The original Evoque was a car with an identity crisis — caught somewhere between a crossover SUV and a hatchback — but for its latest derivative, the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Autobiography Dynamic maybe that's okay. Finding itself squarely on the hot hatch end of the spectrum, the Autobiography Dynamic's 2-liter turbo four-cylinder gets a significant power bump, bringing it up to 285 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Other goodies include much larger front disk brakes, torque vectoring by braking to better distribute the car's power while improving handling, and a vibrant orange paint job.
Striking a balance between performance on the track and comfort on the road can be a delicate business. The McLaren 650S does it with style. Based on the MP4-12C, this sleek sports car is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine cranking out 641 horses, and features the company's ProActive Chassis Control system to help you get the most out of each and every one of them. And when you're not in race mode, it boasts plenty of creature comforts, too, like LED headlamps, satellite radio and navigation, Bluetooth, and even an available rear parking camera, something you won't find on their latest F1 ride.
For their first turbo-powered car in nearly three decades, the fine folks in Italy have pulled out all the stops, creating the beautiful Ferrari California T. Their new turbo-charged engine is a 3.9-liter V8, sporting 560 horsepower and 557 pound-feet of torque — that's considerably more than its naturally-aspirated predecessor — letting it accelerate from a stop to 62 in only 3.6 seconds. But its turbocharged power plant isn't the only interesting thing about this GT. It features a retractable hardtop that turns it into a convertible in 14 seconds, magnetic suspension, carbon-ceramic brakes, and much more.
When it comes to cramming their cars full of tech, few automakers do it better than Mercedes. The 2015 Mercedes S-Class Coupe is no exception. Powered by a twin-turbo V8 good for 449 hp, this sleek two door is loaded with features, including advanced lane keeping, cruise control, and collision prevention systems, high-end Burmester audio, a panorama sunroof that can go from transparent to opaque at the push of a button, an available heads-up display, and a large infotainment display. But the real standout is the new active curve tilting, which combines with Active Body Control system with a pair of front-mounted cameras to detect upcoming corners and actually lean the car like a motorcycle up to 2.5 degrees to reduce lateral acceleration.
If you've ever been driving along in your car and wished for a better vantage point to see the road ahead, your dream is (nearly) a reality, thanks to the Renault Kwid Concept. This bizarre-looking two-wheel-drive, dual-clutch 1.2-liter turbocharged buggy channels the look of an off-roader, and has one important feature — an aerial drone that docks on the rear portion of the roof, flying above the car as it drives. Able to be piloted automatically or manually, and controlled from a built-in tablet in the dashboard, you can use the drone to survey traffic, take aerial photography, or just confuse passers-by. Just make sure not to fly it manually while you're actually driving.
You've already seen Ken Block tearing up tarmac — and his fair share of tires — in his hot Ford Focus ST, but he'll be tormenting a different kind of surface in his newest toy, the Ford F-150 RaptorTrax. Based on an F-150 SVT Raptor, the RaptorTrax takes it to the next level with a Whipple supercharger and Mattracks replacing each of the wheels (essentially turning it into a snowcat on steroids). A roll cage, Recaro racing seats in the front and bed, a winch, a snowboard rack, and a roof basket make this the ultimate way to access snowy backcountry. Now all we need is a video of Block getting this thing a little sideways.
We've seen vehicle designed influenced by a lot of different things — but wood-burning stoves? Now that's new. And that's also the inspiration behind this Thrive Yamaha XS650 Motorcycle. Based on a classic 1968 Yamaha XS650, this updated version features a spartan color scheme of black, grey, brass, and brown, a completely overhauled engine, hand-fabricated custom bodywork, a slightly lowered front end, a pair of leather belts under the battery box for holding a shirt or jacket, and even a custom bag containing all the tools needed to maintain the bike.
Normally car updates include a handful of small changes — but when you haven't had a major update in 7 years, there's lots to talk about. As it is with the 2015 Lincoln Navigator. Powered by a twin-turbo, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 creating at least 370 hp, this new full-size SUV has been brought up to speed with features like MyLincoln Touch with Sync and an 8-inch touchscreen, dual displays around the speedometer, HID headlamps with LED running and taillights, standard 20-inch rims with 22-inchers available as an option, an updated cabin, a blind-spot detection system, and, obviously, an all-new body. But with all these changes, one thing remains the same: it's still great for hauling large groups of people (or things) in style.
Introduced in 1964, the original FIA version of the small block Cobra went on to dominate many forms of racing throughout the decade, against well-known foes like Corvette, Jaguar, and Aston Martin. Now you can recapture that racing spirit with the 50th Anniversary Shelby Cobra 289 FIA. Appropriately limited to just 50 examples, this highly desirable throwback will feature a Viking Blue paint job with Arctic White stripes and roundels, a black leather interior, special anniversary badges, a hand-formed fiberglass or aluminum frame, 15-inch powder coated wheels, a complete exhaust, and a car cover. All you need is an engine, transmission, and some open road.
Whether you've been receiving death threats or are simply rich and paranoid, the Audi A8 L Security is the vehicle for you. Arriving directly from the factory with a host of security features built-in, this rolling passenger tank boasts class VR 7 ballistic protection and explosion resistance, making it impervious to both "NATO sub-caliber ammunition" and military hand grenades. It also features an armor-plated communication box in the trunk, as well as optional emergency exit, fire extinguisher, and fresh-air systems. Of course, it's still an Audi, and as such is loaded with luxurious interior appointments, one of two powerful engines, and full-time quattro all-wheel-drive — which can come in quite handy when fleeing a steady stream of assassin's bullets.
VW has played around with the idea of a buggy-style rides before — see the Volkswagen Buggy Up Concept, for example — but never has one come so close to production-ready as the Volkswagen Beetle Dune Concept. Based on the Beetle R-Line with same 210hp, 2.0L TSI engine but longer, wider, taller, and with additional ground clearance, this offroader features a ski rack built into the roof and rear spoilers, 19-inch wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights, LED fog lights, a 7.7-inch touchscreen, two-tone seats, and a six-speed DSG transmission. Sadly, still no word on whether this one might eventually make an appearance at a dealer new you.
Made to seize on the nostalgia many feel for the cars of yesterday — while blending in some impressive modern tech — the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa is a retro-styled two-seater that loses half its top at the touch of a button. Just like the original 1965 911 Targa, it features a wrap-around rear window and roof bar with a removable top section. Unlike the original, the roof is now fully-automatic. Available in two models, the 4 and 4S, you can get yours with up to a 3.8-liter flat six producing 400 horsepower. Both come exclusively with all-wheel-drive, and will be available in the US this summer (just in time to cruise topless).