It's not often a new car from a small(ish) manufacturer can run with the Ferraris, Porsches, and Lamborghinis of the world, but that's certainly the case with the McLaren MP4-12C ($230,000). This spiritual successor to the legendary F1 uses a 592-horsepower 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 and a seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox to go from 0-60 in as little as 3.2 seconds, from 0-125 in 8.9 seconds, a Proactive chassis control system that allows for instant adjustment of the car's settings to match the situation, brake-steer technology borrowed from Formula 1, and other goodies that make it as beastly on the track as it is attention-grabbing off of it.
Not content with the pedestrian interior of your $80K-plus Nissan? Then the Nissan GT-R Egoist ($TBA) is for you. Featuring the same 530 horsepower, 3.8-liter twin turbo V6 engine, a launch control system that sends the car from 0-60 in just 2.9 seconds, high intensity LED running lights, and lower center of gravity as the normal GT-R, the Egoist features a more luxurious interior of supple leather with carbon fiber accents and other goodies. Because sometimes having the best car on the block just isn't good enough.
Not content with the 400+ horsepower of the Camaro SS? Feast your eyes, ears, and whatever else you like on the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 ($TBA). Owing its lineage to the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 — of which only 69 were built — this new top-of-the-line Camaro will be powered by a 6.2L supercharged engine producing an estimated 550hp and paired to a six-speed manual with a dual-disc clutch system to get that power to the wheels, and will claim the title of "most technologically advanced Camaro ever" thanks to features like Magnetic Ride Control with Tour and Sport modes, a dual-mode exhaust system which alters the sound level and character in response to engine RPM, Brembo brakes, HID headlamps, a vented carbon fiber hood insert, and a specialized spoiler. Schedule your track time now.
For luxury car makers, it appears black is the new, ummm, black. The Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition ($70,000) is the latest black-themed ride to emerge from a luxury auto maker, and features a proprietary black SpectraFlair paint job with a diamond-like finish, Satin Graphite 19-inch wheels, yellow Brembo brake calipers, black leather Recaro seats that feature 14 adjustable elements and microfiber suede inserts, Midnight Sapele wood trim. Otherwise, it's the same old CTS-V Sedan, Coupe, or Wagon, including the supercharged 6.2L V8 engine with 556-horsepower, six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, and aggressive, angular lines.
Looks like someone in Stuttgart has been listening to a bit too much of Rolling Stones. The 2012 Porsche Boxster S Black Edition ($65,200) is a monochrome menace of a machine, powered by a 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine — paired with either a six-speed manual or Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe seven-speed double clutch transmission — that outputs 320 horsepower and propels the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds with a top speed of 170 mph. As you might have guessed from the name, the exterior is all about the darkness, with a black body, black convertible top, black-painted 19-inch wheels, black safety bars, black side air intakes, black twin exhaust tailpipes, black seats — basically everything that isn't an aluminum or stainless steel accent.