Multipurpose

Two if by land, two if by sea

Breakdown: Gibbs Quadski XL

You're the kind of guy who hates two things: wasting time and not getting enough attention. You also have a passion for both watersports and getting hugged from behind by a gleefully screaming passenger. The brand new Gibbs Quadski XL is the morphing amphibious vehicle for you, changing from watercraft to rear-wheel-drive ATV with the push of a button. We break down its features.

Innovation in an automotive paradigm shift

Japan and the Future of Personal Transportation

We've been witness over the past few years of the rise of city bikes, hybrids, electric, and clean burning diesel cars; we've also seen prototypes of urban personal mobility vehicles, whose use will likely rise dramatically in the coming decades due to increased urbanization. And it's our far east friends in Japan who at the forefront of the development of such vehicles, from robotically-assisted exoskeletons to enclosed electric scooters to portable motorized chairs.

Nothing kicks ass like a Deere

Behind the Wheel: John Deere Gator RSX 850i

John Deere's first-ever use of a 839cc V-twin motorcycle engine in a Recreational Utility Vehicle (RUV), a beast that delivers the kind of fun typically reserved for all-out-war paintball melees, says a lot about their intentions. With a top speed of 53 mph (feels more like 100), 4WD, fully independent multi-link suspension, nine inches of wheel travel, 10 inches of ground clearance, Fox racing shocks, and a 400-pound capacity cargo box, the Gator RSX 850i seems eager to go anywhere and do anything. Sounds like a challenge we were born for.

The Abominable Snow-vehicle

Icon: Tucker Sno-Cat

Your closest encounter with the winter beast known as the Tucker Sno-Cat was probably watching as scientists and explorers with frozen beards made their way through parts unknown in an episode of National Geographic. What you probably don't know is that these cold-capable snow monsters materialized out of one man's desire to find a better method of snow travel, or that they comprise a proud family of multi-purpose vehicles that got their start way back in 1942. The Sno-Cat is an icon all its own in an industry that has few competitors.

Sleighs are for losers

Blizzard Beasts: 10 Best Vehicles for Winter

You're an hour late to the Christmas get-together, but not because that red velvet blazer you love so much is nowhere to be found. No, instead you're trapped in a snowdrift in your vintage AMC Gremlin. No fruitcake for you. You could've fared better this holiday season with some better wheels. May we suggest some truly treaded steeds for your hapless self?

Driving, on the rocks

Quick Spin: Zamboni 522 Electric Ice Resurfacer

When Frank J. Zamboni opened one of the largest ice skating rinks in the country just outside Los Angeles in 1940, he realized he needed to streamline the ice resurfacing process. Using surplus war parts from Jeeps and tractors, he perfected his design on a number of iterations -- and in 1949 the Model A Zamboni Ice Resurfacer was born. Fast forward more than 60 years and the company, which has become ubiquitous with hockey games and halftime shows, now offers more than 10 machines ranging in capacity, price and ability. We had the chance to take the all-electric Zamboni 552 ($160,000) model for a spin, and the drive was, as expected, extraordinary.

Silver Bullet

Bowlus Road Chief

In 1934, Hawley Bowlus decided to apply his knowledge to a new market: towable trailers. His efforts became the Bowlus Road Chief. While the design was industry leading, the floundering economy of the Great Depression hampered sales. After selling 80 trailers, Bowlus decided he'd be better off making planes and shuttered Bowlus. When car collector John Long found one of the original 80 made in the '30s, he decided to resurrect Bowlus and bring the Road Chief back to market. In 2013 he succeeded: for the first time in 79 years new Bowlus Road Chiefs were being made, lived in and gawked at. Today the Bowlus Road Chief ($100,000+) still blows away new and vintage competition with spellbinding style and updates aplenty.

Don't call it a golf cart

Yamaha Rhino 700 Special Edition Tactical Black

The Rhino 700 Special Edition Tactical Black ($13,000) is pretty much what it sounds like: serious business. As the baddest two-passenger ATV on the planet, the Rhino 700 is not only incredibly rugged and versatile but is built with a surprising level of technological features. Beefy matte black frame, long travel suspension, push-button 2WD/4WD and a comfy cabin make for a potent off-road warrior. The Rhino name is apropos, and you'll certainly want to ride one just about everywhere it can go -- and that's just about everywhere.

