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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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Ortega Mk. 1C Personal Submarine

Designed to be slim, sleek, and hydrodynamic, the Ortega Mk. 1C Personal Submarine works just as well above or below water level. This unique three-person vessel is propelled by twin high power electric motors to speeds of up to 9 knots at the surface and 11 knots submersed. It’s got no canopy so you’ll need to be ready to get wet — preferably with a wetsuit — but the sub does provide on-board breathing apparatus, 250 litres of cargo space, and a heads-up display complete with navigation systems. Its 80 nautical mile range is impressive, as is the ability to jump in and out of the craft while underwater for touching, not just looking at, the plants and animals deep below the sea.

Check it out at Ortega – $TBA

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Vespa Elettrica Electric Scooter

Vespa gas-powered scooters are crawling all over Europe, and it’s only a matter of time before they start switching to electric. The Vespa Elettrica Electric Scooter — or some form of it — will likely grab a big share of the market, though it won’t be available until the second half of next year. Aside from the blue-accented silver paint job range, performance, price, and specs overall are notably absent, but we’re fairly confident the electric motor will put the curb on the insufferable noise generated by these tiny vehicles, which is news enough.

Read the press release at Piaggio Group (owner of Vespa) – $TBA

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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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Winnebago Paseo Van

Say goodbye to wood plated decals, the brand new Winnebago Paseo looks as sleek and as classy as ever, only smaller. Built on the chassis of a Ford Transit Van, it’s been designed to optimize living space inside the vehicle through effective compact design and by the ability to customize the rear third of the coach’s layout to your needs. All basic necessities are covered thanks to a refrigerator, bathroom with toilet and shower, and a complete kitchen. With hideaway beds and furniture, you can switch between two completely different setups: one for night time and one for day. To maximize counter space, its two-burner stove top and stainless steel sink can be covered by a perfectly fitting heat-proof glass cover. Also addressing the concern of fuel efficiency, the Winnebago Paseo is equipped with a Ford EcoBoost engine that allows you to travel the continent without worrying too much about destroying it. Sadly, though, most van lifers are priced out.

Learn more at Winnebago – $115,000

GET IT: $115,000

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Immotor Go Electric Scooter

Immotor Go shatters any preconceived notions that you can’t look good riding a scooter. Its sleek, compact design, which folds down in five seconds to a size that can be rolled around or stored just about anywhere, makes it look like it’s straight out of the future. The Immotor Go is equipped with a power yet silent electric motor and a completly digital interface that lets you control LED headlights, a GPS system, cruise control and acceleration. It also comes with one or two interchangeable and rechargeable batteries that not only fuel your vehicle but can also be used to plug in your phone and laptop, eliminating the fear of ever seeing that low battery warning of doom. And as any smart device should, it comes with its own app that syncs to your phone so you can plot your routes ahead of time, limit speed, and set distance limitations.

Find it at Indiegogo – $450

GET IT: $450

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Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class Pickup Truck

Mercedes-Benz’ expansion across the automobile market continues to places we’d never thought we’d see with the Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class Pickup Truck. Probably the first true luxury pickup truck, the X-Class boasts classic pickup prowess that includes permanent 4MATIC all-wheel drive, capable off-road capabilities, and a towing capacity of up to three and a half tons, all while retaining the comfort and performance you’d expect from a Mercedes. The imposing truck stands nearly 6’3″ high and is powered by a V6 diesel that spins 22-inch light-alloy wheels. On the inside it’s decked out with a warm, leathery seats, smoked oak, and brushed aluminum complementing the center-mounted touchscreen controls and media center. Safety is also a priority with a slew of modern driver assistance systems like cameras and sensors. It’s arriving in Europe in late 2017 and Latin America in early 2018, so patience is likely sensible for prospective USA buyers.

Learn more at Daimler – $TBA

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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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Cobalt Valkyrie-X Rose Gold

Finally you can match your plane to your watch, smartphone, even your computer. Part of Neiman Marcus’ Fantasy Gifts collection, the Cobalt Valkyrie-X is the first private jet available in rose gold, at least as far as we’re aware (though who knows what with bespoke commissions for the wealthy). It’s one of the fastest piston aircraft around, with a 350 horsepower engine and a top speed of 230 miles per hour. Inside the cockpit the flight controls are plated with rose gold as well, contrasting nicely with its hand-stitched cream leather seats and immense one-piece canopy. Sits one pilot and three passengers.

Learn more at Neiman Marcus – $1,500,000

GET IT: $1,500,000

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BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100

Most concepts give us a general idea of what’s coming in the next decade or so. The BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 gives us a glance into a further-out post-autonomous future where humans will want to take back control, at least occasionally, and truly experience the road. Despite its futuristic looks its seating position is set up like a roadster but with a very different flexible triangular frame that quite literally bends to steer instead of pivoting on a steering head as modern motorcycles do. A zero-emission opposed-twin engine sits where you’d expect though its polished aluminum shell protrudes out of the sides as the motorcycle speeds up to optimize aerodynamics. While it’s not self-driving, a variety of assistance systems would ensure perfect balance when ridden or at a standstill while also greatly increasing safety, making helmets largely unnecessary. Instead, a pair of data glasses protect your eyes from the wind and display information when need be in your field of view — no dashboard needed.

Read more at BMW.

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Stowaway Portable Roof Rack

For most drivers using their cars as a means of commuting, roof racks are seldom useful. If you fall into that group, throw a Stowaway Portable Roof Rack in your trunk and forget about it. When you need it, Stowaway sets up over your car in a couple of minutes without the need for tools, instead attaching by way of durable nylon straps that wrap around your roof or trunk. Once set up the rack features orange anti-slip rubber pads up top for gripping larger items like boxes or plywood. It’s also got several slots for narrower items like skis and snowboards and has both threaded inserts and a variety of strap pass-throughs to let it hold a variety of weirdly-shaped objects. Available in two versions: a two-block Duo that’s good for the aforementioned narrow items (as well as surfboards, 2x4s, thin kayaks, etc) and a four-block Quad that’s wider for everything else.

Find it at Kickstarter – $50+

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Filld For Bentley

Boosting productivity often means streamlining and optimizing the little things that waste your time. And if you’re the owner of a Bentley and live in certain areas of California, you may never have to visit a gas station again thanks to the Filld for Bentley app. While it doesn’t quite automate the task just fire up the app, select your location, choose the time period for your fill-up, and leave your gas cap unlocked. Filld takes care of the rest, finding your car and topping it up invisibly. You’re charged the lowest price of the three nearest gas stations plus a small delivery fee of (usually) $3 which is definitely worth the time saved. They’re Weights and Measures Certified so you get the volume you pay for, and when you get back to your car after work or after a night’s rest it’ll be ready to go for a few hundred more miles.

Visit Filld to see if you’re eligible – Gasoline market price + $3

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Hennessey VelociRaptor 6X6

The upcoming 2017 Ford Raptor’s 3.5 litre twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 already makes 450 horsepower. If that’s not enough, there’s always Hennessey’s VelociRaptor 6X6. For just under 300,000 bones Hennessey takes the upcoming Raptor (included in the price) and upgrades it to include a Fox suspension, 20-inch wheels with off-road tires, and a rollbar, all while upping the wheel count to six, with each and every one delivering power to the ground. Then, tack on their 600+ horsepower package which includes upgraded twin turbochargers, stainless steel exhaust modifications, tuning of the factory computer, and intercooler changes to boost output to something over 600 horses — exactly how much we’re not sure, but at this point does it matter?

Read more at Hennessey Performance – $295,000+

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