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Tesla Model X

Tesla’s Model S is spacious but it’s no sports utility vehicle. The newly unveiled Model X, on the other hand, is just that. Big enough to seat seven adults plus gear and equipped with dual 259 horsepower front and rear motors — or 259 and 503 horses in the front and rear, respectively, in the case of the P90D — this sports utility vehicle still manages to go from 0 to 60 in as little as 3.2 seconds and run for 250 miles on a charge. But don’t think the fact that it’s electric hinders performance: it’ll endowed with a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, boasts all-wheel drive, and features a very low center of gravity (thanks to its battery placement) that negatives the risk of rollover to add to Tesla’s obsessive safety record. Other interesting features include rear Falcon Wing doors that open while requiring little clearance, the lowest drag coefficient of any SUV, and the largest all-glass panoramic windshield currently in production.

Delivering in 2016. Read more at Tesla Motors – $132,000+

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Timberland Tires

Timberland’s been laying rubber on gravel for upwards of 40 years, just that that rubber’s usually been under your feet in the form of their iconic boots. Timberland Tires represents a new direction for the company. Created in partnership with Omni United, Timberland Tires come in two versions — the Cross and the more aggressive A/T — appropriate for a range of SUVs and light trucks rolling over a variety of terrains. Plus once their journey on the road is complete and the tread is worn thin, each tire can easily be recycled back by the company into footwear outsoles thanks to the use of a special rubber formulation.

Read more at Timberland Tires – $TBA

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Porsche Mission E Concept

It may be just a concept (at least for now), but if the Porsche Mission E is a sign of things to come, stating that we’re excited is a blatant understatement. The Mission E is as sustainable as it is sporty, powered by dual PSM electric motors — one per axle — that are in turn fed by a large lithium ion underbody battery working to keep the car’s center of gravity and weight distribution in check. Performance wise it’ll go 0 to 62 in less than three and a half seconds on its way to a top speed of over 155 mph, and that’s all while driving for 310 miles on a charge. Porsche evidently also has its sights set on Tesla, adorning the Mission E with a futuristic instrument panel, 80% charge 15 minutes, and a sleek design complete with suicide doors that open up to its four seat cabin.

Read more at Porsche – $TBA

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Infento Constructible Rides

Like Lego, K’NEX, or, most similarly, Meccano, Infento lets you build a model vehicle from individual parts using minimal tools but with one notable difference: the result is actually human sized and rideable, albeit for children and young teenagers. Three kits — Junior, Creator, and Master Creator — include parts for building an assortment of six, nine, and eleven distinct rides respectively, riding on two, three, or four wheels depending on preference. When one particular ride is outgrown, just pull it apart and build another one that’s more suitable to the child’s size. An optional Big Snow add-on kit even provides parts for building steerable sleds.

Learn more at Kickstarter – $250+

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Rolls-Royce Dawn

The Rolls-Royce Dawn is not entirely unlike the Ghost and Wraith in aesthetic, yet it’s still different enough to stand apart and justify its own distinct name, notably thanks to its convertible design. The drophead features a sleek, seamless soft-top canvas roof that retracts beneath handcrafted veneers in 22 seconds and that, thanks to some engineering miracle, doesn’t sacrifice the sound insulation you’d expect from a hard top — in fact, Rolls-Royce calls it the quietest convertible car in production. Aside from its acoustic advances, the Dawn’s cabin is indulgent, coupling leather with wood, four spacious, individual bucket seats, and sixteen individually-tuned speakers for theatre-ready sound. And while it weighs in at a hefty 5,644 pounds, the 563 horsepower and 575 lb-ft of torque output by its twin-turbo 6.6-litre V12, coupled to an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox, gets the car from zero to 62 in under five seconds.

Read more at Rolls-Royce – $TBA

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Confederate Motorcycles P51 G2 Combat Fighter

Futuristic in both looks and build, the Confederate Motorcycles P51 G2 Combat Fighter is a perfect mix of forward-looking, retro-inspired, and innovative. Both frame and engine block are built of machined 6061 aluminum for an exceptionally light chassis that can withstand the large amounts of torque output by its 200 horsepower air-cooled, push-rod V-twin engine. The fuel tank is structural as is the intake box, the latter linked directly into the [also structural] downdraft intake manifold. Its production run is limited to 61 total — 31 blonde, i.e. raw machined billet, and 30 anodized black — so if you want one act soon.

Find it at Confederate Motorcycles – $113,900 (blonde) to 119,500 (black; shown)

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Throttle Rocker

Wrist fatigue and hand cramping are real possibilities on longer rides. Throttle Rocker is a simple fix that eliminates the need for motorcycle cruise control systems. Install this compact plastic accessory around your motorcycle’s left or right handed throttle — one model specifically designed to accommodate each — to squeeze less, instead letting you activate the throttle by simply lean your wrist onto it. It won’t easily slip yet adjusts quickly on the fly, and even flips back and over out of the way when not needed.

Get it in original and II (with velcro) versions at Amazon – $10 [via]

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Hov Pod Carbon Infinity 120HP Turbo

For exploring both water and land, the versatility of a hovercraft is hard to top. Throw in the Hov Pod Carbon Infinity 120HP Turbo’s 7 person capacity and you can ensure nobody’s left out. The vessel is built of a strong and lightweight carbon fibre and kevlar composite and boasts a 120 horsepower turbocharged Weber Automotive engine that’ll lift payloads (or passengers) of up to 1,500 pounds on land, or 1,100 pounds on water. Its polyurethane coated anti-rip nylon weave segmented skirt also reduces running costs, replaceable one section at a time in case of inadvertent damage.

Check it out at Hovercraft – $15,000

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Action Mobil Globecruiser

Travelling in an RV is liberating, but by nature these land cruisers are confined to roads and campgrounds. The Action Mobil Globecruiser bears no such restriction. This off-road motor home looks and feels like an armored vehicle, with 2, 3, and 4 axle turbodiesel-powered  models that bring along your living space and even a motorcycle or car thanks to optional rear-mounted hydraulic lifts. They also boast immense 219 gallon fuel tanks for covering long distances between refuels, heated air-suspension seats, and a 1,000 Watt solar system to help power your gear, alongside the battery and dual LPG tanks.

Learn more at Action Mobil – $670,000

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Lexus Slide Hoverboard

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.

Read more at Lexus – $TBA

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