Fixing and maintaining your own car (or trying to) first requires understanding its cryptic computerized messages. Lemur’s BlueDriver Bluetooth OBDII Scan Tool packs professional diagnostic capabilities into a tiny dongle that plugs to your car’s OBDII port, simplifying the ordeal and feeding the data straight to your smartphone via Bluetooth. It works on all cars built since 1996, reads and clears check engine light codes on all vehicles as well as enhanced codes on several big brands (with more coming in updates), analyzes diagnostic trouble codes to offer vehicle-specific repair reports, and provides a ton of other data that’s simultaneously fascinating and completely over our heads.
Grab one at Amazon – $100
Instantly recognizable yet noticeably more aggressive looking than its predecessor, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro takes a stab at refining modern American muscle. Virtually all parts are brand new, such as an optional 8 speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, all-new architecture that shaves off 200 lbs and results in nimbler, more precise steering, and a triad of engine options including a 275 horsepower 2.0L turbo, 335HP 3.6L V6, and a 6.2L LT1 V8 putting out up to 455 horses and 455 lbs-ft of torque. All models also come standard with Brembo brakes, lightweight aluminum wheels, and a digital cockpit that keeps you connected.
Read more at Chevrolet – $TBA
Tesla’s Model S 60 is on its way out. Its replacement, the Model S 70D, is now Tesla’s entry-level vehicle, though it’s not entry-level by any measure (besides Tesla’s). As the D in its name suggests, the 70D boasts dual motors for true all-wheel drive and outputs a combined 329 horsepower at the wheels, good for a 0 to 62 time of 5.2 seconds and a 140mph top speed. It’s also equipped with a bigger battery than the 60 that enables a range of roughly 240 miles, all hardware necessary to access Tesla’s Supercharger network for enabling free long distance travel, and comes with enough government incentives and gas savings to effectively bring its true cost down to about $55,000. Oh, and it comes with three new color options added to the lineup, now totalling ten.
Check it out at Tesla – $75,000
Its name means to reign in Swedish, and there’s little reason to think the Koenigsegg Regera will do otherwise. Equipped with a 5.0L twin-turbo V8 cranking out 1,100 horses and three electric motors bumping its total output to 1,500 horsepower, the Regera is easily the most powerful production car ever, and stands to become the fastest accelerating one as well. Its lack of a traditional transmission helps make the car more efficient; in its place stands the Koegnigsegg Direct Drive, which unsurprisingly directly connects the engine to the wheels without the need for gears in the conventional sense. While the Regera’s 0 to 100 km/h time of 2.7 seconds — due to it being rear wheel drive only — leaves a little to be desired, it’ll surge from 150 to 250 km/h in 3.2 seconds, and go from a dead stop to 400 km/h in less than 20. It also sports a retractable carbon wing and a luxurious interior that includes 6-way adjustable memory foam sports seats, leather finishing, and a 9″ infotainment system with Apple CarPlay.
Learn more at Koenigsegg – $1,900,000
Thundercats Ho! Forget the ThunderTank; you can convert your vehicle into a track truck and access any terrain with the Dominator Track System by American Track Truck. Nearly any 4×4 can be transformed into an ultimate off road version of itself, from lightweight cars to half-ton trucks and SUVs. Although it traverses practically anything, the system really shines in snow and similar environments where exceptional floatation and traction come into play. Converting your rubber clad ride to a full-fledged tracked juggernaut takes about an hour and returning the vehicle to stock is just as easy with no permanent modification required. The treads are practically maintenance free and are so smooth that even small engines can power them with ease. Further adding to the utility of the Dominator is the ability to use adapters putting your tracks to work on multiple platforms.
Learn more at American Track Truck – Price upon request
Roof racks: you either have one or you don’t. Regardless, you won’t need any sort of permanent fixture to carry your two-wheeler with SeaSucker’s Bike Racks. These versatile mounts attach to your vehicle’s roof using incredible strong vacuum mounts, temporarily — and, importantly, securely — carrying your bike by its wheels, then detaching when no longer required without leaving any residue on the metal or glass. They attach in minutes and come in single, double, and triple bike variants to satisfy even bigger groups of bikers.
Check out the lineup at SeaSucker or Amazon – $270+
After a long string of concepts it’s finally official, and judging by the looks of it this supercar was well worth the wait. Acura’s 2016 NSX is a four-wheel drive hybrid that has its real wheels driven by a mid-mounted twin-turbo DOHC V6 and a direct-drive electric motor that bolsters acceleration and braking, and boasts twin independent electric motors linked to its front wheels as well for lightning quick launches and ridiculous handling response. Other features include an ultra-rigid aluminum & high-strength steel frame anchored by a carbon fiber floor, a rapidly shifting 9-speed dual clutch transmission, the lowest center of gravity in its class, and aggressive looks that are bound to get heads spinning.
Stay informed at Acura – est. $150,000
The way we see it, widespread electric vehicle adoption hinges on practicality. And in that regard, Chevrolet’s 2016 Volt is more convincing in every which way than was its predecessor. The new Volt boasts a higher capacity battery that’s lighter than before for 50 miles of gas-free commute range, a more powerful 1.5L SIDI high-efficiency engine that kicks in when the battery is depleted, and a lighter dual electric motor drive unit makes for a nimbler ride and better acceleration. It also dabbles in high technology, offering optional 4G LTE Wi-Fi, an 8″ capacitive center console that’s equipped with ApplePlay and MirrorLink for mirroring your phone, and a variety of sensors to warn you if you’re at risk for a collision or drifting from your lane.
Learn more at Chevrolet – $TBA
Before long we’ll be having to choose between different models of self-driving cars, and if current concepts are any indication, we’ll take Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury In Motion. More mobile living space than car — logical, considering this automobile drives itself — the F 015 boasts a bold but streamlined shape that maximizes interior space, making full use of it thanks to four luxurious swivelling lounge chairs in face-to-face arrangement, six touchscreen displays, and gorgeous walnut floors complemented by ice-white nappa leather walls. It also boasts a handful of imaginative communication-centric features including oversized LED arrays on the front and back, a front-facing laser system that can project a virtual crosswalk on the road amongst other things, and a outdoor speaker for acoustic cues. Plus, its power plant is as advanced as the rest, relying on both a battery and a fuel cell to cover a total range of up to 1,100 kilometres while pumping out no emissions to speak of.
Learn more at Mercedes – $TBA
While anniversary editions of any iconic vehicles [whose parent company is still in existence] are expected, we’re still a little dumbfounded at how accurately Shelby’s Cobra 427 50th Anniversary embodies the original (though this is not without catch – read on). The “new” 427 comes with a muscular fiberglass or polished aluminum body, gold 50th anniversary badges, and a large empty space under the hood for the engine and transmission of your choosing, since technically this is a kit car. Limited to 50 units, so if you want one you’d better get your checkbook ready by January 13th.
Learn more at Shelby – $120,000 (fiberglass) to $180,000 (aluminum) [via]