BMW i8 Hybrid

 

The days of boring and unattractive hybrid vehicles are numbered.  The BMW i8 is a perfect example of how awesome a hybrid can look and perform.  This hybrid is powered by a 1.5 liter, turbocharged three cylinder engine which sends 231 horses and 236 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. An electric motor sends an additional 131 horses and 184 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels.  This gives the i8 a combined power of 362 horsepower which allows it accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 4.4 seconds.  The i8 is said to deliver 94 mpg and can travel up to 22 miles on battery power alone.  Its carbon fiber body sits on a welded aluminum chassis, while all of the latest BMW tech allow it to handle like a sports car. Perhaps best of all, its performance matches its looks.  We can’t wait to see these hit the road!  $135,925. www.bmw.com

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse

The Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse is a street-legal supercar derived from the Gallardo Super Trofeo, the racecar designed to compete in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, the world’s fastest one-make series.  Like its inspiration, its race-bred V10 churns out 570 hp which launches it from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds – and allows it to reach 200 km/h in a whopping 10.4 seconds.  The LP 570-4 Squadra Corse also uses the same carbon fiber rear wing for greater aerodynamic load and removable engine hood with a quick release system as its racecar bredrin.  Unmatched stopping power is provided by a carbon-ceramic brake system.  Thanks to the use of weight-saving materials, the LP 570-4 Squadra Corse manages to shed 154 pounds from the standard edition LP 570-4, tipping the scale at just under 3,000 pounds.  The only thing that the LP 570-4 Squadra Corse needs is a racetrack and an Italian stallion behind the wheel.  Price: $TBA.  www.lamborghini.com

Toyota Winglet Personal Transport Assistance Robot

 

Some futurists predict a two-wheeled personal transportation future for us.  And while we don’t plan to give up our beloved cars anytime soon, these types of vehicles could be a viable solution for navigating congested downtown cores of major cities.  Toyota first showed its Winglet vehicle concept back in 2008 and now the company is testing it in the streets of Tsukuba, Japan.  The Winglet can travel up to four miles per hour and has a range of about six miles on a single charge, with a recharge time of about one hour.  Unlike the Segway, the Winglet is compact enough to ride directly into small spaces like elevators, and collapses down to a very small package that’s easy to carry by hand.  We have just one question – where’s the cup holder?  News via www.autoblog.com

Reevu Motorcycle Helmet With Heads Up Display

 

If you want to feel a little more like Tony Stark when you jump on your motorcycle next time, here’s a helmet that will help you do just that.  Reevu, the company that wowed the world with its “rear vision” helmet, is doing it again with its new intelligent helmet which offers an internal heads up display (HUD).  The current model, designed for the motorsports sector, is capable of displaying such information as diagnostic engine data or GPS but a future consumer model will connect with your smartphone and feature communication capabilities.  We dig it!  $TBA.  www.reevu.com

2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray by Hennessey Performance

 

How do you make a super cool sports car like the new Corvette C7 Stingray even better?  You let the guys over at the Hennessey Performance tuning shop go buck wild on it!  The company has just announced that it will offer four performance packages to boost the performance of the C7, if the stock version of the car doesn’t tickle your senses enough.  The C7 comes from the factory with a new 6.2 liter V8 engine that pumps out 455 horses.  Hennessey’s first two packages add on a TVS2300 supercharger, alongside other upgrades, to increase the output to 600 and 700 horsepower, at 6,300 rpm.  The upper two packages use a custom balanced and forged engine partnered with two ball-bearing turbochargers and other upgrades, which result in 800 and 1,100 horses. Pricing for the upgrades will be as follows: HPE600 Supercharged, 600 hp, ($12,495); HPE700 Supercharged, 700 hp, ($18,450); HPE800 Twin-Turbo, 800 hp, ($54,950); and HPE1000 Twin-Turbo, 1,100 hp, ($67,950).  Pricing includes installation.  www.hennesseyperformance.com

Garmin Head-Up Display (HUD)

 

Heads ups displays (HUDs) have long been used by military vehicles and even classic rides such as the Nissan 300ZX, that we all salivated over in high school.  While some of the latest cars offer a HUD, most vehicles still don’t come equipped with one.  Garmin’s new head up display finally allows any car to be outfitted with this awesome tech.  The system receives navigation info from your smartphone and projects it on to a transparent film on your vehicle’s windshield.  It automatically adjusts the brightness level, so you can see its picture just as clearly on a sunny day as you would at night.  The HUD works together with the Garmin StreetPilot for iPhone or NAVIGON smartphone apps and displays turn-by-turn directions including turn indicators, distance to the next turn, current speed and speed limit, and estimated time of arrival.  $130.  www.garmin.com

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee by Jerry Seinfeld

 

If you love comedy and talking to your friends about cars then you’re gonna have some fun watching Jerry Seinfeld’s new web series called Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.  The formula for the show is simple and works well enough – Jerry picks up one of his friends in a classic car, they go out for a drive to a coffee shop and shoot the shit about anything and everything, including cars of course.  If you’ve missed Seinfeld’s humor since the sitcom came to an end a few years back, here’s your chance to get a fresh load of that gentle comedy once again.  We especially enjoy the David Letterman episode because it throws us back to the days we first got our drivers’ licenses and one of our friends drove us around in his parents mid-90s Volvo 760 Turbo.  Those were the days, and man did that car have a good kick!  www.comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com

