As the perennial flagship of Mercedes-Benz, the S-Class cars are built from the ground up to set the standard and presage the brand’s latest advancements. For 2021, they nailed it again. The new S-Class is not only longer, wider & more aerodynamic, it is safer—with rear seat airbags, smarter with second-gen MBUX infotainment tech, and more luxurious than ever. Also noteworthy: the S580 pushes 500 horses.
Offering all the excitement of a real F1 driving experience with none of the danger, UK-based Cranfield Simulation has just unveiled the world’s first full-motion F1 Simulator designed specifically for home use. Developed to deliver the same immersive, real-life racing feel that pro drivers depend on for training, it recreates the thrill of Formula One with a car-inspired design, a realistic cockpit and controls. No word yet on pricing but we’ll guess it’s at least a bit cheaper than a real F1 car.
Designed by renowned Austrian customizer Blechmann for BMW Motorrad, this custom R18 merges classic racing motifs, premium materials, and modern performance. The front fairing is unmistakable, setting off a wide, low and muscular build from its recessed LED headlight array to the tone of its sweeping chrome straight pipes. One of one.
Designed to put a complete camper kit in the bed of your pickup, the VenturePack from Talus Expedition Gear, packs low for clearance & RTT compatibility. It is a heavy-duty 2-drawer slide-out unit, with each drawer capable of holding 350 lbs. Pull them out to reveal a flush-lid Dometic dual-burner stove/sink unit, and a 29-liter Dometic drawer fridge and workspace. Tracks on the top let you connect accessories and racks. Fits Ford F-Series & Ranger, Chevy Silverado, Ram 1500, & Toyota Tacoma.
In its retro blue & yellow race team livery, the 2021 Yamaha Ténéré 700 Rally Edition honors the brand’s iconic Dakar champion bikes. The original XT models claimed 18 podiums in the first 6 editions of the world’s toughest race. 40 years later, this new model is powered by a 689cc, 4-stroke & features switchable ABS, a slip-on Akropovic exhaust, heavy duty skid plates, & LED lights.
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With an upgrade that makes it even faster for 2021, the all-electric Porsche Taycan Turbo S features Launch Control technology to rip down a quarter-mile in just 10.7 seconds. There’s also a new HUD & a “plug & charge” feature for convenient, secure universal charging. 7 fresh color choices will also be offered for the new model year.
The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is a juiced-up off-road-ready weapon built to send the Ford Raptor flapping back to its nest. Dodge claims that 75% of the TRX build is different from the stock 1500. Way gnarlier obviously. Powered by a Hellcat motor, it delivers 702 horsepower for a 0-60 time of 4.5, boasts a BorgWarner 48-13 transfer case with a rock crawl-friendly low range of 2.64:1, an 8,100-pound towing capacity, plus a high-tech leather-clad interior. Order yours today.
Powered by a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine that delivers 28 MPG, Jeep’s new Gladiator Farout concept is designed for long range, off-road missions. Overlanding. 37” mud tires, Fox Shocks, Warn winch. Its class-leading 4×4 payload allows for a full roof-top tent—which pops up in seconds and sleeps 4. The interior of the Farout features a fridge and stove as well as smoke blue leather with orange stitching.
In rolling out the 2023 Lyriq, Cadillac teases the future of American-made electrified luxe. Careful to explain that it’s still just a “show car,” Cadillac says the design is at about 80% completion. It will be the first GM to utilize their proprietary Ultium battery technology to boast a range of 300+ miles. When it arrives it will be available in both 2-wheel & AWD models. Production is set to begin in 2022.
It’s been nearly 50 years since a new car bearing the Iso nameplate rolled off the assembly line. That changes in 2021 with the IsoRivolta GTZ, a retro-inspired coupe produced through a partnership between Italian bespoke automaker Zagato & Iso. In its sleek, sculptural lines, the Italian design language is evident—a tribute to the IsoRivolta A3 from 1963. Under the hood, though, it’s all American; powered by a 6.8-liter V8 Chevy—the same drivetrain as the Corvette Z06. Only 19 of these rare multicultural beauties will be made.
