What you do while you’re in the cockpit is your prerogative, but a Ripsaw EV2 Personal Tank in your driveway will, at the least, deter would-be thieves and burglars. Originally commissioned by the US military as a quick, nimble tank, the EV2 is now available to the public, albeit in limited numbers. It’s got 12 inches of suspension travel, a Diesel engine that outputs more than 600 horsepower, and a (as of yet unannounced) top speed that beats out every other dual-tracked vehicle ever made. Though if you want one you better be ready to wait since each is built to your desired level of luxury over a period as long as six months.
If it looks familiar that’s because you’ve certainly already seen the car it’s based on: the Bugatti Chiron. Main difference being that the Bugatti Niniette 66 Yacht can float. The sleek aerodynamic vessel features a carbon composite hull and either a 1,000 or 1,200 horsepower Man V8 engine that efficiently cruises at speeds of up to 44 or 48 knots, respectively. Its open deck is functional but luxurious, as are the interior lounge with macaron skylight, leather-laden master suite, and marble-accented washroom. Of course each is also customizable in a myriad of ways including the option of a hot tub, fire pit, canopy, and the customization of all colors. Only 66 total are to be made, so pony up the cash soon if you want to reserve one.
Read more at Bugatti Niniette – roughly $2,200,000
It’s just a concept for now, but the Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e represents what the luxury brand’s inevitable electrified future may look like. The drop-top would include a battery big enough to get about 310 miles of range like their petrol-powered grand tourers and also recharge quickly and sans cables via induction (think Qi phone chargers but on a much bigger scale). It’s fast, though just how fast we don’t yet know, and it’s luxurious inside and out, with veneer panels and copper accents adorning the cabin and particularly clean lines on its outer sheet metal that are unmarred by mirrors (instead, you’ll find a tiny camera on either side). And if you were wondering, yes, that’s an illuminated 6 logo shining through the grille.
Learn more at Bentley – $TBA
It’s lighter, stronger, faster, and sculpted to resemble the curves and edges of the Great White Shark. Yet the McLaren 720S is still absolutely distinctive of the British automaker in the best way possible. Its flowing lines are aerodynamic while providing plenty of air to cool its twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 M840T engine that’s capable of outputting 720 horsepower — good for a blisteringly fast 0-60 time of 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 212 miles per hour. Despite its supercar status the cabin is adorned with slim pillars that boost visibility, made possible thanks to McLaren’s lightweight and high strength carbon fibre MonoCage II. It’s even faster than your reflexes with electro-hydraulic assisted steering, a 7-speed dual clutch SSG transmission, and next-gen Proactive Chassis Control II that uses a battery of sensors to maximize grip, whatever the surface. And despite, well, all of the above, it’s not as gas guzzling as you’d expect, with a combined fuel efficiency of roughly 22 mpg.
Visit McLaren for details – $TBA
Out goes Volkswagen’s Passat CC. Enter the Volkswagen Arteon. Slightly bigger, lower, and more aggressive than its predecessor, the new five door coupe — probably so-called for its fastback roofline — is an elegant departure from VW’s rather monotonous styling as of late. Its facade is adorned with standard LED headlights alongside the six chrome-plated crossbars of its sizeable grille. One of six turbocharged four-cylinder engines powers the thing, ranging from both 148 horsepower-producing diesel TDI and petrol TSI and going up to a 276 hp TSI engine, with each coupled to either a six or seven speed DSG transmission. Inside it’s more full-featured than ever what with a battery of driver assistance features that include adaptive cruise control, lane assist, and area view, 4Motion all-wheel drive on higher-end trim lines, a touchscreen infotainment system, and even a heads-up display that presents speed, directions, and other crucial information intuitively, right on your windscreen.
Learn more at Volkswagen – $TBA
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+