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
Don’t settle for picking your car’s paint job and rims from online photographs. While it won’t come with your order of a Ford Fiesta or Focus, lucky applicants approved to order a Ford GT will get a Ford GT Ordering Kit to help making crucial decisions like the above more enlightened. The carbon fibre case opens with a latch identical to one on the race car and includes samples of all exterior colors, interior material swatches, and the six available wheel options with brake caliber colors. So you’ll know exactly what to expect look-wise when your GT is finally delivered along with a replica VIN plate with the same serial number as your ride to be retrofitted into the latch of the kit.
Find it at Ford.
From the outside and at a glance you mightn’t tell the 2018 Ford Mustang apart from last year’s model — at least if you don’t notice its aggressive front-end, hood vents, and new rear bumper — but the numerous refinements and upgrades add up. Engine options one-up the previous V6 and include either a turbocharged 2.3 litre four-cylinder EcoBoost or a 5.0 litre naturally aspirated Coyote V8, either or mated to a six-speed manual or a new ten-speed automatic transmission. Go with the Premium model on either the EcoBoost or GT and you’ll be greeted by a 12-inch digital LCD instrument cluster that can be customized in color and to one of several gauge layouts. Otherwise it’s got brighter LED headlights and tri-bar taillamps (not to mention fog lamps), a quad-pipe exhaust, and a ton of other hard-to-resist options such as heated steering, nine choices of wheels, plus a Voice-Activated Touchscreen Navigation System that integrates nicely with your smartphone, sparing you the need to tap away on a tiny screen to skip tracks or start navigation.
Arriving in fall. Learn more at Ford – $TBA
Christini’s known for its all-wheel drive motorcycles. Still, two spinning wheels aren’t enough to overcome seriously snowy conditions, and that’s where the Christini AWD II-Track Snow Utility Bike comes in. A cross between a snowmobile and a motorcycle, the bike has a large track system on the rear and a smaller but also powered track attached to the front fork that sits between two skis, overall adding stability and traction where wheels wouldn’t perform. The two track system works equally well on mud and sand and can even be removed from the bike, the latter convertible back to a standard AWD motorcycle with nothing but a bit of elbow grease (and its original parts) for use on more “normal” terrain.
Read more at Christini – $TBA
Kia’s not a car company typically synonymous with fun or fast, but the 2018 Kia Stinger should change that, or at least begin to. The rear-wheel drive four-door sports either a 255 horsepower 2 litre turbocharged 4 cylinder engine of a twin-turbo V6 producing 360 horses, both coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission that should get your heart pounding. It was tuned and refined on Nurburgring to compete with cars from luxury automakers by a BMW exec himself recruited to Kia’s team thanks to features like dynamic stability damping control suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels, and a variety of high-tech niceties that include forward collision assistance and advances smart cruise control. It’s good looking, too, with an Audi-esque vibe that borrows some styling cues from the Genesis Coupe. The only thing missing so far — and it’s a crucial point — is the price.
Read more at Kia – $TBA
Performance needn’t give way to luxury, and here to prove it is the Bentley Continental Supersports. It’s the fastest and most powerful Bentley ever thanks to a 700 horsepower and 750 lb-ft of torque twin-turbo W12 engine that launches the hefty luxury sedan from 0 to 60 in 3.4 seconds and up to a 209 mph top speed — the fastest of any four seater in product — given enough flat, empty road, with oversized ceramic disk brakes to slow it back down. The design is unmistakably the work of Bentley while with carbon-fibre accents throughout, side skirts, and bolder front and rear bumpers, the front of which features a glossy black matrix grille over the radiator. Handling is just as impressive, with the addition of an electronic stability control system tuned for performance and Torque Vectoring by Brake, which brakes individual wheels during a turn to improve agility. And it’s highly customizable to tailor the car to your exact taste with the choice of over 100 paint colors, a multitude of hide and veneer choices, and even the choice of contrast switching on the steering wheel and seats.
Learn more at Bentley – $TBA
We weren’t sure it’d ever see daylight, but the Faraday Future FF 91 is finally announced. While it’s on the bigger, bulkier side, the FF 91 cuts through criticisms like it cuts through air, though its all-wheel drive option and multi-motor setup — generating 1050 horsepower — certainly help, accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in a record-breaking 2.39 seconds. This isn’t at the expense of range, mind you, since its ultra-dense 130 KWh battery does about 378 miles and can charge at a rate equivalent to 500 miles per hour (though the included home charger only manages a half charge in 4.5 hours). A battery of sensors include thirteen long and short range radars, twelve ultrasonic sensors, and a hood-mounted retractable 3D lidar give the FF 91 all the hardware necessary for autonomous driving, but presumably the software is still some time away. All of this is complemented by a ton of room on the inside, reclining front and rear seats, a dimmable glass panoramic roof (that provides shade when tapped on), and an Arrival Interface that recognizes trusted drivers and passengers to grant entry into the vehicle while automatically customizing their seats and settings to their known liking.
They’re already accepting $5,000 deposits à la Tesla. Learn more at Faraday Future – $TBA