It's not a full bore re-imagining — more of a face lift, really — but that doesn't make the 2013 Volkswagen CC ($TBA) any less desirable. Details on the refreshed "four-door coupe" are scarce, but we know it will sport new front and rear fascias, Bi-Xenon headlights with an Adaptive Front Lighting System and LED taillights standard, all of which bring it in line with the updated Jetta and Passat. It should be headed your way next Spring.
This isn't one of those measly little face lift updates. Instead, the 2012 BMW 3 Series Sedan ($TBA) represents a ground-up rebuild of Bimmer's most popular line, resulting in a car that's wider and longer yet more powerful and fuel efficient. Power will come from a new turbocharged 4-cylinder — first seen in the Z4 — or the traditional turbo 6-cylinder, which are paired to a six-speed manual or new eight-speed automatic, and the new interior also boasts slightly more room, as well as new available features like a full-color heads-up display, a park-assist system, and multiple accident avoidance features. Of course, it does look different as well, with a higher, wider, and more athletic front facia featuring LED accent lights, a kidney grille that blends into the headlamps, and two large air intakes. Expect it in dealerships next February. [Scouted by Rob]
What is that parked along the immaculate grass of Pebble Beach? Why it's the 2013 Lexus GS 350 ($TBA). While not the sportiest ride in the world, the latest version of Lexus' standard luxury sedan sports a new aerodynamic body placed on a completely new platform offering a wider stance and improved rigidity, a transmission with quicker shifts that's been paired with a 306 horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 that moves the vehicle from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds, LED daytime running and tail lamps, white LED interior lighting, a next-generation Remote Touch controller for in-car systems like the stereo, climate controls, and navigation, and enough room to haul three buddies — and all your clubs — to and from the course.
The king of the luxury supersedans is back. Sporting an all-new twin-turbo V8 good for 560hp, a 0-62 mph time of 4.4 seconds and an optional top speed of 190, the 2012 BMW M5 ($TBA) is ready to get you and up to four passengers to your destination in comfort and style — quickly. Other features include a new body treatment, electronics galore, a seven-speed double clutch transmission, 19-inch light alloy M-exclusive wheels, and — thankfully — astonishingly high 28.5 mpg fuel economy.
Not satisfied with Porsche's standard Panamera offerings? Take things one step further and order up a Porsche Panamera Stingray GTR ($TBA). Aggressively modified by Russian outfit TopCar, this limited edition — only 25 are being made — sports sedan features a nearly all-new carbon fiber and Kevlar body, including new front and rear bumpers, air vents, front and rear fender extenders, front and rear doors — the latter of which open with the press of a button — bonnet, wings, rear diffuser, spoiler, and side skirts, along with performance enhancements like a sport air filter, intake manifold, and valved exhaust system that boost horsepower north of the 600 mark.