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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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Motoped Survival

Versatile as hell and far faster than your unpowered bicycle, the Motoped Survival is ready for the unexpected. You can pedal if you need to — for instance, if you’d like to keep noise levels down or if the fuel tank has dried out — but the latter’s unlikely considering two optional side-mounted fuel tanks can take you up to 300 miles between fill-ups. It comes with one of two engines (or none, if you’d like to add your own): a 49cc pumping out 2 horsepower or a 125cc giving 7.78 horsepower. Both also include adjustable DNM front suspension forks with 6- to 8-inches of travel, a DNM shock for the rear, Hayes Prime DH Hydraulic brakes, and a large aluminum rear rack capable of holding 30 pounds of gear.

Learn more at Motoped – $3,200 to $3,800

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Taurus 2×2 All Terrain Motorcycle

It’s not the first rugged-as-hell Russian-made vehicle to grace these pages, and we’re sure it won’t be the last. The Taurus 2×2 All Terrain Motorcycle gives you the all-terrain capabilities of an ATV — i.e. powerful, individually-driven wheels — minus two of them. It’s just as ready to take on a wide variety of conditions and conveniently comes apart to store in the back of a large SUV or truck, the totality of its parts weighing just under 200 pounds. And since it’s more narrow than four-wheeled ATVs it’s better suited for densely packed forests. It’s not yet available outside of Russia but should be by around the end of this year.

Learn more at Moto2x2 – $TBA [via]

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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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Bruder Expedition EXP-6

Stick to the road, or don’t. The Bruder Expedition EXP-6 will follow either way. With Four Corner Independent Air Suspension its wheels have double the travel of conventional independent systems and can be controlled on the fly to better suit current conditions. Once you’ve arrived adjust the height to your stature before enjoying its full amenities, including a flat screen TV with surround sound audio, a queen sized bed, a rest room with shower, a whole lot of storage, and several optional bunk beds — not to mention an extendable awning outside that covers a slide out kitchen and fold down external table. The tapered chassis is also air tight to keep out mud, sand, salt, and water, so you won’t need to worry about your trailer any more than you do about the vehicle pulling it.

Learn more at Bruder Expedition – $TBA

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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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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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Vanual Campervan DIY Guide

Yearn for a view that changes as days go by and miles rack up? The Vanual Campervan DIY Guide wants to help you make it happen, and not by selling you a used Westfalia, mind you, but rather by enabling you to build a road-worthy campervan yourself. Filmmaker Zack Both did the research and built his own from a used but reliable 2003 Chevy Express for about twelve grand, adding in insulation, a wood floor, a gorgeous lath ceiling, a bed, as well as the electrical setup to run the lights, a fridge, a fan, and smaller electrical doodads. A handful of concise tips and hints on tackling safety, sleeping (stealthily), hygiene, as well as making a living on the road are also included, and which, frankly, are as important as building the van itself.

Learn more at The Vanual – $Free

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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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