Need a car capable of hauling the kids around but not ready to give up on your dream of a red Ferrari sitting in your garage? Meet the 2012 Ferrari FF ($TBA). Boasting a striking design that somehow manages to look like an offspring of Maranello yet still finds a way to sneak in four seats and a rear hatch, the FF also sports several firsts for the label of the prancing horse, including a part-time all-wheel drive system and an all-new 6.3-liter V12 good for 651hp, a 0-62 time of 3.7 seconds, and a top speed of 208 mph — all the more reason to remind your youngsters to buckle up.
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.
Want a true race car experience without paying real race car dollars? Take a peek at the Palatov DP4 ($37,500 and up). This track-ready, open-air ride features a lightweight, aerodynamic body, your choice of motorcycle engine producing between 175 and 200 hp, a full composite pod for the driver, Hoosier racing tires, a form-fitted BBS driver's seat, and a six-point racing harness — everything you need to go racing, minus the crazy disposition and garish decals.
More than 40 years after its debut, the Boss is back. The 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 ($TBA) pays homage to the classic '69 model with its signature C-stripe, centered Pony tri-bar badge on the grille, and unique badging, but brings it up to date with modern components like a 440-horsepower Hi-Po 302 4V Ti-VCT V8 engine, adjustable front and rear shocks, quad exhausts, Brembo brakes, and an optional Laguna Seca package that removes the rear seat to add a stabilizer brace, adds a performance-oriented tri-gauge package to the top of the dash, and includes a front air splitter that isn't exactly street legal — and Ford's site dedicated to the beast isn't shy about reminding you. [Thanks, Randy]