Porsche’s famed retractable-roof model now gets the sleek new front and rear seen in the latest 911 coupes. The Targa 4 gets a 380 hp 3.0-liter flat-6 that zooms to 60 mph in 4.0s, while the Targa 4S gets 444 hp and a 0-to-60 time of just 3.4s. Every car packs Porsche’s excellent AWD system, and the 4S can be equipped with a 7-speed manual.
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Builder Ivan Miranda claims he’s built the fastest model train of its size. The powerful electric train has no payload other than its motors, wiring, and battery pack, and can hit a scale speed of 485 km/h, or just over 301 mph if it were upscaled to the size of a real train. We wouldn’t want to be a tiny passenger on that thing when it derailed.
We’ve driven the 2020 GR Supra a couple of times now, and after spending a full week with the car, we’ve nailed down of our favorite things about driving the 2-seater. From its potent engine, to its agile handling, to its tech, there’s a whole lot to love about this modern sports coupe, born out of a collab between Toyota and BMW.
Urban Rover’s stubby electric skateboard is great for weaving in and out of tight places. At just 17″ long, it’s small enough to toss in your backpack, and this premium model features a 250W motor that can hit speeds up to 15mph. It’s controlled by a wireless remote that offers three different speed settings. Save big in The Awesomer Shop.
The A1 electric bike is designed for versatility. With its low frame, air suspension, and fat, puncture-resistant tires, it can ride just as easily on city streets and bumpy trails. Its 250W motor can be equipped with a 14.5 Ah or 17.5 Ah battery pack for a range up to 70 km (~44 mi) and a top speed of 32km/h (~20 mph).
On April 30, 1948, famed British off-road brand Land Rover first came into being. To celebrate the company’s birthday, they’ve shared a terrific gallery of historic images which capture scenes of these rugged and versatile vehicles helping people achieve great things.
Marques Brownlee of MKBHD shows off Origin’s crazy high-end gaming PC. It’s built into the frunk of a kid-size Tesla Model S, and packs an AMD Ryzen 9 3900X CPU with 12 cores, a Hydro X liquid cooling system, iCUE RGB lighting, 6TB of SSD storage, 32GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080Ti GPU. And yes, it still drives.
It seems age is no barrier to The Rolling Stones producing quality music. Their April 2020 release is as good as many songs from the height of their popularity, and seems especially timely when set against imagery of empty cities photographed during the coronavirus pandemic.
We like all kinds of donuts: glazed ones, cake ones, and ones made by rear-wheel drive cars. This brief clip combines both the circular fried treat and circular tire tracks through a slick composite of drone footage and digital VFX. Created by Benoit Finck, John Bashyam, and Yann Bouloiseau for Warm & Fuzzy.
Metal Art of Wisconsin makes these awesome steel fire pits for Jeep fans. Each one is laser-cut from 12-gauge, hot-rolled steel, and assembles easily with a tab and groove design. They come in 2-door Wrangler, 4-door Wrangler, and Gladiator variants, and feature removable hoods and roofs for access. (Thanks Christian!)
In the interest of keeping his distance from others, builder Colin Furze decided that he was still too close to other people while riding his bicycle, so he built a stainless steel two-wheeler dubbed the “Highcycle” that rides more than six feet off of the ground. We’re impressed he was able to get onto this thing.
After impressing us with his sculpture of that Toyota Land Cruiser, Vietnam-based Woodworking Art is back with another great automotive woodcarving. This time, he turned a block of wood into a detailed replica of the Ferrari SF1000 Formula 1 race car. Though we can’t endorse using your bare foot as a wood vise.
Moscow, Russia motorcycle customizers Ziller’s Garage transformed the new BMW R 18 cruiser into an incredible work of rolling art. Designed by Mikhail Smolyanov and John Reed, the ultra-modern bike features a beautifully sculpted aluminum shell, custom spoked wheels, and light-up BMW badges. That ground clearance tho.
Fast and Furious 9 may have been delayed until 2021, but LEGO has a plan to keep gearheads occupied. This 1077-piece Technic set lets you build a detailed model of Dom’s 1970 Dodge Charger R/T, with a big V8 engine with moving pistons, a wishbone suspension, working steering, and more. Pre-order now. Ships 4/27/2020.
The basement beneath L.A.’s Petersen Automotive Museum holds one of the world’s greatest private collections: a treasure trove of 250+ iconic and rare cars, trucks, and motorcycles that few visitors ever see. For the first time, you can sign up for free (donations welcome) 60-minute live-stream tours of their exclusive vault.
If you find yourself in Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport, you might come across this unique timepiece. The video wall displays the current time using top-down footage of cars being driven into positions that form digits. The video was directed by Roni Azgad for the car rental company Shlomo SIXT. We’d love to see a 24 hour time-lapse.
This rugged electric skateboard is built for all-terrain riding. It features 4-wheel independent suspension and an impressive 6.1″ ground clearance to take you over the roughest surfaces. It comes in 2WD or 4WD configs, with 2000W or 4000W of power, respectively. Top speed for both boards is 27 mph.
While we’re hoping to get behind of the wheel of the new Land Rover Defender soon, a small group of journalists was invited to take the rugged, yet modern off-roader on a 3-day drive through the harsh terrain of Namibia. Carfection’s Henry Catchpole was one of the lucky few, and shares with us his African odyssey.
Cleveland Cyclewerks‘ electric motorcycle offers versatility through its configurability. Riders can choose between five drive modes from max range Eco to a high torque boost mode. It’s powered by a 17.5 hp, 300-amp motor, with a hot-swappable battery pack, and can drive up to 180 miles in Eco mode. Top speed is around 85 mph.
This custom Mini Moke might look adorable, but she’s got it where it counts. French vehicle customizer Lazareth managed to build a modern tribute to the tiny utility vehicle using an aluminum chassis, and the V8 from a Maserati, bestowing it with a ridiculous 460 hp. Just listen to her purr.
There are many legendary motorsports events in the world, but most are out of reach for the average person. To run the Baja 1000 or the Dakar rally requires a pro-level team. But there’s one event that can lay claim to the title of Most Extreme Driving Event, and pretty much anyone can do it. That event is the Alcan 5000 Rally.
Racing expert Rhys Millen and Off Road Racer show off a whole new 4WD vehicle platform that combines parts from rallycross vehicles with a scaled-up UTV chassis to create a faster and stronger off-road racer with trophy truck looks. Its design allows for a wide variety of off-the-shelf turbo-4 engines too.
This extravagant electric motorcycle features a dramatic body made with real wood, wrapped around an exoskeleton chassis. At its core is a battery pack capable of 186 miles of range, and a high-torque motor that can achieve a top speed of 136 mph. The company is taking €2,000 pre-order deposits the €60,000 bike.
This electric mobility device folds up to a ridiculously small size, making it easy to carry just about anywhere. It rides like a bike, but with scooter-sized wheels. Its battery provides 30 km (~18.6 mi) of range, with a top speed of 18 km/h (~11.5 mph). It weighs just 32 lb, and measures 455 x 320 x 230 mm (~ 17.9 x 12.6 x 12.6″ ) when folded.
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