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Last Land Rover Defender

Sixty eight years separate the production of the first Land Rover Defender and the last at the company’s famed Solihull production facility. The last Defender was of the 90 Heritage Soft Top variety, painted in Aintree Green and looking retro as ever. The actual vehicle itself isn’t for sale and will instead be housed in Jaguar’s Land Rover Collection while the facility will be, at least in part, repurposed for Land Rover’s Heritage Restoration Programme, in which a team of long standing Solihull employees restore various Series Land Rovers from around the world. But while this Defender will soon be history another, more modern one — or rather a family of them — will take its place in 2018.

Read more at Land Rover.

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Porsche Design 911 Soundbar

Porsche Design’s creations usually have little to do with the cars by its namesake brand, but their 911 Soundbar is an exception. It starts with an original rear silencer and twin exhaust pulled from a 911 GT3 that’s then modified into a 200 Watt 2.1 virtual DTS TruSurround system. The soundbar also includes a remote and works with both Bluetooth aptX and wired systems using RCA analog, coaxial, or optical inputs. And if the powerful resonating bass — amplified by the exhaust system — isn’t booming enough, an additional output allows for an external subwoofer to be plugged in.

Find it at Porsche Design – roughly $3,150

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Zus Smart Car Charger & Locator

Keep your electronic gadgetry juiced up in your car with the Zus Smart Car Charger & Locator. This ultra-fast USB charger outputs more amperage than typical car chargers, refuelling up to two devices at once in half the time it’d normally take. It’s overbuilt, made of Bayer polycarbonate and titanium coated metal parts, achieving the US Military MIL-STD-810G High Temperature Standard, and sports lighting on either side for usability in the dark. And it’ll also help find your car in overfilled lots thanks to Bluetooth Low Energy and its smartphone app, pointing you towards where you parked it and estimating distance.

Find it at the GearHungry Shop – $30

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Zarooq Sand Racer

The first car ever made in the United Arab Emirates, the Zarooq Sand Racer was unsurprisingly built for the desert — but performs just fine on asphalt as well. Italian lines adorn its body with an aggressive flair but it’s perched up on high-travel suspension and boasts plenty of clearance for off-road use. A base 3.5L Nissan V6 puts out 309 horsepower and 274 lb-ft of torque, though higher powered options producing up to 500 horses are also available. It’s also decked out with an carbon fiber interior, an infotainment system, LED projector headlamps, and massive 33-inch tires.

Learn more at Zarooq Motors – $100,000 [via]

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Hudway Glass

Why spend several hundred dollars on a Heads-Up Display when you’ve already got one in your smartphone, minus the actual glass? That’s the driving factor behind Hudway Glass, an inexpensive accessory that transforms your smartphone into a HUD. The secret of Hudway is in the multilayer glass that’s built from plastic and optimizes distortion-free transparency while maximizing reflectivity from the smartphone below. Stick it to your dash using one of two included mounts — one low profile and another more adjustable one — then flip it open. And using it is as simple as firing up a HUD-supporting app on your smartphone — such as Hudway’s own GPS navigation app, Speedometer, Navmii, Baidu Maps, and plenty more — and then placing it on the non-slip cradle.

Learn more at Hudway Glass or back them at Kickstarter – $49

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Weego JS6 Jump Starter Standard Battery

Why carry around jumper cables when a smartphone-sized device can handle the job? The Weego JS6 Jump Starter Standard Battery does just that with its 6,000mAh rechargeable li-ion battery, boosting gasoline engines of up to 4.6L (or diesels of up to 2.4L). The pack only loses about 2% of its charge per month in storage and includes an LED flashlight for fiddling around in the dark. It’ll also jump start your phone or tablet thanks to its USB port, making the pack useful even if your car battery is perfectly healthy.

Find it at Amazon – $90

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Tesla Model X

Tesla’s Model S is spacious but it’s no sports utility vehicle. The newly unveiled Model X, on the other hand, is just that. Big enough to seat seven adults plus gear and equipped with dual 259 horsepower front and rear motors — or 259 and 503 horses in the front and rear, respectively, in the case of the P90D — this sports utility vehicle still manages to go from 0 to 60 in as little as 3.2 seconds and run for 250 miles on a charge. But don’t think the fact that it’s electric hinders performance: it’ll endowed with a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, boasts all-wheel drive, and features a very low center of gravity (thanks to its battery placement) that negatives the risk of rollover to add to Tesla’s obsessive safety record. Other interesting features include rear Falcon Wing doors that open while requiring little clearance, the lowest drag coefficient of any SUV, and the largest all-glass panoramic windshield currently in production.

Delivering in 2016. Read more at Tesla Motors – $132,000+

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Not much beats hanging out in a hammock. And now the reliance on trees to which to attach it is a thing of the past — at least if you drive a Jeep Wrangler or a pickup truck — with Jammock. Made of matte black 1000 Denier Cordura Nylon that’s water resistant yet breathable, Jammock quickly installs in the otherwise unused space between your Wrangler’s roll bars or between your pickup truck’s bed and supports up to 350 pounds. Perfect for napping, stargazing, or miscellaneous lazying in the wilderness.

Pick one up at Amazon ($130; Jeep only) or at Jammock ($137+)

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Timberland Tires

Timberland’s been laying rubber on gravel for upwards of 40 years, just that that rubber’s usually been under your feet in the form of their iconic boots. Timberland Tires represents a new direction for the company. Created in partnership with Omni United, Timberland Tires come in two versions — the Cross and the more aggressive A/T — appropriate for a range of SUVs and light trucks rolling over a variety of terrains. Plus once their journey on the road is complete and the tread is worn thin, each tire can easily be recycled back by the company into footwear outsoles thanks to the use of a special rubber formulation.

Read more at Timberland Tires – $TBA

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Porsche Mission E Concept

It may be just a concept (at least for now), but if the Porsche Mission E is a sign of things to come, stating that we’re excited is a blatant understatement. The Mission E is as sustainable as it is sporty, powered by dual PSM electric motors — one per axle — that are in turn fed by a large lithium ion underbody battery working to keep the car’s center of gravity and weight distribution in check. Performance wise it’ll go 0 to 62 in less than three and a half seconds on its way to a top speed of over 155 mph, and that’s all while driving for 310 miles on a charge. Porsche evidently also has its sights set on Tesla, adorning the Mission E with a futuristic instrument panel, 80% charge 15 minutes, and a sleek design complete with suicide doors that open up to its four seat cabin.

Read more at Porsche – $TBA

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