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2010 Ranger RZR

2010 Ranger RZR

Polaris’ 2010 Ranger RZR is the world’s first 4-seat sport side-by-side vehicle; made for dunes, desert, and wide-open spaces, it sports 26″ tires and a 12″ long-travel suspension.

Nissan Patrol

Nissan Patrol

The 5.6L V8 400 hp/405 lb-ft Nissan Patrol is a sign of things to come for the U.S., both as the 2011 QX56 and as an Armada replacement; it’s sedate outside, but the interior is bling-tastic.

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2010 Matech Ford GT1

2010 Matech Ford GT1

Matech gives the Ford GT a new lease on life and turns it into a true racecar with the 2010 Matech Ford GT1; its engine, transmission, suspension, and aerodynamics are completely new.

2011 BMW M3

2011 BMW M3

Beyond its reshaped headlights, grille and CF front lip, BMW’s 2011 M3 sips 8% less fuel and gets an auto start/stop function; also: Competition Package with suspension and wheel tweaks.

Hennessey VelociRaptor 500

Hennessey VelociRaptor 500

Hennessey’s VelociRaptor 500 gets ferocious with a Whipple supercharged 5.4L V8, good for 501 hp and 520 lb-ft, shaving its 0-60 from 8.4s to 5.6s; it’ll be limited to 100 kits each year.

Bicycle Tire Belts

Bicycle Tire Belts

They’re not the first tire belts we’ve seen, but Julien Jaborska’s are the most affordable; made with BMX, cyclocross, mountain and other bike tires, each includes a nickel-plated steel buckle.

2011 Volkswagen Touareg

2011 Volkswagen Touareg

Volkswagen’s 2011 Touareg is greener and leaner, shedding 460 lbs and packing VW’s first mass-produced hybrid drivetrain; the 3.0L V6 + electric motor saves 20% more fuel.

Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid

Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid

Porsche’s 911 GT3 R Hybrid is less about MPG than it is about MPH; 2 electric motors supply ~160 hp to its 480 hp flat-six, while a KERS-style 40k rpm flywheel adds 160 hp for 6-8 seconds.

2011 Ford Edge

2011 Ford Edge

Ford’s 2011 Edge not only gets a facelift but three powertrains; in addition to a new EcoBoost turbo 2.0L or the original 3.5L V6, the Sport model tops out with a 3.7L V6 (305 hp/280 lb-ft).

2011 Audi A1

2011 Audi A1

Audi’s A1 is official and coming to Europe: the 3-door supermini car (a 5-door hatch comes later) tops out with a 1.6L TDI or 1.4L TFSI, weighs just 2303 lbs, and averages 46 mpg.

2011 Shelby GT500

2011 Shelby GT500

The 2011 Shelby GT500 is lighter, faster, and more fuel efficient than its predecessor; it’s thanks to an all aluminum 5.4L supercharged V8, which sheds 102 lbs yet still pushes 550 hp.

2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S

2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S

The 2011 911 Turbo S is Porsche’s first 911 S in five years; available as a coupe or cabriolet, its twin-turbo flat six gets 530 hp/516 lb-ft. of torque, good for 0-62 mph in 3.3 seconds. Images via CarsandJoy.

2011 BMW X5

2011 BMW X5

Despite new bumpers, wheels, and lights, the 2011 BMW X5’s biggest changes are under the hood: all models get turbocharged engines, from the 3.0L I6 to the 4.4L twin-turbo V8.

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Mercedes-Benz Museum

Mercedes-Benz Museum

Porsche’s not the only luxury automaker showing off in Stuttgart: Mercedes-Benz has unloaded 100 new photos of its collection of 1,500 exhibits and 160 cars, some dating back to 1886.

Cubano Road Bike

Cubano Road Bike

Built for speed, Baum’s new Cubano Road Bike features butted and formed titanium tubing with 6/4 Ti dropouts and a 1×9 setup; available with a traditional or semi-sloping top tube.

Vyrus 987 C3 4VV

Vyrus 987 C3 4VV

Vyrus’ 987 C3 4VV is the world’s most powerful production motorcycle; the hub-center steering superbike weighs 348 lbs. yet cranks out 211 bhp with a supercharged 1098R Ducati engine.

Aircruise Airship

Aircruise Airship

870 feet tall, totally silent, and pollution free, the Aircruise is a uber-lux airship that runs on solar power and hydrogen fuel cells; it’ll carry 100 people from London to NYC in 37 hours.

Tamburini Corse T1

Tamburini Corse T1

We admit it, Tamburini’s Corse T1 is bike porn; if you’re lucky enough to own an MV Agusta Brutale or F4, Tamburini offers carbon fiber and aluminum restyling kits for a few thousand euros.

Necker Nymph Submarine

Necker Nymph Submarine

Not content to conquer space, Sir Richard Branson turns his eye toward ruling the oceans with the Necker Nymph; it’s an open-cockpit winged sub that’ll dive up to 130 feet.

Vath V63RS E63 AMG

Vath V63RS E63 AMG

Sinister and starless, Vath’s V63RS is a tuned Mercedes E63 AMG with 605 hp and 509 lb-ft. of torque (0-62 in 4.1s), a starless grille, 20″ forged rims, and carbon fiber inside and out.

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Carlsson C25 Super-GT

Carlsson C25 Super-GT

It’s just a rendering at present, but Carlsson’s C25 Super-GT is the real deal: it’s a tuned SL65 AMG Black Series whose twin-turbo 6.0L V12 belts out 753 hp and 848 lb-ft. of torque.

G-Power Typhoon Black Pearl

G-Power Typhoon Black Pearl

Ahoy, Munich: G-Power’s Typhoon “Black Pearl” BMW X5 sports a supercharged 4.8L V8 that makes 625 hp/516 lb-ft. of torque, good for a 0-62 of 4.5s and a top speed of 186 mph.

Victory Vegas LE

Victory Vegas LE

Limited to 100 bikes, Victory’s 2010 Vegas LE rides on a torquey 106/6 Speed V-Twin good for 97 hp/113 lb-ft.; it also boasts a 106 graphic, blacked out bits and four paintjobs.

2011 Volkswagen Golf R

2011 Volkswagen Golf R

It’s not official, but the 2011 Volkswagen Golf R is more or less on its way to the US this year; it’ll pack a turbo 2.0L TSI 4-banger good for 0-62 in 5.5s (5.7s w/manual) and bi-xenons.

Ken Block’s Ford Fiesta

Ken Block’s Ford Fiesta

Official details won’t be out until Wednesday, but get a first (rather comprehensive) look at Ken Block’s Ford Fiesta; his new whip is done up for the 2010 Monster World Rally Team.

Video: Audi R8 V10 Spyder

Video: Audi R8 V10 Spyder

It may have a UK price now, but Audi’s R8 V10 Spyder is priceless in this smokin’ promo video; the open-top two-seater goes 0-62 in 4.1s courtesy a 5.2L V10 good for 525 hp.

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