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Roads? Who needs roads?

Mopar Jeep Wrangler Sand Trooper

Sand people rejoice. The Mopar Customized Jeep Wrangler Sand Trooper, originally introduced at SEMA last year, made a prominent appearance at NAIAS today. The beast marks the inception of the off-road division of Mopar and does so with beefy presence. With tires big enough to to float a barge, the Sand Trooper is the kind…

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Over the dry riverbed and through the charred woods

Five Vehicles for the End of the World

You don’t have to believe that the end of the Mayan calendar signifies the beginning of the end, you just have to go to your local theater and see how many apocalyptic movies are out. It’s like we want it to happen. Whatever the case, make sure your bug out bag is ready, have ample…

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Hey There, Sport

Quick Spin: Range Rover Sport Supercharged

How do you really define overkill? Is 510 horsepower too much or just being prepared? If your $100K luxury SUV can climb a 45 degree muddy slope in a forest, but only goes on grocery runs, does it really make a sound? The 2013 Range Rover Sport Supercharged answers the question, “what if you wanted…

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Bringing water to Mars

Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force Concept

From the revamped A-Class to mysterious Affalterbach gems, Mercedes knows a thing or two about pushing the boundaries of automotive design. Most of their time has been spent developing on-road capabilities — but at this year’s LA Design Challenge, Mercedes gave us a look into the off-road future with their Ener-G-Force. For Mercedes, this isn’t…

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One truckin' good time

2013 Ram 1500

If you’re wearing your finest cowboy boots, a $1,000 matching hat with a brim the size of a satellite dish and a mustache that rivals Sam Elliot’s, boy have we got the truck for you. The all new 2013 Ram 1500 has been redesigned inside and out to accommodate the rough and tumble — but…

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Trucking Nuts

Legacy Power Wagon

If you hanker for an impressive triumvirate of modern technology, off-road chops and vintage style, look no further than the utterly desirable Legacy Power Wagon ($114,950+). Need to pull out King Kong’s molars? This would be your truck of choice. In two or four-door format, the Legacy Power Wagon (by Legacy Classic Trucks) is based…

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A shock to the system

Behind the Wheel: 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV

Any forward thinker interested in buying an electric vehicle today is normally faced with two choices: Pick a generic people carrier with the driving excitement of a Radio Flyer from one of a handful of major manufacturers; or dredge the slush fund and hop on a waiting list for a conscience-clearing geek rocket from boutique…

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Every Rover has its day

Winston Churchill’s Series 1 Land Rover

If you fancy yourself a lover of history, the outdoors, bowler hats and cigars, look no further. The Winston Churchill Series 1 Land Rover goes up for auction in the Cheffins Vintage Sale on October 20th, 2012. The included original logbook shows the vehicle as UKE 80, owned by Rt Hon. Sir Winston Spencer Churchill,…

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Creature comforts where creatures roam

Behind The Wheel: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL

New Mexico seems other-worldly to those unaccustomed to the arid nature of the South West. But the desert-like atmosphere isn’t as stark as you might think. From Albuquerque to Santa Fe, the adobe style homes fit in well with the captivating landscape. Blue sky and enormous cumulus clouds as far as the eye can see…

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Top of the Range

2013 Range Rover

We’ve got a huge soft spot for Land Rover, so we were stoked to get wind of details behind the 2013 Range Rover. Though it’s not nearly as radical in design as the Evoque we recently drove, it does borrow some of the athletic design cues from its baby brother. The shape, though essentially unchanged,…

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Makes Hummers quiver in fear

Conquest Evade

Conquest Vehicles describes their new Conquest Evade ($579,000) as “elegant.” And that’s certainly the case if your notion of elegance involves looking like a giant knurled iron fist on wheels. It’s their follow up to Conquest’s 13,000 pound, fully armored Knight XV. The Evade weighs “significantly less,” according to Conquest, which should aid in performance,…

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Midsize in Chicago

2013 Acura RDX: Land, Sea and Air

GEAR PATROL SPONSORED POST We have a new appreciation for the Windy City for all its history and all that’s fresh and new. From jazz roots and architectural gems to outdoor splendors and new attractions, Chicago is a city that warrants prolonged visits, permanent stays and never-ending wonderment. We engaged Chicago in the comforts of…

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Toughed to bits

Behind The Wheel: 2012 Range Rover Evoque

If you’re looking for quite possibly the most stylish cute/brute-ute on the planet, you won’t have to look much further than the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. Not so loosely based on 2008′s LRX Concept, the Evoque is meant to turn heads, empty wallets and generally be driven by urban dwellers who have no…

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Built for speed... and production

Nissan Juke-R

A couple of months ago, news of the Nissan Juke-R Concept hit the web. Nissan execs Jerry Hardcastle and Paul Wilcox gave the project the nod and approached the minds at Ray Mallock, Ltd. in the UK, who subsequently chopped a Nissan GTR by 250 mm and saved the all-wheel drive system, suspension and beefy…

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As delicate as a hand grenade

VWerks Red Jacket Jeep

Here at GP, we’re all about refinement and sophistication. But sometimes you just want the kind of visceral brashness that creates shock and awe. This is where a vehicle like the VWerks Red Jacket Jeep ($115,000) fits in nicely. VWerks is a custom builder in Michigan that’s in the business of building specialty vehicles and…

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It sure beats setting up a tent

AT Action Camper for Jeep

Jeep’s are legendary for their ability to go anywhere, but what do you do when you get there?. The At Action Camper ($53,500) is designed for extended expeditions into the bush, and features 6’3? of interior headroom, a king-size bed, three-burner stove, sink, 40 liter top-loading refrigerator, integrated dining table, chemical toilet, plenty of storage…

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Getaway car

2013 Ford Escape

When the photos for the 2013 Ford Escape landed in our inbox we immediately thought two things. First, the superb job Ford did bringing the Vertrek concept to fruition without sacrificing the design. Second, how the dynamic Ford Focus (read: European) aesthetic actually works in small crossover utility form. Yes we too have a little…

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Bucking Awesome

ICON 4×4 1968 Ford Bronco

With the blessing and assistance from Ford MoCo in the way of CAD files, archivals and tech support, ICON began the project to bring this stunning ICON 1968 Ford Bronco to life. It began with five extremely hard to come by uncut-fender late 1960′s Ford Broncos. ICON then garnered both emotional and financial support from…

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Back, to the Future

Land Rover DC100

We don’t envy Land Rover. Upgrading, modifying, or simply touching their icon, the Defender is about as much of a Pandora’s Box as they come. But such is the way of progress, and in just a month, Land Rover will be unveiling their first concept, the DC100 at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Like any concept,…

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A Stampede-Full of Horses

2011 Vilner Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT600

The current Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is undoubtedly a rubber roaster. Heck, it’ll even cook unwitting sports cars just for fun. The Hennessey version is even more ferocious. Well, Bulgarian tuner Vilner decided to dial up the heat even more with the 2011 Vilner Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT600. Still utilizing Hennessey’s Vortech turbo powered 5.7…

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Lock 'n' Load

2011 AEV Wrangler Hemi

Armageddon is just around the corner. Okay, maybe not. But just in case, there are some niche vehicles out there that are up to the task (you know, traversing washed out roads, bludgeoning snowbanks and mowing down zombies). American Expedition Vehicles knows. They just built one such vehicle by outfitting a standard Jeep Rubicon 4×4…