Produced from 1963 - 1971, the Mercedes-Benz roadster coupe known as the Pagoda is an excellent example of the distinctive two seat roadsters of the era. This 1968 280 SL Pagoda features a matching-numbers engine along with a rarely seen in the US four-speed transmission that was totally disassembled and rebuilt. It's also been restored completely, using genuine Mercedes-Benz parts. The chrome and trim was replaced, along with the interior and its tan leather upholstery. As close to brand new as you'll find, and available at auction.
Considered to be the grandest of Ferrari's touring automobiles, this 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Aerodinamico was built as the first Series II car with a longer wheelbase. The 400 Superamerica was unveiled at the Turin Motor Show in 1959 featuring a Colombo short-block V-12 engine. It also boasted a body never seen before on a Superamerica. The body was designed with a pointed open mouth nose and a swooped fastback tail for better aerodynamics. Completely restored in the 1980's, Chassis 3931 SA was a cutting edge vehicle when constructed and remains so to this day. Available at auction in its original color combination of Grigio Argento over Nero.
It's a convertible. But it's still a Rolls-Royce. Which means the Rolls-Royce Dawn had to be as quiet with the top up as its stablemates. The fabric roof was therefore designed with silence in mind, using a tailored French Seam and a perfectly smooth surface to reduce wind noise, and it also moves up and down in complete silence in just 22 seconds. Partially inspired by the Silver Dawn of the early '50s, it's powered by a twin-turbo, 6.6L V12, features four independent bucket seats for an uncompromising riding experience, a wooden deck that covers the soft-top when lowered, and flows down a waterfall-like feature between the rear seats and around the cabin, a specially tuned Bespoke Audio system, and 80% unique body panels, which means you won't be mistaking it for a chop-topped Wraith.
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.
Limited to just 75 units, the 2015 Audi RS 5 Coupe Sport is one of the most exclusive luxury two-seaters you can own. While it's still powered by the same 4.2L, 450 hp V8 as the standard version, and still boasts the same 7-speed S tronic transmission and 4.5 second 0-60 time, it has a handful of distinct elements to help it stand out from the crowd. Features like 20-inch 5-V-spoke wheels, red brake calipers, crimson red Nappa leather inserts on the interior, and multiple exclusive paint colors.
Old cars and all-electric drivetrains generally don't mix. The ZelectricBug bug is out to fix all of that. This determined shop takes classic Volkswagen Beetles from the '58-'66 era and converts them completely over to electric, saving the vintage looks while updating the drivetrain with an eye on the future. Features include a range of 80-110 miles, ceramic heaters, a top speed of over 90 mph, and restored and/or well maintained exteriors and interiors that keep that original look without sacrificing function.
If you saw the Renovo Coupe driving down the streets, or perhaps more likely on the track, you couldn't be faulted for thinking you'd just seen a Shelby Daytona Coupe. Save for one thing: the distinctive roar of an American V8 engine — because the Renovo is driven by twin electric sequential motors producing 500 horsepower and an astounding 1,000 pound-feet of torque. All that power is available from a dead stop, letting this monster (silently) scream up to 60 miles per hour in just 3.4 seconds. While you might miss the sound, you certainly won't be found wanting for speed.
Get all of the class of the S-Class with all the sportiness of a two-door with the Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Coupe. Powered by a 6.0L, biturbo V12 engine pushing out 621hp, the S65 can jet from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.1 seconds and is limited to a top speed of 186. Other features including a Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic transmission sending power to the 20-inch forged rear wheels, Active Body Control (ABC), optional ceramic brakes, and all the interior refinements you'd expect from a top-of-the-line Mercedes, including a heads-up display, a large infotainment screen, a three-spoke steering wheel, and luxurious Nappa leather.
The future is still bright for those looking to drive a seriously-powerful American-made muscle car off the lot — and the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is just the car for them. Billed as the most powerful Chrysler engine made to date, this supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 produces over 600 horsepower, making it a highly-capable track car. All this power goes through either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic. Multiple drive modes let you customize the ride and horsepower depending on whether you're headed to the track or just driving to work, while Brembo brakes and forged-aluminum wheels help improve the driving experience.
To celebrate the end of the line for the model, the guys from Detroit have announced a special limited edition 2015 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe — kitted out with a black grill, matte black wheels, red Brembo brake calipers, and available in a gorgeous black finish. Inside you'll find upgrades throughout, with Recaro racing seats with red details, metal control surfaces, a suede-covered steering wheel and shifter, and wood trim. It still comes with the impressive power plant you expect: a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with 556 horsepower available with either a six-speed manual or automatic. Limited to only 500 units, you could pick yours up in white or gray instead of black — but who would want to do that?
