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 ($TBA) aims to eat up some market share by going after the 5 Series BMW and E-Class Mercedes. Not a lot is currently known about this stylish four-door, other than it will be sportier than its larger sibling, will come with either a gas or diesel 3.0L turbocharged V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and either rear-wheel or the company's new Q4 all-wheel drive.
Look out Tesla: there's a new company claiming to have the fastest all-electric car on the block. The Detroit Electric SP:01 ($TBA) packs a 200 hp motor into the middle of its carbon fiber body, channeling the power through the rear wheels. The roughly 2,350 lb. vehicle can rocket from 0-62 in just 3.7 seconds, reaches a top speed of 155 mph, and thanks to some patented technology can also act like an enormous battery pack, powering by itself — but unlike the other features, we're guessing that's one you'd really rather not ever have to use.
Get all the performance of a Porsche with all the benefits of a totally electric ride with the 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid ($99,000). A follow up on the prior Panamera S Hybrid, the E-Hybrid sports a 95hp electric motor — up from 47hp in the prior model — and a larger lithium-ion battery that can recharge in 2.5 hours via a 240V power source. Running totally off the battery, it has a range of roughly 20 miles and a top speed of 84 mph, but engage the twin-turbo 3.0L V6 and you'll have access to 416 horses, a 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds, and a top speed of 167 mph. Arriving in late 2013.
Not that we don't like the current WRX, but if this is to be the future of the line, you can count us emphatically "in". The Subaru WRX Concept ($TBA) has arrived to offer clues as to what the next-generation WRX might resemble, and the news is almost all good. Up front, you'll find an aggressive new front end, with a larger, bolder grille that sticks out to make room for the turbocharged engine and intercooler — but thankfully the iconic hood scoop remains. A carbon fiber roof and a lower, wider body extend to the rear, where you'll find a dramatically curved trunk lid that acts as a spoiler, as well as a large black rear diffuser set between quad tailpipes. The whole thing sets on BBS "RI-D" One Piece Forged Duralumin wheels, which may or not make it to the production version — if/when it ever appears.
Little did we know it, but Range Rover must've sent its poor Sport model away to fat camp for awhile, because the all-new 2014 Range Rover Sport ($64,000-$94,000) is quite a bit lighter than its predecessor. 800 lbs. lighter, to be exact, which is all the more impressive given that the new model is 2.5-inches longer than the prior model, yet boasts a wheelbase that's been increased by 7 inches. All this is made possible by a new high-strength aluminum structure, which joins other features like a third-row seating option, a new fully automatic Terrain Response 2 system, a new single-speed transfer case for the intelligent 4WD system, a new 340hp, 3.0L supercharged V6 that joins the 510hp supercharged V8 as an option for linking to the eight-speed ZF transmission, and an aerodynamic body that reduces drag while bringing the Sport's looks in-line with the Evoque and full-size Rover.
Beware, 5-Series and E-Class. The all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS ($TBA) is Caddy's third-generation mid-sized sedan, and it brings the venerable US brand even closer to 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 4.2-inches longer front-to-back yet nearly an inch shorter top-to-bottom, 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, the CUE infotainment system, and an interior that's among the best the GM has ever produced. Coming later this year.
Sometimes raw power isn't the only upgrade that matters. Although the supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that powers the 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT ($174,000) is the same as the standard XKR-S with an output of 550 hp, the GT is far better equipped to take on the track. Why? Well, it's the combination of a new aerodynamics package that includes a carbon fiber front splitter, dive planes, extended wheel arch spats, rear diffuser, an aluminum undertray, and a huge carbon rear wing, larger carbon ceramic brakes, wider 20-inch forged alloy wheels, a stiffer suspension, and a revised active exhaust system. The result? A street-legal racer that goes from zero to 60 in under four seconds, boasts a top speed of 186 mph, and will be limited to just 25 cars in the US when it goes on sale in August.
Don't let its age fool you — the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 404 Unimog ($28,000-$140,000) is still one of the toughest vehicles on the road. Currently located in SoCal, this unique specimen — it was the fourth to roll off the assembly line, and one of only 1,210 produced in the series — is available in as-is condition, or as a fully-restored, better-than-new vehicle. Spec-wise, it offers portal axles, differential locks on both the front and rear, shift-on-the-fly 4x4, a M180 MB gas engine, a low center of gravity, and 17 inches of minimum ground clearance that, when combined with the virtually non-existent front and rear overhangs, gives it the ability to handle approach and departure angles of more than 45 degrees. It's pretty much the beastliest vintage ride you're going to find short of buying a tank. [Scouted by Corey]
If you plan on driving your Viper as much on the track as you do on the road, consider the 2014 SRT Viper TA ($TBA). Designed for optimal performance on road courses, the TA features an upgraded suspension with firmer levels of damping, retuned shock dampers, springs, and stabilizer bars, a lighter carbon fiber X-brace that replaces the standard aluminum part, upgraded Brembo brakes, and an advanced aerodynamics packages with carbon fiber front splitters and rear spoiler. It's still powered by a handcrafted, 8.4L aluminum V10 producing 640 hp, but unlike the standard model, only 33 cars — all decked out in Crusher Orange — will be available later this year.
Well, that didn't take long. The 2014 Corvette isn't even out yet, and we've already got an aftermarket conversion package. The Callaway AeroWagon Concept ($15,000) aims to turn the new Stingray into a shooting brake using a body package that's made using a resin transfer molding process that produces precisely-fitting, load-carrying carbon parts. In other words, the AeroWagon will boast far more room inside than a typical C7, while still achieving speeds of over 200mph.
Drawing on a heritage that dates back to 1880, the Spyker B6 Venator Concept ($150,000) hopes to rekindle love for the brand with a meticulously built speedster. This two-door, mid-engine affair will be powered by 350hp V6 that mates with a six-speed automatic to drive the 19-inch rear wheels. The aluminum frame and carbon fiber help keep the weight down, while the oversized radiator grille, the 1903-era logo, a turned aluminium fascia on the dashboard, and red cover on the ignition switch recall Spyker's automotive and aeronautical past. Unlike most concepts, the B6 is slated for production; expect to see it stateside in Autumn 2014.
Been kicking yourself ever since you missed out on the chance to own a brand new Enzo? Here's your chance to make up for it. The awkwardly-named Ferrari LaFerrari ($TBA) is the company's new limited-series flagship, offering F1-level technology in a stunning road-legal package. Apart from the unique, instant-classic looks, it features a new HY-KERS drivetrain system that pairs a 789hp, 6.3L V12 to a 160hp electric motor and a 7-speed DCT gearbox for a total of 949hp, a 0-62 time of under three seconds, a 0-124 time of under seven seconds, and a top speed of 205 mph. Helping things along is the highest degree of aerodynamic efficiency ever achieved with any road car, a chassis made from no less than four different types of hand-laminated carbon fiber to achieve an ideal 41/59 weight distribution, and an advanced Brembo braking system to get the thing stopped. Let's hope you were already on the waiting list at your local dealer, as only 499 are being built.