Can’t decide between investing in a water- or land-borne personal vehicle? Don’t. Like their one seater, Gibbs’ Quadski XL tackles both tasks fluently, transforming from ATV to personal watercraft at the push of a button. It’s still powered by a 140 horsepower BMW 4-stroke in-line 4 engine, boasts an 8.6-inch ground clearance, and attains 45 mph on land and water alike. But this time, it’s also got room for another, letting your share this all-too-rare experience with your significant other, or a buddy at the very least.
Check it out at Gibbs – $TBA
The Harley-Davidson name might not evoke futuristic avant-garde design, but their first electric motorcycle might. Dubbed LiveWire, this project aims to take their innovations to the streets, collecting data and feedback as riders give it a test run with the aim of perfecting this motorcycle for later release to the masses. While details are sparse at this moment, the bike itself features an aggressive, muscular design despite its electric roots, and includes high-quality metal finishes like all Harley-Davidson classics you’re used to. Just don’t worry about the fate of Harley-Davidson’s impossibly loud air-cooled V-Twin: it’s not going anywhere.
Learn more at Harley-Davidson – $TBA
The last car to integrate a tent with its hatch was a bit of a farce, we’re aware, but this time it’s not Pontiac calling the shots. Audi’s energetic 2015 Q3 has the power and stance to get you slightly off the beaten path, simultaneously saving you both trouble and time with the Q3 Camping Tent. This two-room tent unfurls and inflates using an included pump in 7 minutes flat – no poles to mess around with – and fastens to the Q3′s hatch, granting access to grub, drinks, and supplies, all without having to unload the car (and no, it was not conceived so you could cool down by running your A/C all night). At this moment it’s but a concept, but with any luck (and enough interest) it’ll be an option on an upcoming Q3.
Read the press release at Auto Evolution – $TBA
Classically, vehicles have been restricted by the terrain they ride on. Roads for cars, water for boats, tracks for trains. Even airplanes are restricted in that they need a runway strip to take off and land. But not Aero-X. This double-prop carbon fibre hovercraft seats two and rides like a motorcycle, blasting across roads or uneven terrain just the same at speeds of 45 miles per hour while flying at up to 12 feet off the ground. Unlike most amateur aircraft, Aero-X is relatively affordable and flies thanks to a rotary engine that runs on plain old automotive gasoline. It also offers optional whole vehicle airbags, just in case, floatation pontoons for water-borne use, and takes off vertically for maximum versatility.
Read more at Aerofex – $85,000+
“Woe to you oh earth and sea, for the devil sends the Beast with wrath because he knows the time is short…” Was it the Bible or Iron Maiden? Either way the Rezvani Beast is full of the kind of throat punching, heart pounding wrath that’s a throwback to a time when it was just you, power, and the road. This Beast (pun intended) accelerates from 0-60 in 2.7 seconds thanks to a supercharged and turbocharged 4-cylinder located directly behind the driver. Couple this with a 1550lb carbon fiber body and 5 speed manual transmission, and its 500hp engine is sufficient to thrust you and your passenger to the back of your seats. Unlike many other modern supercars, the Beast has limited computerized settings, letting you experience the road the way it was meant to. And, remove the windshield and doors for an even truer track experience. Road legal, the Beast is a registered specialty construction vehicle and priced for more budget minded supercar enthusiast.
Check it out at Rezvani Motors – $119,000
Value torque over horsepower? Trident’s Iceni produces loads of both, with a rather steep inclination towards the former. This two-seater sports a mid-front mounted 6.6 litre turbo diesel V8 that outputs 700 lbs-ft of torque plus 395bhp and is coupled to a strong, rigid stainless steel chassis. And, perhaps most importantly to eco-conscious sports car aficionados, it boasts a 0 to 60 time of 3.7 seconds and top speed of over 190mph, seemingly miraculous considering its startling 70 mpg fuel economy and 2,000 mile range before requiring a fill-up.
Read more at Trident Sports Cars – $162,000
We love biking as much as the next guy, but we’re not fooling ourselves into thinking it’s safe, at least when compared to other methods of transportation. But we’re betting Vankawks’ Valour Smart Bike can help. Thanks to a carbon fibre unibody construction with internal wall structure (think bones instead of hollow tubes), Valour’s frame can better withstands extreme three-dimensional stress while keeping weight off – the bike in its entirety weighs a mere 16 pounds. Interplay also occurs between your smartphone, their turn-by-turn navigation app, and Valour’s slew of sensors, compiling data every time you hit a pothole, detecting and warning you of other commuters in your blind spots, monitoring elevations of each route to help better get around hills, and, if stolen, talking to other nearby Valours on the road to notify you in hopes of maximizing chance of recovery. And it never needs a battery swap or manual recharge thanks to a front wheel dynamo that tops up all the electronics within one hour.
Pledge at Kickstarter – roughly $910+
Five wheels just weren’t enough and seven was one too many. The six wheeled, on-demand six-wheel drive Outlander 6X6 1000 XT by Can-Am is just right. Its V-Twin 1000 engine gets you where you’re going with ease, and the extra low L-gear option on its CVT transmission makes sure you can take whatever you want with you, granting it a tow rating of 1,650 lbs. The Outlander also features a rear cargo bed with modular accessories – including a dual level cargo box and LinQ system compatibility – that carries up to 800 lbs of goods. The addition of a quick-release sway bar and standard 3000lb Warn winch kit makes the Outlander a go anywhere, nearly unstoppable, hold on to your… whatever’s available… machine.
Learn more at Can-Am – $TBA
It won’t be here in time for summer, but invest in your future (i.e. summertime 2015) with Chevrolet’s drop-top Z06. Despite its fully electronic top that can be remotely lowered at speeds of up to 30mph, this Z06 was designed from the get-go to be an open-top vehicle, meaning its rigid aluminum frame is up for whatever torsional punishment its engine and handling can dish out. Speaking of which, its supercharged V8 puts out over 625 horsepower and 635 lbs-ft of torque, transmitted through either a 7-speed manual or 8-speed paddle-shift automatic to its massive 19- and 20- front and rear wheels, respectively. And we haven’t even talked about its Active Fuel Management (that shuts off half its cylinders for 29mpg highway driving), five selectable driver modes to personalize each drive, and Magnetic Selective Ride Control that automatically controls suspension stiffness for a smooth, responsive ride regardless of terrain variations.
Read more at Chevrolet – $TBA
At the core, Cobra’s iRad 230 is a radar detector like most others, relying on 360-degree sensors to detect radar and laser guns in real time. But deprived of a dedicated screen, the iRad 230 instead pairs with your iOS or Android smartphone via Bluetooth to work using its free app. And that’s a good thing, granting you access to a verified database of over 10,000 speed traps and red light camera locations, live alerts from millions of iRadar users across the country, and turn by turn directions with an overview of known traps on the map.