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SpaceShipOne Cockpit

SpaceShipOne Cockpit

This in-flight photo of SpaceShipOne’s cockpit is not only breathtaking (check out all those portholes!) but is a testament to efficient engineering with an off-the-shelf GPS unit and clock.

Blastolene Hemi Trike

Blastolene Hemi Trike

Dropping a Hemi in just about anything lends a certain amount of street cred, but this supercharged Blastolene Trike could kill with looks alone; all we can say is: DO WANT.

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Harley-Davidson Iron 883

Harley-Davidson Iron 883

Harley-Davidson’s Iron 883 is a cheaper, smaller displacement version of the Nightster 1200 but just as hot with a solo saddle, foldaway license plate and slammed suspension.

Amen Hubless Bike

Amen Hubless Bike

Amen’s Hubless Monster needs to be seen to be believed; the video above shows a chopper that seems to almost glide, thanks to a non-rotating inner ring which is attached to the fork.

Predator X18 Intimidator

Predator X18 Intimidator

There’s nothing like off-roading to fire up the soul, and this X18 Intimidator’s flame paint job does exactly that; it’s powered by a 2.2L Ecotec engine and sits on a Chromoly chassis.

Porsche Museum

Porsche Museum

Located near its headquarters in Stuttgart, the new Porsche Museum opens to the public on 1/31; with over 80 functioning vehicles and a workshop, it’s pure heaven for gearheads.

Cyclecide Bike Rodeo

Cyclecide Bike Rodeo

Cyclecide’s Bike Rodeo mixes counterculture, bicycle riders, mechanics and the errant psychotic clown; they create pedal powered monstrosities and let the public get their ride on.

Honda Monkey Motorcycle

Honda Monkey Motorcycle

Instant nostalgia for Honda bike enthusiasts: the classic Monkey, first sold in the 1970s is now being re-released with fuel injection and refined looks; it can go 252 miles on a gallon of gas.

V8 Snowblower

V8 Snowblower

Kick Mother Nature’s butt with the 800-pound V8 Snowblower, which packs a 412-hp big block Chevy, hydraulically driven tracks and twin 4″ pipes with a throaty exhaust note.

Carlsson SL CK63 RS

Carlsson SL CK63 RS

All show and all go: Carlsson’s SL CK63 RS doesn’t just look hot in a matte black, but shaves off four-tenths to go 0-62 in only 4.1s; she’ll take you up to 202 mph if you ask politely.

Jaguar XE Supercar

Jaguar XE Supercar

The render above isn’t official, but Auto Express believes the XJ220 will be reborn as Jaguar’s XE; the supercar will compete with Audi’s R8 packing both a 5.0L V8 and an aluminum chassis.

Vespa GTS 300 Super

Vespa GTS 300 Super

Vespas have never had much sex appeal, but the Italian gas sipper is releasing its most powerful model ever: the GTS 300 Super tops out at 80 mph while getting 70 miles per gallon.

Bergmonch Folding Bike

Bergmonch Folding Bike

We’ve seen several folding bicycles, but the Bergmonch is the first to fold into a functional backpack; at only 9.5 kilograms, it can be lugged around like a conventional bag.

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CORE Concept Bike

CORE Concept Bike

Similar to the Confederate Fighter, Victory Motorcycle’s CORE concept bike sits on a swoopy cast aluminum frame to keep weight down; even the 1731cc V-Twin is left exposed.

Metisse Desert Racer

Metisse Desert Racer

Although long passed, “The King of Cool” aka Steve McQueen’s legacy lives on; his estate has authorized this Metisse Desert Racer replica, used in the POW-classic The Great Escape.

SwissBike TX Commuter

SwissBike TX Commuter

With a vibration dampening suspension, semi-slick tires and a double-tube aluminum frame, SwissBike’s TX Commuter is great for city slickers; it folds up to 36″x28″x12″ in under 30 seconds.

Hurst Dodge Viper

Hurst Dodge Viper

The Hurst Dodge Viper comes with few performance mods, but we dig the black chrome polished wheels, grippy Katzkin leather-wrapped seats and gorgeous matte gold paint job.

Racer X BMW RZ-M6

Racer X BMW RZ-M6

Racer X Design’s BMW RZ-M6 is the way the 6-series should have been; it borrows heavily from American musclecars, but we ain’t complaining: this baby’s body panels are smokin’.

Honda Fury Motorcycle

Honda Fury Motorcycle

Although a little late to the Chopper party, the Honda Fury is worth a look with a 1300cc liquid-cooled V-Twin, tucked-in radiator, hidden rear monoshock and unusual use of a shaft drive.

Subaru Legacy Concept

Subaru Legacy Concept

Subaru’s Legacy has never inspired much pulse pounding in terms of looks, but their latest concept is more aggressive–in a bulgy, shiny way; it’ll be powered by a 3.6L V6 and AWD.

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Cadillac Presidential Limo

Cadillac Presidential Limo

We’ve never been fans Cadillac’s boxy, DTS-style headlights, but we’ll be seeing them a whole lot more: above is the new Presidential Limo, to be christened at the Jan. 20 Inauguration.

Fisker Karma S

Fisker Karma S

Now that we’ve already seen the Karma, Fisker’s folding hardtop Karma S should come as no surprise; still, as the world’s first plug-in hardtop convertible it’s both sexy and green.

Concept: Chrysler 200C

Concept: Chrysler 200C

We have a feeling if Chrysler delivered more cars like its 200C EV concept, they’d be in better financial straits; it’ll be powered by an extended range ENVI powertrain or a Phoenix V6.

Scuderia Ferrari F60

Scuderia Ferrari F60

The Scuderia Ferrari F60 is an update on the traditional F1 racer, with a bigger front wing and smaller rear aerofoil; it’ll also have slick tires and a Kinetic Energy Recovery System.

Lexus HS 250h

Lexus HS 250h

While it looks a bit too Corolla-ish for our tastes, Lexus’ HS 250h targets Prius lookie-loos with upscale tastes; it’ll be powered by a 2.4L four cylinder with 187 hp and a CVT transmission.

Audi Sportback Concept

Audi Sportback Concept

Larger than the A6, details are scant on Audi’s Sportback; what we do know is that this lithe four door coupe concept is the basis for a 2010 production model that’ll be called the A7.

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