Morgan is a family-owned company that's been manufacturing motor vehicles for 100 years. To celebrate, they've just announced the Aero SuperSports ($187,000), a luxurious roadster with graceful elements that merge past and future. The aluminum chassis exceeds crash protection standards for safety, and has detachable roof panels for experiencing the world around you as you drive. Inside, hand-stitched leather meets polished hardwood. And beneath the hood lives a powerful 4.8 liter BMW V8 engine, available with either a 6-speed manual or automatic gearbox. This is a serious roadster, going into full production in 2010. A deposit of $36,000 is all it takes to have your name added to the waiting list.
With gull-wing doors that recall the classic Mercedes-Benz 300SL and a beefy V8 engine, the AC Cobra MkVI ($TBA) is a fine new ride. It features a retro design, a 6.2L Corvette engine good for between 437 and 647hp, Porsche brakes, a removable hardtop, racing suspension, and, with a curb weight of just 2,260 lbs, a 0-60 time in the three second range. It's like a classic hot rod with all-new internals.
Built for speed, the Nissan Nismo 370Z ($TBA) is a turnkey tuner's dream. This faster, sportier version of the Z features a 350hp 3.7-liter V6, a unique racing-inspired body kit, ultra-lightweight 19-inch Rays forged alloy wheels wrapped in Yokohama Advan Sport rubber, 14-inch front and 13.8-inch rear Nismo sport brakes, a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission with Nissan's new SynchroRev Match functionality that automatically controls and adjusts engine speed when shifting, HID xenon headlights, Nissan Intelligent Key push-button start, and more.
We've never wanted a car so badly. The just-unveiled Tesla Model S ($50,000 after tax breaks) is literally the reinvention of the automobile. This electric sedan will offer a 300-mile range and 45-minute QuickCharge capability, all while sporting some of the most beautiful styling you'll find. With seating for five adults and two children, the Model S has it all. Its powertrain includes a liquid-cooled 9-inch motor combined with a single-speed gearbox (just gun it — no shifting required) that's good for a 0-60 time of 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 120 mph. It offers a 5-minute battery swap and charges from any outlet, with charges costing as little as $4 to "fill up." Features include (taking deep breath) a 17-inch infotainment touchscreen with all-time 3G connectivity, 21-inch wheels, Brembo brakes, panoramic roof with sliding moon roof, retracting door handles, a hatch for large items and a 2nd trunk under the hood, a fully digital instrument cluster, LED and neon headlight and taillights, and a pretty crazy RFID keyless entry and ignition system. Sadly, this beauty won't go into production until 2011. It's going to be a long two years.
Ten years in the making, the Factory Five Type 65 Coupe ($15,000 - $22,000) is known as the most accurate replica of the original 1965 Word Championship Coupes. The Type 65 stays true to its original vintage lines and traditional features (like a wooden steering wheel), while adding modern refinements, reaping the benefits of modern technology and engineering. The Base kit lets you use parts from an old Ford Mustang to build your Type 65. If that sounds too hard, go whole-hog and get the Complete kit which contains everything you'll need to assemble your coupe except for the engine and transmission.