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Aurumania 24K Gold Bicycle

Aurumania 24K Gold Bicycle

File under flashy: this 24K plated and crystal bicycle from Aurumania is handbuilt in limited edition and costs $103K. For you matchety-match types, there’s a 24K plated bike rack too.

Tandem Speed Bike

Tandem Speed Bike

Tandem bikes usually make us think of a leisurely ride through the park, but this tandem is built to thrill. Robert Egger’s Tandem Speed bike is sure to draw admiring stares cruising down the road.

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The 100 MPH Lawnmower

The 100 MPH Lawnmower

Actually, this tricked out lawnmower has only been tested at about 60 MPH so far, but the guys at Project Runningblade are going for a record 100 MPH run on 5/22 – 5/23 at Pendine Sands.

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

The time on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife: 7 minutes, 18 seconds. The power: 620 hp. The weight: 3,020 lb in road trim with all fluids on board. The car: the new 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

Boeing Phantom Ray

Boeing Phantom Ray

The 36 foot-long unmanned aircraft could be used for reconnaissance and to deliver weaponry without putting soldiers in harms way. Boeing expects the prototype to take of as early as this summer.

BMW GS Anniversary Editions

BMW GS Anniversary Editions

Celebrating 30 years of production of BMW’s classic GS series of motorcycles, the Bavarian vehicle-maker revealed these limited-edition F800GS, R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure bikes.

ASI Lexus LX570 Invader

ASI Lexus LX570 Invader

Japanese tuning house ASI is reworking the Lexus LX570 and calling it the Invader. The 5.7-liter V8 gets a boost from 380 to 600 hp, as does the car’s suspension, aerodynamics and appearance.

Philippe Starck Soapbox Racer

Philippe Starck Soapbox Racer

Sure, there’s no steering or brakes, but you’d still be the coolest looking kid cruising at Derby Downs in Philippe Starck’s mahogany and leather gravity racer he created for Intersection magazine.

Deus Ex Machina Customs

Deus Ex Machina Customs

Deus Ex Machina makes bad-ass custom versions of motorcycles, from Kawasakis to Harleys, mixing classic charm with modern flash. Based in Sydney, they have a shop in downtown L.A. too.

Robotic Parking Powerslide

Robotic Parking Powerslide

Stanford’s autonomous car manages to cram itself into a parallel parking space with stuntman-like skills. It might take a little paint off some bumpers, but we’d like to see you try this move.

Volvo Demo Fail

Volvo Demo Fail

Known for their focus on safety, Volvo invited the press to show off the new S60’s collision detection system, which automatically applies the brakes to prevent a crash. Theoretically.

ABJ Explorer Jet Concept

ABJ Explorer Jet Concept

This concept design for a super-luxury jet from BAE and Design Q would have comfy chairs, a white marble entryway, and a pop-out “air deck” providing an elevated view of exotic surroundings.

Ellsworth Nuvinci Bike

Ellsworth Nuvinci Bike

Ellsworth offers bicycles featuring the innovative NuVinci hub, based on Leonardo da Vinci’s original concepts. The derailleur is replaced with a series of tilting spheres to create seamless gear changes.

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Koenigsegg Configurator

Koenigsegg Configurator

Whether you’re ready to write a big check or just window shopping, Koenigsegg’s configurator lets you check out the customization options for the Agera and CCX/CCXR supercars.

Audi EXO Concept

Audi EXO Concept

We’re not sure about the shoe-like footprint of the Audi EXO car when viewed from above. Andrea Mocellin’s “human-powered exoskeleton” vehicle might help Fred Flintstone’s aching feet.

BMW Z4 sDrive35is Mille Miglia

BMW Z4 sDrive35is Mille Miglia

BMW will build a limited edition of the Z4 sDrive35is Mille Miglia to celebrate its historic race victory, with 340hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline 6, 7 speed dual-clutch gearbox, M aero kit and 19″ wheels.

European Suborbital Shuttle

European Suborbital Shuttle

Dassault Aviation is in the first stages of development on VSH, a new suborbital civilian spacecraft. VSH will be capable of bringing tourists to the edge of space and will fly at Mach 3.5.

Alfra Vico Marino 52 Yacht

Alfra Vico Marino 52 Yacht

Cagnina Design has created the “ultimate weekender” Marino 52 Yacht for Alfra Vico, with luxe details like concealed teak seating, soft-top bimini and YachtStick wireless piloting system.

Falcon Kestrel Motorcycle

Falcon Kestrel Motorcycle

This gorgeous hunk of metal, leather and grease started its journey as a 1970 Triumph Bonneville. But the guys at Falcon Motorcycles turned this one-of-a-kind beater into a true work of art.

Luxe Mercedes Benz Helicopter

Luxe Mercedes Benz Helicopter

The Mercedes-Benz EC145 Helicopter is inspired by their R-Class car series and can carry 8 rich and stylish people. Features include wooden floors, TV, fridge and a goodly amount of storage in the tail.

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Homemade Chinese Lamborghini

Homemade Chinese Lamborghini

Chen Jenmiao, a 25 year-old Chinese mechanic, decided that if he couldn’t own a genuine Lambo he’d build one. $3K worth of parts and materials got a finished product with top speed of 60-90 mph.

Bentley Continental Ultrasports

Bentley Continental Ultrasports

This beastly black car is the ultimate Continental. German tuner Wheelsandmore not only gave their “Ultrasports” great looks, they managed to upgrade the engine from 620 up to an astounding 702-hp.

The Real Ghost Rider

The Real Ghost Rider

The Marin Funeral Home in Puerto Rico made headlines after dressing up a young man’s corpse in casual wear and and then placing him atop his motorcycle instead of in a coffin.

B7 Hi-Speed Hybrid Concept

B7 Hi-Speed Hybrid Concept

Designer Filip Tejszerski’s electric-gas hybrid would offer sports car looks and handling. Inspired by jet fighters, the car’s cockpit would seat driver and passenger in-line, instead of side-by-side.

2011 Audi R8 GT

2011 Audi R8 GT

Audi’s new R8 GT shaves 220 pounds off the prior model, and boosting the engine to a 560hp V10, helping it zip from 0 to 60 in under 3.6 seconds. Only 333 will be made, selling for about $255k.

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