Classic looks meet modern guts in the HB Coupe ($TBA). This custom — but fully road-ready — ride offers a full carbon monocoque and a 3.0L inline six good for 306 hp. It sends that power to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual clutch transmission, making for a 0-62 time of 4.3 seconds and an estimated top speed of 155. Still in the development stage, it has yet to receive a price — but something tells us the attention it will draw will be worth every penny.
The new car caravan continues on with the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo ($TBA). Powered by a 201 hp, 1.6L four cylinder, the Turbo also packs 18-inch alloy wheels, LED tail lamps, dual exhaust outlets surrounded by a new rear fascia, available factory matte gray paint (!), your choice of a six-speed automatic or manual transmission, LED headlight accents, leather seats, a 7-inch touchscreen display, a 450-watt Dimension Premium Audio system, and an aggressive front end that screams "get out of my way".
MINI's latest redesign meets the open air with the MINI Roadster ($TBA). Arriving in Cooper, Cooper SD, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works models, this powerful pit bull-esque drop-top features power ranging from 122 hp in the standard model to 211 in the JCW, Dynamic Stability Control, a manually operated soft-top roof for that old-timey feel, an optional Harman Kardon hi-fi audio system, and the MINI Connected system with web radio, Google services, an RSS reader, and integration with Facebook and Twitter.
Looking for a compact all-wheel-drive ride? The Audi A1 Quattro ($TBA) should fit the bill nicely, assuming you can get your hands one — they're limited to just 333 units. Features include a 2.0 TFSI engine pumping out 256 hp and a six-speed gearbox that team up to provide 0-62 mph times in the 5.7 second range, and fuel economy of 28 mpg. A metallic white paint job, aggressive looks, and, of course, Quattro all-wheel-drive round out the ride. Sadly, it's Europe-only for now.
One of the auto industry's true icons just got an update. The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL ($TBA) is all-new, shaving 300 pounds in the process, while adding a more powerful, economical V8 engine producing 429 hp and a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds, a new front fascia with upright nose, the Magic Vision Control intelligent and highly efficient wipe/wash system, and the new FrontBass system, which integrates the sound system into the body itself. Arriving just in time for 2012's drop-top season.