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.
Even with a suction mount, fidgeting with Google Maps or skipping tracks on your iPhone can be more than a little dangerous, or end with you getting slapped with a big fat ticket in some states. And soon you might not have to thanks to CarPlay, Apple’s new interface that seamlessly couples your device to entertainment systems of most major car manufacturers. Full Siri capabilities at the touch of a steering wheel-mounted button, seamless Maps integration, plus full music and Podcast access are just a few of CarPlay’s prominent features, though you’ll need to buy CarPlay-equipped car first.
Shipping on select models later this year. Read the press release at Apple – $TBA
Have you ever yearned for an adventure where the open road meets the unexplored? It’s easy to hop in your SUV for an off road adventure, but what do you do when you get hungry? Power bars start off great but can taste like sawdust. You need a hot meal, but towing your Weber behind isn’t practical. That’s where the Front Runner Spare Tire Mount Braai cooking grate comes in. This all stainless steel grate stores over your spare tire and takes up virtually no space. Able to adjust to fit tire sizes from 29″ to 37″, the grate can go anywhere you do and has sections for grill and griddle cooking, doubling your campfire cooking options. Just don’t forget to hose it down after a long drive through winding dirt roads.
Read more at Front Runner Outfitters – $125
Lotus, the British automaker with a lengthy reputation for making lightweight, nimble sports cars, is finally trying its hand in the two-wheeled division with the stunning C-01. True to the Lotus marque, the C-01 is both agile and speedy thanks to its 200hp 2-cylinder 4-stroke V-twin powerhouse and bleeding edge body made of carbon fibre, titanium, and aero tech steel that sums up to a dry weight of just under 400 pounds. What’s more – and perhaps predictably to some – its futuristic yet vaguely retro design is in part the work of Daniel Simon, who also devised Tron’s light cycle, and is offered in three energetic colorways. But better act fast if you want one, since its production run is limited to a total of 100 units.
Ogle over at Lotus – $TBA
While it’s rather important for both decreasing fuel consumption and tire wear, we don’t really check our car tire pressure often enough – “never” is probably a realistic estimate. But with RightPSI, verifying pressure is as complicated as walking around the car. Each RightPSI cap is built with a set target pressure to conform to a variety of car and bike tires; when the tire pressure is just right, the cap remains an inconspicuous black, otherwise displaying a bright orange or yellow ring if air pressure is too low or too high, respectively. RightPSI also respond to pressure changes while filling tires to let you know when to stop, is light enough to leave balance unaffected, and locks down using a hex nut to discourage theft.
Hit up Kickstarter for details – $15 for a pair or $25 for four
McLaren’s 12C not quite doing it for you? Doubtful, but McLaren’s still reworked that supercar into something faster and more performing that sits alongside the original in their lineup. Titled after its power output – that’s 650 metric horsepower – the 650S produces thanks to a twin-turbo 3.8-litre V8 matched with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. With a 0-60 time of 3 seconds flat, a top speed of 207mph and aesthetics inspired by McLaren’s P1 at a fraction of the cost, the 650S actually looks to be a relatively good deal, at least as far as dropping heaps of money on a car goes.
Read more at McLaren – $TBA (but likely a bit over $300k)
If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough. The Felino CB7 lets you lose control. Race car fans and aficionados of elegant design alike will appreciate the flowing lines of this carbon fiber and composite two-seater sports car. Weighing in at under 2500lbs, with a performance minded 50/50 weight distribution and a host of race inspired features, the standard 6.2L V8 churns out 525hp, while a 6-speed manual transmission directs the 489ft/lbs of torque to the rear wheels. Though built for the track, the Felino will also be available in four and six cylinder versions for the slightly more sensible.
Ogle some more at Felino – $TBA (but likely about $100,000)
Reckon the best way to turn heads on the street is to get behind the wheel of a sleek, flashy supercar? Think again. Starwood Motors’ Jeep Wrangler Full Metal Jacket Edition demands attention, whether you’re driving through a war zone or going to lunch. It starts with all-around Kevlar-lined body panels, Smittybilt XRC body armor fenders & rock guards, and 22″ off road XD Bomb wheels. Throw in a 3.6-liter 285 horsepower Pentastar V6, an upgraded suspension, plus a slew of both high tech and off road-friendly amenities, and you’ve got a Wrangler that rides surprisingly smoothly on pavement all while remaining perfectly capable of carving its own path.
Find it at Starwood Jeeps – $109,900
Trade your rear wheel for some treads with Timbersled’s track kits. Each pre-assembled ships to your door completely assembled and ready to install, bolting onto your motorcycle with relative ease. The kits come in three flavors – the standard Short Track, a Long Track for added traction in deep snow or steep hills, and Snow Cross for racing through hard packed snow – each with sequential increases in price. But why ride a dirt bike through snow over a snowmobile? They’re smaller (namely narrower), lighter, more maneuverable, better handle precipitous angles, and let you use your dirt bike all year round. And if you’ve already got the bike they’ll probably save you some money, too.