It might seem unnecessary given the existence of the SL, but if you've wanted a flagship four-seater Benz convertible, you've been out of luck for over four decades. No longer. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet is the first convertible S-Class since 1971, and aims to be the world's most comfortable drop-top, with an automatic wind protection system, neck-level heating, and intelligent automatic climate control that utilizes 12 sensors and 18 actuators to keep the conditions ideal. The design fits right in with the rest of the S-Class, straddling the line between sleek and muscular with grace, and the safety systems are top-notch, as well. It will be available in two variants: the V8-powered, 449hp S550, and the S63 4MATIC, which has a 5.5-liter V8 biturbo that can propel it from 0 to 60 in under four seconds.
The new C-Class Coupe is impressive. And the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe shares very little with it. That's okay, though, because it improves on its lesser stablemate in a number of areas. Its exterior is longer and more expressive, with only the doors, roof, and trunk lid shared between the two, and the interior is upgraded with performance seats and sport-specific controls. But none of that will matter when you mash the accelerator and access the 503 hp coming from its AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine — the same one used in the AMG GT S sports car — on your way to a sub-4-second 0-60 time and a top speed of up to 180 mph. Available in standard and S variants.
Things in the world of Minis are getting larger with the 2016 Mini Clubman. The longest and widest Mini ever is a four door vehicle, along with two split barn-doors at the rear and is large enough to fit 5 adults. The new Clubman features a TwinPower 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine, while the S boasts a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. There's even an 8-speed transmission option for the S, for softer changes, less background noise, and better fuel consumption. While it's nowhere near miniature, it's a maturation for the brand that doesn't compromise the playful persona that consumers have embraced.
The Focus line just took a huge step forward with the newly announced Ford Focus RS. The high-performance hatch boasts a 2.3L EcoBoost engine, 6-speed manual transmission, and unlike its predecessors — all-wheel drive. The combo of AWD and the turbo-charged four cylinder engine make this bad boy impressively quick, delivering well in excess of 315 horsepower potential. Add in the eye-catching exterior, and interior that features heavily bolstered Recaro sports seats — and you have what is easily the most impressive Ford Focus to date.