We might be heading into the dead of winter, but that doesn't mean it's too early to start looking for a racy rear-wheel driver to cruise around in next summer. The 2011 Porsche Cayman R ($66,000 and up) certainly fits the bill, with a 3.4L, mid-mounted six-cylinder producing 330 hp, a standard manual six-speed to get you to 60 mph in just five seconds -- replaceable with a seven speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (couldn't make that up) and Sport Chrono package that does the job in 4.7 seconds -- a top speed of 175 mph, lightweight 19-inch wheels, a lowered body, black-framed headlights, black exterior mirrors and "PORSCHE" lettering on the side, anti-roll bars, alcantara and leather upholstery, unique strap door handles, and a center console that matches the exterior paint. In other words, it's everything your bad weather beater isn't.
Based on the legendary ride of the same name from the early 1900s, the Morgan Threewheeler ($TBA) is an instant modern classic. This rebirth of the iconic car Stirling Moss once called a "babe magnet" features a tubular frame and two rollover bars, an aerodynamic 'bullet' aluminum hull, a leather padded, aircraft-style cockpit, glossy black wire wheels, and a "Screaming Eagle" 1800 cc engine from Harley Davidson paired with a Mazda 5-speed gearbox, good for a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 115 mph — or as fast as you'll want to go in a vehicle this small while battling SUVs and jacked-up pickups.