Is it a car? A helicopter? A plane? Actually, the Pal-V One ($TBA) combines elements of all three. This three-wheeled gyroplane drives like a sports car on the ground — with an 8-second 0-60 time and 112 mph top speed to prove it — but in just minutes, the single rotor, propeller, and rear wings extend, enabling the vehicle to take off and land in very tight spaces, while travelling up to 4,000 feet under the power of the flight-tested gasoline engine, and flying up to 300 miles away. Hitting the friendly skies near you in 2014.
Who said electric bikes had to be slow? The Specialized Turbo Bike ($TBA) is focused squarely on speed, capable of gliding at nearly 28 mph, while charging in a mere two hours. Other features include track-ready looks, a battery that's integrated into the down tube, thru-axles in the front and rear, internal cable routing for a clean look, Magura MT Carbon hydraulic brakes with carbon levers, a custom alloy fork, an electronic interface, and LED lights, all controlled from a wireless computer that keep track of your speed, distance, and even your heart rate with an ANT+ accessory.
Think scooters are just for the city? Think again. Designed for comfort both in traffic and on twisty country roads, the BMW C 650 GT Scooter ($TBA) features a 60 hp, 647cc engine, a CVT transmission, a stainless steel exhaust, a hybrid tubular steel and diecast aluminum frame, disc brakes at both the front and rear, an advanced instrument cluster with integrated LCD and analog speedometer, a large seat and high handlebars for more comfort on the road, a large, electrically-adjustable windscreen, and twin headlights with an LED rear light assembly.
Why pull a camper behind you or drive an oversized motorhome when all you really need to drive is a van? Based on the VW Transporter, the Doubleback Van (£55,000; roughly $87,000) is a deceptively large recreational vehicle, powered by VW's 2.0 TDI engine, and featuring an electric slide-out rear pod that adds almost six feet to the length of the vehicle when stationary, a pop-up roof that lets you walk comfortably around in the living and kitchen areas, and the ability to function as a regular van during those times when you need something a bit more practical.
And you thought riding a Segway made you look dorky. The SBU V3 Self-Balancing Unicycle ($TBA) combines Segway-like tech — including multiple 3-way sensors and gyroscopes — with all the circus-like fun of a unicycle, allowing you to move by doing nothing more than leaning forward, backward, and to the side. In addition, it weighs just 27 pounds, so it's easily to lug inside when your reach the office, and is powered by electricity, performing the equivalent work of a gallon of gas for just ten cents — making it incredibly economic, if potentially ridicule worthy.