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SACS Abarth 695 Tribute Ferrari Speedboat

SACS Abarth 695 Tribute Ferrari Speedboat

So you’ve already got a monster yacht, cabin cruiser, or even “just” a pontoon; now you’re in need of an equally-stylish dinghy that goes where no larger vessel dares to?

The one-and-only SACS-Abarth 695 Tribute Ferrari‘s sure to float your boat, then! (Sorry, couldn’t resist) A joint-collaborative project from the iconic automotive company Abarth, dinghy boat-maker SACS, and Italian-stallion Ferrari—the Abarth Tribute Ferrari comes in a variety of sexy color schemes, including: Rosso Corsa (pictured above), Abarth 695 Tribute, Grigio Titanio, Blu Abu Dhabi, and Giallo Modena. And the stylish little craft wouldn’t be complete without complementary accents of carbon fiber panels, ‘SACS 695′ insignia over Ferrari-red colour, and red stitching.

Now that your backwater-exploration and boat-to-land-shuttling needs are met—in uber-classy style, nonetheless—you’re free to explore all of the corners of the world, Mr. Cousteau!

Scarface With Limited Edition Humidor

Scarface With Limited Edition Humidor

Just when you thought you’d seen every fathomable product that caters almost exclusively to the male ego (e.g. Hummer, Harley-Davidson, Playboy…), well, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

So you’re a Scarface fan and cigar afficianado, right? And you’ve got a thousand-large to blow on something that’ll likely piss off the girlfriend or wife? Consider the Scarface Blu-ray collection with Limited Edition Humidor. Handcrafted of fine, untreated Spanish cedar and laden with, literally, dozens of coats of varnish, there’s only 1,000 of these babies available.

For the price, though, I’m thinking “shouldn’t they throw in at least a few fine, imported stogies with my copy of say-hello-to-my-little-friend Scarface humidor??”

2013 DMC DeLorean

2013 DMC DeLorean

When the late, great John Z. DeLorean introduced the DMC DeLorean-12 almost three decades ago, it was an instant hit—receiving accolades left and right, from car aficionados to gadgetry-lovin’ geeks everywhere. Sadly, John died in 2005 whilst actually planning the launch of a new DeLorean, but a few brave souls have come forth to resurrect his dream into a viable, marketable product.

Meet the hella-exciting, upcoming DeLorean EV. As DMC (DeLorean Motor Cars) of Texas has apparently been reborn—thanks to the relatively-unknown electric car company Epic EV—and although much of the details have been very carefully guarded thus far, the new DeLorean will almost inevitably retain the legendary gull-wing doors and boast a new, 1+ gigawatt/hour electric battery. However, unlike most DIY DeLoreans you see these days, the real deal is speculated to cost just short of 100k Benjamens.

Slated to undergo production as early as 2013, just imagine the awesomeness that would be Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) reuniting to test drive the first production DeLorean EV!

Sony Personal 3D Viewer

Sony Personal 3D Viewer

Remember those neat-o “virtual reality” (VR) headsets of the ’90′s that were suppose to be the ‘wave of the future’? Well, turns out—they went the way of Atari and Sega. Sony hasn’t given up on the idea, though!

The Sony ‘Personal 3D Viewer’—nomenclature-ized the HMZ-T1—is a ‘Head-Mounted Display’ (HMD) that sports a compact 3D/HD-capable, OLED display screen for-your-eyes-only. The wearer can soak in HD or HD AND 3D (far out, dude!) movies or play video games in glorious 720p resolution.

If that’s not enough, additional features such as the slick, visor-like design and three-dimensional virtual surround sound feature should certainly satisfy all but the most hardcore audio/video-philes.

Jaguar C-X16

Jaguar C-X16

Jaguar is a distinct luxury marque all its own: Not something the Japs have taken and “fancy-fied”—e.g. the Lexus ES is basically a glorified Toyota Camry.

The Jaguar C-X16 is denoted a ‘production concept’ and according Jag officials is symbolic of future cars from the automaker—representing a sort of mini-revolution in terms of benchmarking in driving dynamics and in auto design. And if the X-X16 is any indicator, the engineers are doing a helluva awesome job. Style-wise, it features very current-generation XK aesthetics, only a bit more aggressive. But that’s good, right?

Inside, unbridled luxury and Euro-esque sophistication abounds, with a neat-o joystick-style gear shifter, aircraft-style a/c vents, and a plethora of available, swanky color combos and trim packages.

A hybrid, 3.0L V6, in concert with an attached 1.6kWh battery, creates a combined force of 380hp/320ft-lb torque. Add the KERS-ish architecture (a Formula-One-based system that stands for Kinetic Energy Recovery System) that uses reserve battery power for even more get-go, and the near-supercar blasts its way from 0 to 60 in about 4.4 seconds.

Furthermore, the C-X16 will compete directly with the new Porsche 911. Talk about setting the bar high!

2012 Scion IQ

2012 Scion iQ

Have you seen one of those Smart Four-Two’s lately? Compare that to the new Scion iQ, which basically looks like a Four-Two on steroids: Which would you take?

Built on the Japanese version, the Toyota iQ, the Scion is targeted directly at consumers living in close-quarter, bustling cities like L.A. or San Diego. It seats three occupants comfortably (four depending on, um…his/her body size), and employs a modest (yet pretty adequate) 1.3L, I4 engine—worthy of some 94 stallions and 90 lb-ft. of torque. And consider that the car’s wheelbase is even shorter than a two-seater Lotus Elise and that it weighs a very lean 2,150lbs (the average midsize is about twice that), then Scion’s claim of an estimated 36/37 fuel economy and 315-mile range is easily believable.

The west coast gets first dibs on the iQ, then the East coast, and by March of 2012—the landlocked states. Can’t wait? You may just have to settle for a Four-Two for now.

Bentley Veneered Chess Set

Bentley Veneered Chess Set

Forget all those quickly-outdated, dust-collecting game consoles like the PS3 or XBOX 360: The Bentley Veneered Chess Set is about as classy, timeless a game piece (would make a great convo piece, too!) one could ever imagine.

Crafted only of the same top-shelf woods and alloys that you’d encounter inside (and out of) a Bentley automobile—Bird’s Eye maple, madrona, cherry, and titanium to name a few—the Bentley Veneered Chess Set is probably the chicest and most luxurious-feeling chess board (or game piece, period) ever realized. And underneath those chess pieces? Stitched-leather with Bentley insignia embroidered-on.

Currently available in limited quantities (no kidding!) from the Bentley Bespoke Auction, proceeds to go the Prince’s Trust fund, which, since 1976, has helped out millions of disenfranchised children from all over.

Derringer Bespoke Collection

Derringer Bespoke Collection

Consider Derringer—courtesy the legendary artist and visionary (All hail his excellency!) Adrian Van Anz—pretty much the Rolls-Royce (and then some) of motorbike production and customization.

Each custom, exquisitely-detailed (or so claims celebrity owners like Hugh Laurie) Derringer comes equipped with a 49cc four-strike powerplant, a moto-hybrid drivetrain, and centifugal clutch mated to a GGB transmission. Additionally, Derringer will totally customize each of their Roarin’-Twenties-style, board-tracking motorbikes. Handlebars, paint scheme, paint type, seat, wheels, and other aspects: All are completely customizable.

Style’s always critical, of course, but a bit more functionality would be nice—such as a 180-mpg fuel tank. O wait, they have that too!