Vuhl 05 Supercar

 

Mexican car manufacturer Vuhl aims to please your wildest automotive dreams with its just revealed Vuhl 05 supercar.  What quantifies it as a supercar other than its sexy curves?  This two seater is designed for the track and powered by a turbocharged Ford 2.0 liter four cylinder EcoBoost engine that puts out 285 horses (and 310 lb-ft of torque), which pushes the car from 0 to 62 mph in a blazing 3.7 seconds.  Its design is based on a monocoque aluminium chassis and uses carbon fiber body panels to help keep the weight down to 1,532 pounds.  With a top speed of 152 miles per hour you’ll definitely want to wear a helmet, or at least goggles, since the 05 doesn’t come with a windshield – just a little visor.  Coming spring 2014.  $82,000 (approx.)  www.vuhl05.com

The XploreAir Paravelo Flying Bike

 

I don’t think I’ll be testing one of these out anytime soon, but the world’s first flying bike is here. Well, sort of. There’s a prototype created by Yannick Read and John Foden, who have a Kickstarter campaign to get their project off the ground and into mass production. The bicycle works much in the same way as a paramotor; with a big propeller at the rear for thrust and using a parachute to achieve lift. Reaching an altitude of 1.2 km high and capable of flying 40kph the prototype full on works, but you won’t be able to get one just yet (no matter how much you pledge). There is also a built-in tent for those who wish to go on an overnight adventure. For more info and to pledge, visit kickstarter.com

Scrooser

 

The Scrooser is the first eco-friendly urban ride we’ve come across that looks totally awesome.  Unlike the typical electric scooter, this thing is guaranteed to show that you’ve got style and turn some heads as your cruise down the street.  The Scrooser is said to offer a runtime of 25 days on a single battery charge, when used in the Eco mode, which is pretty staggering and outlasts the iPhone 5 by about 24 days.  It works by amplifying the force you generate by pushing off with a small electric motor, mounted inside the rear wheel hub.  The Scrooser can travel up to 15 mph and stops with the help of front disc brakes and the motor.  It weights a mere 61 pounds which means that it’s also easy to move around when you park it.  Check out the video on the company’s Kickstarter page after the jump – this thing looks like a blast to ride!  $3,950.  www.kickstarter.com

Evacuate Tube Transport (ET3)


 

Do you ever dream of what the future holds for us?  The Evacuate Tube Transport perhaps takes inspiration from the animated Futurama series but presents a completely realistic option for short and long distance travel, in the not so distant future.   This electric powered system uses car-sized passenger capsules that travel through vacuum tubes on frictionless maglev (using magnetic levitation).  Electric motors accelerate the capsules to 370mph for local trips and to a staggering 4,000mph for international travels.  Once they achieve the desired speed, the capsules simply coast through the vacuum tubes and don’t require any additional power.  The system is said to be silent, low cost, safe and faster than jets.  ET3 is still in the testing stages but we certainly hope that it will find some traction with investors.  Can you imagine going for a ride in one of these?  www.et3.com

2013 JETLEV R200x Water Propelled Jetpack

 

Ever wish you could fly around on a jetpack, but don’t want the fuss of falling to your death or exploding in the sky. Well here it is; the best thing ever. The JETLEV has been around for a while, but the new model is more powerful, more economical and more comfortable than the previous model. Aside from letting you jetpack into the sky, the JETLEV can also dive in and out of the water like a dolphin. The beast of an engine pumps 1000 gallons of water per minute at 60 PSI through both nozzles on the pack. You are limited in how high up you can go; as you need to be connected to the water for lift. Again though, that will help avoid the whole falling to your death thing. $68,500. www.jetlev.com

Terrafugia TR-X Hybrid Flying Car

 

This baby would make even Tony Stark feel a little tight in his armour. No we don’t get flying cars yet, but this latest prototype from Terrafugia is getting us excitingly closer than ever (and by us, I mean them because these will cost an outrageous amount). The TR-X will be capable of automatic, vertical lift-off and landing. With a 300 horsepower engine, the TR-X will be able to travel 320kph with a range of 800 kilometers. For all of you that are afraid of falling from the sky, that’s probably a valid fear but this machine has some high-tech computer equipment that can do pretty much all of the work for you. The on-board computer will be constantly calculating your ability to make it to your landing zone based on fuel and weather conditions; and it will advise you to readjust to backup land zones accordingly. Oh, it is also street legal to operate on any roads or highways. Just for billionaires at first. www.terrafugia.com

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S

 