Not exactly roughing it

Airstream Land Yacht

The vintage polished aluminum of Airstream Trailers is as recognizable as the curvaceous body of a 'Vette. Nowadays, they transport everyone from happy families to celebrities; Felix Baumgartner even holed up in one before his stratospheric leap. Previously unchanged in its 82-year history, the newly released Airstream Land Yacht ($140,000) brings a new level of sophistication in materials and design to this classic roving hotel room.

Tanks for the memories

Off Track: Driving the Abbot FV433 Self-Propelled Gun

The mud pit looked impossibly deep, twin ruts at least two feet high and half full of a murky stew from the rainy spring. “Does this thing ever get stuck?” I asked. My driving instructor, Brendan, an Airborne infantryman a few weeks shy of entering Green Beret selection, smiled and said, “Nope, just keep her straight so we can keep some trees upright.” Just another day, taking the Abbot FV433 Self-Propelled Gun out for a spin.

Power Pedaler

Tested: eFlow E3 Nitro Electric Bicycle

Sure, everyone loves to commute by bike. But there are inherent issues: showering at work, remembering different outfits, needing multiple grocery trips to carry your bags. The eFlow E3 Nitro electric bike is a major step forward -- a step with striking design efficiency and a style that belies its e-designation. We were amped at the chance to cruise it around town for a few weeks -- read on to see how it performed.

100 Years and Counting

Still Running: Visiting John Deere Horicon Works

Iconic. When was the last time you didn't hear the buzzword spouted in a commercial for something from the worlds of automotive, fashion or interior design? The terminology of agricultural equipment and lawn care is an entirely different story. Well, mostly. A certain Deere & Company, founded in 1837 and known colloquially as John Deere, is a rare exception. We paid a visit to their Horicon, Wisconsin factory to find out why.

The trailer that inspired the AirStream

Design Spotlight: The Bowlus Road Chief

We're all familiar with the iconic design of Airstream trailers. But what about the name Hawley Bowlus? He was the designer and builder of the Spirit of St. Louis -- the record-breaking plane used by Lindberg to fly non-stop across Atlantic Ocean. But a few years later in 1934, he also created the forebear of the AirStream trailer, a stunning piece of technically advanced machinery dubbed the Hawley Bowlus Road Chief. Today, the classic Road Chief is reborn as a stunner with all the modern trappings.

Over the dry riverbed and through the charred woods

Five Vehicles for the End of the World

You don’t have to believe that the end of the Mayan calendar signifies the beginning of the end, you just have to go to your local theater and see how many apocalyptic movies are out. It’s like we want it to happen. Whatever the case, make sure your bug out bag is ready, have ample...

Riding a (blast) wave

Defense Journal: The MRAP

Warfare is often a battle against change, and the U.S. military is always attempting to stay ahead of, or at least on top of, the curve. A fairly new yet significant player in this struggle is the MRAP, or Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle. From seemingly nowhere, the ubiquitous “Humvee” (High-Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle, or...

Double park it and see who leaves a note

Otokar Cobra

If you’re into thimble collecting or love to break a sweat zipping through the woods on your adult tricycle, then the Otokar Cobra is undeniably the wrong kind of vehicle for you. Built for equal parts protection and destruction, the Cobra will assuredly get you to the front of the line in any zombie-fueled traffic...

Trucking Nuts

Legacy Power Wagon

If you hanker for an impressive triumvirate of modern technology, off-road chops and vintage style, look no further than the utterly desirable Legacy Power Wagon ($114,950+). Need to pull out King Kong’s molars? This would be your truck of choice. In two or four-door format, the Legacy Power Wagon (by Legacy Classic Trucks) is based...

Understated cool

Hidemo Custom Sportster

The Harley Sportster is a relatively inexpensive yet powerful bike, making it popular for modifications. Japanese builder Hidemo used a 1200cc 2011 model to make his version of the Custom Sportster that stands out from other customs. Hidemo abbreviated the front fender, added dropped mirrors a la cafe racer and gave the bike a subtle...

Porta-power

Reliant Rugged Robin

After the worldwide, ignominious ridicule of the Reliant Robin three-wheeled car on an episode of Top Gear, one man in the UK simply had enough. The Reliant Robin has quite a cult following in the Queen’s country, largely due to its quirkiness and probably extreme economy. A threatening demon of speed it is not. Well,...

