets – $15,000
As with their on-land counterparts, personal watercraft have slowly grown bigger, bulkier and costlier, putting them out of reach of most average-salaried recreational seafarers. Sea-Doo’s Spark aims to change that, offering a small, lightweight, and agile craft at a price we can envision paying. Even at that, Spark is no slouch, packed with a fuel-sipping Rotax engine, an Intelligent Brake and Reverse lever for quicker stopping, and an exoskeleton made of polypropylene and long glass fiber reinforcements that keeps these Sea-Doos weighing in at just over 400 pounds (and easily towable by just about any budget sedan).
Learn more at Sea-Doo – $5,000
Rear view cameras, GPS navigators and Bluetooth smartphone integration for making calls while driving – unsurprisingly, all amenities restricted to 4+ wheeled vehicles. And all brought to motorcyclists thanks to Skully’s P1 Helmet. First and foremost a solid DOT/ECE Certified helmet complete with adjustable flow-through ventilation, an anti-fog, anti-scratch face shield and 3D laser-cut foam for an ideal fit, Skully’s Android-based creation sees an integrated Synapse heads-up display thrown into the mix for displaying GPS Nav info and a wide angle rear view camera feed. Else, it takes voice commands for nav and smartphone control, lasts 9 hours per charge of its integrated Li-ion battery, and warns the rider of vehicles lurking in their blind spots.
Particularly OCD about your car’s appearance, details included? We were too, before we realized it was nearly impossible to make everything look perfect (and that outsourcing the job, in the form of detailing, doesn’t come cheap). Fortunately, 3M’s Paint Defender adds another useful weapon to our paint protecting arsenal. Unlike traditional and expensive paint protection processes, 3M’s solution is inexpensive and DIY-friendly: just mask around the area to be protected, wax it, then spray Paint Defender over it. After a few hours, the spray solidifiers into a sort of film that lasts – and protects your paint – for up to a year, at which point it can be peeled off and reapplied as needed.
Classic American muscle with a dash of modern tech, Equus’ BASS770 merges a massive engine with a vintage-styled chassis that looks like it was pulled from the ’60s. Make no mistake, though: between its 6.2-litre supercharged V8 that cranks out 640 horses, a rigid, lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber body, a 6 speed rear-mounted dual clutch transmission, and Brembo ventilated carbon ceramic disk brakes, there’s no mistaking the BASS770 for yesteryear’s muscle. Else, it’s comfortably packed with amenities and safety features, including air conditioning, a modern stereo, large touch-screen GPS display, and more. But frankly, with a 0-62mph time of 3.4 seconds and a growling 8-cylinder, who needs a radio?
While it’s not quite ready for prime time just yet, the first practical-ish jet pack is only a couple of years (and a probable couple hundred grand) away. The Martin Jetpack couples a 200hp gasoline engine to two large twin-ducted fans for vertical takeoff and landing, a cruise speed of a roughly 35 mph, plus a range of 18 miles per tank of premium automotive gasoline. The jetpack is also easy to fly thanks to computer controlled stabilization, can hit altitudes of several thousand feet, and packs a variety of safety features including a rapid-deploy ballistic parachute, roll cage, and crumple undercarriage.
Read more at Martin Jetpack – $TBA
We doubt that any driver of a stock Ferrari would have more power written on the top of their wishlist, but no matter: Hennessey’s still dishing it out. This mod slaps twin ball bearing turbochargers onto the 458′s 4.5-litre V8 engine, boosting horsepower by 170 (to 738) and delivering 532 lb-ft of torque at 5,600 rpm. The result is a blistering 0-60 time of 2.8 seconds, 1/4 mile of 10.5 seconds at 137mph, and an assured mountain of speeding tickets.
Learn more at Hennessey – $60,000 + a Ferrari 458