Upon graduating college with a poli sci degree, Chris toiled in the political world for several years. Realizing he was better off making cynical comments from afar than actually getting involved in all that mess, he turned away from matters of government and news to cover the things that really matter: outdoor recreation, cool cars, technology, wild gadgets and all forms of other toys. He's happily following the wisdom of his father who told him that if you find something you love to do, it won't really be work.
Few would argue against the idea that the Jeep Wrangler remains one of the most off-road-capable 4x4s on the planet it roams. California-based aftermarket builder US Specialty Vehicles sees some room for improvement in the way the Wrangler expresses its intentions, though. It's slapped a rugged, military-style body kit on the four-door Wrangler Unlimited and upgraded the interior into a warm, supple space. The result is the Rhino XT, the all-terrain SUV reinvented.
Beyond the brand new cars of the 2015 LA Auto Show, there are plenty of other notable rides on show. In fact, some of the most interesting cars there are decades old – or built to look like it. The LA show also gets a fair amount of spillover from SEMA, with customs and restorations galore. Take a tour of this side of the show in our feature gallery.
We can't imagine there were many people that saw the recently finalized Rezvani Beast and thought, "Gosh, that 1,650-lb (748-kg) roadster is woefully underpowered at 500 hp." But the Southern California boutique believes there are at least five such customers out there willing to spend double the price on a suped-up, twin-turbo two-seater. For them, there's the all-new Beast X.
The autonomous vehicle continues to materialize. Volvo joins the likes of Mercedes-Benz, Chevy, Italdesign and Rinspeed in showing a home-cooked vision of the autonomous car of the future. The Swedish automaker drives right to the heart of the matter, skipping the body shell completely and focusing solely on an interior that transforms to allow the driver-passenger to better manage commuting time.
This year's LA Auto Show was filled wall to wall with interesting, sometimes off-the-wall debuts, concept cars and special editions, a Miata-based Fiat roadster (Fiata?) and soft-top Range Rover among them. After doing several laps around the show floor, we bring you all the latest and greatest world premieres, concept cars and new vehicles from the City of Angels.
Trikke has been designing street-carving three-wheelers (and defying English spelling conventions) for 15 years. Its all-new Freedom adds an affordable electric drive to that mix. The sub-US$1,000 electric vessel relies on Trikke's signature cambering frame to turn motor propulsion into a quick, surfy ride on road and concrete.
Over the years, numerous tinkerers and companies have tried to transfer the fun of bicycling to the snow. While the fatbike has gained some traction, literally and figuratively, other designers still feel that replacing tires with skis is the only way to go. We've seen this trend in BikeBoards, the Skki and now the Snogo. The new ski bike uses an articulated steering system and front suspension to connect the rider to the powder or hard pack below.
Stuffing an entire dwelling into a four-wheeled vehicle virtually always necessitates some comfort compromises. In an effort to create a more comfortable, livable space with less compromise, Canada's Leisure Travel Vans skips the usual convertible dinette set in favor of the new Leisure Lounge Plus. The cozy lounge area features multi-adjustable recliners, a fold-out table and a drop-down Murphy bed to better replicate the comfortable living, dining, sleeping and showering experiences of home.
The average supercar company has a way of debuting like an angry lion casting a long, booming roar across an otherwise still, silent savannah. Rarely was that ever as true as it was for W Motors, the Dubai-based supercar maker that in 2013 introduced itself with a car it fancied the world's most expensive, luxurious and exclusive: the $3.4 million 750-hp Lykan Hypersport. Funny thing, as wild of a debut as that was, it didn't prove W Motors' most powerful supercar for very long. That title now belongs to the all-new Fenyr Supersport, which debuted this week and stole a roaring lion's share of the spotlight from its pretty-boy brother.
Intended as a versatile, all-day shelter for the wilderness, festival or even backyard, the Mollusc tent features a unique, nature-inspired flip-top construction. The dome tent is supported by an adjustable exoskeleton that allows for three different configurations, allowing you to lock the elements out or open things up and enjoy the fresh air and open sky.