A car is certainly more than the sum of its parts, but sometimes it’s the little details that make an otherwise good car iconic. These details can be subtle as the Mona Lisa’s smile or bold as the LED spire on the new Freedom Tower, or, more often, somewhere in between. We’ve assembled a list of some of the best automotive features — both innovative and artistic, groundbreaking and evolutionary — to ever see the light of day.
It's the little things that count
Today in gear: Tabasco’s subtle Sriracha launch, Mini’s Superleggera Vision, a smart soccer ball from adidas, a swinging love seat inspired by hot rod culture, Everlane’s first piece of outerwear and LG’s latest G3 flagship complete with laser autofocus.
Tops be droppin'
Summer isn’t nearly as enjoyable without top-down driving. As much as we’re fans of hardtop automotive design and the way a sweeping roofline catches the eye, we have to admit that the clear growl of an engine and the wind in your hair makes the warmer months that much better. Even a drive up Pacific Coast Highway in a cream-hued 1995 Chrysler Sebring Convertible can be a pleasure (as long as no one actually sees you). Bully for you, convertibles are better than ever — gone are the fussy tops, the anemic engines, and silhouettes that would make Quasimodo cringe. The crop of current convertibles range from modern nostalgia to supercar power players, but one thing they all do is make your motoring pleasure good for all the world to see.
An unincorporated territory, a Mini, and some wild roads
Puerto Rico is a peculiar place. It’s not an American state but is under US law. It’s only 100 miles by 35 miles but has a thriving car culture. Though it feels a world away, it’s only three and a half hours from JFK. This land of contradiction was the perfect place to experience the new Mini Paceman ($24,000 Base), which at first glance appears to be a small version of Mini’s largest offering.
Hot Wheels, Indeed
Editor’s Prologue: Cars get our blood flowing here at GP. From vintage racers to compacts to the latest supercar offerings, we realize that there are myriad discussions debates over which ones are the most memorable, the most celebrated and the most remarkable. So to end the inquisition we’ve been compiling a list over the past…
Back and Fold
Small car. Smaller bike. And so the idea goes behind the MINI Folding Bike ($499). Built around a lightweight aluminum frame that hinges along the crossbar and handlebars, the bike can be unfolded in just a few seconds. Weighing less than 25 lbs, it also features an 8 gear chainset, 20 inch wheels and matte…
More fun than its 10 syllable name
No, it's not Elton John's ride
Mini is clearly not running out ideas. Case in point, the newly introduced Mini Rocketman Concept is a fairly radical design, even for Mini. Its exterior dimensions are closer to the original at only 11 feet long, and makes use of a carbon-fiber spaceframe that keeps weight down while giving the car a stunning proposed…
What is this, Mitosis?
The resurgent Mini has found great success in the States, there is no question. The real question is, “How many permutations can Mini come up with? Answer: with the introduction of the 2013 Mini Paceman concept, an elongated cross-over coupe, the number climbs to 7. Stats on the Paceman are an available all-wheel-drive system and…