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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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Segway miniPRO

Segway finally took the hint. The Segway miniPRO is pricier than generic hoverboards but also likely far less explosive, at least judging by the original Segway in use for years. This new two-wheeled handle-less personal transporter features an aircraft grade magnesium alloy frame, 10.5-inch vacuum tires, and a knee control bar that lets its driver steer by simply leaning towards one side. So sure, it’s not a true hoverboard, but it’s still a lot more compact than its predecessor and relatively portable at 28 pounds. It also boasts a top speed of 10 mph, range of 14 miles on a charge (with remaining battery life represented on a small screen between your feet), and has passed all testing and certification by Underwriters Laboratories, the same which can’t be said about real hoverboards. Other niceties include antitheft measures that trigger a phone alert if your scooter is moved, customizable front-facing LED lights for safety that can be set to any color, and a choice of two paint jobs — black and white.

Preorder at Amazon – $1,000

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Backup sensors and cameras are brilliantly practical, but if you’re not ready to upgrade your older, less tricked out car just yet there’s FenSens. Installation is as easy as mounting a license plate cover except for the use of security screws with the included screwdriver. Then, pair it to your smartphone using Bluetooth and fire up the accompanying app. FenSens’ integrated sensors will warn you via your smartphone beeping if your car is getting close to an object while simultaneously displaying distance from nearby obstacles on its screen. And battery is hardly an issue: one charge lasts for about five months at which point it’s recharged by plugging into USB like any modern device.

Available soon for preorder. Hit up FenSens for deets – $100

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Nikola One Semi

It’s got no relation to Tesla Motors except for the individual inspiring its name. And perhaps in craziness and vision. The Nikola One Semi is powered at each of its six wheels by electric motors producing a total 2,000 horsepower and 3,700 lb-ft of torque — several times more power than conventional big rigs to blast up inclines with ease — and features fuel saving features like regenerative breaking, zero idling, and an aerodynamic design. Since modern batteries still aren’t capacious enough to pull large, heavy trailers for long distances, they’re instead refuelled as its being driven by a turbine that’s powered by either diesel, gasoline, or clean burning natural gas, running for about 1,200 miles between fill-ups. It’s also equipped with a larger cabin thanks to the absence of a large diesel engine up front that’s got two full sized beds, a fridge and freezer, desk, microwave, television, and other luxuries. The goal is a truck that’s far cheaper to run than the norm, and although we won’t be preordering one just yet we’re curious to see where this goes.

Read more at Nikola One – $375,000

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BlackFin Camper Box

Van life is now a real possibility with nigh any vehicle thanks to the BlackFin Camper Box. This hard shell camper tent mounts to your car, van, or SUV by way of a roof rack with either round or square bars and pops up in, quite literally, five seconds, providing shelter from the elements and a warm place to catch some shuteye. A fiberglass hard shell repels water both when driving and when popped up while wind resistant materials make up the walls to stand up to strong winds. A full-sized high density foam mattress comes included and the box measures in at nearly seven feet long to easily fit two adults comfortably, or even up to three adults (though we’d presume somewhat less comfortably). It also includes an adjustable aluminum ladder for climbing in, roll-up windows and screens, plus internal pockets and hooks to keep from losing your gear within the fray of blankets, pillows, and sleeping bags.

Find it at Kickstarter – $1,500+

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