For it's latest update, the 2015 Dodge Challenger takes a look at its past, digging even deeper into retro-inspired design (with specific influence drawn from the 1971 model) while adding some modern safety features for those concerned with their wellbeing. In addition to its old-school styling — most obvious in its split grill, hood bulge, gloss black trim, and lighting — it's now available with a 6.4-liter V8 producing a muscle-car-worthy 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. Collision warning, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and stability control combined with a modern infotainment system make this ride a bit more current, while a track-ready suspension and tire system make it ideal for a day out on the tarmac.
Mustangs have stood for generations as the quintessential American everyman's sports car — affordable enough for just about everyone, and powerful enough to make it worth your while. The 2015 Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary Edition celebrates that legacy as a run limited to just 1,964 vehicles modeled after the 2015 Mustang GT with the Performance Pack. If you're lucky enough to get your hands on one, you can choose between Kona Blue or Wimbledon White, and either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission. Both come with a naturally-aspirated five-liter V8 with 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. The special edition gets you an interior with leather and cashmere details, two-tone leather and black upholstery, and a special logo so everyone knows exactly what you're driving.
When you think of a true vintage GT, it conjures up notions of long country drives with no particular destination, the joy of the road — and spending a lot of time on the shoulder with the hood open. But with the David Brown Speedback GT you get all the perks of a vintage grand tourer, with all the benefits of a modern car. Built in the spirit of early British GTs (in particular the Jaguar XKR) — it sports an all aluminum handcrafted body over a modern chassis. Under the hood you'll find a supercharged five-liter V8 engine producing 500 horsepower. While inside you'll discover small touches that make it an ideal touring car — details like a spacious luggage area, a hidden picnic seat, and beautiful leather and wood detailing throughout.
Sure,the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC Coupe has plenty of appeal when you consider it in terms of looks alone — with its gorgeous styling highly reminiscent of the equally-impressive Concept S-Class Coupe. But perhaps more appealing is what's hidden beneath its aggressively-styled body: a hand-built bi-turbo 5.5-liter V8 engine, capable of producing 577 horsepower and a staggering 664 pound-feet of torque. But, we're pleased to say, that's not all. It's packed with electronic goodies made to improve the driving experience while making it safer (stuff like crash-preventing brakes, active steering, and adaptive air suspension). Pair that with ceramic brakes, lightweight construction, all-wheel drive, a seven-speed transmission, and what you get is one incredible piece of engineering that's also safe and comfortable to drive. That sounds like a win-win.
If you're in the market for a Porsche, but don't want to drop the kind of money that would land you in a fairly-decent home, then the 2015 Porsche Cayman GTS is the only way to go. Having come into its own over the past couple years — and by no means any longer considered a poor man's Porsche — the Cayman is plenty of car for your buck. With a 3.4-liter flat six with a total output of 340 horsepower and the ability to hit 177 mph, it's no slouch on the road or the track. Both the Cayman and its convertible sibling the Boxster feature the Sport Chrono package standard, letting you configure driving dynamics on the fly, while a standard six-speed manual gives you plenty of control over every bit of power packed into the rear.
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.
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.
Over the past several decades, we've seen more design missteps than successes in the form of America's iconic muscle car, but just in time for their 50th anniversary, the guys in Detroit seem to have gotten everything right with the 2015 Ford Mustang ($TBA). While the look has been completely updated for a new generation, there are plenty of elements in this pony car that are distinctly Mustang, namely the fastback rear window, the long hood, and short rear deck. And though there are suggestions of retro, this is every bit a modern car, with improved handling thanks to a new suspension system, improved electronics and entertainment, and a surprising array of engines offered. Drivers can now choose from the Mustang standard, a 5.0-liter V8, a 3.7-liter V6, and for the first time ever a four-cylinder turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost. Though the third will no-doubt ruffle some purist feathers, it's obviously an attempt to appeal to a global market concerned with fuel economy. All things said, the new Mustang is a strong step in the right direction, and clear proof that American muscle isn't dead — it's just growing up.
