If you're in the market for a Porsche, but don't want to drop the kind of money that would land you in a fairly-decent home, then the 2015 Porsche Cayman GTS is the only way to go. Having come into its own over the past couple years — and by no means any longer considered a poor man's Porsche — the Cayman is plenty of car for your buck. With a 3.4-liter flat six with a total output of 340 horsepower and the ability to hit 177 mph, it's no slouch on the road or the track. Both the Cayman and its convertible sibling the Boxster feature the Sport Chrono package standard, letting you configure driving dynamics on the fly, while a standard six-speed manual gives you plenty of control over every bit of power packed into the rear.
When it comes to cramming their cars full of tech, few automakers do it better than Mercedes. The 2015 Mercedes S-Class Coupe is no exception. Powered by a twin-turbo V8 good for 449 hp, this sleek two door is loaded with features, including advanced lane keeping, cruise control, and collision prevention systems, high-end Burmester audio, a panorama sunroof that can go from transparent to opaque at the push of a button, an available heads-up display, and a large infotainment display. But the real standout is the new active curve tilting, which combines with Active Body Control system with a pair of front-mounted cameras to detect upcoming corners and actually lean the car like a motorcycle up to 2.5 degrees to reduce lateral acceleration.
Get ready for some serious changes coming from the makers of the quintessential American luxury car. The 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe — Cadillac's smallest coupe yet and the first to carry their redesigned badge — has landed. Though it shares the same platform and wheelbase as the ATS sedan, it has decidedly different body styling, with less aggressive lines and a wider stance. You can get it with one of two available engines: either a two-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (272 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque), or the 3.6-liter V6 (321 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque). They also come standard with Brembo brakes, a six-speed automatic, and are available in all-wheel-drive, and with a sport suspension package. This definitely isn't your grandpa's Cadillac.
Over the past several decades, we've seen more design missteps than successes in the form of America's iconic muscle car, but just in time for their 50th anniversary, the guys in Detroit seem to have gotten everything right with the 2015 Ford Mustang ($TBA). While the look has been completely updated for a new generation, there are plenty of elements in this pony car that are distinctly Mustang, namely the fastback rear window, the long hood, and short rear deck. And though there are suggestions of retro, this is every bit a modern car, with improved handling thanks to a new suspension system, improved electronics and entertainment, and a surprising array of engines offered. Drivers can now choose from the Mustang standard, a 5.0-liter V8, a 3.7-liter V6, and for the first time ever a four-cylinder turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost. Though the third will no-doubt ruffle some purist feathers, it's obviously an attempt to appeal to a global market concerned with fuel economy. All things said, the new Mustang is a strong step in the right direction, and clear proof that American muscle isn't dead — it's just growing up.
There's something about the Jaguar F-Type Coupe ($65,000 and up) that appeals to us somewhere deep down — maybe it's the gorgeous lines leading back to the rearward cabin, or maybe it's the sound of that throaty 5.0-liter supercharged V8 revving to 5,000-plus RPMs. Either way, this fine piece of British metal is one beautiful beast, whether it's standing still, or tearing down the track. The R variant — which, if we're being honest, is all we really care about — features the aforementioned V8 producing all of 550 horsepower, in addition to a lot of race-inspired kit (things like adaptive suspension, electronic active differential, 15-inch brakes, and much more). It will hit 60mph in just four seconds, and reaches a top speed of 186. Of course, you could go with either of its V6-powered cheaper siblings, but who'd want to do that?