Normally cars transition from the real world into video games — in fact, the number of models included in a game has been a selling point for years. My how the tables have turned. Created by Calty Design Research for Playstation's Gran Turismo series, the Toyota FT-1 Concept is now a real-world ride. Inspired by the automaker's long heritage of sports cars, including the 2000GT, Celica, Supra, and Scion FR-S, the FT-1 boasts a front-engine, rear-wheel layout, a gorgeously curvy body with various inlets, ducting, vents, and a retractable rear wing, and a intimate, functional cockpit.
Get ready for some serious changes coming from the makers of the quintessential American luxury car. The 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe — Cadillac's smallest coupe yet and the first to carry their redesigned badge — has landed. Though it shares the same platform and wheelbase as the ATS sedan, it has decidedly different body styling, with less aggressive lines and a wider stance. You can get it with one of two available engines: either a two-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (272 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque), or the 3.6-liter V6 (321 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque). They also come standard with Brembo brakes, a six-speed automatic, and are available in all-wheel-drive, and with a sport suspension package. This definitely isn't your grandpa's Cadillac.
The guys behind the Audi Allroad Shooting Brake Concept ($TBA) like to think that it represents the near future of automotive technology — and if trends are any indication, they're probably right. The car is powered by three motors: a gas-powered two-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, and an electronic motor in each axel. The gasoline engine and front electronic motor work in tandem for hybrid drive functionality that's capable of up to 123 miles per gallon, while accelerating to 62 mph in just 4.6 seconds. And when driving conditions get tricky, whether in light off-road conditions or slippery roads, the rear electronic motor will engage, giving it all-wheel-drive and some added torque.
Feel like you need a little more oomph than the new Stingray can provide? Go ahead and put your order in for a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 ($TBA). This upgraded 'Vette packs an all-new LT4 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine, expected to deliver an estimated 625 hp — or a whopping 165 more than it's standard-issue sibling. All that power is run through an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, one of several firsts for the model. Meanwhile you also get all the structural, performance, and convenience upgrades of the 'Ray, making this one of the more comfortable Corvettes in memory.
Concept cars are always fun, but they're even better when they portend a potential production car. Possibly foreshadowing the replacement for the XC90, the Volvo Concept XC Coupe ($TBA) is one of the latter, featuring only two doors but a full four seats. As with most concepts, details on the inner workings — such as the engine, transmission, and acceleration — are thin, but the car does boast 21-inch wheels, a floating grille, headlights with T-shaped light guides, orange details, matte rubber moldings, and underbody skid plates. The overall design was influenced by modern sports equipment, including the protective gear of Swedish company POC — which should come as no surprise, given that Volvos are as well-known for their safety as for their performance.
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.
Sometimes ordinary just won't do. Sometimes all you need is an American muscle car that is race-ready off the lot — ready to pull laps at the Nurbürgring that would make Porsche owners sweat. And for those times, Chevy has generously provided the 2014 Camaro Z28 ($74,000). While suitable for the street, this mad machine is every bit a race car, with a seven-liter LS7 motor capable of producing 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque. Massive Pirelli tires, aerodynamic enhancements throughout, huge ceramic brakes, a six-speed manual Tremec transmission, a forged steel crankshaft, and a 10.5-ounce dry-sump oil system are just a few of the bits of kit that make this Camaro scream for a piece of tarmac.
It goes without saying that a concept car debuting at the International Consumer Electronics Show should boast some pretty impressive tech to earn its spot among all the gadgets and gizmos — and the Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept ($TBA) does not disappoint. Its headlights represent the next big thing in automotive lighting, combining matrix LEDs with laser lights into its trapezoidal fixtures, giving them double the luminosity of existing LED headlights. Inside, a state-of-the-art touchscreen controls the infotainment and climate, with three-dimensional, high-resolution graphics made possible by an Nvidia processor. It's powered by a plug-in hybrid drive system and a bi-turbo four-liter V8 engine, giving you the option to drive in EV for up to 94 mpg, hybrid, or full-combustion. It's also incredibly lightweight, with many of its components made of aluminum or carbon fiber, while the engine system is capable of 700 horsepower and nearly 600 pound feet of torque, making for a debut worthy of its setting.
You've been good this year — really good — and while it may not be small enough to fit under the tree, we can think of no better way to reward yourself than the Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 ($TBA). This very worthy successor to the beloved Gallardo is truly something to behold, with its sleek lines and characteristically Lamborghini wedge shape. But its looks aren't the only things that makes it special. With 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque produced by the 5.2-liter V10 direct-injected motor housed around back, this beauty will do zero to 62 in just 3.2 seconds. Add in a top speed of 201 miles per hour, all wheel drive, and a fuel-economy-friendly start-stop system, and you get one hell of a stocking stuffer.
Sometimes you just want to ride — no fuss, no maintenance, no stops at the gas station — all you want to focus on is the road (or the dirt track) and your bike. With the Zero FX Stealthfighter Motorcycle ($10,000), you can eliminate all the obstacles associated with riding, and just have fun, whether it's on the street, or off the road. With 44 horsepower and 70 pound-feet of torque, and weighing in at a scant 280 pounds, this bike has the kind of power-to-weight ratio that will let you do just about anything. Couple that with a slick all-black paint job, off-road ready suspension and tire setup, and an all-electric motor, and you get one versatile bike that just can't be stopped.
It seems like everywhere you look these days, some American boutique carmaker is introducing their take on a track-ready, lightweight super car — and the Lucra L148 ($250,000) is the latest in that crop. But don't get it wrong, we're definitely not complaining. If there's anything the guys in Detroit need, it's a little bit of smalltime competition to push them in the right direction. The second of the California company's cars, the L148, should definitely turn a few Michigan heads. With a 4.7-liter V8 engine underneath the hood, and an aerodynamic body entirely crafted from carbon fiber, this hot two-seater will do zero to 60 in just 2.5 seconds, with an estimated 500 horsepower.
No matter your opinion on the existing crop of American so-called super cars, the guys bringing us the BXR Bailey Blade XTR ($TBA) felt there was something missing — and instead of continuing to search (or settling for something other than what they wanted), they built it. This two-door coupe started its life as a one-off garage build, and quickly turned into an aggressively-powered, light-weight, track-ready road car. Powered by the same engine as the Mustang, the 5.0-liter Coyote V8, and with the addition of two healthy turbochargers, it puts out 750 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque. Aerodynamic lines, all-wheel Brembo disk brakes, four-wheel SLA suspension, electric height adjustment shocks, and more make it feel great on the track and on the road.