2019 Harley-Davidson F-150 Concept by Tuscany

Harley-Davidson and Tuscany Motor Company rolled out a Harley-Davidson Concept Custom 2019 Ford F-150 for the motorcycle marque’s 115th Anniversary Celebration this weekend in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Harley styling crew and specialty vehicle manufacturer co-designed the new concept pickup which takes its styling cues from Harley’s most popular and iconic ride—the Fat Boy.

It will be on view at the Harley-Davidson Museum and it looks like the perfect hauler for next year’s ride out to Sturgis.

“Harley-Davidson is one of the most iconic brands in the world,” said Jeff Burttschell, Tuscany Motor Co. VP, in a statement. “The new truck was designed to evoke the same sense of power and freedom as the Harley-Davidson motorcycles that inspired it.”

And that it does. The bad ass concept truck gets a matching coat of Vivid Black paint (or Leadfoot Gray), plenty of H-D bar and shield badging, custom tuned BDS suspension lift with upgraded FOX shocks, lighted power deploying running boards with unique integrated rocker trim, and a custom tuned Flowmaster exhaust with H-D solid billet aluminum tips.

It also sports a ram-air hood, custom fender flares and vents, a front bumper cap with skid plate, LED light bar, honeycomb grille and mesh,  locking ABS tonneau cover, and rolls on Fat Boy-style 22-inch milled aluminum wheels with 35-inch all-terrain rubber.

Inside gets a splash of orange accents on the door, dash, and steering wheel trim, plus stainless steel H-D gauges, billet H-D racing pedals, and two-tone diamond stitched perforated custom leather seats. Need more H-D? There’s also H-D emblazoned floor mats, entry sill, bed rug, and a numbered center console badge.

It sure looks like a great time to head to Milwaukee and join the weekend party. Besides the concept trucks, there’s a custom bike show, bands, tours, food, and more at the H-D Museum.

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Lamborghini Aventador Successor to Get V-12 With Hybrid Power

How can Lamborghini make its outrageous flagship V-12 engine even better? With batteries.

After years of keeping the idea of hybrid power at arms’ length, Automobili Lamborghini will use a V-12 with hybrid-assist as the powerplant for the successor to the Aventador.

Maurizio Reggiani, Chief Technical Officer of Automobili Lamborghini, said emissions and noise regulations are forcing the automaker’s hands somewhat. But Lamborghini is making the best of the situation.

“The successor to the Aventador will be V-12 naturally aspirated. We can add a hybrid or plug-in to respect all the rules of fuel consumption and emissions,” Reggiani said in an interview with Motor Trend during Monterey Car Week, where Lamborghini revealed the Aventador SVJ (pictured).

How would the hybrid system work?

“Maybe we have hybrid boost for turbo-like performance,” Reggiani said. “When I have a tank of energy, I want to use what is best for homologation. Once you fulfill that requirement, the additional energy can be used for performance.

“We have the anima selector, for Strada, Sport, and Corsa driving modes. In Strada, we never use the [battery] energy as a boost [perhaps using hybrid power for EV-only operation in urban centers]. In Sport, we use the electric power in the rear axle with electronic torque vectoring to have more control. And in Corsa, we send the electric boost to the wheel that can best transfer the torque at any speed.”

Using turbos to boost performance likely is a one-off, just for the Urus, Reggiani added.

“If you want to move a car weighing 2.2 tons on every surface, even if it’s gravel or sand, you need an engine that provides huge torque at 1,500 rpm. Only a turbo can provide this. The decision of using a turbo was based on the mission of the car. Supersports cars don’t have this kind of mission,” he said.

Lamborghini may also add a fourth mass-production vehicle to its lineup, Reggiani said. Once Lamborghini gets its assembly processes up to speed with Urus and is confident of its consistent volume, it will consider another volume vehicle.

“When we did Urus, we were consistent with our history, in which the Espada was a real four-seater. If you also look at our history, we had a proper 2+2, which was the Islero,” Reggiani said, without clarifying if such a car would be a smaller SUV, a sedan, or a 2+2 coupe. The next-gen Aventador may not be the only product with electrification in its future, as it was previously rumored that the Huracán’s successor would be a hybrid, as well. Back in 2016, Reggiani also confirmed a plug-in hybrid variant of the Urus was in the works.














































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2019 BMW Z4 M40i… Shooting Brake?

We’re actually big fans of the new BMW Z4 M40i, here at BMWBLOG. We know that a lot of BMW enthusiasts are dogging it for bucking some of BMW’s traditional design trends but that’s the very reason we like it — it’s different and exciting. It looks aggressive and it looks like a sports car. The previous Z4, the E89 generation, was a beautiful car but it never looked like a sports car, more like a small grand touring car. This new one looks mean and we like it.

More recently, we saw that angry roadster imagined as a coupe, in a recent render. That render honestly just made it look like the Toyota Supra with which it shares its chassis. It looked cool but, ultimately, just like a Supra. Now, the same person behind that Z4 Coupe render has come up with another — a BMW Z4 M40i Shooting Brake.

As a car enthusiast, I love a good shooting brake as much as the next guy but I’m not so sure about this. Admittedly, there is a part of me that really likes it, as it reminds me of the BMW Z3 M Coupe, the famous Clownshoe, which was an odd looking car but a hilariously fun oddball of a thing. Though, I’m not so sure it works as well on this new Z4.

While the back end, the shooting brake end, looks cool on its own, its quirkiness doesn’t match the rest of the car. The new BMW Z4 is too serious, too angry looking to have a funny looking shooting brake design. The original BMW Z3 was a fun looking car to begin with, so adding an odd coupe-like rear end just made it even funnier. This, though, just looks a bit off.

Don’t get me wrong, if BMW ever makes a Z4 M40i Shooting Brake, I’d drive the hell out of it because it would be awesome. But I’m just not so sure about how it would look.

[Source: X-Tomi Design]

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