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2011 Audi A8

2011 Audi A8

Audi’s flagship 2011 A8 sports mostly evolutionary changes for the fourth generation including full LED headlights, a 4.2L FSI V8 good for 372 hp, 15% better MPG, and 8-speed Tiptronic.

Porsche 911 GT2 Speed

Porsche 911 GT2 Speed

Wimmer RS’ GT2 Speed pushes Porsche’s 911 body to its limits with twin turbos and other engine mods; it’s good for 827 hp, but the real zinger is its top speed: a blistering 234.9 mph.

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2011 Ford Mustang V6

2011 Ford Mustang V6

Take that, Camaro: Ford’s 2011 Ford Mustang V6 gets 305 hp and 30 mpg thanks to a 3.7L 60-degree Duratec V6; it’ll also get two new transmissions, GT disc brakes and a dual exhaust.

BlakRoc Camaro

BlakRoc Camaro

Tonal but not tone-deaf, the BlakRoc Camaro celebrates the collaborative BlakRoc album; it sports tinted windows, smoked taillights, 22″ Lexani rims, and a 500 W amp w/subwoofer.

C6 BlackForceOne Corvette

C6 BlackForceOne Corvette

Finished with one of three gorgeous matte paint jobs, the C6 BlackForceOne Corvette gets a twin-turbo 783 hp powerplant (0-62 in 3.4 s), carbon-ceramic disc brakes, and a widebody kit.

SpeedART Panamera

SpeedART Panamera

SpeedART’s PS9-650 ups the sex-appeal of Porsche’s oddly-shaped Panamera not only with a slick aero kit but a tuned engine that pumps out 650 hp, good for a 0-62 of 3.5 seconds.

GoRide iPhone Mount

GoRide iPhone Mount

GoRide’s iPhone Bike Mount does double duty: not only can it be mounted vertically or horizontally to your bicycle, but it easily detaches to serve as a regular case for your iPhone 3G/3GS.

Subaru WRX STI SE

Subaru WRX STI SE

Limited to an initial run of 125 units, Subaru’s WRX STI Special Edition trades handling for amenities; you’ll get a stiffer JDM spec C suspension and charcoal 18″ 14-spoke alloys in return.

DIY: Jim’s P-38

DIY: Jim’s P-38

Easily the baddest-ass DIY’ers ever, 81-year old Jim O’Hara and his wife have built a two-thirds scale P-38 fighter using little more than CAD plans; it made its maiden flight 10/24/09.

2011 BMW 5 Series

2011 BMW 5 Series

BMW’s 6th-gen BMW 5 Series arrives June 2010: the top-of-the-line 550i sports a twin-turbo reverse-flow V8 good for 400 hp and features regenerative braking plus active cooling air flaps.

2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe

2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe

The 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe is official; a sleek, 2-door version of its CTS sports sedan, it’ll come standard with a 3.6L V6 good for 304 hp/273 lb-ft torque and 6-speed manual.

Aston Martin DB4 GT

Aston Martin DB4 GT

The last of 75 built, the 1963 Aston Martin DB4 GT is the rarest of the rare; it’s one of six converted to aluminum for vintage races and rallies in the late 90s and goes to auction 1/21/10.

Sound: Lexus LFA

Sound: Lexus LFA

Yamaha and Lexus team up to provide this 3 minute, in-the-cockpit sound recording of the LFA’s luscious 4.8L V10; want more visuals? We’ve embedded a separate Launch film above.

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Light Graffiti Cars

Light Graffiti Cars

Yes, that Jag sitting in your driveway is a trick of the light, but what a beautiful trick: Mark Brown and Marc Cameron’s Light Graffiti Cars create photonic versions of the R8, Morgan Aero, and more.

MTM Audi TT RS

MTM Audi TT RS

MTM’s Audi TT RS mods push the stock turbo 5-cylinder up to 424 hp (from 340 hp) thanks to ECU and exhaust tweaks; also available: MTM cat back exhaust and bimoto rims.

Porsche 911 GT3 R

Porsche 911 GT3 R

Made for international GT3 racing, Porsche’s 911 GT3 R replaces the Cup S in every way; it’s faster (+30 bhp with a 480 hp 4.0L flat-six) and easier to drive (ABS, traction control, throttle-blip).

The Frictionator Jet Truck

The Frictionator Jet Truck

The Frictionator claims it’s the only street legal jet truck in the world, and with a 7,000 hp GE J85 jet engine, we ain’t gonna argue; it’s mounted to a Ford F650 and tops out at 200 mph.

GRACE E-bike

GRACE E-bike

Its price is sky-high, but the GRACE E-bike tantalizes with its tech: a 1300 W brushless hub motor, a bank of 70 Li-ion batteries, 1 hour charge, 40 mph top speed, and Eurofighter/F1 parts.

ATT TEC 335i Cabrio

ATT TEC 335i Cabrio

ATT Autotechnik’s BMW 335i convertible may run less ponies than the M3 (356 hp vs. 414 hp), but makes up for it with pavement rending torque: 388 lb-ft vs. the M3’s 300 lb-ft.

2010 Lotus Evora

2010 Lotus Evora

The 2010 Lotus Evora lands stateside 1Q 2010, and with it, a pricetag of $73.5k; currently only a 44-dealer tour in the US, the 2+2 boasts 276 hp V6, a 4.9 second 0-60, and 30 mpg.

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Devonport 160 Yacht

Devonport 160 Yacht

We could use more pictures, but the specs on the Devonport 160 have us drooling: the 165 meter yacht features 17 VIP rooms, an indoor pool, helipad, drive-in garage, and a nightclub.

Stop Motion: Suzuki GSX-R

Stop Motion: Suzuki GSX-R

Aptly set to Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” (also stop-motion), watch as a Suzuki GSX-R assembles itself; it took 30 hours to film, but the ending is the coolest: the bike ran on first start-up.

Heavy Equipment Calendar

Heavy Equipment Calendar

It may not be the SI: Swimsuit Edition, but the 2010 Heavy Equipment Calendar is full-on construction porn, with gorgeous HDR images of wheel loaders, dump trucks, and excavators.

Car Parts Sculptures

Car Parts Sculptures

Cash for Clunkers may have a new home with James Corbett; his beautifully detailed metallic sculptures are made entirely from leftover car parts–often, ironically, into tiny cars and bikes.

Coming to America: KTM

Coming to America: KTM

Awesome news for streetbike aficionados: KTM is bringing all of its bikes to the US, from its 690/990 Duke/Super Duke naked bikes to the range-topping, drool-inducing RC8 R Superbike.

Conference Bike

Conference Bike

Swap PowerPoint for pedals with the Conference Bike, a seven-ride tricycle; forget about truly escaping from the workplace, however, as only one person can steer and brake.

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