Autos

Open Road: Land Rover Defender 90 V8

For car enthusiasts, driving is about more than just the technical specifics. Open Road explores not just what these cars do, but what they mean. Whether it’s an old, new, or exotic model, HYPEBEAST is looking beyond the stats to unpack the simple pleasures of automotive. The Land Rover Defender is a British institution. Officially launched in 1948, the original Series I became a staple of the British Army. For the next 67 years, the Defender was the undisputed benchmark for 4x4s. In its lifetime, the car barely changed, except for a few engine introductions and contemporary production updates. It didn’t stop Land Rover from selling over two million of them before the “old” Defender was axed in 2016. Irrefutably, a tall order is in store for the “new” 2021 Defender. At first glance, purist...

Mercedes-Benz Updates Its Military-Spec G-Wagen

Mercedes-Benz has just unveiled its updated military spec G-Class. Now dubbed the W464, the search and rescue/special operations model maintains the iconic off-roader‘s 40 years of design DNA but updates features for the modern world. Essentially a stripped-down and off-road centric version of the civilian version G-Class, the W464 features an emergency override switch (EOS), a 24-volt on-board power supply, improved corrosion resistance, LED lighting, a snorkel, a solid front axle, and improved ground clearance, approach, breakover, and departure angles, as well as water fording depths. The W464 is now powered by a 3.0-liter turbodiesel straight-six that makes 245 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, all joined to a new nine-speed automatic transmission. Available in two body types &...

Virgil Abloh and Mercedes-Maybach’s “Project MAYBACH” Will Redefine Luxury Electric Travel

Multidisciplinary designer, Off-White™ founder, and Louis Vuitton artistic director Virgil Abloh is back co-designing cars, as Mercedes-Maybach has just announced that it has teamed up with Abloh on “Project MAYBACH.” Following on from September 2020’s “Project Geländewagen” partnership, which saw Abloh turn the G-Class into a race car of sorts, the designer has teamed up with Mercedes-Benz Chief Design Officer Gorden Wagener once again to create an electric show car under the luxurious Mercedes-Maybach division. Mercedes-Maybach produces some of the finest automobiles on the market, known for their unrivaled levels of luxury and prestige that equates to cars you often want to be driven in, not drive yourself. The upcoming collaborative show car is to b...

Specialized Unveils the World’s Lightest Gravel Bike: The Crux

Specialized has unveiled the all-new Crux, the lightest gravel bike in the world equipped with massive tire clearance capabilities and performance gravel geometry. Weighing 725 grams, the Crux boasts a responsive build with a nimble and reactive ride. And with a 47C tire clearance, the bike offers more capability across a wide range of terrain. The Crux enlists a straight-shot, hollow drive-side chainstay, which helps to keep the bike focused around the improved 1x and gravel 2x cranksets with a lightweight. “We knew an ultralight bike with massive tire clearance would truly unlock gravel performance,” said Stewart Thompson, road and gravel product leader at Specialized, in a statement. “With the breakthroughs made on Aethos, we finally had the technology to make it a rea...

Mercedes-Benz Launches “MANUFAKTUR” Label Customization Program

For those who think a G-Class, CLS, the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe, the S-Class, and the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class are too common-place, fear not, as Mercedes-Benz has just the thing for you: its new “MANUFAKTUR” label. “MANUFAKTUR” is a customization program that can be equipped to the aforementioned cars, similar to what Porsche did with its “Sonderwunsch” program in the ’70s and ’80s. Think of it as a team that will grant your special wishes, allowing you to fit your car with rare materials that are predominantly processed by hand, exclusive paint finishes, and high-quality embellishments in the interior. The level of craftsmanship involved is akin to making a Saville Row suit that’s specifically tailored to your liking, making the car a tru...

AC Schnitzer Tunes the BMW M3 Competition for 582 HP

AC Schnitzer has just unveiled its latest performance-tuned BMW. Made for the track, AC Schnitzer has further developed the G80 BMW M3 Competition for added power, handling, and of course, aggressive styling. Power sees an increase in almost 80 horsepower at 582hp and 553 lb-ft of torque while handling gets bumped up via a new spring kit with RS coilovers. This setup lowers the front of the car by 15-20mm. There is also a slight reduction in weight thanks to the AC3 lightweight forged wheels. One of the more prominent upgrades can be found in the form of new aero parts for the sports car. On top of the roof spoiler and modest carbon rear wing that produce 44lbs and 154lbs of downforce, respectively, there’s also a front splitter, a four-piece front canard set, and a rear diffuser. Ma...

