Who said you had to give up speed to gain interior space? Available in both sedan and wagon models, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 4Matic ($TBA) has everything it needs to keep up with the fastest of sports cars. Powered by a 5.5-liter AMG V8 Biturbo, it boasts 550 hp — 577 on the S-Model — and an AMG Speedshift MCT 7-speed sports transmission to hurtle it from 0-60 in just 3.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 186 mph. Permanent all-wheel-drive ensures that power gets to the pavement, and, of course, it's still an E-class, with all the interior refinement you'd expect. Arriving this summer.
Those of you waiting around for a truly fast compact luxury SUV can start planning to take on a new car loan this fall. That's when the Audi SQ5 ($TBA) will arrive on native shores, boasting a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 pumping out 354 horsepower, an eight-speed tiptronic transmission, quattro permanent all-wheel drive, a 0-62 mph time of 5.3 seconds, and a top speed of 155 mph. Of course, it's not all about performance, and as such it also features an upgraded suspension for better handling, a new front fascia and grille, 20-inch wheels, and a black interior with aluminum inlays. We just hope you like black or blue, because those are the only colors available.
Plenty of cars receive a mid-cycle facelift — but the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe ($TBA) has more up its sleeve than just a new look. Accompanying the new, sportier front end — which holds new single-lens LED headlamps and large air intakes — redesigned rear fenders, and all new interior is a host of new safety features, dubbed "intelligent drive". Included in this new package is Collision Prevention Assist, a radar-based collision warning system with adaptive brake assist systems, Attention Assist, which can detect when you're getting drowsy, Distronic Plus with Steering Assist which helps to keep the car in its lane and can track multiple lanes of traffic, and a bunch of other futuristic systems that come just short of letting the car drive itself. Available in hardtop or Cabriolet versions, with engines ranging from 300 to 400 hp.
Named after the nuclear powered icebreaking ship built to traverse the wintry wasteland of Arctic seas, the Ural Yamal Limited Edition Sidecar Motorcycle ($14,250) might not break apart ice, but it will certainly draw attention. Powered by a boxer engine with Brembo brakes for equal stopping power, this unique ride comes in powder coated flat orange with black accents and features additional lighting, a knobby spare tire, hand guards, an ore — no joke — and menacing teeth graphics. Only 50 available stateside, so get your order in now.
No, it's not a totally new car — you can think of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe ($TBA) as an extension of the 3 series, although it has one less door. Sometimes. Effectively the replacement for the 3-series coupe, the new 4 series concept is longer, wider, and lower, while retaining much of its younger (?) siblings blood. Features include LED headlights, a huge front air intake, an "Air Breather" behind the front wheels, and, of course, an interior that's probably slightly more progressive than what we'll see in the production version. Slated to arrive at a dealer near you whenever it makes its way out of the "concept" stage.
Yes, it's a station wagon — but it's a fast station wagon. The 2013 Audi RS6 Avant ($TBA) might be the ultimate driver's wagon, thanks to the twin-turbo V8 under the hood that gives it 560 hp, a 0-62 mph time of just 3.9 seconds, and a top speed of 190 mph, while still offering 24 mpg fuel efficiency. Other features include an eight-speed tiptronic transmission, quattro all-wheel drive, your choice of adaptive air or sport suspension, optional mammoth carbon fiber-ceramic brakes, two appearance packages, aggressive body work, and a sporty cockpit.
Enticed by the XKR-S, but decide that the coupe was just a little too impractical? Say hello to the 2014 Jaguar XFR-S ($99,000). The fastest, most powerful sedan Jaguar has ever produced, the XFR-S is powered by the same 5.0L supercharged V8 as its two-doored stablemate, giving it 550hp and a 0-60 mph time of just 4.4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 186 mph. Despite the speed, it still manages to eek out 23 mpg highway, and also features a ZF eight-speed transmission, wide 20-inch Varuna forged alloy wheels, and plenty of carbon fiber components to help reduce weight and lift. Limited to just 100 units in the U.S., it'll go on sale next summer.
When it comes to car shopping, bells and whistles sometimes drive the decision, but choosing your ultimate vehicle should come down to finding an exhilarating driving experience. The all-new Cadillac ATS offers an advanced engine lineup that's impressive for a luxury sedan and that makes driving, well, fun. Car buyers get to choose from three engines depending on their driving style and power preference: a powerful 2.0L turbo that delivers an impressive 272 HP, an award-winning 3.6L V6 engine that boasts 321 HP, or a 2.5L engine that offers an EPA-estimated 22 city/32 highway MPG. No matter which engine you choose, you can expect jaw-dropping driving dynamics that extend beyond exceptional acceleration and handling. Responsive technology like the available Adaptive Forward Lighting system that swivels the HID headlamps to illuminate your path as you turn, help the all-new Cadillac ATS bring a holistic approach to the highway — equal parts response and responsibility.
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No, it's not the 10th anniversary of the Wrangler — they've been making those for far longer than that. Instead, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition ($TBA) celebrates a decade of extreme off-road Wranglers named for the grueling off-road trail. Available in both two- and four-door versions, this limited edition is described as "the most capable Wrangler ever produced", with a 285hp, 3.6-liter V-6 engine, electronic-locking front and Dana 44 rear axles, a Rock-Trac transfer case, a six-speed manual transmission, a half-inch increase in ride height, red leather seats, and a special, exclusive Anvil paint job. Also, its hardcore winch-capable front and rear steel bumpers have removable end that help the beast climb obstacles better than normal Wranglers. Arriving in showrooms next spring.
Remember the bikes of the 1920s and '30s? Yeah, neither do we. But if we could, we bet they'd look a lot like the Janus Halcyon 50 Motorcycle ($3,900-$5,300). Inspired by classic, record-breaking bikes of that era, the Halcyon 50 features a sprung leather seat and panniers, wide handlebars, and a fantastic, streamlined polished aluminum fuel tank. Just don't expect to set any modern records on it — with a maximum speed of 55, it's more suited for urban streets than wide-open road.
Street-fighting power and nimbleness meet open-road amenities in the Ducati Diavel Strada Motorcycle ($15,000). Powered by the same Testastretta 11° engine as its stablemates, the Strada comes standard with a number of comfort-focused accessories like side bags, a windshield, a larger seat, and raised handlebars. All of which help to make it ideal for long-distance rides — without giving up any of the performance features that make it a Ducati.
Yes, it's definitely intriguing. But unfortunately for anyone wishing to park one in their own driveway, the Mercedes Ener-G-Force Concept ($TBA) is about as concept-y as a vehicle can get. Created for the Los Angeles Design Challenge 2012, the Ener-G-Force was designed as a highway patrol car for 2025, it boasts such outlandish features as a tank on the roof to store water that's transferred to the "hydro-tech converter" where it's converted into hydrogen for running the fuel cells and a 360-degree topography scanner on the roof.