No, it’s not a prank. The Lexus Slide Hoverboard leverages liquid cooled superconductors alongside permanent magnets to create a hoverboard that floats, impossibly, an inch or two above the ground. It’s also styled like a Lexus, complete with their signature spindle grille and a natural bamboo upper surface. Unfortunately, don’t expect to see one on your streets anytime soon: there’s no release date announced, and they only work on specific magnetic surfaces and not regular concrete or asphalt.
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Nothing riles up our sense of adventure quite as much as the thought of driving cross-country in a mobile home. Volkswagen’s new California Camper Van employs a fuel efficient TDI engine with start-stop system, regenerative braking, and roll-resistant optimized tires, a rear view reversing camera, adaptive cruise control that intuitively adjusts speed to the driver in front, and of course an iconic pop-up roof with sleeping area. It’s also a full featured home with integrated roller blinds for shade and privacy, a camping table, another double bed, a kitchen unit with cool box, gas stove, and sink, and a comfortable vertical height of six and a half feet. Unfortunately, despite its name, you’ll need to get creative to actually buy one in the USA (or, alternately, just grab a used Westfalia), since they won’t be hitting our shores anytime soon.
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Smaller than a Segway but no less conspicuous, the Ninebot One Self Balancing Scooter is an easy to ride scooter — minus the steering column and second wheel — that may soon zip you around your city. Powering Ninebot One is a large electric battery providing enough juice to hit speeds of 13.5 mph over a range of up to 22 miles, turning and accelerating fluidly as you naturally lean to guide it. Like any self-respecting road vehicle it’s also weather resistant and features built-in lights, the color of which are customizable using an accompanying app on a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. And once you’ve arrived, its pedals fold in and a handle pops out, letting you lug it inside like a 30 pound briefcase.
Check it out at Amazon – $680 to $930
Like a Segway only less conspicuous and far more portable, the Oxboard is an all-electric vehicle that looks like a blast to pilot. Oxboard is controlled using just your feet while shifting your weight forward, backwards, and sideways, moving at speeds of up to 10mph and capable of making 360 degree turns on a dime. It also only weighs about 22 pounds, runs for about 12 miles on a charge, and costs a mere fraction of the price of a currently Segway.
Shipping internationally in June. Learn more at Oxboard – roughly $900 [via]
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.
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Parking your motorcycle in a tight garage often later involves a 5 point turn to get it out. Turncycle greatly simplifies this process thanks to its heavy-duty non-slip disk onto which to deploy your motorcycle’s stand while parking. When it’s time to head out, just push down on your bike’s rear to lift up the front wheel, rotate it all the way around, and roll out forward. And with a weight capacity of 1,000 pounds, it makes even the biggest, heaviest motorcycles seem far less cumbersome.
Grab one at Turncycle – roughly $135
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.
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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