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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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2017 Mazda MX-5 RF

The 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF — for retractable fastback — gives you the best of both the hardtop and soft top worlds. If you’re rolling at under 6 miles per hour, the push of a button makes the roof and rear window retract and hide under the buttresses, exposing the cabin to sunlight and wind. Another push and you’re completely shielded from both the elements and road noise in ways a soft top never could, not to mention slight increases in rigidity. Despite the hardtop the RF still boasts the same amount of trunk space as its soft-top sibling. It’s also powered by the same Skyactiv-G 2.0-liter inline 4 that outputs 155 horsepower, though other upgrades over the standard Miata include Nappa leather inside, new colorways, and improved sound insulation for a quieter ride on the rare occasions when the windows and roof are actually rolled up and closed, respectively.

Learn more at Mazda (once their site is updated with it) – $TBA

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Aston Martin DB11

Aston Martin’s DB11 is most powerful DB to ever exit the British automaker’s gates. But while it’s no slouch — its 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 outputs 600 horses and gets the car from 0 to 62 in 3.9 seconds towards a max speed of 200 miles per hour — the model really stands out in its long lineage thanks to technological refinements that still respect its timeless luxury, appealing particularly to those looking for a grand tourer. From the driver’s seat, a Daimler AG-assisted instrument cluster takes center stage, with an 8-inch centrally mounted TFT screen that’s fully dedicated to infotainment alongside an optional BeoSound system by Bang & Olufsen. Its new bonded aluminum body sheds and simultaneously boosts strength while an aerodynamically engineered shell reduces lift and increases stability, the latter accomplished without the need for a spoiler. And despite all of its honing it’s still instantly recognizable as an Aston Martin.

Read more at Aston Martin – $212,000

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Bugatti Chiron

With a (so far) electronically limited top speed of 261 mph (420 kmh) and a power output of 1,500 horsepower, the Bugatti Chiron makes the Veyron look sluggish in comparison. Its 8-litre W16 engine boasts four custom Bugatti-designed turbochargers that start delivering maximum torque at 2,000 rpm, accelerating the heavy Chiron from 0 to 62 mph in under 2.5 seconds, and to 186 in a blistering 13.6. The above is aided by Bugatti’s new carbon fiber monocoque, carbon fiber body and structural panels, as well as a titanium exhaust system that all boost rigidity or reduce weight, or both. It also pairs this beastly performance to an utterly luxurious cabin, complete with an analog speedometer that goes all the way up to 310 mph (500 kmh), a chilled glove box for stashing beverages, and an instrument cluster that gradually fades and minimizes all non-essential information (read: distractions) as its speed climbs into the hundreds.

Read more at Bugatti – roughly $2,620,000

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Maserati Levante

The first ever SUV to bear the trident badge, Maserati’s Levante is at first as warm and calming as its namesake wind, and just as quick to display its violent underlying power. Available with either gasoline or diesel powered engines — exact production TBA — the streamlined SUV comes standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission that deliver power to all four wheels thanks to their Q4 all-wheel drive system. The Levante also boasts electronic suspension with controlled damping and air springs, solid off-road performance, and Maserati’s iconic three air vents on the vehicle’s front wings.

Read more at Maserati – $TBA

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Ferrari GTC4Lusso

Ferraris aren’t built with practicality and sensibility in mind, but if some minimum of both is required then the upcoming Ferrari GTC4Lusso is your best bet. The sleek four-seater boasts the same four wheel drive system as its discontinued predecessor, the FF, but adds to it 4RM-S four-wheel steering system plus Side Slip Control 4.0 to continue making tracks ever forward through wet or snow-covered roads. It’s also equipped with a 680 horsepower V12 that outputs 512 lb-ft of torque at under 2,000 rpm and gets it to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds, making this car dominant on the road, even with a full family in its four wraparound seats.

Learn more at Ferrari – $TBA

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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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