With their vintage Land Rover series III SUVs converted into modern, zero-emission electric vehicles, Zero Labs Automotive is cleaning up a classic with remarkably fine form. Carefully selected donor vehicles undergo a complete mechanical re-build replacing the petrol powertrain with an electronic one that produces between 300-600 horsepower with a range of up to 235 miles. The interiors are also completely re-done, featuring a clean and minimalist, retro design that’s a perfect match with the 1970-1985 Rover styling
Smart car electronics brand 70Mai packed a ton of tech into their A800 Dual Vision 4K Dash Cam. It offers both front and rear-facing 4K cameras with dual recording capability. Wide-angle 140º field-of-view, night vision, built-in GPS, plus lane change warning and collision detection technologies. A Guard Mode continues recording to keep the vehicle secure while parked. In-App playback & share make it seamless. A funded Indiegogo.
Airstream’s compact Basecamp 20 camper gets an impressive refresh for 2021. The family-friendly tow-behind is slightly longer, wider, & taller; providing sleeping space for 2 adults & 2 kids or 3 adults. The floorplan includes a kitchen, bath & a forward seating/lounge area. In the back there’s a hatch into a gear stowage compartment. It’s got the iconic aluminum exterior, and at 3400 pounds, can be towed behind a mid-size truck or SUV.
Some will call it sacrilege others will call it cool, but either way, Twisted Automotive’s Electrified Defender 90 is a rad little Rover. Using the soft-top 90 model, the British workshop has created what they call the NAS-E, swapping petrol power for an EV drivetrain that outputs 214 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque in an AWD design. Its range is more than 200 miles. Only 30 of these silent killers will be made.
Half dirtbike & half electric scooter, Kuberg’s Ranger off-road scooter boasts a powerful 14,000-watt electric powertrain that delivers dirt-slinging speeds up to 50MPH and a range up to 120 miles using a dual battery system. Designed for stand-up or sit-down riding, it features a pop-up pneumatic seat to instantly convert with the push of a button. It also comes with a removable cargo trailer for towing additional gear.
With the unveiling of the 2021 Ghibli Hybrid, Maserati is casually breezing into the electric vehicle space. The luxury full-size 4-door sedan features a 48-volt hybrid system driven by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric supercharger. The output: 325 horsepower and impressive top speeds north of 150MPH. The car won’t be coming to the United States in 2021 but we suspect that could change.
Certain corners of the internet have been buzzing for years about the day Ford would finally bring back the Bronco. Well, at long last, the day has arrived. The 2021 Ford Bronco is here & it’s every bit the modern Hot Wheels truck everyone’s been hoping for. Boxy AF. Very short wheelbase. Available with 2 or 4 doors and 2 engine options so far—both EcoBoost turbos, it will also be available in the trail-ready Sasquatch trim package, which boasts HOSS (High-Performance Off-Road Stability Suspension) for crawling right past those Wrangler Rubicons & into the wild.
Created from the ground-up in homage to the original off-road adventure-mobile, the iconic Land Rover Defender, Ineos’ forthcoming Grenadier SUV is designed to perform in the world’s harshest environments—a hardworking, utilitarian 4X4 & decidedly un-luxurious. African safari-tough yet modern. Created through an engineering partnership with Magna Steyr, the Grenadier’s full specs and build sheet are still under wraps. Due for release late 2021.
With the (partial) unveiling of the new Hercules 6X6 SUV, California’s custom carmaker Rezvani blows past expectations yet again. This new super-luxury ’yute is excessive & overbuilt in every way; but not really an off-roader, it’s more of an exotic accessory; the ideal ride for Rodeo Drive or cruising Dubai’s Sheik Zayed road. All we know for sure so far: it’s huge, has 6-wheels & pre-order is open now.
As the first motorcycle to ever wear the iconic Aston Martin wings, the limited-edition AMB 001 was literally years in the making. Through a partnership with Brough Superior, this unbelievable bike is now hitting the road & it’s nothing short of automotive artwork. Powered by a nearly 1000cc 8-valve V-twin fitted with a variable geometry turbocharger, it features a carbon fiber body, a double wishbone front fork, and an exhaust made of Inconel alloy. Only 100 will be produced.