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Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Concept

Paying homage to the indulgent age of the aero coupés, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Concept is nothing if not bold. This massive 2+2 coupé boasts a dominating bonnet and trailing roofline that feels far more futuristic than retro despite its inspiration. Inside, the front windscreen augments the view of the road with driving-related data, contrasting nicely with large leather seats (perhaps better described as sofas?) and elm wood used for flooring. Most surprisingly it’s electric, with one motor driving each wheel for a combined total of about 738 horsepower, pressing on from 0 to 62 in under four seconds and up to its electronically governed top speed of 155 miles per hour.

Read more at Mercedez-Benz – $TBA

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Bristol Bullet Speedster

Rescued from insolvency but five years ago, Bristol’s back with its first car since its new ownership took the reigns: the timely 70th anniversary edition Bullet Speedster. Each model is hand made in Chichester and is as bold as it is big, with a powerful stance and an attention-grabbing aeronautics-inspired shape. Contrasting with its more traditional design is the use carbon fibre composites in the making of its body for high rigidity and an overall low weight. This shows on its 0-62 time of 3.8 seconds and top speed of 155 miles per hour, though the 4.8 litre BMW V8 Hercules engine under the hood, producing 370 horsepower and almost equivalent torque, helps a bit with this as well. The speedster’s also fitted with modern amenities like Bluetooth/WiFi, a media center with digital radio, and contoured sports seats for long distance comfort.

Learn more at Bristol – roughly $330,000

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Aukey Flashlight Jump Starter

It’s not particularly compact for a torch, but that’s because the Aukey Flashlight Jump Starter also packs a capable 12,000mAh lithium ion battery within its casing. This battery also powers its bright LED bulb which cycles through three modes — torch, SOS, and emergency strobe — when it’s not outputting juice to your digital device plugged into its USB port. It’ll even deliver 400A peak amp current through the included jumper cable clamps, enough to boost most cars and small trucks with gas powered engines smaller than 5 litres.

Find it at Amazon – $70 [via]

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1943 Volkswagon KdF Type 60 Beetle

Originally delivered to the chief of the Red Cross in Berlin, this 1943 Volkswagon KdF Type 60 Beetle — built only a handful of years after the original Beetle was conceived — was rediscovered in Poland 16 years ago and expertly restored using genuine KdF parts. The near immaculate vehicle boasts an original stealthy black on black paint job and only shows a bit more color on the inside — and on the driver’s door, which is emblazoned with a red cross over a white circle. It’s being auctioned off by The Finest, so if you fancy a mid-war Beetle along with all accompanying historical documentation, service history, and manuals, this may be one of the best chances you get.

Learn more at The Finest – estimated $275,000 to $350,000

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2017 Porsche Panamera

It’s been seven years since its initial release so the 2017 Porsche Panamera was due for some revisiting. The second gen Panamera fortifies the car’s raison d’être of luxurious comfort with sports car performance, the latter thanks to three new biturbo direct injection engines: a V8 delivering 550hp in the Turbo, a V6 producing 440hp for the 4S, and a 422hp V8 diesel in the 4S Diesel. All can be coupled to permanent all-wheel drive and a new eight-speed dual clutch transmission. Inside the cabin you’ll find a slew of assistance systems — some optional — which include a night vision that detects people and animals with a thermal camera as well as LED matrix headlights that shine light on people beyond the normal range. Other interior niceties include a panoramic tilt roof, massage seats, and a 3D Burmester sound system. The outside has also been reworked to boast a sleeker and longer silhouette along with a longer wheelbase and faster roofline. Punch it and the fastest one will hit 62 mph in 3.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 190 mph, with a concealed spoiler that splits and extends out from above the trunk.

Read more at Porsche’s newsroom – $100,000+

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Pearl RearVision License Plate Cover

Like the recently announced FenSens, the Pearl RearVision License Plate Cover installs easily around your existing license plate on virtually any car. But instead of a proximity sensor, it adds a backup camera, using your phone as a razor-sharp display. It’s weatherproof, boasts concealed solar panels in its base to never require removal and recharging, and offers a wide-angle view thanks to its two HD cameras. A Car Adapter plugs to your car’s OBD port to link the frame to the smartphone app, which works in both landscape and portrait modes and triggers visual and audible alerts if obstacles cross your path.

Learn more at Pearl Auto – $500

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Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100

We’ve got a pretty good idea of what the car of the future will look like — not unlike what we’ve got now but a touch more high tech and with the ability to drive itself. But what sort of automobiles will whisk around the 0.1%? The Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 Concept is such a first glimpse. First off it’s larger and even more imposing than existing Rolls, with the same iconic grill worked into the front and four wheels encased in aerodynamic sheet metal. Inside, it’s got seats for just two, offering plenty of room for them to stretch out or get some work done as Eleanor, an AI-equipped virtual assistant, takes the place of the driver. In fact the car is forcefully 100% autonomous with no pedals or steering wheels for human input. Even getting in and out of the car is exuberant, with the glass roof lifting up to allow passengers to stand up completely and walk out while a step extends out to help them get down.

Learn more at Rolls-Royce – $TBA

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Mazzanti Evantra Millecavalli

Mazzanti isn’t a household name like Ferrari or Lamborghini, but it might be following the Mazzanti Evantra Millecavalli, now Italy’s most powerful street-legal supercar. As its name would have you assume the Millecavalli’s 7.2-litre twin-turbo V8 engine outputs 1,000 horsepower to the rear wheels, with torque at an almost equally impressive 885 lb-ft. A six-speed sequential gearbox sits in between and lets the car hit 62 mph in 2.7 seconds on its way to a ludicrous top speed of 250 miles per hour, just a hair below the recently dethroned Bugatti Veyron. Large Brembo ceramic disk brakes tame its speed admirably (albeit probably not fast enough). Though only 25 units total will ever come out of Mazzanti’s factory, and they’ll probably go quick.

Read more at Mazzanti – $TBA

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Land Rover Series 1 SUV

They’re already hard to find in half-decent shape. But now you can get behind the wheel of a Land Rover Series 1 SUV that looks like it rolled right out of the factory back in 1948. Twenty five hand-picked original models are to be restored to perfect condition and to original specifications at Land Rover’s Solihull plant, available in five original colors that span Light Green to Poppy Red. They cost about as much as a brand new Land Rover and come with less features, but their sheer rarity makes them worth a look for any serious car collector.

Read the press release at Jaguar Land Rover – roughly $85,000+

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Tesla Model 3

It’s not the first affordable electric car to make it to market — hell, reserve your place now and you still won’t get behind the wheel until late next year, best case scenario. But the Tesla Model 3 is no doubt the most enticing. An electric motor will take it from 0 to 62 mph in under six seconds and high capacity batteries offer a range of at least 215 miles. Both interior space and cargo space are ample, with room to seat five adults comfortably and both front and rear trunks. Every single vehicle shipped will also come standard with autopilot hardware, supercharger support, and rear wheel drive, with a [presumably quicker and more powerful] four wheel drive system optional. And its price, already a fraction of the Model S’, is before tax incentives.

Delivering end 2017. Reserve one at Tesla Motors – $35,000

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