Honda UNI-CUB Personal Mobility Device: Here We Go Again…

May 15, 2012

The human race seems to be increasingly obsessed with making these pesky legs of ours largely redundant over time… if Honda has their way, that is.

Really now…?

Check out this ridiculous, living-in-a-bubble-world video where people straddle, well… electric saddles. One question though – stairs and curbs/edges more than 2″ tall… ? ? Hmm… methinks this is a ‘leave ’em where you found ’em’ sort of PMD – ie: rental/borrowing priveleges at say, the airport, for example…

For those further interested, the UNI-CUB has a 3.7 mile range and a top speed of (insert marketing fluff agenda) 3.7 mph…! Oh you nifty buggers, you… Yet, (as with the ill-fated Segway) this unit further continues the bold trend of emphasizing what an embarrassingly lazy (and smug) bag of bones you’ll look like… and become.

No thanks, Honda… I press the big, loud, red ‘X’ button on your ‘evolutional’ creation.

-Blake J.

Spotted: McLaren MP4-12C ‘HS’ Version – Video

January 17, 2012

A cosmetically tweaked new version of the McLaren MP4-12C has been spotted at a Miami, Florida dealer sporting an ‘HS’ or ‘High Sport’ moniker on its rear bumper. Having been created by McLaren’s long-standing Special Vehicles Operations division (responsible for such past madness as the Mercedes-McLaren SLR 722 and various ‘special’ McLaren F1s from the ’90s), this HS is one of just 5 examples that were special-ordered by a commercial partner of McLaren. Four of them are slated to be sold by the Miami dealer seen in the video below.

As is the norm for a company like McLaren with its roots firmly planted (and dominating) in the F1 arena, constant evolution is the name of the game. McLaren are no strangers to instilling drastic changes to their cars within an amazingly short amount of time as that is exactly how they build their cars to begin with – purposely designed from the offset to invite gradual alterations, endless tweaks and upgrades on-the-fly throughout the lifespan of their creations.

Last year, I attended the Luxury & Supercar Concours held in our fair city and I was treated to an exclusive one-on-one with the still-developing MP4-12C. Most of the exterior tweaks, upgrades and such were on display with their newest showcar and you could easily sense that McLaren has been trying to instigate more ’emotion’ and ‘aggression’ after its rather bland/lacklustre beginnings when the MP4-12C was initially launched to the public. Visit our own High-res MP4-12C wallpaper gallery of this one-off showcar here.

A spider version (with folding hardtop roof) of the MP4-12C is slated for later on in 2012, but it goes without saying that everyone is really waiting for the road-going variant of the current GT3 racer to emerge…

-Blake J.

2013 Porsche Boxster: Longer and Wider Evolution Continues

January 12, 2012

Almost on-cue after yesterday’s spotlight on the legendary mid-engined Porsche 550 Spyder comes this: the 3rd-generation mid-engined Porsche Boxster for 2013. The longer, wider and slightly lighter (by 35kg) evolution of the firm’s entry-level Porsche appears to have followed suit with its 911-sibling by gaining more dimensional girth in almost every way.

Styling changes and revisions have predictably gone down the more gapingly aggressive route with even larger intake vents and wheels with headlamps that remind of the Porsche 918 RSR and a striking new rear-deck wing-extension that appears to draw inspiration from that of the aftermarket TechArt variant offered-up for the previous-gen Boxster. Now bigger in almost every way, it goes without saying that curiosity will be running high on the next-gen Cayman – I’m guessing it’ll look similar in size/dimensions to a 993-gen 911… ?

Inside, the cabin has also followed along with the new 911 and Panamera (via Carrera GT supercar) by incorporating a raised transmission console and edgier lines all throughout. More space inside as well, as is to be expected with the evolutionary themes of Porsche these days.

Behind the driver will sit two new flat-six engines on offer, both with direct-injection and the obligatory ‘Earth-saving’ (and rather annoyingly silly) stop-start tech: A 2.7-liter boasting 265bhp (up 10bhp from its larger predecessor) and a 3.4-liter unit fitted in the Boxster S good for 315bhp (up by 5bhp). A 6-speed manual is standard fare with the option of ticking the 7-speed PDK gearbox if flicking paddles is your thing…

New tech introduced on the next Boxster include electric steering (booo… hisss…), an electric rooftop (nice), the option of Porsche’s torque vectoring system and a mechanical limited-slip differential (yay..!)

Fuel consumption figures state 36.7 mpg and 35.3 for the Boxster S (all relative, of course) and the 0-60 dash is covered in 5.7 for the standard Boxster and 5.0 for the S version. Prices will start at $49, 500 for a base model (before ticking a lot of boxes) and $60,900 for the base S variant…. which seems like quite a lot when you factor-in that almost everyone will easily add-on $5000 in must-have extras without even blinking an eye… a Boxster S costing over $70,000 before taxes… ?!? yikes…

The new 2013 Boxster goes on-sale at the beginning of the Summer.

-Blake J.


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