If you need to get somewhere fast – really fast – then you’ll love the new, next generation 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S.  These rear engine beasts are outfitted with a turbocharged, 3.8-liter flat-six engine, making use of twin, variable-turbine-geometry turbos.  The Turbo model packs 520 horses and thanks to the PDK dual-clutch gearbox will get you from 0-60 miles in just 3.2 seconds.  And if that’s not quick enough, the Turbo S offers 560 horses to cut down the 0-60 time to a staggering 2.9 seconds.  The Turbo model has a top speed of 196 mph, while the Turbo S model tops out at 198 mph.  Other technical marvels of the 2014 models include a new all-wheel-drive system (with rear-wheel steering), an adaptive front spoiler, an adaptive rear wing, a new, longer chassis, 20-inch aluminum wheels, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control active anti-roll system, and full-LED headlights.  To put this all into perspective, the Turbo S will tackle the Nürburgring in well under 7 and a half minutes.  $149,250-$182,050.  www.porsche.com

Sandwichbike

 

 

If you enjoyed Lego when you were younger (maybe you still do) then you’re gonna love this.  The Sandwichbike is one of the funkiest looking bikes we’ve ever seen.  It comes shipped to you in a small, flat package consisting of about 50 parts and all the required tools.  We guarantee you’ll have a blast assembling it.  Instead of a welded frame, this bike uses a sandwich of two weather-coated frames of layered plywood, bonded together by ‘smart cylinders’ – resulting in rock-solid, durable design.  The Sandwichbike looks so awesome don’t be surprised if you get stopped by women everywhere, as if you were walking a puppy.  Ride in style this spring Guydsters!  Coming soon.  $TBA.  www.sandwichbikes.myshopify.com

Detroit Electric SP:01 Electric Car

 

Ever wonder just how fast it feels to go from 0 to 60 mph in under 4 seconds?  Though you’ve probably never heard of them, Detroit Electric’s history dates way back to 1907 – the company produced some 13,000 electric vehicles between 1910 and 1939.  And now after a 70 year absence, the company is back with a vengeance.  The Detroit Electric SP:01 is a Lotus-based electric sports car promising to be the fastest pure-electric production car on the market.  It goes from 0-60 mph in a blistering 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph.  The SP:01 is equipped with a 201 bhp (166 lb ft of torque) engine and thanks to the use of lightweight materials, it weighs just 2,350 pounds – which results in an excellent power to weight ratio.  A single charge will keep you going for more than 180 miles.  Production starts in August 2013.  $135,000.  www.detroit-electric.com

Espresso Veloce V12 Espresso Machine

 

Have you got petrol running through your veins?  The Espresso Veloce V12 is the ultimate espresso machine for car enthusiasts.  Limited to just 500 production units, this V12 engine-shaped machine is hand crafted from a combination of materials you’d expect to find in a real vehicle – aluminum, magnesium and titanium.  And the coffee cups?  They’re shaped like pistons, of course.  Now all you have to do is find a spot to park this thing in your kitchen, granted your significant other has agreed to display such a machine on the countertop.  Price $TBA.  www.espressoveloce.com

2014 Dodge Viper SRT TA

 

Did you know that there are more than 150 road-race courses around North America?  The 2014 SRT Viper TA (Time Attack) has been designed to attack these courses vigorously thanks to a collaboration between the Chrysler’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) team and professional road racers.  Under the hood, this beast packs an all-aluminum 8.4-liter, mid-front V-10 engine capable of 640 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque.  SRT tweaked this Viper’s suspension with a two-mode Bilstein Damptronic system and re-tuned its shock dampers, springs and stabilizer bars for on-track usage.  To stop this powerhouse, the Viper SRT TA utilizes world-class Brembo brakes.  Topping it all off is an exterior aerodynamics package that includes carbon fiber front splitters and a rear spoiler.  Extra pair of underwear not included.  More pics inside this post.  Price: $TBA.  www.drivesrt.com

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2014 Porsche 911 GT3

 

 

A guy’s love for cars can be summed up pretty easily.  You grow up playing with Hotwheels, as a teenager you start reading car magazines and as an adult, all you really want in life is to buy a Porsche.  The 2014 911 GT3 is powered by a 3.8-liter horizontally-opposed six cylinder engine, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, which puts out 475 bhp and 324 lb. ft..  To boost stability, this is the first production Porsche to offer rear-wheel steering, as well as 20-inch forged-alloy wheels with racecar style center-lock wheel nuts.  The 911 GT3 claims a time of 3.3 seconds from 0 to 60 mph and a top speed of 195 mph.  We seriously dig it!  $131,350.  www.porsche.com

Toyota i-Road Concept

 

Every wonder what the future of major cities might look like?  The Toyota i-Road is a three-wheeled, personal mobility concept that offers motorcycle-like maneuverability.  It seats two passengers in tandem, and is ideal for short distance urban travel.  The i-Road not only promises an exhilarating driving experience thanks to its automatic active-lean system, it also overcomes various big city obstacles like congested city roads and lack of parking.  Being powered by an electric powertrain, it is of course environmentally friendly – offering a driving range of 50 kilometers on a single charge, and a recharge time of 3 hours from a domestic power supply.  The zero-emission powertrain uses a lithium-ion battery to power two 2kW motors mounted in the front wheels, giving brisk acceleration and near-silent operation.  Check out a cool video of the i-Road in action below.  Would you buy one if these ever went on sale? www.toyota.com