Whether or not you'll miss the characteristically boxy shape of the 240s and 640s of yesterday, it's time to say goodbye for good — the Volvo Concept Coupe ($TBA) is the future. With it's swooping, sporty lines, low stance, and rearward cockpit, it's every bit the forward-looking machine. Under the hood you'll find a gasoline plug-in hybrid two-liter four-cylinder engine that is both supercharged and turbocharged, resulting in a fairly-impressive output of around 400 horsepower. Not to be outdone by its exterior, the inside features a handcrafted crystal shift knob, a massive touch screen, and accents of leather and aged wood.
Everyone's favorite Italian sports car has just gotten a lot easier to love, as the Ferrari 458 Speciale ($TBA). This re-imagining of the original features Ferrari's most powerful naturally-aspirated V8 to date — a 4.5-liter engine that produces 596 horsepower (up from 562 in its predecessor) and 398 lb-ft of torque. With all that power, it'll push to 62 mph in a flat three seconds, and 124 mph in just over nine. Responsive aerodynamic panels help it handle at high speed, a Side Slip angle Control system gives it intelligent control through turns, and specially-designed Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tires give it the best response time and highest lateral acceleration of any Ferrari.
So you've got your beach house — and a great little boat at the end of your pier for jetting around the water — now what you really need is a Moke International ($TBA) for cruising on land. If you've spent any measure of time in a beach town, you may have run across one of its older siblings, but this model is brand new, and ready for modern roads. Choose between a gasoline-powered four-cylinder version, or a completely-electric version. They come in a number of colors, including orange, red, green, yellow, blue, white, and of course, black.
The logo isn't the only thing changing at Cadillac — the Cadillac Elmiraj Concept ($TBA) signals a refreshing design direction for the guys in Detroit. Think of it less as a teaser for an upcoming model, and more as a showpiece for what they think an updated two-door grand coupe should look like. The Elmiraj gets its power from a twin-turbo, 4.5-liter V8 producing an estimated 500 horsepower. It sits on 22- by 9-inch wheels with ceramic brakes and Cadillac mono-block calipers. The interior is driver-focused, with front seats built to accommodate aggressive motoring, titanium accents, Brazilian Rosewood trim, and camel leather.
While very little is known yet about the 2015 BMW M4 Coupe Concept ($TBA) early shots have leaked, and it looks gorgeous (we'll forgive them for the awful metallic yellow color this time). They're expected to ditch the V8 in favor of an inline-six similar to the beloved engine found in the E46 M3s, which drivers raved about for its incomparable smoothness. Early estimates put this turbocharged engine's output at somewhere around 450 horsepower. Regardless, this looks like an exciting direction for the 4-series' sportier sibling.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class ($TBA) isn't your average grocery-getter — sure, this crossover SUV is fit for the roads, but it's also a pretty capable off-road adventurer. Powered by a turbocharged two-liter, four-cylinder engine producing a healthy 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, it'll overtake drivers on the highway and get you comfortably to your mountain getaway (thanks in-part to 4-Matic all-wheel drive). Its striking design features give the GLA a powerful look without sacrificing aerodynamics. Inside, a flexible cargo-area and rear-folding seats give you plenty of room for skis and backpacks, or a whole-lot of toilet paper from Costco.
If you're concerned that your Ferrari 458 isn't quite powerful enough — we feel your pain — fret not, the Hennessey HPE700 Twin Turbo Ferrari 458 ($293,000) is here to give you a few more of those much-needed ponies (170 more, to be exact). The heart of this upgrade, sitting beneath custom-made carbon-fiber covers, are two low-inertia, ball-bearing turbochargers operating at a maximum seven psi of boost, and producing a staggering total of 738 hp and 532 lb-ft of torque. They also throw in professional installation, dyno tuning, road testing, an air-to-water intercooler system, new lines, pipes, and Hennessey exterior badging so everyone knows what you're pushing.
When you need a ride that's as race-ready as it is street-legal, then the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse ($TBA) is the only choice. With a 570-horsepower V10 engine, this supercar rockets to 104 mph in just 10.4 seconds, and tops out at an incredible 199 mph. A carbon fiber rear wing produces plenty of downforce to keep it glued to the ground, while carbon-ceramic brakes help stop its minimal 2,954 pounds. The interior — which speaks to its racing heritage — is decked out in carbon fiber and Alcantara, for a refined, yet minimalist aesthetic.
Have a spare XR50/pit bike engine and parts lying around and an old mountain bike collecting cobwebs in your garage? Spend your weekend turning them into a fun, efficient way of getting around town with a Motoped ($1,000) conversion kit. All you need to bring to the project are a Honda 50-190cc motor, gas tank, seat, and a couple other parts, along with forks, brakes, wheels, tires, cranks, and pedals from a mountain bike. The kit comes with everything else: frame, swing arm, jack shaft, bottom bracket, rear hub, sprockets, and exhaust. When you're finished, you'll have a 4-stroke motorized bike that you can pedal, or ride on- and off-road.
While it probably won't score you any style points, the BMW i3 ($41,350) will definitely get you to work without so much as glancing at a fuel pump. This rear-wheel-drive four-seater gets its power from an electric engine producing 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque — not too shabby. It has a nearly 100-mile range on a single charge, and accelerates up to 60 mph in a fairly-impressive seven seconds. Much of its efficiency comes from lightweight construction (the combination carbon fiber and plastic passenger compartment is stronger than steel), resulting in an only 2,700 pound weight. For those worried about getting stranded in the commuter lane with a dead battery, they offer a gas generator. But that kind of defeats the purpose, doesn't it?
The genre-defying Infiniti Q30 Concept ($TBA) at once combines the aggressive appearance of a coupe, the spaciousness of a hatch, and the posture of a crossover. Set to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, details on the power plant remain scant — though we hope its horsepower and torque matches its sporty-yet-outdoorsy look. Its image communicates the carmakers' desire to produce something that will appeal to the car-purchase-averse younger set (though, as an Infiniti, its price tag may put it out of the buying range of most of that demo). Regardless, it represents an exciting direction for the often-innovative Hong Kong-based company.
Built from a Ford E350 van, the Sportsmobile Ultimate Adventure Vehicle ($80,000) gives you everything you need for an outdoor off road adventure with all the comforts of a recreational vehicle. A pop-up style sleeper camper and a spacious interior with a fully-equipped kitchen makes for a great living space. Four-wheel drive, improved axles, shocks, brakes, and a 46 gallon fuel tank help you get to remote campsites like no RV can. Options include propane, water, and electric systems powered by solar panels or generators. Equip yours with Hella rally lights, winches, tool kits, and brush guards to make it a serious expedition vehicle.