2014 MINI Cooper

The third generation 2014 MINI Cooper ($TBA), continuing the trend set by previous generations, is a little less mini, with a longer wheel base, longer, wider, and taller body, and increased interior capacity. Available in two models, the Cooper and Cooper S, you get the choice between a three-cylinder 134-horsepower engine or a four-cylinder 189 horsepower engine, both featuring turbo chargers. The faster of the two can make it to 60 mph in just over six seconds, thanks in large part to a healthy 162 pound-feet of torque. Also available — in addition to a kitted out interior with plenty of technology like a heads up display and improved entertainment system — are new six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.

  • BMW i3

    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?

  • James Bond Lotus Esprit Submarine Car

    "Can you swim?" 007 famously asked before driving his Lotus Esprit ($TBA) off the end of a pier, escaping from a pesky helicopter, and startling Bond girl Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me. But, as it turns out, her swimming skills were unnecessary, when the car turned into a fully-functioning submarine, complete with ship-to-air missiles, props, control surfaces, and more. While it probably won't come equipped with any high-powered explosives, you can own this original 1977 piece of film history — that is, if you're lucky enough to be the highest bidder. And yes, it does actually work.

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