For the guys out there who can't decide between absolute luxury and serious horsepower, the fine folks at Rolls-Royce have dropped a more-powerful engine into the Ghost, calling it the Ghost V-Specification ($450,000). Sporting a twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V12 engine, this four-door sports 593 horsepower, up from 563 in the previous model, giving it enough power and acceleration to put a smile on your chauffeur's face. It also sports 21-inch two-tone alloy wheels, a beautifully-appointed interior, a custom dashboard clock, and more. Additionally, this highly-limited edition Ghost is now available in a white, grey, or three shades of black, with both a standard and extended wheelbase variant.
If you're in the market for a beautiful, luxury four-door, you're in luck — the Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Edition ($TBA), while billed as a limited edition concept, is really a preview for the future of this Italian carmaker. Its elegant appearance is the result of a partnership with Italian luxury menswear house Ermenegildo Zegna, most apparent in the well-appointed interior (finished out in leather and textiles from Zegna). Outside it features a gorgeous paint job, primed in flat black, and finished in platinum with aluminum flecks. Details on the engine likely won't be announced until its debut in Frankfurt next week.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic ($TBA) seems to have improved on nearly every aspect of its predecessor — weight, power, handling, and aesthetics. For starters, it's 220 pounds lighter, thanks in part to aluminum construction and alloy wheels. The massive twin-turbo, 5.5-liter V8 produces significantly more horsepower at 577, and torque at 590 lb-ft, through a seven-speed automatic transmission, helping propel it from 0-60 in just 3.9 seconds. Adaptive suspension and ceramic brakes give the all-wheel-drive system all the help it needs to corner and stop, while more angular side panels and a larger grill set it apart visually from last year's model.
America's answer to the previously-dominant German carmakers, the 2014 Cadillac CTS ($45,000-$72,000) simultaneously boasts beauty and braun. The third-generation mid-sized sedan brings the brand's flagship model up to speed with its German competition — with aggressive front styling, a trio of engine options — a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder good for 272 hp, a 3.6-liter V6 cranking out 321 hp, or an all-new twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 that blasts out 420 hp — and either a six- or new eight-speed automatic transmission. Other highlights include a body that's longer, shorter, and lighter, Caddy's Magnetic Ride Control real-time damping system — the first time it's popped up on a non V version — available all-wheel drive, front-wheel Brembo brakes in the vSport, the CUE infotainment system (which utilizes Bose Active Noise Cancellation to monitor powertrain noise and sends out opposing non-audible frequencies to counteract these sounds), and an interior that's among the best GM has ever produced. Available early 2014.
In a push to sell more vehicles than it can by simply offering sports cars and the high-end Quattroporte sedan, the 2014 Maserati Ghibli ($TBA) aims to eat up some market share by going after the 5 Series BMW and E-Class Mercedes. Not a lot is currently known about this stylish four-door, other than it will be sportier than its larger sibling, will come with either a gas or diesel 3.0L turbocharged V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and either rear-wheel or the company's new Q4 all-wheel drive.