Rare One-Owner Ferrari F40 Berlinetta Heads to Auction

The Ferrari F40 is unquestionably one of the greatest and most legendary supercars of all time, and this 1989 F40 Berlinetta “Non-Cat, Non-Adjust” iteration is without fail a fine example that’s heading to auction with Bonhams. With just one owner from new, this F40 is perhaps one of the cleanest examples to ever hit the market. Finished in the factory-supplied color of “Rosso Corsa,” and being just one of the 1,315 examples ever made, the classic supercar also comes with optional extras such as wind-up windows and air conditioning — remember, this is basically a road-going F1-derived car, and is one of Ferrari‘s most visceral and hardcore models ever made, so ticking the option box for things such as this aren’t as alien as you’d expec...

Lunaz Launches Aston Martin Electric Vehicle Restomods

The classic James Bond automotive is officially getting an electric vehicle makeover. British company Lunaz, is set to offer electric versions of the iconic Aston Martin DB4, DB5 and DB6. The price tag for the substantial shift for the DB5 and DB6 is looking into the seven-figure valuation. While there is limited information on the pricing, the DB6 is expected to be cheaper but will still “exceed $1 million USD plus local taxes.” According to Top Gear, Lunaz has specifically been programmed to allow for “brisk initial acceleration with the requirements of a classic car that is very much built in the mode of a Grand Tourer.” The electrified Db6 is said to have a range of approximately 255 miles, which is more than is expected from a non-EV DB6. Not much detail has be...

Audi Pumps More Power Into the R8 V10 Performance RWD Coupé and Spyder

The Audi R8 has been with us since 2006, and over the past 15 years it has appeared in many variants, the most exciting of which is the R8 V10 Performance RWD, which today has been given an update for the 2022 model year. As Sebastian Grams, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH, says, “The Audi R8 V10 RWD really struck a chord with customers right from the start with its rear-wheel-drive derived from the R8 LMS racecar and its unfiltered dynamics.” To add to this experience, Audi has pumped an extra 30 HP and 10 Nm of torque into the car’s naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 FSI engine, resulting in a total output of 570 HP and 550 Nm. To help the RWD car cope in all kinds of conditions, the mechanical limited-slip differential has been fettled with to make sure that the ri...

Citroën Wants You to Customize Your AMI With Flames and Kittens

French automotive company Citroën is known in the industry for having a sense of humor, for not taking itself too seriously, and it has made an effort to prove this point once again with its customization program for the all-electric AMI city car. Six patterns have been designed in-house for those who want to add some flavor to their AMI, ranging from jungle to tutti-frutti, a British “globetrotter” theme, camouflage, “Tribe,” and finally, “Trendy.” The stickers can be applied to various areas of the AMI, and are bought individually to be applied by the owner rather than the factory. Additionally, customers can also send in their own pictures and photos to be made by Faab Fabricauto who will produce a custom sticker for your car, which can be applied in ...

Ford Crafts Stealth Edition Appearance Package for 2022 Mustang

Looking ahead at its 2022 Mustang model, American automaker Ford has now revealed a new Stealth Edition Appearance Package for its 310-horsepower turbocharged Mustang EcoBoost Premium variant. As its name suggests, the new package comes with a series of understated changes to give the car a subtle yet sporty makeover. Exterior changes include 19-inch “Ebony Black” painted wheels, blacked pony badges, a performance rear wing, black mirror caps and clear LED taillamp covers, while the interior also receives an updated look with a matte and gloss black instrument panel and illuminated sill plate. Along with the Stealth Edition package, Ford also announced a California Special Appearance Package for the 2022 Mustang GT Premium fastback and convertible models which pays homage to th...

4DESIGN and BBS Japan Join for F1 Racing Wheel Chocolate Mold

Japan’s 4Design has just made a chocolate mold that’s sure to please automotive enthusiasts. Made to give BBS fans a chance to experience the “joy of manufacturing,” this clean mold makes a single miniature 3D version of the BBS F1 racing wheel. Made in partnership with Takaoka City’s Fujita Corporation, this collaboration is a hometown celebration as BBS Japan’s wheels are all made in the same city. The mold joins six separate aluminum pieces together, where when assembled, create a final mold that stands 3×4 inches in size. There are two styles from 4DESIGN — a 1.4-ounce wheel and 1.8-once BBS cushion. Take a look at the molds in action in the video above. In other automotive news, check out our latest DRIVERS with Steven Victor and his 2019...