Looking for a good read about futuristic automobiles and gorgeous women, Playboy has your fix. In the July issue of the long running men’s magazine, reporter Ken Gross will be looking at six new cars that will be coming to showrooms near you. Of course, readers can just get the information for the vehicles here, but then what would be your excuse to buy the magazine? Our recommendation? Get your car fix here and then pretend to read the article when you buy the July issue of Playboy.
The article will be called Reinventing the Wheel and will take a look at the new Porsche 318 Spyder, Bertone Pandion, Aston Marton Cygnet, Mercedes-Benz F800 Style, Ferrari 599 Hy-Kers and the IED Tesla EYE.
The first car on the list is the new Porsche 918 Spyder. This car is a serious case of have your cake and eat it too. It has the appearance of the old Carrera GT, which isn’t really a bad thing from a company that created the horror that is the Cayenne. The 918 will be able to reach 62 miles per hour in just 3.2 seconds thanks to its 500 horsepower V8 and a pair of electric motors. The amazing thing is this car’s gas mileage. Porsche claims that this car can get 78 miles per gallon with just 70 grams of CO2 per kilometer. Stunning.
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The Bertone Pandion is a car that we looked at some time ago and even then it impressed us. With its 4.7-liter, 450 horsepower V8 from Alfa Romeo, the Bertone can really move. Though it’s in the styling department where things get really interesting. With a sculpted sloping bonnet and doors that open by rotating backwards, the Pandion is a designer’s dream.
Aston Martin, on the other hand, seemed bored with creating wonderful works of art and decided a city car was in order. The Cygnet is basically a rich mans Toyota iQ, but there is a catch. Unless you own an Aston already, you won’t be able to buy a new Cygnet. So, in essence, the Cygnet is a gift to Aston owners that they have to pay for. How sweet. With a 1.3-liter engine with 97 horsepower, we think it would be best to pass even if we could buy one.
The Mercedes F800 Concept seems to be the least insane car of the bunch. It won’t cost the same as a house and it won’t require you to own a Mercedes already. Instead, this new F800 is a sneak peak at the next CLS. Under the hood there is even a chance that a hybrid will be available. A gas/electric V6 with 400 combined horsepower is likely, but one never knows with Mercedes.
Ferrari’s goal with the 599 Hy-Kers is to go green, but, seeing as how this is Ferrari, they are going about it in a slightly different way. The car still looks bonkers and slightly wonderful and under the hood is the normal V12. Yet, around town the car can run on pure electric and there is even a Formula One style Kinetic Energy Recovery System. This is basically a fancy way of saying regenerative braking.
Finally, we come to the car with an incredibly bogus name. The IED Tesla EYE. The beginning of the name, IED, comes from the Istituto Europea di Design of Turin. Chances are we will never see this car but it sure is funky. It has a fantasyland nose that would be terrible for aerodynamics and blue windows. Either way, it does make you do a double take as you’re walking by.
We have seen images of all six of these cars before, but never so up close and personal. From city cars to supercars, Playboy will be covering them all.
Hold on though, with that article comes another automotive look, this time it’s based on classic concepts. The article will be called, Back to the Future – the Golden Age of the American Concept Car. This article will feature some of the best concepts ever to grace American soil.
In the article, Playboy looks at the 1962 Ford Seattle-ite XXI, the 1953 Alfa Romeo Bat 5, the 1956 GM Firebird II, the 1960 Plymouth XNR, the 1954 FX-Atmos and the 1951 Buick LeSabre. If only the LeSabre really looked like it did as a concept, maybe it would have been considered a real classic.
Pick up the July issue of Playboy for this in depth look in the automotive world.