Land Rover’s freshly-announced Range Rover Velar fills the open space between the British brand’s Evoque and Sport models in more than one dimension. Wrapped in curvaceous sheet metal, this is Land Rover’s most aerodynamic model to date as well as its most minimal both inside and out, with smooth lines left unmarred thanks to retractible door handles and LED light clusters plus an ultra-clean cabin decked out with two large touchscreens controlling climate and infotainment. Optional Electronic Air Suspension and a battery of driver assisting features make rolling through the city a pleasure though it’s no slouch off-road either thanks to permanent Land Rover Four Wheel Drive and ground clearance of just under 10 inches. You’ll also have the choice between four engines — two diesel and two petrol — all coupled to an eight-speed automatic, with a 0 to 62 time of 5.3 seconds on the most powerful of the four. But who really cares how long it takes to get there when you’re driving one of these?
Read more at Land Rover – $49,900+
An ATV’s big high-profile wheels make quick work of trails full of rocks, dirt, sand, even a bit of water. On snow or ice though they don’t fare much better than your car’s tires. The Can-Am Apache 360 Track System expands the off-season off-road capabilities of your Can-Am all-terrain vehicle — including recent Renegade and Outlander models — by adding four sets of treads that take the place of wheels. Since their rubber treads spin over molded wheels they’re not as rough a ride as you might think, and they give plenty of clearance to smoothly roll over rocks and other sizeable obstacles. Plus swapping between wheels and treads (and vice-versa) takes just 20 minutes, which is quicker than the speed at which the weather can change by a good margin. So you’ll never be caught off guard.
Find it at Can-Am – $3,800
Porsche’s sedan is getting a significant power and speed boost, but not by burning additional fossil fuels; it goes through enough gasoline already. The 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid couples a 4.0-litre 550 horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 to a 100 kW electric motor churning out another 136 horses for a grand total of 680 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. Better yet it’s a plug-in, so you can roll for about 31 miles (depending on how lead-footed you are) without using a drop of gasoline on a charge. The above combines to buy you is a 0 to 62 time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 193 mph, numbers that are not often in the same sentence as Prius-topping fuel economy of 81 mpg — at least if you factor in a full charge of its batteries before engaging the combustion engine. It’s also got luxurious amenities you’d expect from a car of its caliber like three-chamber air suspension, ceramic composite brakes, adaptive aerodynamic elements, and the option of grabbing an Executive version with an extended wheelbase that also comes standard with rear axle steering.
Read Porsche’s press release for details – $184,000+
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