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Mini revealed full engine lineup for upcoming Mini coupe [photos]

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(image credit: Mini via Autoblog) Mini Cooper Coupe | US$tba | www.mini.com

last week, Mini teases us with the full-engine lineup for its upcoming Mini Coupe. four level of trims are expected, namely, Cooper Coupe, Cooper S Coupe, John Cooper Works Coupe, as well as the Cooper SD Coupe. a range of diesel and petrol engines will leave buyers (at least for the European buyers) spoilt for choice. as we would have expected, the entry level model is the Mini Cooper Coupe that will be powered by a 1.6-liter naturally-aspirated (NA) four-cylinder that’s good for 122 hp (90 kW), while a 1.6-liter force-induction model, the Cooper S Coupe, pushes out 184 horses (137 kW). also under the 1.6-liter stable is the much lauded John Cooper Works Coupe that develops a healthy 211 hp. there’s also a Mini Cooper SD Coupe fitted with a 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder that’s packed with 143 horsepower (105 kW) and 225 lb-ft (305 Nm) of torque. Continue reading Mini revealed full engine lineup for upcoming Mini coupe [photos]

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Black Turbo Launch Edition [photos]

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(credit: Volkswagen America) 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Black Turbo Launch Edition | US$24,950.00 | preorder.vw.com

can’t wait to get your hands on the new 2012 Volkswagen Beetle? you can either wait till this October or put your name down for one of the first 2012 Beetle that will hitting the America’s roads. when i said “America’s roads”, it is pretty obvious this should be a welcome news for Beetle-fans residing in the US. Volkswagen of America announced earlier this week the launch of the Vehicle Pre-order (VPO) program which allows you to be the first in line to reserve one of the limited quantity Volkswagen cars, and kicking off this program is the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Black Turbo Launch Edition. Continue reading 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Black Turbo Launch Edition [photos]

United States to get special edition Zenvo ST1 with free watch

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(credit: Zenvo) Zenvo ST1 50S | US$1.8 million | www.redseadistribution.com

when we think super cars, we think Italy, Germany and sometimes, the United Kingdom. heck, we didn’t even think Russian could have their home-grown super car but they did anyway. so naturally, when we heard about the Danish sports car Zenvo ST1, we are pretty excited – not that we will be getting (or can afford) one of the three that’s heading to North America but we are excited as an automotive fan. what’s more, the trio will not be just any ST1 but a pumped up special edition that comes with a little freebie: an Aspen watch that’s worth $49,000. under normal circumstances, that Aspen watch seems like a hell lot of money but for this occasion it is just a fraction of the car’s $1.8 million price tag. yeah, you heard it right – the special edition Zenvo ST1 cost a whopping seven-figure sum. Continue reading United States to get special edition Zenvo ST1 with free watch

Airbus envisions transparent aircraft for air travel in 2050

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(credit: Airbus S.A.S)

if you have an inherent fear for flying, then this concept pitched by Airbus is not going to make you feel any better. ahead of the upcoming Paris Airshow, Airbus unveiled the concept cabin of how we will travel in year 2050 – that is an aircraft constructed of bionic structure that mimics bird bones thus allowing for a lighter weight structure and open panoramic views – essentially making it transparent. well, more or less. however, the highlight is of course its amenities that will change the way we travel. Continue reading Airbus envisions transparent aircraft for air travel in 2050

1939 Pontiac Plexiglas Deluxe Six “Ghost Car” up for auction

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(credit: RM Auctions) 1939 Pontiac Plexiglas Deluxe Six “Ghost Car” | US$auction | www.rmauctions.com

there are just way too many cool stuff to feature, therefore instead junking readers with slew of news and the latest, we set about introducing readers to the coolest stuff, such as this 1939 Pontiac Plexiglas Deluxe Six “Ghost Car”, that is set to go under the hammer at the upcoming St. John’s (formerly Meadow Brook) auction organized by RM Auctions in conjunction with the Concours d’Elegance of America. Continue reading 1939 Pontiac Plexiglas Deluxe Six “Ghost Car” up for auction

Hoverbike might be a reality sooner than Hoverboard

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Hoverbike | US$tba | www.hover-bike.com

the name says it all: Hoverbike is a bike that hovers and in fact, it does much more than just hover. invented by one Chris Molloy from Australia, this awesome personal air transport can actually reach an airspeed of 150 knots (278 km/h) and is able to reach an altitude of more than 10,000 feet – all done while riding it like a motorcycle. while i am excited about the hoverbike but the idea of flying up to 10,000 feet riding like a motorbike does give the chill. perhaps, a parachute backpack will be a good idea here. more images of this exciting aircraft after the break. Continue reading Hoverbike might be a reality sooner than Hoverboard

is Shadow Hawk STV the future incarnation of SUV?

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(image credit: Shadow Hawk) Shadow Hawk Super Terrain Vehicle | €1 million | shadowhawkvehicles.com

the automobile world is full of fancy acronyms, we have the MPV, the SUV and now STV is set to join the list. so what’s exactly is a STV? it simply means Super Terrain Vehicle but beyond its fancy namesake, is a vehicle that look more than like a pumped up Hummer complete with a full complement of armor plating and it is ready to tear up both on and off-road terrains at a moment notice. the folks behind this gorgeously menacing vehicle is Colorado-based Shadow Hawk, who promised to fill in the gap that the world been missing with its STV line of vehicles. Continue reading is Shadow Hawk STV the future incarnation of SUV?

Smart Fortwo converted into a tank complete with camouflage

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(credit: via LOL SNAPS)

what you see here is a Smart Fortwo converted into a tank complete with almost everything you can find on tank and finally finished with a cool camouflage paint job. i stumbled upon this while surfing the net and Google it for further information but as it turns out, this was blogged a few times over sometime third quarter of last year. nevertheless, i am sure there are those like me who missed it, so here it is: the Smart Fortwo tank, again. Continue reading Smart Fortwo converted into a tank complete with camouflage

Mercedes-Benz marks 60 years of Unimog with bold concept [updated with more photos!]

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Mercedes-Benz utility truck Unimog has come a long way since its founding in 1950s. this year marks the 60th year of Unimog and beside the earlier announced collaboration with LEGO for the scale Technic model, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled an Unimog concept based on the proven off-road mobility of the U 5000 model. the concept was formally unveiled on the June 3 at the Customer Center of the Mercedes-Benz Plant in Wörth. Continue reading Mercedes-Benz marks 60 years of Unimog with bold concept [updated with more photos!]

Evisu x Warr’s 20th Anniversary Custom Harley-Davidson

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(credit: Evisu / Warr’s) Evisu x Warr’s 20th Anniversary Custom Harley-Davidson | £35,000.00 | www.warrs.com

usually, denim brands celebrate their anniversary with the norm like special edition denim or other fashion items but Japan-based denim brand Evisu takes on a totally different road to mark their 20th anniversary. Evisu has appointed Warr’s, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealer since the 1920s, to custom the Kamome Sprinter Harley-Davidson motorcycle. this unlikely partnership resulted in a bike that combines the vintage flair with modern functionality. Continue reading Evisu x Warr’s 20th Anniversary Custom Harley-Davidson