No, it's not a totally new car — you can think of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe ($TBA) as an extension of the 3 series, although it has one less door. Sometimes. Effectively the replacement for the 3-series coupe, the new 4 series concept is longer, wider, and lower, while retaining much of its younger (?) siblings blood. Features include LED headlights, a huge front air intake, an "Air Breather" behind the front wheels, and, of course, an interior that's probably slightly more progressive than what we'll see in the production version. Slated to arrive at a dealer near you whenever it makes its way out of the "concept" stage.
We're not the only ones to be surprised with a Hot Wheels toy instead of a real car over the holidays, but now it's time to turn the tables with the Camaro Hot Wheels Edition ($TBA). The very first full-size, production Hot Wheels car to ever be offered for sale, this limited edition ride is available in V6-powered LT and V8-powered SS trims, offering between 323 and 426 horsepower. Inside, the black leather-trimmed interior is accented with red and black seat stitching and complimented by the MyLink infotainment system, while the Kinetic Blue exterior features a ZL1 rear spoiler and front upper grille, a ground effects package, black 21-inch wheels with red outline stripes, a two-tone matte hood graphic, rear taillight blackout graphic, fender flame graphics, and Hot Wheels logos all around. Arriving in the first quarter of 2013.
Lusting after an M5 but simply don't want or need those extra two doors? Say hello to the 2013 BMW M6 Coupe ($TBA). This third-generation supercar-turned-daily driver is powered by a high-revving 4.4L V8 with M TwinPower Turbo Technology, which produces 560 hp and a 0-62 mph time of 4.2 seconds, a 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission, an M specific chassis that's more rigid and robust than that of the standard 6-series, optional M Carbon-Ceramic brakes, standard 19-inch light-alloy wheels, available Adaptive LED headlights, a carbon fiber composite roof, a head-up display, and an agressive body that's sure to make sweaty the palms of anyone fortunate enough to spot one in their rearview mirror.
Classic looks meet modern guts in the HB Coupe ($TBA). This custom — but fully road-ready — ride offers a full carbon monocoque and a 3.0L inline six good for 306 hp. It sends that power to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual clutch transmission, making for a 0-62 time of 4.3 seconds and an estimated top speed of 155. Still in the development stage, it has yet to receive a price — but something tells us the attention it will draw will be worth every penny.
The new car caravan continues on with the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo ($TBA). Powered by a 201 hp, 1.6L four cylinder, the Turbo also packs 18-inch alloy wheels, LED tail lamps, dual exhaust outlets surrounded by a new rear fascia, available factory matte gray paint (!), your choice of a six-speed automatic or manual transmission, LED headlight accents, leather seats, a 7-inch touchscreen display, a 450-watt Dimension Premium Audio system, and an aggressive front end that screams "get out of my way".
MINI's latest redesign meets the open air with the MINI Roadster ($TBA). Arriving in Cooper, Cooper SD, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works models, this powerful pit bull-esque drop-top features power ranging from 122 hp in the standard model to 211 in the JCW, Dynamic Stability Control, a manually operated soft-top roof for that old-timey feel, an optional Harman Kardon hi-fi audio system, and the MINI Connected system with web radio, Google services, an RSS reader, and integration with Facebook and Twitter.
Looking for a compact all-wheel-drive ride? The Audi A1 Quattro ($TBA) should fit the bill nicely, assuming you can get your hands one — they're limited to just 333 units. Features include a 2.0 TFSI engine pumping out 256 hp and a six-speed gearbox that team up to provide 0-62 mph times in the 5.7 second range, and fuel economy of 28 mpg. A metallic white paint job, aggressive looks, and, of course, Quattro all-wheel-drive round out the ride. Sadly, it's Europe-only for now.
One of the auto industry's true icons just got an update. The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL ($TBA) is all-new, shaving 300 pounds in the process, while adding a more powerful, economical V8 engine producing 429 hp and a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds, a new front fascia with upright nose, the Magic Vision Control intelligent and highly efficient wipe/wash system, and the new FrontBass system, which integrates the sound system into the body itself. Arriving just in time for 2012's drop-top season.
It's about time. After letting Mercedes define the class with its CLS, then allowing rivals like Porsche and Audi to put their own spin on things, BMW is finally entering the "four-door coupe" market with the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe ($TBA). Available in 640i — with a 315 hp TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter 6-Cylinder engine good for a 0 to 62 mph time of just 5.4 seconds — or 650i — sporting a 445 hp TwinPower Turbo V-8 engine that improves the 0-62 mph 4.6 seconds — variations, it also offers up optional xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive, an eight-speed Sport Automatic Transmission, optional Integral Active Steering, adaptive LED headlights, a 10.2-inch dash-mounted HD display, 19-inch light-alloy wheels, rear-, top-, and side-view cameras, a next-generation heads-up display, a HiFi audio system, and plenty of other goodies.
When one thinks of movie memorabilia, items from The Hangover aren't the first things that come to mind. Yet this 1965 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet ($85,000) is better than any prop we've seen recently. Beautifully restored, this original convertible boasts a shiny silver grey metallic paint job with a dark blue interior and matching cloth top, and offers not-so-common options like factory air conditioning, an automatic transmission, and power steering. One of less than 2,800 ever made, it's one of only five used during filming, and thanks to blemishes on each side of the rearview, it's the only one that's easily identifiable on-screen, so you can boast about exactly what scene your new ride was in.
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Supra Toyota GT 86 ($TBA). Aside from its oddball name — Toyota apparently is neither happy with its former sports car moniker nor familiar with the American meaning of "86'd" — the 2+2 looks quite intriguing, with a 2.0L boxer engine producing 197hp, either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, 17-inch wheels standard, and rear wheel drive. Okay, so maybe it's more of a sporty Corolla than a true Supra replacement, but that doesn't mean we aren't still waiting on one.
Did someone build a time machine? The last few years have seen an American horsepower arms race the likes of which hasn't been seen since our fathers were kids, and the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 ($TBA) is the latest salvo. Powered by a massive 5.8L supercharged V8, the GT500 boasts 650 horsepower and 600 lb. ft. of torque, making it the most powerful production V8 in the world and enabling speeds of over 200 mph. Other features include a carbon fiber driveshaft, a beefier clutch, transmission, and axle, Brembo brakes, a launch control system to keep that power flowing to the pavement, and Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar G: 2 tires. Your move, Chevy.