Built from a Ford E350 van, the Sportsmobile Ultimate Adventure Vehicle ($80,000) gives you everything you need for an outdoor off road adventure with all the comforts of a recreational vehicle. A pop-up style sleeper camper and a spacious interior with a fully-equipped kitchen makes for a great living space. Four-wheel drive, improved axles, shocks, brakes, and a 46 gallon fuel tank help you get to remote campsites like no RV can. Options include propane, water, and electric systems powered by solar panels or generators. Equip yours with Hella rally lights, winches, tool kits, and brush guards to make it a serious expedition vehicle.
Take charge of your summer travels, go, and stay anywhere in the 1982 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ45 Troopy ($TBA). This rare Land Cruiser is based on the troop carrier edition, and features a Westfalia type pop-top camper, so it can sleep up to four people. A 4.2-liter six-cylinder engine powers four wheels through a four-speed transmission with a low-crawler first gear, making it an uncommon camper that can actually go off-road. Additional features include skinny mud tires, a worm-gear winch, an awning, an Alpine stereo, dual water tanks, a propane tank, and two fuel tanks.
Since seeing the scene in The Spy Who Loved Me when Roger Moore's Lotus Esprit turned into a submarine, we've dreamed of our own amphibious car. And, even though it's no submersible, the Watercar Panther ($135,000) is the next best thing — a car that's comfortable on the land and the water. At a weight of 3,000 pounds, and sporting a 3.7 liter V-6 VTEC Honda engine, it's capable of land speeds of 80-plus mph. A waterproof fiberglass hull and water jet engine lets it do over 40 on the water. Not to mention it's a capable off road vehicle. That's enough to make even 007 jealous.
If you've been wishing for Ford to turn the Raptor SVT into a more competent people carrier, your wish has been granted — just not by Ford. The Hennessey VelociRaptor SUV ($TBA) takes the four-door version of the off-road truck and turns it into a beastly SUV, with optional upgrades like third-row seating, a supercharger, Brembo brakes, upgraded tires and wheels, and security and armoring systems. As you might imagine, they're not making many of these things, so if your interest is piqued, you'd best get ahold of the company ASAP.
For those of you that aren't down with Roman numerals, LXV stands for 65. As in, 65 years of Land Rover. In celebration of this milestone, the venerable 4x4 maker is releasing the Land Rover Defender LXV Special Edition ($TBA). Based on the standard Defender, it features a 2.2L diesel engine, 6-speed manual transmission, 16-inch Sawtooth alloy wheels, and a black or white paint job with a contrasting gray roof, grille, headlight surround, and fascia. Inside, you'll find leather seats with LXV embossed on the headrests and orange contrast stitching. No word yet on a stateside release.
Little did we know it, but Range Rover must've sent its poor Sport model away to fat camp for awhile, because the all-new 2014 Range Rover Sport ($64,000-$94,000) is quite a bit lighter than its predecessor. 800 lbs. lighter, to be exact, which is all the more impressive given that the new model is 2.5-inches longer than the prior model, yet boasts a wheelbase that's been increased by 7 inches. All this is made possible by a new high-strength aluminum structure, which joins other features like a third-row seating option, a new fully automatic Terrain Response 2 system, a new single-speed transfer case for the intelligent 4WD system, a new 340hp, 3.0L supercharged V6 that joins the 510hp supercharged V8 as an option for linking to the eight-speed ZF transmission, and an aerodynamic body that reduces drag while bringing the Sport's looks in-line with the Evoque and full-size Rover.
Don't let its age fool you — the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 404 Unimog ($28,000-$140,000) is still one of the toughest vehicles on the road. Currently located in SoCal, this unique specimen — it was the fourth to roll off the assembly line, and one of only 1,210 produced in the series — is available in as-is condition, or as a fully-restored, better-than-new vehicle. Spec-wise, it offers portal axles, differential locks on both the front and rear, shift-on-the-fly 4x4, a M180 MB gas engine, a low center of gravity, and 17 inches of minimum ground clearance that, when combined with the virtually non-existent front and rear overhangs, gives it the ability to handle approach and departure angles of more than 45 degrees. It's pretty much the beastliest vintage ride you're going to find short of buying a tank. [Scouted by Corey]
Yes, the venerable Cherokee is making a comeback — but it isn't quite what you think. Details are still scant on the 2014 Jeep Cherokee ($TBA), but it's believed to be a replacement for the far more feminine Liberty. Word also has it that it's built atop the Dodge Dart's platform, making it at most mid-sized and at worst an oversized hatchback. But none of that's the first thing you'll notice. Instead, you'll be staring at the bent-backward slotted grille and the sleek new headlamps — in fact, you're doing that right now, aren't you? Arriving in Q3 2013.
It's pretty much impossible to find vintage Woodys in good condition — unless, of course, you're looking through the selection of Wagonmaster Vintage Jeep Wagoneers ($30,000-$45,000). Available in a wide range of years and colors, each vehicle has undergone a full mechanical workover, electrical inspection and upgrade, and cosmetic makeover if necessary. In addition, all of them sit on renewed, resurfaced year-appropriate Wagoneer rims with four new white sidewall tires. It's almost like buying a brand-new 30-year-old car, with the bonus of having the only one around.
Those of you waiting around for a truly fast compact luxury SUV can start planning to take on a new car loan this fall. That's when the Audi SQ5 ($TBA) will arrive on native shores, boasting a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 pumping out 354 horsepower, an eight-speed tiptronic transmission, quattro permanent all-wheel drive, a 0-62 mph time of 5.3 seconds, and a top speed of 155 mph. Of course, it's not all about performance, and as such it also features an upgraded suspension for better handling, a new front fascia and grille, 20-inch wheels, and a black interior with aluminum inlays. We just hope you like black or blue, because those are the only colors available.
Yes, it's a station wagon — but it's a fast station wagon. The 2013 Audi RS6 Avant ($TBA) might be the ultimate driver's wagon, thanks to the twin-turbo V8 under the hood that gives it 560 hp, a 0-62 mph time of just 3.9 seconds, and a top speed of 190 mph, while still offering 24 mpg fuel efficiency. Other features include an eight-speed tiptronic transmission, quattro all-wheel drive, your choice of adaptive air or sport suspension, optional mammoth carbon fiber-ceramic brakes, two appearance packages, aggressive body work, and a sporty cockpit.
No, it's not the 10th anniversary of the Wrangler — they've been making those for far longer than that. Instead, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition ($TBA) celebrates a decade of extreme off-road Wranglers named for the grueling off-road trail. Available in both two- and four-door versions, this limited edition is described as "the most capable Wrangler ever produced", with a 285hp, 3.6-liter V-6 engine, electronic-locking front and Dana 44 rear axles, a Rock-Trac transfer case, a six-speed manual transmission, a half-inch increase in ride height, red leather seats, and a special, exclusive Anvil paint job. Also, its hardcore winch-capable front and rear steel bumpers have removable end that help the beast climb obstacles better than normal Wranglers. Arriving in showrooms next spring.