Not exactly ollie friendly

Gnarboards Trail Rider

Grabbing ahold of the back of a moving car may seem like a good way to pick up some serious speed on your skateboard, but it is an even better way to end up in traction (and we don’t mean the grippy kind). If you want to move like you have a motor on your...

Through the river and over the woods

Argo 8×8 750HDi Amphibious Vehicle

We think the term “all terrain vehicle” is used a bit casually these days. Sure that 4×4 or side-by-side can go off-road, but anything too steep or deep and it quickly becomes dangerous or useless. That’s why we’re stoked about the Argo 8×8 750 HDi ($19,500) – an eight-wheel amphibious mutant that will dominate snow,...

Baby Got Back

The Doubleback

At first glance, the Doubleback looks like your average VW Transporter van. Pushing a single button, however, completely transforms the popular European passenger carrier into a home away from home in just under a minute. Thanks to the extra room provided by the extendable pod, the central cabin serves as a fully functioning kitchen, complete...

Go try a Kyte

Holtkamper Kyte Tent Trailer

Who doesn’t love car camping? All the benefits of the outdoors without having to forego some vital creature comforts. But it can still be a royal pain setting up and breaking down camp. Plus, moving from tent to eating/sitting/chillin’ areas can be not so seamless. The Holtkamper Kyte tent trailer can change all that and...

Land, sea and scare

Gibbs Technologies Phibian Amphitruck

When’s the last time you checked your land-to-water based escape route? You can cut the number of needed vehicles in half with the new Gibbs Technologies Phibian that enables you to go from trucker to aquanaut in a matter of seconds. Gibbs has been in the amphibious vehicle world for some time now and is...

Turbocharged Feline

Arctic Cat ProCross F 1100 Turbo Sno Pro Limited

Cold harsh winters will kidney punch many of us soon, but it doesn’t have to be all pain and no snowy terrain. That is, as long as you have transportation like the Arctic Cat ProCross F 1100 Turbo Sno Pro Limited ($13,800). Sporting a fancy pearl white, orange and black paint scheme, it surely stands...

Golden Era, Silver Bullet

1963 Airstream Bambi

You’ll have to go across the Atlantic to find this jewel of Americana, but for a meticulously restored, original specification 1963 Airstream Bambi ($58,000) it might just be worth the hassle. Originally registered in New Brighton, Minnesota on May 9, 1963 the 16×7 Bambi is clad in its factory aircraft-grade lightweight metal skin (newly polished...

Environmentally Insensitive

Shadow Hawk Steel Hawk

Looking like the illegitimate child of a flattened Humvee and an angry warthog, the Shadow Hawk Steel Hawk might also fit in nicely as the Tumbler’s stand-in during Gotham chase scenes. The Steel Hawk is powered by a 6.6 liter V8 engine with turbocharging that provides a healthy 360 horsepower and a meaty 650 pound...

Not so Woolly Mammoth

Trecol 39295

There’s off-road, and then there’s OFF-ROAD. The Russian built Trecol 39295 takes it to an altogether different level. The insane six-wheeler enables you to drive over logs, insanely rocky terrain, deep water (with optional outboard motor) and even people. Okay, back up now. Yes, you can do that, too. The Trecol just happens to have...

Now THIS is how you roadtrip

Ketterer Motorhome Custom

One look at the Ketterer Motorhome Custom and you’ll view RV’s in a whole new light. This, gents, is the luxury coach that dreams are made of. Built from the ground up using a Mercedes-Benz truck chassis, the Ketterer Custom can be built to spec with such creature comforts as a master bedroom with requisite...

Mean Green

Bremach T-Rex

Essentially a plug-in steroidal, man-sized Tonka truck, the Bremach T-Rex takes green power beyond mere passenger cars and into the realm of ruggedly capable vehicles. Bremach has been making industrial grade trucks since the 1950s and is now breaking new ground with this monster that houses a 100kW electric motor providing a 150 mile range,...

How to Armagedd-it-on

Mercedes-Benz Zetros 6×6 Custom

Someday in the not-too-distant future, you may have to rely on your wits and your skills rather than rest on the creature comforts in your life to survive. Then again, maybe not. All you may need to do is get your grubby mitts on a custom hunting variant of the Mercedes-Benz Zetros 6×6. This vehicular...

Flame Off

Amatoya ATV

In purely concept form right now, the Amatova ATV, from designer Liam Ferguson, gives us a vision into what first-line fire-fighting could look like in the near future. More like something out of the ‘Terminator’ series than out of your local firehouse, the Amatova houses 2 passengers in a high-visibility cockpit and can liquid Howitzer...

