Based on the legendary ride of the same name from the early 1900s, the Morgan Threewheeler ($TBA) is an instant modern classic. This rebirth of the iconic car Stirling Moss once called a "babe magnet" features a tubular frame and two rollover bars, an aerodynamic 'bullet' aluminum hull, a leather padded, aircraft-style cockpit, glossy black wire wheels, and a "Screaming Eagle" 1800 cc engine from Harley Davidson paired with a Mazda 5-speed gearbox, good for a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 115 mph — or as fast as you'll want to go in a vehicle this small while battling SUVs and jacked-up pickups.
Want a true race car experience without paying real race car dollars? Take a peek at the Palatov DP4 ($37,500 and up). This track-ready, open-air ride features a lightweight, aerodynamic body, your choice of motorcycle engine producing between 175 and 200 hp, a full composite pod for the driver, Hoosier racing tires, a form-fitted BBS driver's seat, and a six-point racing harness — everything you need to go racing, minus the crazy disposition and garish decals.
More than 40 years after its debut, the Boss is back. The 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 ($TBA) pays homage to the classic '69 model with its signature C-stripe, centered Pony tri-bar badge on the grille, and unique badging, but brings it up to date with modern components like a 440-horsepower Hi-Po 302 4V Ti-VCT V8 engine, adjustable front and rear shocks, quad exhausts, Brembo brakes, and an optional Laguna Seca package that removes the rear seat to add a stabilizer brace, adds a performance-oriented tri-gauge package to the top of the dash, and includes a front air splitter that isn't exactly street legal — and Ford's site dedicated to the beast isn't shy about reminding you. [Thanks, Randy]
Another auto show, another awesome Ferrari that hardly anyone will ever get to drive. The 2011 Ferrari SA Aperta ($TBA) is a super-sexy drop-top version of the company's 599 GTB Fiorano, named for legendary designers Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina, and sporting a front-engine V12, virtually no ground clearance, integrated roll-bars, a very light soft top meant for emergency use only, and stiffness and weight similar to that of the hard-top version thanks to some fancy engineering. Unfortunately, only 80 are being made, and all 80 have already been sold.
When it debuted in 2008, we were intrigued — a guy with Bimmer and Aston Martin credentials building his very own hybrid. Now it's 2010, and the very first factory-built Fisker Karma Plug-in Hybrid ($80,000) is rolling off the line. It still makes it from 0-62 in 5.9 seconds and hits a top speed of 125 mph thanks to its 403hp powerplant, while offering fuel economy of 100 mpg and looks worthy of a luxury car design legend.