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Audi A8 x Google Earth

Audi A8 x Google Earth

Audi’s new creme-de-la-creme A8 also gets Mountain View’s best of breed: drivers will be able to navigate in 3D using Google Earth on an 8″ LCD screen thanks to a built-in UMTS modem.

MINI Beachcomber Concept

MINI Beachcomber Concept

Love it or hate it, but you have to give MINI props for having the cojones to show off this Beachcomber Concept; it strips out the doors and adds AWD for a decidedly non-urban vehicle.

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Copenhagen Wheel

Copenhagen Wheel

MIT’s Copenhagen Wheel is more than just a wheel: it uses regenerative braking to turn any bike into a hybrid and connects to a smartphone to serve as a personal trainer and navigator.

Ikkar Transforming Yacht

Ikkar Transforming Yacht

Calling all evil (but eco-friendly) movie villains: Julien Anglade’s 150-meter Ikkar yacht concept is not only powered by solar sails but can transform into a larger vessel while at sea.

Kepler Motors Motion

Kepler Motors Motion

Kepler Motors’ Motion is a hybrid supercar with one law of motion: fast; a 3.5L V6 and electric motor each provide 550 hp and 250 hp, good for a 0-60 of 2.5s and >200 mph top speed.

Moto Guzzi Griso 8V SE

Moto Guzzi Griso 8V SE

We can see Steve McQueen tearing up the backroads with Moto Guzzi’s Griso 8V SE; it sports a 110 hp/85 lb-ft engine, blacked-out powertrain, stitched leather seat, and Italian colors.

RDSport RS46 M3

RDSport RS46 M3

The RDSport RS46 completely reworks BMW’s M3; it features an F1-style 4.6L V8 with stainless steel parts and carbon/Kevlar bumpers, plus an upgraded suspension, brakes, and rims.

9ff GT9-R

9ff GT9-R

Possibly the fastest production car ever built, 9ff’s GT9-R is an 1120 hp monster with a 257.2 mph top speed and a 0-300 kph of 15.8 s; the street legal car will be limited to 20 units.

Edo Gallardo LP600/4

Edo Gallardo LP600/4

Edo Competition’s Lamborghini Gallardo LP600/4 gets a new front spoiler lip and 600 hp, good for 211 mph; it also sports an adjustable suspension system and three-piece 19″ wheels.

Trek x Armstrong District

Trek x Armstrong District

Trek teams up with Lance Armstrong for a one-of-a-kind custom version of their District Carbon bike; it features a yellow belt drive, Pauls brake levers, matte finish, and chopped bars.

Dodge Viper ACR-X

Dodge Viper ACR-X

Bred purely for the track, the 2010 Dodge Viper ACR-X pumps out 640 hp thanks to new headers and exhaust, sheds 160 pounds, and gets a roll cage, fuel cell and race seat.

D8 GT(4) Endurance

D8 GT(4) Endurance

The Donkervoort D8 GT’s long snout gets prepped for a long haul at 24 Hours of Dubai this January; the endurance version gets improved brakes, CF sandwich panels, and a rear diffuser.

Wimmer RS VW GTI

Wimmer RS VW GTI

Minimal exterior mods make Wimmer RS’ Volkswagen GTI an ideal sleeper: a new turbo and engine tweaks boost the 2.0 L TFSI from 211 hp to 386 hp and 336 lb-ft of torque.

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VSS Enterprise

VSS Enterprise

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, aka the VSS Enterprise, has been unveiled; with the help of VMS Eve, it’ll ferry 6 passengers and 2 pilots to the edge of space starting in 2011 for $200k.

Brimstone Quadracycle

Brimstone Quadracycle

You won’t go to hell, but Brimstone’s Quadracycle may land you in jail: made in the USA, this 4-wheeled hot rodding beast tops out at 750 hp and goes 0-60 in 2.8 seconds.

Concept: Nissan V2G

Concept: Nissan V2G

Winner of the 2009 Design Challenge, Nissan’s V2G concept is short for vehicle to grid and not only envisions a moddable vehicle, but a high-speed solar-powered highway system.

Full Scale Apollo Lander

Full Scale Apollo Lander

Send a space travel buff over the moon with this Full Scale Apollo Lander; it won’t be touching down in Copernicus Crater anytime soon, but it’s a high-fidelity, 1:1 replica of the LEM.

Gryphon Wingsuit

Gryphon Wingsuit

The Gryphon Wingsuit is a chute/glider hybrid with a guidance system and HUD that’ll drop from 30k feet and glide 30 miles with an average speed of 60 mph; next up? Bolt-on engines.

2010 Prius Plug-in Hybrid

2010 Prius Plug-in Hybrid

The Prius Plug-in Hybrid uses Toyota’s first Li-ion drive-battery and goes up to 13 miles and 60 mph in electric-only mode (hybrid for longer distances); it’ll arrive in the US in 2010.

Range Rover S Autobiography

Range Rover S Autobiography

Land Rover’s 2010 Range Rover Sport Autobiography arrives stateside for the first time; it features Santorini Black paint, new bodywork, 20″ wheels, and a supercharged, 510 hp, 5.0L V8.

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Amatoya Fire Recon Vehicle

Amatoya Fire Recon Vehicle

Because awesome firefighters deserve a awesome ride: the Amatoya Fire Recon Vehicle features dual cannons, a 2200 liter water tank, and aerogel protected windows and bodywork.

Maserati GT S MC Sport Line

Maserati GT S MC Sport Line

For well-heeled (and well-oiled) sheiks only: Maserati’s GranTurismo S MC Sport Line will be limited to just 12 vehicles at Middle East dealers and features a Matt White “ice” finish.

HALOsonic Noise System

HALOsonic Noise System

The Prius and other EVs have been criticized for their deadly silence at low speeds, but HALOsonic offers an awesome solution a-la-the SoundRacer: simulated futuristic noises.

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.

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.

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