Mod-copter

Swiss UAV KOAX X-240

If Apple built a UAV what would it look like? Well, it might look something like the Swiss UAV KOAX X-240. Winner of a 2010 Red Dot Design Award, Swiss UAV has been focused on developing smaller sized vertical take-off (think: helicopter) unmanned aerial vehicles for use by civilians and militaries. Partnered with Saab Aerospace,...

F1 Sledding

Stiga Snow Racer

Feel like the Porsche Tobogan is too expensive? Or maybe the Mountain Boy Sledworks Boggan is to traditional for your tastes. Then consider this as a third option: the Stiga Snow Racer ($125+). The Snow Racer breeds traditional toboggan design with race-like components including a shock absorber, polyethylene seat and skis, steering wheel, high-tensile steel...

Snow Speeder

2011 Yamaha Apex SE Snowmobile

Your motorcycle is in winter storage. Your ATV is fun with tire chains but fails to provide anything resembling blistering speed in the snow. The luge is clearly not an option. Say hello to your maniacal turbo sled, the new 2011 Yamaha Apex SE ($14,949) With increased torque and top speed from its more refined...

Four-wheelin' fangs

Cectek KingCobra ATV

Cectek, known for their badass Quadrift four-wheel motorcycle also has a lesser known, but equally indomitable brother, the KingCobra ATV ($11,000). The four-wheeler features a trail bombing liquid cooled 500 cc engine desiged for optimum performance throughout its powerband and over-enginnered features like extra large disc brakes, locking rear differential, fully-adjustable independent suspension and continuously...

Not Exactly Slumming It

2011 Eddie Bauer Airstream Travel Trailer

Eddie Bauer has teamed up with our favorite RV maker to create a special edition of the iconic silver bullet. The 25-foot luxury collaboration features a customized Eddie Bauer interior detailed with maple and soapstone laminates, quilted bedding and Sunbrella upholstery. A unique rear sport hatch also makes loading and unloading outdoor gear like bikes...

Tony Hawk Meets Tank

2011 MXB Shocker Motocross Board

The 2011 MXB Shocker Motocross Board ($2,999) is designed to be a different kind of fun on wheels from the usual small-motored toys guys often buy. Weighing 74lbs and featuring a 48-volt brush-less motor capable of producing nearly 5 lb/ft of torque and reaching a top speed of 35 mph (with tweaking), think of it...

Oh The DTV Shredder? You Wouldn't Be Interested in That

BPG-Werks DTV Shredder

Like the Mattracks Powerboard Snow Scooter we shared a while back, the BPG-WERKS DTV Shredder is a scooter even Dolph Lundgren would love. Designed by MIT graduate Ben Gulag, this motorized vehicle sports a pair of tank treads instead of wheels, giving it ludicriously good off-road performance for both military and extreme sports uses. Riders...

King of the Road? Try Sultan

Futuria Sports Caravan

Why should all the yacht owners get to be the only ones having all of the fun? At least that seems to be the question Futuria seems to be asking. So for the super wealthy who happen to be water averse, they’ve created the Futuria Sports Caravan. Touted as a yacht on wheels, this 36-foot...

Home Away from Nowhere

Jeep Extreme Trail Edition Camper

Sure, you may want to ascend a 45° rock-grade in your Jeep, but that doesn’t mean you want to sleep on crag. For the bed-spoiled off-roader, Jeep is introducing a new lineup of off-road utility and camping trailers to pair up with their ruggedly handsome lineup of Rubicon Wranglers (not that you have to). The...

John Deere Green Black

John Deere Gator XUV 620i Special Edition

Few things stoke our vehicular lusts like unabashed utility, and the John Deere Gator XUV 620i Special Edition ($11,999) brute delivers it in spades. In addition to the standard features of Deere’s full line of Gator utility vehicles, this 620i offers a laundry list of finishes that will make your imported, garage-dwelling whip John Deere...

The Cart Goes Car

Garia LSV Concept Golf Car

Rodney Dangerfield thought his cart in Caddy Shack gave him a license to go anywhere, but he was rich, cocky, and drunk. What he really needed to match his ego is this concept “car” scheduled to be presented at the famous Geneva auto show. Garia is already known for their opulent golf carts, and the...