One Lap of the Web: Lamborghini Urraco, Alfa 1750 GTV for sale and the anime-fantasy Kawasaki J conceptMon, 02 Dec 2013
-- While we were sharing our stories of awful cars we're glad we're rid of , Hooniverse contributors were also choosing their favorite Thanksgiving turkeys. The most appealing of the lot? The Lamborghini Urraco, a car that completely disregarded function in pursuit of form. As Jim Yu notes, one old review “described the car as having a soft clutch, and four paragraphs later, a heavy clutch.” On any other car we'd chalk the inconsistency up to a mistaken reviewer. On the Urraco, though, anything is possible. We'll still jump at the opportunity to drive one.
-- While we were enjoying our leftovers, a nice 1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV popped up on Bring a Trailer . It's not cheap at $23,000, but it seems like most of the hard work has been done and it will supposedly “start, run, drive, and handle excellently with no smoke from the motor or grinds from the gearbox.” Sure, you'd take those things for granted in a beater economy car, but this is an Alfa we're talking about. We even like the “Dutch blue” paint job.
-- Sometimes, it seems like a car's production run is over too soon -- we sure wish the SLS AMG was sticking around for a little longer, for example. Other cars seem to stick around forever. Like the VW Beetle, which lasted from 1949...to 1980 (technically 2006 if you include Mexican production). Find more examples of marathon production runs, including the Checker Marathon of NYC Taxi fame (built from 1960 to 1982), at Hagerty.
-- Have you ever watched "Akira" and thought, "Hey, I want to be just like Kaneda except for that whole 'dealing with the psychic mutant apocalypse' thing" ? Well, Kawasaki wants to help you live the dream by providing you with a kick-ass J concept motorcycle. Unlike the infamous Kaneda bike, the J concept has four wheels. The two in the back are permanently attached, but the front two move around depending on drive mode; they're either spread out, trike-like, for upright riding or squeezed together when the vehicle hunkers down for (presumably) more aggressive maneuvers. Check out the pictures at Wired. Power is from a glowing green, entirely hypothetical "Gigacell" battery, according to Kawasaki. Gigacell, people. This is some serious stuff.