We wouldn’t trust most suction cup phone holders with the safety of our pricy smartphones. The ClutchIt Magnetic Phone Mount is about as versatile but a lot more secure thanks to powerful neodymium magnets on either end that articulate about a short machined 7075 aluminum arm on two rotating ball joints. You’ll of course need metallic surfaces on which to affix it so the gadget includes three magnetic metal pads backed with clear, no-residue adhesive to stick around frequently used, non-metallic surfaces like your car’s dashboard.
Find it at BiteMyApple – $40
Rubber and ice don’t play well together. So tires often need a helping hand in terms of studs or chains, both rife with compromises. And while the far more convenient Insta-Chains Automatic Tire Chains won’t fit on compact cars they’re godsend for trucks, ambulances, and buses that regularly have to drive through treacherous conditions. The device turns on at the flip of a switch within the cab, spinning up a set of short chain strands on a disk and carefully moving them into position beside each tire so they go under the rubber as the vehicle is driven. They boost traction as well as permanent chains, can also be retracted in an instant up and away from the asphalt, and end up lasting much longer considering they won’t ever need to be activated longer than necessary.
Not even its name is modest. The Ferrari 812 Superfast doesn’t play coy about its performance: this F12 successor boasts a 6.5-litre 789 horsepower naturally aspirated V12 that gets it from a dead stop to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds and all the way up to a maximum speed of 211 mph. To keep this power in check the 812 also comes with Electric Power Steering for the first time in a Ferrari, Side Slip Control, and Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 (the prancing horse’s take on a four-wheel steering system) that together boost the supercar’s already nimble handling and road stickiness. Throw in a quick-shifting dual-clutch transmission and this thing is just begging to attract handfuls of speeding tickets, even for drivers with the lightest foot.
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Horacio Pagani claims the Pagani Huayra Roadster is the most complicated project the carbon fiber supercar manufacturer has ever untaken. That’s certainly likely considering this Roadster is not only roughly 200 pounds lighter than the Coupe it’s loosely based on but also far stiffer thanks to the utilization of Carbo-Titanium and Carbo-Triax HP52 composite materials in its chassis, and all this despite its removable carbon and glass roof. A custom 764 horsepower Mercedes-AMG twin-turbo V12 and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox get enough power to the wheels that, when coupled with the car’s stellar handling, achieves lateral forces of 1.8G (read: the highest of any street legal car). Sadly, all 100 production units are already spoken for, so save your cash for the next one.
Learn more at Pagani – $2,400,000
The Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet builds off the G-Class, elevating it to a degree of luxury that makes the latter look rather pedestrian in comparison. An significantly extended wheelbase would give room for lugging more gear but instead that space is put to better use with two first-class rear seats, pulled from the S-Class, with massage functionality, integrated inflatable air chambers for fine tuning comfort, and everything you need to kick back and relax (which for Mercedes means a screen for each, an electrically operated glass partition that can go opaque at the push of a button, thermal cup holders, and a distinct climate control system). Not to mention an electric folding top over the rear that lowers for enjoying the open air. But while it’s about as lavish as possible it’s equally capable off-road, with nearly 18 inches of ground clearance and a 630 horsepower, 737 lb-ft torque-producing Mercedes-AMG V12 biturbo under the hood that’s linked to a locking differential 4×4 transmission.
Learn more at Mercedes-Benz – $TBA
The Dodge Durango SRT 2018 isn’t just a huge three-row SUV capable of lugging half a classroom’s worth of kids to sports practice and out-towing every other vehicle in its class. As its SRT moniker suggests it’ll also hold its own with many sports cars on the drag strip, if you’re into that sort of thing. A 3.9-litre HEMI V8 powers this truck, putting out 475 horses and nearly as much torque (at 470 lb.-ft) — enough to go from 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds and complete a quarter-mile in 12.9. Each comes standard with a quick-shifting TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission equipped with all-wheel drive that can be overridden by electronic paddle shifters for greater control. Aesthetically it’s also updated inside and out, with cold-air ducts and heat extractors in the hood, LED fog lamps, a bold, wide body, and an optional carbon-fibre trim package.
Learn more at Dodge – $TBA
It’s not easy to update a classic while trying to retaining as much of its original essence as possible, but Project Kahn nailed it with their Land Rover Defender Double Cab Pickup Truck. The 2015 truck undergoes a 2-inch suspension lift, a fitting with a new bumper and façade complete with an aluminum sump guard, several LED indicator and side lights, front sports GTB seats made of quilted and perforated leather in dark red, plus a Chromax paint job in Volcanic Rock Satin, amongst various other details that work to make the car more luxurious and more off-road capable. It’s probably not the best choice for a commute in the city but reliably gets you where you really want to go on the weekend.
Learn more at Project Kahn – roughly $88,000
Tesla’s already proven that green doesn’t mean slow, and the Kreisel Electric G-Class is a further proof of concept when it comes to electrifying large, bulky SUVs. The all-wheel drive Electric G-Class sports twin electric motors that provide up to 360kW (roughly 483hp) of power to all four wheels, tackling extreme slopes and uneven terrain easily. Put it on flat tarmac though and the truck can go from 0 to 62 in 5.6 seconds, a big improvement over the ordinary fuel-powered G-Class. Two of Kreisel’s fast-charging high density batteries power the thing, giving it a range of about 190 miles which, while not spectacular, isn’t half bad considering this Mercedes was never designed with aerodynamics (or any manner of humility, really) at the forefront.
Learn more at Kreisel – $TBA