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Art Deco Motorcycle

Art Deco Motorcycle

Frank Westfall’s bike is one of the most beautiful custom motorcycles we’ve ever seen. It was built in 1936, based on a 1930 K.J. Henderson. It’s probably more fun to look at than to ride though.

Atreides Yacht Concept

Atreides Yacht Concept

This design for a futuristic yacht by Yuk Dragovic features a retractable swimming pool that can put you eye-to-eye with the surrounding seas. Keeps sharks out, assuming they’re not the jumping type.

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2011 Ford Explorer

2011 Ford Explorer

Ford packed the new Explorer with improvements both inside and out. It has a newly designed exterior, improved fuel economy and a host of new safety features. Available this winter.

2011 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG

2011 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG

Mercedes’ restyled 2011 CL63 AMG features the new AMG 5.5-liter biturbo engine generating a maximum output (with optional AMG Performance Package) of 563 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque.

Save The Manuals!

Save The Manuals!

Help Car and Driver keep the manual transmission alive – it makes for a safer, more fuel-efficient and more fun ride. Don’t let your kids miss out on the thrill that only grinding your gears can provide.

Mopar Jeep Camper Trailers

Mopar Jeep Camper Trailers

Carry up to 4 adults and have amenities like a queen-size bed, a sofa, and built-in power supply. Choose from the all-aluminum Trail ($10,000) or the more rugged Extreme Trail ($12,000) Edition.

Audi RS7 Concept

Audi RS7 Concept

Adriano Mudri’s concept for the Audi RS7 maximizes the whole rear section (which contains the motor) as a distinct design feature and minimizes the LED headlights to simple lines.

Roehr Electric Performance Bikes

Roehr Electric Performance Bikes

Roehr Motorcycles’ electric performance bikes are available: the 48hp eSuperSport, the eSuperBike with 7.7Kw/h worth of batteries good for 100 miles and the RR with lightweight racing wheels.

2011 Quattroporte Awards Edition

2011 Quattroporte Awards Edition

Maserati’s 2011 Quattroporte Sport GT S Awards Edition has an exclusive Quarzo fuso finish, 20’’ Multi Trident rims with satin finish and hand-polished front and rear brake calipers.

Ducati Superbike 848EVO

Ducati Superbike 848EVO

The latest bike from the house of Ducati features a twin-cylinder 140-hp Testastretta engine and Monobloc technology for maximum braking power. The Superbike is super sexy too.

Fifth Gear + MB SLS AMG

Fifth Gear + MB SLS AMG

Fifth Gear takes David Coulthard’s Mercedes Benz SLS AMG and attempts to beat the F1 racer’s record of 160mph on the 563hp beast. Host Tiff Needell almost seems scared of the car’s power.

BigDog Quadbike

BigDog Quadbike

This 4-wheeled, 4-person recumbent bike is a marvel of modern mechanical engineering. See it up close and personal at Detroit’s Maker Faire 7/31-8/1. Maybe you can beg for a ride.

2-Person Submarine

2-Person Submarine

Go on a romantic date to the bottom of the sea in this 2-person electric sub, capable of diving up to 6 hours at depths down to 1,000 feet, to explore exotic oceanic species. (Thanks for the tip, Ron!)

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2010 9ff GT9-R

2010 9ff GT9-R

While the Porsche-based custom 2009 9ff may not have been a real looker, it certainly had the goods under the hood. This 2010 model has the looks to back up the power. All 1120 horses of it.

Brammo Empulse Electric

Brammo Empulse Electric

Significantly upping the ante over last year’s Enertia, the Brammo Empulse can go 100 miles per charge, and crank out speeds up to 100mph. Not too shabby for an all electric motorcycle.

Life-Size Optimus Prime

Life-Size Optimus Prime

In an attempt to keep up with Japan’s giant Gundam, China has built a 32-foot tall version of Transformer’s big bot, using 10,108 junk car parts. Check it out the next time you’re in Beijing.

Green Samba Personal Watercraft

Green Samba Personal Watercraft

The agile electric Green Samba from Silveira Customs is designed to feel like an extension of the driver’s body. The lightweight craft features military-based twin direct electric propulsion pods.

Ferrari 458 Italia Challenge

Ferrari 458 Italia Challenge

Building on the awesome 458 Italia, the 458 Challenge gets a gear ratio upgrade to ensure higher torque at low revs, and shaves significant weight off its base model to help it speed along.

Ford Focus RS 500 Production

Ford Focus RS 500 Production

Watch as Ford’s team at its Saarlouis plant in Germany puts together the stealthy limited-edition Focus RS 500. Want to own one? Unfortunately, all 500 units of the RS 500 have already been sold.

HXC BMX Wheelchair

HXC BMX Wheelchair

While there are plenty of wheelchairs out there for athletes, the HXC is a unique beast, providing physically-challenged riders with an BMX-like experience, going just about anywhere.

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Golden Audi R8

Golden Audi R8

Did you like the stealthy Audi R8 Valkyrie? Looking for something flashier? Then you’ll love this one, spotted in Moscow, Russia: an R8 wrapped in gold. Our eyes are burning from the shine.

Gary Fisher Gritty Bike

Gary Fisher Gritty Bike

The Gritty from Gary Fisher is a “bomb-proof” (according to their website) steel single speed or fixed gear ride with hybrid tires and urban style for a pretty reasonable price. Available Fall 2010.

DieHard x Gary Numan

DieHard x Gary Numan

New Wave performer Gary Numan conducts an orchestra of car horns playing his classic hit Cars, all powered by a single DieHard battery. Corporate America, this is how to make a viral commercial.

Marussia B1

Marussia B1

The Marussia is Russia’s first sports car. Featuring dramatic industrial design, the B1 offers up an ample, if not Earth-shattering 300-hp 3.5-liter V6, and can do 0-to-60 in less than 5 seconds.

ARC Rescue Chopper

ARC Rescue Chopper

Designer Leong Huang Zi envisions a future in which his duo-fan propeller aircraft is saving lives. While this concept military chopper will probably never see the light of day, we still think it’s cool.

Mercedes G-Wagon LAPV 6.X

Mercedes G-Wagon LAPV 6.X

The G-Wagon LAPV 6.X Concept, the latest armor plated military version of Mercedes’ legendary SUV, features a common rail diesel engine and adjustable suspension with 18″ ground clearance.

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