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Kitty Hawk Flying Car

It’s not an automobile in the conventional sense, though the Kitty Hawk Flying Car is still plenty impressive for an early prototype. The Larry Page-backed Silicon Valley company just produced and tested a functional prototype (see it in action on YouTube) that looks something like a cross between a giant drone, a floatplane (thanks to two large pontoons for floating), and a Sea-Doo. Eight electrically-driven propellers beneath a net-like shield let the Kitty Hawk take off and land vertically, attain 15 foot altitudes, and speed across bodies of water, and since it’s an ultralight recreational vehicle it doesn’t require any sort of special license. You won’t see any flying over cities for now, but a production version will be available to consumers by the end of this year.

Check it out at Kitty Hawk.

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BrakeFree Motorcycle Smart Brake Light

Considering two wheelers aren’t quite as forgiving as the four-wheeled cocoons most humans drive around in, motorcyclists can’t be too careful when it comes to visibility. The BrakeFree Motorcycle Smart Brake Light improves your rear visibility at all times while you’re riding, and especially while braking (and at risk for being rear-ended). Mount one to the back of your existing helmet with powerful neodymium magnets (and adhesive mounts) to get eye-level LEDs that glow constantly, day and night, and that turn on with a glove-friends button. When you slow down, whether by actually braking or via engine braking, an accelerometer and gyroscope inside makes the BrakeFree glow even brighter to warn drivers behind you, while sudden emergency braking triggers an attention-grabbing special light pattern instead. It’s also weather resistant, lasts for over eight continuous hours per charge, and shines even brighter than most motorcycle brake lights do.

Find it at Indiegogo – $110

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Cars

Mercedes-Benz Concept A Sedan

It’s of course not a real thing yet, but the Mercedes-Benz Concept A Sedan excites us about things to come from the German automaker, in particular because this car (or at least the cars its design elements trickle down to) should sit in a middle-class-affordable price range. The car’s design is more minimal and continuous, with less creases and disruptive lines than its predecessor, and flush-sitting handles complement this. The deep forward-tilted Panamericana grille up front also evokes Mercedes-Benz’ higher end sports cars. Also, both the lower air inlet and headlamps feature striking grid patterns, with the latter’s coated in UV-sensitive paint that glows brightly. How much of this makes it to the brand’s upcoming compact sedans is to be determined, but we’re willing to bet the sweeping profile, refined sheet metal, and aggressive grille are here to stay.

Learn more at Daimler – $TBA

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Dodge Demon

To the untrained eye, the Dodge Demon might look like more modern American muscle in the form of an all-red Challenger with a bigger hood scoop. But under the hood it’s packing a 6.2-litre Hemi SRT Demon V8 that outputs 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque — the most powerful of any V8 in a production car, ever — and that, perhaps unsurprisingly, makes it the fastest (or faster accelerating, anyway) production car yet with a 0-60 time of 2.3 seconds and a quarter mile of 9.65. Every single bit of it works towards faster takeoffs: it comes stock with race-ready drag radial tires from Nitto, the option to ditch the passenger and rear seats if you need to cut its sprint times further, and even a customized suspension that, at launch, shifts more weight towards the back for popping wheelies when you slam it from a dead stop. At what price is the next logical question but so far that’s under wraps.

Learn more at Dodge – $TBA

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Volocopter 2X Air Taxi

It looks like an oversized drone with extra rotors, and that’s basically exactly what it is. The two-person Volocopter 2X Air Taxi boasts an array of 18 rotors for redundancy, safety, and efficiency, so even several of them ceasing or malfunctioning won’t bring this aircraft down. Many other crucial components are also redundant and there’s a parachute on board as well, just in case, though the 2X promises to be much safer than traditional choppers to begin with. It’s also much easier to fly, not unlike a drone, with a myriad of sensors and flight control systems that stabilize the aircraft in winds and maintain altitude and position when the joystick is released. Though technically an on-board pilot isn’t even required: it can be flown remotely, or even autonomously, regulations permitting.

Should be ready for a public release within a year or so. Read more at Volocopter – $TBA

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Ripsaw EV2 Personal Tank

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.

Learn more at Ripsaw – Price available on request. [via]

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Bugatti Niniette 66 Yacht

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

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Cars

Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e

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

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McLaren 720S

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

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Volkswagen Arteon

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

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Range Rover Velar

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+

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Sports & Outdoors

Can-Am Apache 360 Track System

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

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Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

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+

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