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
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]