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
McLaren’s supercars tend to be on the higher range of the price spectrum, though its new Sports Series — the first being the McLaren 570S Coupé — should make the brand a touch more accessible. The 570S boasts a mid-mounted twin-turbo V8 that channels 562bhp and 442 lb-ft of torque through a seven-speed sequential shift transmission, charging from zero to 62 in 3.2 seconds and then back down using carbon ceramic brakes. They employed a carbon fibre structure to minimizes weight, maximize handling, and boosts fuel economy to a very respectable 22.5mpg, exempting owners from gas guzzler tax. Throw in interior options like Alcantara nappa leather, a 1280W Bowers & Wilkins 12 speaker audio system, and an engine full of 150 litres of trunk space, and you’ve got yourself a stunning daily driver that’s more exotic than similarly priced options like the R8 and 911 Turbo S.
Read more at McLaren – $TBA
A cross between a bicycle and a motorcycle, the Trefecta DRT e-Bike can keep you from breaking a sweat on your commute to work in the morning, wherever that may be. This military-spec bicycle boasts a 20″ 7075 aluminum frame that shelters all electronics, including an efficient pedelec system to move via pedalling at low speeds and electrical power when more speed — or torque — is needed. Throttle, suspension settings, gear selection, and trip functions are all operated using fly by wire controls right on the handlebar, like a motorcycle, displaying relevant information on a backlit center display. A large lithium-ion battery keeps the DRT rolling for over 60 miles even when you’re running out of juice and propels the bike to a maximum speed of roughly 43 miles per hour. And it even folds for easy transport and storage.
Learn more at Trefecta Mobility – roughly $25,000
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
When an unexpected three feet of snow takes you and your ill-prepared city by surprise, you’ll be glad to have a few AutoSocks in the trunk. AutoSock is a textile-based temporary winter traction device that boosts road adherence and works as an effective alternatives to chains, particularly in areas where the latter is illegal or for low-clearance vehicles. They’re reusable and last for many miles if used appropriately, install in minutes, and generate virtually no noise or vibrations while mounted on your tires.
Find your tire size at Amazon – $70+ for a pair
Whether you’re storing your bike for the winter or in your pad for the night, its handlebar are bound to get in the way at some point. Make this process slightly less painless with FlipCrown, a bike accessory that lets you easily flip your threaded headset equipped handlebar 90° in seconds. To use it, loosen the stem bolt with the included tool, push FlipCrown’s button, and then flip the handlebar either way. It’s perfectly safe, installs easily in about 15 minutes, and makes a world of difference when mounting your bike onto a car or locking it to a crowded bike rack.
Head to Indiegogo – $30
Repetitive friction with your motorcycle’s shifter eventually wears through any shoe’s unspoiled finish. Prevent it altogether with the Held Shifter Boot Protector. This super simple fix involves a one-size-fits-all elasticized strap fitted with a piece of leather. Just position it over the toe, start riding and stop worrying.
Find it at Town Moto – $8
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
If you think of the TMNTs when you hear the word Shredder, think again. The DTV (Dual Track Vehicle) Shredder from BPG Werks is like the Silver Surfer meets Blitzkrieg meets Motocross. The Shredder uses the riders body movements to steer — think snowboarding down a mountain with smooth, carving turns. Then think of the same sensation on any terrain, sand, snow, mud, rocks and yes, mountains and you’ve got a new motorized sports vehicle unlike any other. You can go on sipping your espresso on your Segway, or unleash this 13 horsepower beast that looks cool even while sitting still.
Hit up BPG Werks for more – $4,000+
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