There's something about the Jaguar F-Type Coupe ($65,000 and up) that appeals to us somewhere deep down — maybe it's the gorgeous lines leading back to the rearward cabin, or maybe it's the sound of that throaty 5.0-liter supercharged V8 revving to 5,000-plus RPMs. Either way, this fine piece of British metal is one beautiful beast, whether it's standing still, or tearing down the track. The R variant — which, if we're being honest, is all we really care about — features the aforementioned V8 producing all of 550 horsepower, in addition to a lot of race-inspired kit (things like adaptive suspension, electronic active differential, 15-inch brakes, and much more). It will hit 60mph in just four seconds, and reaches a top speed of 186. Of course, you could go with either of its V6-powered cheaper siblings, but who'd want to do that?
The third generation 2014 MINI Cooper ($TBA), continuing the trend set by previous generations, is a little less mini, with a longer wheel base, longer, wider, and taller body, and increased interior capacity. Available in two models, the Cooper and Cooper S, you get the choice between a three-cylinder 134-horsepower engine or a four-cylinder 189 horsepower engine, both featuring turbo chargers. The faster of the two can make it to 60 mph in just over six seconds, thanks in large part to a healthy 162 pound-feet of torque. Also available — in addition to a kitted out interior with plenty of technology like a heads up display and improved entertainment system — are new six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
Unfortunately, all good things must at some point come to an end — and this gull-winged thing of German beauty is no exception. But at least the Mercedes SLS AMG GT Final Edition ($TBA) gets to go out in style. Limited to a run of just 350 units, those lucky enough to get behind the wheel of the last SLS AMG will get to experience every bit of its naturally-aspirated 6.3-liter 591-horsepower V8 engine. Set to be revealed at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show and Tokyo Motor Show, the Merc gets a special two-tone red and black paint scheme worthy of such an iconic sportscar. While sad to see it go, we can think of no better way to watch it leave.
The sometimes-maligned BMW 1 Series is dead — long live the 2014 BMW 2 Series Coupe ($32,000-$43,000). In an attempt to reconfigure the compact segment of their brand, BMW will now be replacing their more economically-priced line with the 220i Coupe and the M235i Coupe. These cars, sporting a 184 horsepower four-cylinder engine and a 326 horsepower six-cylinder inline engine respectively, have been restyled and retooled from the ground up. The cars are each a bit wider and longer than their 1-Series predecessors, and boast better aerodynamics, handling, and more. Overall what you'll find is a line of compacts made to be more enjoyable to drive, and a lot more exciting looking.
While it probably won't score you any style points, the BMW i3 ($41,350) will definitely get you to work without so much as glancing at a fuel pump. This rear-wheel-drive four-seater gets its power from an electric engine producing 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque — not too shabby. It has a nearly 100-mile range on a single charge, and accelerates up to 60 mph in a fairly-impressive seven seconds. Much of its efficiency comes from lightweight construction (the combination carbon fiber and plastic passenger compartment is stronger than steel), resulting in an only 2,700 pound weight. For those worried about getting stranded in the commuter lane with a dead battery, they offer a gas generator. But that kind of defeats the purpose, doesn't it?
"Can you swim?" 007 famously asked before driving his Lotus Esprit ($TBA) off the end of a pier, escaping from a pesky helicopter, and startling Bond girl Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me. But, as it turns out, her swimming skills were unnecessary, when the car turned into a fully-functioning submarine, complete with ship-to-air missiles, props, control surfaces, and more. While it probably won't come equipped with any high-powered explosives, you can own this original 1977 piece of film history — that is, if you're lucky enough to be the highest bidder. And yes, it does actually work.
Say "goodbye" to the BMW 3 Series Coupe, and welcome the new 2014 BMW 4 Series ($TBA). Like a cross between a sportier 3 Series and a smaller 6 Series, the 4 Series comes (in its most aggressive variation, the 435i) with a 306 hp twin-turbo six-cylinder engine and six-speed manual gearbox. Also available in four-cylinder diesel and gas variations with an optional eight-speed automatic. A lower stance, larger width and wheelbase, and improved aerodynamics further differentiate this quick two-door from its cousin, the 3 Series.
Long-known for gracefully combining luxury with performance, BMWs rarely disappoint, and the BMW Pinifarina Gran Lusso Coupe ($TBA) certainly doesn't. The Germans have joined forces with luxury Italian designers Pininfarina to make a one-off creation boasting exclusivity and roadworthiness. The exterior is distinctly BMW, with a set-back cockpit and stretched hood covering a massive V-12 (and of course the signature kidney-shaped grill). But the interior screams Italian opulence — fine Italian leather upholstery, plaid Italian wool headliner, and accents made of kauri wood aged 48,000 years. Carmakers could learn a thing or two from this impressive partnership.