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Maserati Alfieri Electric

It may be a little late to the game, likely arriving by about 2020 — a year or so after the gasoline-powered version hits the streets. Still, the bold and all-electric Maserati Alfieri is certainly recognizable as a Maserati inside and out despite being the brand’s first electric vehicle. The handsome two-seater is simultaneously high-tech and intuitive to pilot, with a futuristic instrument panel, a unique machined aluminum gear lever, and minimal, functional controls otherwise. We’ll have to wait and see how things develop in the real world and we’ve yet to hear anything about its motor and other specs, but a heated competition in the EV market sounds great to us.

Learn more (but frankly not much) at Maserati – TBA

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Roav Dashtop Computer

Your car and phone both contain computers. Thing is they usually don’t interface with one another all that well. The Roav Dashtop Computer aims to change that. Created by Anker, the Roav sits above your car’s instrument cluster and in front of your windshield, acting as a heads-up display by way of a transparent projector screen that ensures your eyes stay on the road. Its main functions span navigation, hands-free phone calls, and music controls, though it can also reroute you to avoid traffic if necessary and alert you if you’re inching past the speed limit. It’s otherwise voice controllable thanks to accurate Nuance software and includes an intuitive controller that attaches to your steering wheel for when manual inputs are necessary.

Learn more at Roav – $300+

GET IT: $300+

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2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus Exclusive

You’d think the description of the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus Exclusive would begin with motor or performance specs. But it’s an R8 V10, so that’s a given. This edition instead is all about the details, notably its headlights: each one of them contains one blue laser module putting out a beam that’s transformed by a phosphor converter into very bright, pure white light. It may seem like overkill but when active at speeds above 40 mph the lasers aid the LED high beams in enhancing forward visibility thanks to the low and wide beam of light projected far ahead. Besides the lights the Plus Exclusive also comes in a new Quantum Gray paint job, includes 20-inch 10-spoke Y-design wheels, a gloss anthracite front grille, and a carbon sideblade with a bold Solar Orange vertical stripe.

Read Audi’s press release for details – $229,200

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Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan

Honda’s Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan operates without any emissions and boasts a range that’s the longest of any alternative vehicle, on par with most gasoline-powered vehicles. Clarity’s powered by a Clarity Fuel Cell stack that’s denser and more compact than its predecessor, fitting under the hood alongside a torquey 174 horsepower electric motor that it drives. The reaction mixes hydrogen from its fuel tank with oxygen from the air, creating electricity and resulting in water as waste. Its low and wide aerodynamic body also aids fuel efficiency, and inside it’s equipped with a large center display that works with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for turn-by-turn directions, music, and calling. It’s also got a heads-up display that projects driver info onto the windshield itself, room for five on fine leather seating, and a refuelling time of about three minutes, so you’ll never need to wait for slow-charging batteries to top up.

Rolling out in late winter in California, for starters. Learn more at Honda – $60,000

GET IT: $60,000

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Ferrari GTC4Lusso T

Pit it up against the GTC4Lusso and the new Ferrari GTC4Lusso T might seem a touch underpowered. In reality it’s a lot more sensible — if we can say that about any Ferrari — for most drivers. The four-seater features a responsive 3.9-litre turbo V8 in the place of the Lusso’s V12 that generates 601 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque, sent to the rear wheels only. The simpler drivetrain and smaller engine mean both weight savings and improved fuel economy even if its top speed and 0 to 62 spring take a very slight hit, which are 208 mph and 3.4 seconds, respectively, on the GTC4Lusso. Best of all the T will be more affordable but so far precise pricing details are lacking.

Learn more at Ferrari – $TBA

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Automatic Pro

Automatic’s original car monitoring device tapped into your car’s computer and shed light on tons of hidden data. Their latest, the Automatic Pro, is a marked improvement upon the original, also plugging in to your vehicle’s OBD-II port and pulling the same data but this time unchaining itself from your smartphone thanks to an included and unlimited 5 year 3G subscription. Data pulled includes detailed daily/monthly breakdowns of mileage, distance, location data, and compiled driving score based on the abruptness of your braking acceleration, though it can accomplish more technical tasks like interpreting a check engine light. The GPS also helps to find your car if you’ve misplaced it in a massive parking lot while IFTTT compatibility lets your car pull off fancy automated tasks, for instance turning on your Hue lights when you get home or logging each trip you make to a Google Sheet.

Hit up Amazon or Automatic for details – $130

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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

Tech

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