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.
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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.
Trouble convincing the wife to let you blow some savings on a riding mower? Or an ATV? Or a generator? Raven’s MPV7100S is a game changer in that it’s all three. With a large mowing deck, top speed of 6mph, and 14-inch turn radius, the MPV7100S handily maneuvers around obstacles in your yard to finish the job quickly. But pull off the mowing deck and, in less than a minute, this ride is ready for off-road use, with a towing capacity of 550lbs and the ability to attaining speeds of up to 17mph. Otherwise, an on-board 7,100 watt generator powered by its engine sustains anything from power tools to small appliances, and doesn’t even need to be towed to site.
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For when riding on just two ultra fat tires won’t cut it, there’s Rungu’s Juggernaut. Instead, this beast of a trike floats on three wheels to roll over nigh any obstacle less than 6-inches tall with relative ease, relying on an extended wheelbase, the wider stance than two shoulder width front wheels provide, and improved grip while braking thanks to dual front disk brakes controlled by a single lever. A two-fork frame makes all this possible, and while low gearing via a 9-speed Shimano Deore rear derailleur accommodates riding over snow, sand, and asphalt alike, e-bike kit mounting points can eventually facilitate propelling this 56 pound monster forward.
Read more at Rungu – $2,500+
Recent studies have shown that drivers of luxury automobiles like Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar and yes, Porsche, are more arrogant than the rest of us. In the case of the new Porsche Cayman GTS, its owners have perfect right to be, at least when it comes to their car. An entirely new fascia front with larger air intakes set off the look of the new GTS from the start, but its jaw dropping beauty – both in and out – doesn’t end there. The exhaust system offers a deeper, more sports car-like sound at the push of a button for when it’s time to show BMW owners what a real European high performance vehicle both looks and sounds like since, along with the classic style and luxury of the Porsche, the GTS comes standard with a robust 340 hp-producing mid-mounted flat six. A sportier setup for the engine, chassis and manual gearbox is easily controlled through the use of the new sport chrono package with which you’ll be able to, among other things, calculate your lap times.
Find it at Porsche – $75,200+
Surf Sauna is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a sauna that’s specifically designed to be enjoyed after chasing those frigid winter waves. Crafted of rot-resistant Western Red Cedar to fit anywhere between two and eight weary souls, this sauna on wheels is built to your exact specifications with a slew of customizable options to choose from, including an off-road kit, changing tent and shower, propane stove upgrade, and/or a DemerBox waterproof bluetooth speaker system. Else, it’ll hold a few surfboards on its side-mounted racks en route to the beach, and marine-grade galvanized steel makes up the chassis and all its hardware so that even saltwater is a non-issue.
Learn more at Surf Sauna – $16,400
Electric can be badass. Tesla set the bar for automobiles and now Surface 604′s doing the same for two wheelers. With ultra fat four-inch wide mountain bike tires, this bike effortlessly puts dirt trails, sand, and snow behind it thanks to a 750-watt peak brushless motor that offers pedalling assistance in three modes – low, medium, and high – to attain speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. A massive 8.5-pound li-ion battery strapped to its tail provides enough power to cover roughly 20 miles per charge, though should it run out, adjusting through the 7-speed Shimano derailleur can help make the return trip more bearable.
Find them at Surface 604 – $2,000
There’s something about an Audi TT badge on the rear deck of a car. Just a glance elicits a sensory response… the whine of the turbo, the look of aerodynamic engineering, the taste of… you get the idea. Following up on the success of the first and second generations, the third generation of Audi’s two seat sports car is here. Borrowing the rounded fenders, unique taillights and dual exhaust from the first gen, the hidden rear spoiler that deploys at 75 mph from the second, the third gen adds the sculpted grille and headlights of the Audi Quattro. Three available power trains propels the new TT, with the base model offering 184 hp and a stellar 56 miles per gallon while midline models offer up to 230 hp. For those with a need for speed, the Audi TTS offers 310 hp from its 2.0T and reaches 62 mph in just 4.7 seconds with a top speed over 155 mph.
More info and Audi’s press release at AutoBlog – $TBA
Throwing tools in the back of a pickup truck is like using a garbage bag instead of a backpack to lug your laptop and gear – it’s messy, likely loud, and stuff’s bound to get damaged. And that’s why Decked was invented. Each Decked unit is custom fit to the trucks it’s meant to accommodate and is built tough from high density polyurethane mated to a steel sub frame for a 2,000 lbs load rating. Pop open your truck’s gate to access two massive smoth-sliding pull-out drawers on sealed bearing wheels, each rated to 200 lbs and customizable with optional trays and organizers. Throw in a few tie down loops, locks, plus compatibility with other rack systems like Thule and Yakima, and you’ve got yourself a truck that’s infinitely more useful at lugging around smaller things (or hosting an epic tailgate). A built in bottle opener on the tail end is the cherry on top.
Eye the offerings at Decked – $975+
As it turns out, the whole “blind spot” problem could be solved with a simple camera or two, and Nissan’s on warpath to get it done with their Smart Mirror. While it’s also an actual fully functional mirror, at the push of a button a built-in high-resolution LCD screen lights up, displaying objects behind you courtesy of a 1.3 megapixel camera on the car’s tail end. Without pillars or obstructions, the camera sees all, presenting the driver with angles greater than standard reflective mirrors could ever dream of attaining. Another plus is more freedom granted to car manufacturers, giving the go-ahead to automobile styling in ways previously prohibited by norms regarding rear visibility.