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Kosynier Boardtrack Electric Bicycle

Kosynier Boardtrack Electric Bicycle

Kosynier makes electric bikes that look like vintage boardtrack motorcycles. Nearly everything about the bike is custom, including the frame, the “tank” that holds the batteries, and the front suspension. It goes up to 31 mph and can be equipped with a 5000W motor.

Why We Love TRD Pro Trucks

Why We Love TRD Pro Trucks

A year after we hit the muddy trails of the Northwest OHV Park in Bridgeport, Texas to check out Toyota’s TRD Pro line, we returned to the spot with a fleet of Army Green 2020 Tacomas, Tundras, 4Runners, and Sequoias to get things dirty once more, and to answer the question: Just why are TRD Pro trucks and SUVs so good?

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2020 BMW X6 M

2020 BMW X6 M

BMW updates its monstrously fun X6 M crossover with a twin-turbo V8 that makes either 593 hp, or 617 hp in Competition trim, which rides on 21-inch front wheels and 22-inch rears. It rocks a rear-biased all-wheel drive system with an active differential, along with a suspension that was fine tuned on the Nürburgring.

Infrared Burnout

Infrared Burnout

We’ve seen (and smelled) our share of smoked tire rubber over the years, but we’re totally captivated by Engineering Explained’s video of a burnout captured in front of a $40,000 FLIR T1K thermal camera that shows exactly which parts of the tires and brakes get hottest.

Driven: 2020 Nissan GT-R

Driven: 2020 Nissan GT-R

Thanks to the fine folks at Nissan USA, we managed to grab a couple of days behind the wheel of the GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition. This 565 hp, all-wheel drive sports car is powerful and precise as ever, but in Premium trim, it’s also refined and comfortable. Could this be the ultimate performance road trip machine?

Jay Leno Drives the 2JetZ

Jay Leno Drives the 2JetZ

We’ve featured some actual jet-powered vehicles, but the 2JetZ only looks like a jet fighter, with a vegetable steamer playing the part of the jet’s nozzle. Luis Rodriguez’s custom-built single-seater features an airplane-like cockpit, a 627hp turbocharged Toyota 2JZ engine, and is being made into a Hot Wheels toy for 2020.

Amazon Echo Auto

Amazon Echo Auto

Add an Amazon Alexa voice assistant to your car with this tiny 3.3″ x 1.9″ gadget. It has 8 microphones to ensure Alexa can hear you over music and road noise (within reason), and lets you ask questions, stream music and audiobooks, and much more. Requires a Bluetooth or aux input, and can mount on many car air vents.

Pickup Truck (Plus SUV) Talk

Pickup Truck (Plus SUV) Talk

Do you love trucks (or SUVs)? Then check out our friend Tim Esterdahl’s excellent YouTube channel. Tim’s honest, matter-of-fact style, and no B.S. opinions are a refreshing change of pace from slickly-produced automotive content, and he really knows his vehicles. Check out some of his videos, then subscribe.

A Bicycle Built for Shoes

A Bicycle Built for Shoes

The Q built one of the most insane custom bicycles we’ve ever seen. He replaced the standard wheels of his wide-tire bike with special rims that wear six shoes each instead of tires. It doesn’t look like the smoothest ride ever, but the shoe rubber does provide decent traction.

Katzkin Leather Car Seats

Katzkin Leather Car Seats

Does your car have ratty old cloth seats? Katzkin can give your ride a serious upgrade, with luxurious leather for seats, door panels, and consoles. Unlike seat covers, each one is precision cut to fit, and profesionally-installed. They come in a variety of colors and finishes, and look as good or better than factory-original leather.

2020 Nissan TITAN

2020 Nissan TITAN

Nissan’s full-size pickup truck gets a revamped look with three bold new grilles, a retuned 5.6L V8 that makes 400hp, a 9-speed automatic, standard Nissan Safety Shield, and upgraded cabin tech. The SL grade is a solid daily driver, the PRO-4X is ready for rugged terrain, the Platinum Reserve has a luxe interior.

2020 Toyota 4Runner Venture Edition

2020 Toyota 4Runner Venture Edition

Toyota’s rugged, body-on-frame SUV not only is getting upgrades like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Toyota’s latest TSS-P safety systems, but the new Venture Edition gets a Yakima Megawarrior roof rack with crossbars, 17″ gunmetal TRD wheels, and black accents. It looks really sweet in Barcelona Red metallic.

Driven: 2019 Slingshot SLR

Driven: 2019 Slingshot SLR

Thanks to the guys at The Brand Amp and iMotorsports, we got to spend a week living with the Polaris Slingshot SLR as our daily driver. This fast, agile, and kind of bonkers open-air 2-seater is a blast to drive, and is definitely the most fun you can have on three wheels.

