Think you can't drive a Porsche in bad weather? Think again. The 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 ($91,000-$118,000) sports the active all-wheel drive Porsche Traction Management system to ensure you can get where you need to go even when the conditions are less than perfect. Other features include a standard 7-speed manual gearbox, an optional 7-speed dual-clutch PDK automatic transmission, 350 hp for the standard model and 400 hp for the 4S, optional Adaptive Cruise Control, and either a Coupe or open-topped Cabriolet body.
The Porsche 550 is a beautiful car — but thanks to its age and exclusivity, it's also a very, very expensive car. The Vintech P550 Tribute ($TBA) aims to recall that classic racer while bringing the price down — somewhat, at least. Details are scant, but we do know it will sport a full carbon fiber body, a 3.0L boxer engine, a five-speed manual transmission, a curb weight around 1,200 pounds, and breathtaking lines.
The 2013 model might be just around the corner, but if you're down for one last hurrah with the current version, you'll be handsomely rewarded. The Audi R8 Exclusive Selection Edition ($138,000-$170,000) is likely the last 2012 model to roll onto U.S. shores. In addition to the normal — if you can call them that — 430 hp V8 and 525 hp V10 engines, these special editions offer Daytona Gray matte exterior with carbon fiber details for the V8 or Ibis White with Brilliant Black details for the V10, along with upgraded interiors offering more leather, contrast stitching, a Bang & Olufsen Sound System, Navigation with the Audi Music Interface, and added carbon fiber for the V10. Available with a six-speed manual or automatic R tronic transmission, if you want one you'd best hurry — only 30 V10 and 20 V8 examples are being produced.
Most car refreshes involve slight tweaks to the exterior and maybe a few new interior options. But then again, the Audi R8 V10 Plus (€173,000; roughly $210,000) isn't most cars. Powered by a 550hp V10 that pairs with the all-new 7-speed S tronic transmission to bolt the coupe from 0-62 in just 3.5 seconds on its way to 197 mph, the Plus offers a number of new and upgraded features, including new LED headlights and rear indicator lights, a new grille and bumper, carbon fiber reinforced plastic in the front splitter, rear diffuser, mirror housings, side blades, and engine compartment lining, LED illumination for the engine compartments, gloss black 19-inch wheels, and a Bang & Olufsen sound system. Arriving across the pond at the end of the year; no word yet on a stateside launch.
With distinctive looks, plenty of power, and limited-production cred, the Aspid GT-21 Invictus ($TBA) is one of the best cars to emerge from Spain in recent memory. Powered by a BMW-sourced, 450hp 4.4-liter V8 engine, it uses a seven-speed dual-clutch or six-speed manual gearbox to move you and its lightweight, 2,182 pound self from 0-62 mph in under three seconds, on your way to a top speed of 187. Other features include composite body panels, a spaceframe chassis, 2+2 seating, and a guaranteed limit on production of just 250 units a year — so if you're interested, best get moving.