Say hello to Aston Martin's new flagship. Available as a two-plus-two or straight two-seater, the Aston Martin Vanquish (£190,000 and up; roughly $300,000 and up) returns the name to its former glory, with a 6.0-litre V12 engine pumping out 565 hp, a Touchtronic 2 six-speed automatic that keeps the power pumping to the wheels for a 0-62 mph time of 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 183 mph. Other features include LED rear lighting, a more spacious cabin and boot, a refined, LED-laden interior, and an undeniably sexy, all-carbon fiber body.
We're not sure whether it's trying to be a CRX beater or a faster small utility, but whatever it is, we know one thing the Nissan Juke Nismo ($TBA) isn't: slow. Powered by a tuned version of the standard Juke's 1.6L turbocharged engine, we're guessing it'll be putting out quite a bit more than the respectable 188 hp of the standard model — and the outside will show it, thanks to a new aero package, wider 18-inch alloy wheels, a tailgate spoiler, and a new grille. Inside, the steering wheel, pedals, gauges, gear knob and door trims have been redesigned and paired with suede-trimmed Nismo sports seats with red stitching. The good news? A US launch has already been confirmed. The bad? Who knows when that will actually happen.
Nope, this isn't a better version of the SLS AMG. Well, okay, technically it is, but it's really just the replacement for MB's gull-winged supercar. The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT ($TBA) bests its predecessor by 20 hp thanks to additional tuning of the 6.2L V8, making it a tenth quicker in the sprint from 0-60 mph — it now takes just 3.6 seconds — and also features new AMG Adaptive Performance Suspension, new, optional designo style interior packages featuring the highest-end leather upholstery with contrast stitching and diamond quilt details, and the same, rock-solid AMG Speedshift seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It'll be available in both coupe and roadster editions, and while we're normally open-air enthusiasts, there's no way we could pass up those iconic doors.
Rekindling a partnership that dates back over 50 years, the BMW Zagato Coupe ($TBA) wears its Italian design heritage proudly. Details are scant on this shapely coupe, which features Zagato "z" letters in the signature kidney grille, 19-inch alloy wheels that recall propellers, and a double-bubble roof. We can only guess that it's based on the Z4 roadster, but it doesn't really matter, as this is the only one that exists.
Finding a 40-year-old ride that's as good as new? Extremely difficult. Finding one that's even better than when it rolled off the lot? Nearly impossible. Yet that's the case with this lovingly restored 1972 Datsun 240Z ($125,000). Coated in an attention-grabbing lime green, it features a 100% stock interior in perfect condition thanks to every piece having been replaced or restored, a body that's been completely restored by the experts at Miller Brothers Hot Rod Barn, a suspension that's full of upgrades from Arizona Z Car, and a lightweight SR20DET engine that's been tuned for two settings depending on your mood: 320 hp when you're cruising, and a raucous 437 when it's time to do some real motoring. [Scouted by AJ]
Looking for a street-friendly custom cycle? The Triumph Tridays Rumbler ($TBA) should do nicely. Based on the Triumph Scrambler, this one-off ride features Öhlins spring elements and thick Pirelli studded tires to help it stand taller, a Magura-Super-Moto braking system, Roadster handlebars, and a distinctive metallic brown paint job for the gas tank. [Scouted by Fredrik]
Why do they call it "Widow Maker"? We'll get to that in a minute. Powered by a 5.4L supercharged V8, the UBB Widow Maker 1100 Mustang ($135,000) pumps out a crazy 1,100 hp, good for a 0-60 dash of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 230 mph. Other custom features include a full carbon body kit, 19-inch black alloy wheels, Brembo brakes, Advan traction control, and available Recaro seats, de-cat pipes, and built-in laser jammers. So back to the original question — they call it "Widow Maker" because if you're not careful, it'll live up to its name.
Not content to let its coupe-y siblings have all the M-Powered fun, the new BMW M135i ($TBA) packs some serious power into a compact hatchback package. Available in three- and five-door versions, the M135i is powered by a 320 hp straight-six TwinPower Turbo engine, a host of high-tech safety features like adaptive headlights, a rear view camera, and a lane-departure warning system, BMW Assist, a model-specific exterior and interior design, a longer, wider, and more spacious body, M-grade suspension components, your choice of six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmissions, and optional xDrive all-wheel drive. We're keeping our fingers crossed for a US launch.
It might be on its way out, but if so, it's doing so in style. The Aston Martin DBS Ultimate ($TBA) represents the, ahem, ultimate version of Aston Martin's speedy two-door, featuring the same 510hp V12 as the standard model, but adding a ton of classy upgrades like special badging, carbon fiber wing mirrors, a darkened front grille, black tail pipes, diamond-quilted stitching in the cabin, alcantara headlining, yellow, red, or black brake calipers, leather-trimmed gear paddles, a manual or automatic transmission, a coupe or Volante (convertible) body, and your choice of three colors: Carbon Black II, Quantum Silver, or Silver Fox.
Most of the new motorcycles we've seen recently have been moving away from flashy chrome. The Ducati Diavel Cromo Motorcycle ($TBA) embraces it, with a chrome mirror-finished gas tank that contrasts with other gloss black parts. Of course, it's still a Ducati, so it's loaded with high-performance parts like a 162hp Testastretta 11° engine, Brembo brakes, 14-spoke, 17-inch wheels wrapped with Pirelli Diablo Rosso II rubber, three electronic riding modes, Ride-by-Wire and Ducati Traction Control technology, Marzoochi front forks, a Sachs rear suspension, and a hands-free ignition.
You would expect a car with "style" in its name to focus on aesthetics, and the Mercedes-Benz Style Coupe Concept ($TBA) doesn't disappoint. Defined by a striking exterior, it features innovative, aggressive new headlamps and taillights, a diamond-look grille, muscular lines, 20-inch wheels, and a special Alubeam paint finish, a tested, road-ready turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine, and a funky interior that's highlighted by a panoramic glass roof, the lack of B-pillars, a carbon fiber dash, white nubuck leather on the instrument panel, air vents that change color based on the selected temperature, neon green accents, and a new version of MB's COMAND system that uses your smartphone's data connection to stay up-to-date. While we doubt all of this will make it in to an actual car you can buy, you can bank on seeing some of these features make their way into the next CLS.
While it's highly unlikely to ever appear stateside, we're intrigued by the Peugeot Urban Crossover Concept ($TBA) nonetheless. Designed to blend the utility of an SUV with the city-friendliness of a compact, the Concept measures just 13.5 feet long and 5.7 feet wide. As with most concepts, further details are scant, but we'd expect to see the aluminum spoiler, double-bubble roof, and floating, "smiling" grille make it to the production model should it ever emerge.