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Boombox Tricycle

Boombox Tricycle

Maker Laura Kampf teamed up with her friend Patrick, whose audio expertise helped her build an earthshaking sound system for the back of her 3-wheeler. The battery-powered audio system has six full-range speakers and a giant subwoofer. She should have named it “Boomtrike” though.

Brabus G V12 900

Brabus G V12 900

German performance tuner Brabus is making just 10 of these badass Mercedes-Benz G-Wagens, widened 4-inches over stock, and equipped with a 6.3L, twin-turbo V12 that makes 900 hp and 1,106 lb-ft. of torque. Equally impressive is its opulent interior, outfitted with quilted leather, Alcantara, carbon fiber, and aluminum.

Trail Trek Tour: Mid-Size Trucks

Trail Trek Tour: Mid-Size Trucks

The mid-size truck market is hotter than ever, and almost every manufacturer offers some kind of special off-road package. With the help of the Trail Trek Tour, we put four of the leading mid-size pickups head-to-head on a grueling off-road course built on top of an old coal mine in Pennsylvania’s gritty backcountry.

Lexus LY 650 Yacht

Lexus LY 650 Yacht

Lexus teamed up with Italian design studio Nuvolari Lenard and Marquis Yachts to create a production version of the Sport Yacht Concept. The 65-foot boat sleeps six, and is detailed with stainless steel, real wood trim, and custom furnishings throughout. This time, they went with Volvo Penta boat engines instead of Lexus V8s.

Building a Monotrack Bike

Building a Monotrack Bike

Make It Extreme is always building crazy stuff, and this build certainly fits that spec. This crazy wheelie vehicle features a tank tread, driven by a 2-stroke, 100cc scooter engine. Its driver sits atop a seat that floats above its moving tread, which tears along just inches below the rider’s junk, upping the danger factor.

Ferrari 812 GTS

Ferrari 812 GTS

Hot on the heels of the F8 Spider comes a very different convertible from the prancing horse. The Ferrari 812 GTS packs a front-mounted 6.5L V12 that cranks out 789hp and 529 lb-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful production convertible on the market. Does 0-to-62 in less than 3 seconds, and sounds phenomenal doing it.

Inside the BMW Motorbike Factory

Inside the BMW Motorbike Factory

Exceptional Engineering takes us on an in-depth tour of the massive BMW motorcycle factory in Spandau, Germany, where it takes humans and robots working in concert just two hours to crank out one of their S1000RR superbikes from start to finish. Each motorcycle’s 4-cylinder engine is also hand-built in the same facility.

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Audi AI:TRAIL quattro Concept

Audi AI:TRAIL quattro Concept

We love when a concept car pushes the boundaries, and the Audi AI:TRAIL quattro does just that. It’s an electric, all-wheel drive off-roader with seating for four, helicopter-like visibility, oversize tires, and a suspension that’s ready for rugged trails. Plus, its battery pack is designed to provide exceptional range for off-grid adventuring.

2020 Land Rover Defender

2020 Land Rover Defender

Land Rover’s rugged off-roader is back. It comes in 2-door (90) and 4-door (110) models, with a highly-configurable interior, twin-speed transmission, advanced terrain management systems, electronic active differential, air suspension, and can wade in up to 35.4″ of water. Choose from a 3.0L 395hp I6 MHEV or a 2.0L 296hp turbo I4.

Ferrari F8 Spider

Ferrari F8 Spider

The open-top variant of the Italian stallion’s F8 Tributo berlinetta features a retractable hard top, and is a big upgrade from the 488 Spider, featuring an extra 49 horsepower, and cutting 44 pounds from its predecessor. Its turbo V8 makes 710 horsepower, and the car can hit 60 mph in 2.8 sec with a top speed of 211 mph.

Why Exhaust Notes Sound Different

Why Exhaust Notes Sound Different

Whether you love the flat-plane V8 grunt of a Shelby GT350, the snaps and crackles of a Jaguar F-Type, the whirr of a Porsche 911, or the brapp of a Mazda RX-7, every car makes a different sound. But as Donut Media explains, it’s way more than the pipes and mufflers that make a car’s exhaust note sound the way it does.

TRD All the Things

TRD All the Things

Toyota Racing Division aka TRD already makes some great trucks. Now they’re expanding their lineup with tricked-out versions of Toyota’s everyday sedans. We spent a day testing out the first ever Avalon TRD and Camry TRD, and were impressed not just with their aggressive styling, but with their sporty handling.

Polaris General XP 1000 / XP 4 1000

Polaris General XP 1000 / XP 4 1000

Designed for easy riding on rugged off-road trails, Polaris’ new General crossover packs a 100 hp engine, a wide 64″ footprint, and an impressive 13.5″ ground clearance for riding over just about anything. The XP 1000 is the two-seater, while the XP 1000 4 seats four. Both models can tow and haul up to 1500 pounds too.

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