When it introduced the vehicle earlier this year
, Ford said the all-new F-150 was its "toughest, smartest and most capable ever," a line it's still eager to reiterate. With a few aftermarket tweaks, it can effectively add "most thrilling" to that list of superlatives. In preparing for next month's SEMA Show, Ford has previewed two F-150 special editions aimed at adrenaline junkies.
Last December, British adventurer Maria Leijerstam
became the first person to cycle from the edge of the Antarctic continent to the South Pole. She did so on a custom-built recumbent fat-tired tricycle, made by UK-based Inspired Cycle Engineering (ICE). Well, although there probably aren't many other people who want to do what Maria did, there no doubt are
quite a few who'd like a trike like hers. That's why ICE is now offering the ready-for-anything Full Fat.
Can-Am has launched what it's calling the market's first factory turbocharged side-by-side. The forced air on the mid-mounted Rotax V-Twin of the company's latest Maverick side-by-side lets the off-roader put more power and torque to work on dirt and sand, while a revised frame and suspension ensure stable, nimble riding follows from that boosted power.
The Mercedes G-Class
is 35 years old, and the German manufacturer is celebrating with the aptly-named G-Class Edition 35 models. Both the G 350 BlueTEC Edition 35 and G 500 Edition 35 are fitted with small styling changes inside and out, to help them stand out from the standard models.
In addition to being a world fashion capital, a theme seen throughout the Paris Motor Show
was that France is a breeding ground for adventure. The French Alps have served as an incubator for some of today's craziest sports, such as wingsuit flying and speed flying. Perhaps that's why the Paris show had the largest serving of adventure vehicles that we've seen since Overland Expo
. Special edition 4x4s, burlified mini SUVs and concepts straight-out named "Adventure" were seen throughout the show's various halls.
We don't hear from boutique automotive manufacturer Venturi very often, but when we do, it's always interesting news. The creator of the world's first production electric sports car
revealed an updated version of its 2010 America
electric dune buggy at this year's Paris Motor Show. The new concept car combines the high performance and handling of a sports car with the ever-fun design of a sand-hungry dune buggy.
Fiat has gone off-roading at the Paris Motor Show with the debut of its 500X compact crossover. To be available in two versions – one aimed city driving and the other for the outdoor leisure market – the new crossover comes in two-wheel and four-wheel drive configurations and features a wide choice of engines and gearboxes, including a nine-speed automatic.
Introduced in 2011, the Crossrunner motorcycle
marked Honda's attempt to square the circle between grungy off-road machines and the exquisitely polished garage trophies of the urban market. The latest version of the premium adventure sports tourer has now been revealed at Intermot – and it warrants a closer look.
If your work carries you over the rugged ground of desert, forest or tundra, a rolling office like the Brabus Business Lounge
is likely to break down before getting to the job site. What you need is a mobile office built into something more rugged; something like the Volkswagen Tristar concept. In place of the luxury van typical in roadtrip-ready office spaces, the Tristar is underpinned by a specially built 4Motion pickup truck.
If you're looking to journey across rough, rugged back roads, the average pickup truck is one of your better options. If, on the other hand, those roads will wind beyond the very edge of civilization, into one of the modern world's few remaining frontiers, you may want something a bit tougher, something like the all-new Nissan Project Titan. The custom truck is built to the exacting demands of Alaskan travel.