ross-merrill - August 24, 2016
Ever worry that you're not cool? Maybe you have cool friends and wear clothes and have cultivated a cool personality -- but what if that's not enough? The only solution is to drive a cool vehicle, and I don't just mean a car.
Here are the coolest forms of personal transport on the market right now. When you step out of one of these, everyone will know you're cool.
This is a street-legal version of Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus's high-performance GT race car, with a carbon-fiber chassis and a maximum speed of 125 mph. It's modified enough that you can plate it, insure it, and drive it around, but still offers the performance and silhouette of a mean machine. And it's safe: When it crashed at the Nurburgring trials, the driver came out completely unharmed. Not much room in the back for groceries, but cool people get those delivered, right?
Most motorcycles have a certain retro cool to them, evoking 1950s James Dean or 1960s Dennis Hopper. So why not out-cool those has-beens with a bike that looks like it's from the future? Ballistic Cycles' 30” Hubless Wheel Twin Turbo Harley Bagger seems impossible. With no spokes in front and no visible wheel in back, it's like a hover-bike from Return of the Jedi...if that movie isn't too uncool to reference.
Everyone knows Aston Martin is cool, but so far their coolness has been limited to land vehicles. Not anymore. The company's first speedboat brings James Bond-level of cool to the ocean. Among the features: A steering wheel (just like a car), touch screen, voice control, fingerprint recognition, a fridge, a coffee machine, and, of course, a cocktail bar. Top speed: Who cares? You'll be too busy mixing martinis to enter any races.
While the idea of owning a helicopter seems cool, the craft themselves aren't that cool. They're ungraceful, loud, and often require someone else to do the piloting. Hirobo's new creation is none of those things. It's electric, with quiet blades, so it's virtually silent. It's much smaller and easier to control than a full-size chopper. And it seats just one person -- you. Hirobo is actually a maker of toys, so they don't have any safety record, but don't let that stop you from putting up just $375,000 to grab this personal aircraft. You'll feel pretty cool gliding silently over traffic jams, master of the skies.
Kawasaki is the maker of the original Jet Ski, and their latest version is pretty cool. From its candy burnt orange color to its 22.5-inch deadrise, which makes it easier to handle in rough waters, the 310X SE gets high marks for performance, speed, towing capability, and awesomeness. Its top speed is 67 mph, which is pretty damn fast. It seats two passengers, so you can spread some of your coolness around.
Most personal airplanes look like your boring, standard Cessna. But Cobalt's Valkyrie is inspired by fighter jets and looks like something Black Widow would fly to meet up with Captain America. Its interior is pretty cool, too, with hand-stitched leather seats for four passengers, and a canopy so large it gives amazing views to everyone on board. There's even an optional airframe parachute in case you take enemy fire. While most small planes are white, the Cobalt comes in array of dark colors for maximum coolness.
Do you know of a vehicle that's too cool not to own -- submarines, perhaps? Go full throttle in the comments.
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