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Donkervoort D8 GT4

Donkervoort D8 GT4

With an enormous snout only a mother could love, the first Donkervoort D8 GT is road-ready; made with Kevlar and carbon fiber, it weights just 1,400 pounds with an Audi 1.8 Turbo.

Subaru Legacy Concept

Subaru Legacy Concept

This Subaru Legacy Concept teaser doesn’t show much, but what it does show is tantalizing: stacked headlights and a chunky grill point to the future of the 20 year old Legacy model.

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Santa’s Rocket Sleigh

Santa’s Rocket Sleigh

Made by local Kansas City Santa Dick Conkling , this Rocket Sleigh is actually a 1970 VW microbus with a hot-rod painted jet engine, LCD lights and a 5,000 watt sound system.

Maserati Quattroporte GT S

Maserati Quattroporte GT S

Celebrating Maserati’s Indy win 70 years ago, the Quattroporte Sport GT S eschews visual cues for a 4.7L V8 with 433hp, throaty exhaust, stiffer springs and single rate dampers.

Project Kahn Lotus Elise

Project Kahn Lotus Elise

Project Kahn’s tricked-out Lotus Elise gets all the usual aero-kit niceties, but the real goods are improved performance, with a billet exhaust, sports springs and 28-stage dampers.

LeMans Dodge Challenger

LeMans Dodge Challenger

We’ve been nonchalant about the Dodge Challenger’s retro stylings, but these LeMans GT racing renders by the custom car designers at Vizualtech bring the musclecar to life.

Concept: Volvo S60

Concept: Volvo S60

Volvo’s staid design language takes a backseat with this 2010 Volvo S60 concept, due to bow at the Detroit Auto Show; an angular fascia + high shoulder line = sporty Swedes.

Santa’s Redesigned Sleigh

Santa’s Redesigned Sleigh

Their time might be better spent avoiding a bailout, but checkout these Ford, Nissan, Bentley and Rolls-Royce proposals for futuristic, revamped versions of Santa’s Sleigh.

McLaren SLR Stirling Moss

McLaren SLR Stirling Moss

Get your racing helmets ready: the windshield-less McLaren SLR Stirling Moss will debut in Detroit, with a top speed of 217mph, a 650hp 5.5L V8 and retractable air brake.

Vandenbrink GTO

Vandenbrink GTO

The winner of 2008’s Good Design Award, the Vandenbrink GTO is a Dutch creation with gorgeous Italian lines and the soul of an American musclecar; it’s got 750hp under the hood.

Video: Gotland Ring

Video: Gotland Ring

With a spaghetti western setup followed by trippy euro beats, Anders Backman’s video of the Gotland Ring in Sweden is pure automotive sex; Lambos and Porsches never looked so good.

Zenvo ST1

Zenvo ST1

Wild and vulgar in all the right ways, the Danish-designed Zenvo ST1 is an angular beast with the chops to back it up: it’s powered by a turbo- and supercharged 7.0L V8 with 1,104hp.

2010 BMW Z4

2010 BMW Z4

The 2010 BMW Z4 is now official: we think it’s a modest step up from the last model, with a wider, more aggressive front end, “eyelid” headlights and both hard and soft-top versions.

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Ford Focus RS

Ford Focus RS

Sporting a hot blue color scheme above, Ford’s Focus RS is making the leap to North American shores soon; this pocket rocket currently sports a 296bhp engine with 0-60 in 6 seconds.

Concept: Hawk

Concept: Hawk

Powered by a Honda 999cc V-twin with a top speed of 145 mph, this Hawk concept may be sized like a Smart car but is flat out sexy, with three 19″ alloy wheels and a fighter-jet canopy.

Ktrak Rear Drive Kit

Ktrak Rear Drive Kit

Bicyclists need not be excluded from the ski slopes with Ktrak’s Rear Drive Kit; it’ll bolt onto your existing mountain bike frame, adding a ski up front and a track system behind.

ICON A5 Floatplane

ICON A5 Floatplane

Engineered by the SpaceShipOne team, the ICON A5 is designed for recreational flying; it’s able to land on water, features wings that fold away and runs on unleaded.

Maserati MC Sport Line

Maserati MC Sport Line

Maserati’s MC Sport Line offers a slew of carbon fiber add-ons (seen above on their GT S). It’s mostly for show, although their suspension kit stiffens springs and lowers the ride by 10mm.

Audi R8 V10

Audi R8 V10

With a Lambo-sourced 5.2L engine, Audi’s R8 V10 is one of their most powerful production cars, and we believe it: the beast drives 552hp and 391 lb-ft torque to the wheels.

Bentley Black Bison

Bentley Black Bison

If your’e lucky enough to be loaded, Wald’s Black Bison 2003 Bentley Continental GT will push your street cred to blingtastic levels with a new bodykit, exhaust and suspension.

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Bimota DB7 Oronero

Bimota DB7 Oronero

Carbon fiber on motorcycles isn’t new, but Bimota’s DB7 Oronero takes it to the extreme with an entirely carbon frame and swingarm which results in a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio.

Nismo 370Z S-Tune

Nismo 370Z S-Tune

Riced out aero-kits aren’t for everyone, but NISMO’s 370Z S-Tune kit works well with its love-it or leave-it notched headlights; also upgraded: the brake pads, suspension and mufflers.

ICON Warthog ZX-10

ICON Warthog ZX-10

I spy a gatling gun: modeled after the USAF’s A-10 Warthog, custom bike mfr ICON’s Warthog is much sexier; it boasts an 800W audio system, 8″ LCD, rear camera and a sick paint job.

Mitsuoka Himiko Roadster

Mitsuoka Himiko Roadster

With all the 60s/70s style throwbacks coming out of Detroit lately, Mitsuoka’s Morgan-clone Himiko is a breath of fresh air; its internals are actually based on a Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Real Life Mario Kart

Real Life Mario Kart

Saying French prankster Rémi Gaillard has a pair of big ones is a big understatement; watch what he pulls at the end of this real life Mario Kart video: Remi my man, you are a god.

2010 Audi S5 Cabriolet

2010 Audi S5 Cabriolet

Audi’s S5 Cabriolet is an exercise in sensibility; a step down from the S4 Cabrio’s 340hp V8, it’s powered by a supercharged 3.0 TFSI V6 that peaks at 333hp and 325 lb-ft torque.

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