Apparently out of ideas on how to make one of the world's most exclusive convertibles even more so, the trident badge has teamed with a well known fashion house on the Maserati GranCabrio Fendi ($TBA). Apart from the usual 4.7-litre V8, automatic transmission, and unmistakable exhaust note, this limited edition boasts a three-layer dark grey body color with an iridescent gold surface finish, wood trim on the dash, doors, and gear lever, Fendi yellow on the brake calipers and trident headrest logos, and precious Cuoio Romano leather on the instrument cluster cover and included luggage and accessories.
Been a little bummed because there wasn't a base model convertible available from the prancing horse after the F430 was put out to pasture? Then you're probably as pumped as we are to be looking at the new Ferrari 458 Spider ($TBA). Not content to simply bring the drop-top back to Ferrari's mid-engine lineup, the 458 Spider is the world's first mid-rear engined ride with a retractable hard top, which flips over to stow neatly beneath the rear deck lid — in a mere 14 seconds. Other features include 4.5L V8 producing 562 hp, Ferrari's dual-clutch F1 paddle-shift transmission, high-performance ABS for slowing the damn thing down from its top speed of roughly 200mph, and gorgeous 20-inch rims worthy of the Pininfarina body up top.
Not content with the 550+ hp of the standard Cadillac CTS-V Coupe? Well, have we got something for you. The Hennessey V1000 Twin-Turbo ($TBA) boasts an insane 1,000 hp thanks to its 427ci LS V8 engine that's paired with twin turbochargers, an air-to-air intercooler, a high-flow K&N air filter, and upgraded fuel systems for maximum performance -- like a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 230 mph. Other features include 15.1 inch carbon ceramic Brembo brakes, 20-inch Hennessey Monoblock wheels, a lowered suspension, new carbon fiber bodywork, and limited edition, individually-numbered placards on the dash and engine, indicating your ride's place among the 12 that will be built.
Step aside, Ultimate Aero — your replacement has arrived. The Shelby Supercars Tuatara ($TBA) is the latest creation from the exotic car maker, and features a striking carbon fiber body design, a 7.0L twin turbo V8 good for roughly 1350hp, a seven-speed manual or SMG transmission, and one piece carbon fiber wheels. Otherwise it's pretty mysterious, much like the New Zealand reptile for which it's named.
It might be a one off, but it's one helluva one off. Designed by Paolo, Ercole Spada and Domiziano Boschi of Spadaconcept, the Spada Codatronca Monza ($TBA) mixes the angular lines of a modern Lambo with the open-air feel of a vintage racer, resulting in a gorgeous marriage of metal, carbon fiber, composite, leather, and rubber. It doesn't disappoint in the performance department, either, thanks to a twin-turbo 7.0-liter V8 good for 720 hp, a 0-62 mph of 3 seconds, and a top speed of 208 mph, Brembo brakes, OZ Ultra-leggera wheels, and a fully adjustable suspension system derived from the FIA GT3 series. Expect street model offspring in the not too distant future.
Some cars are old, and some cars are classic — but not all old cars are classics. This 1925 Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix Two-Seater (£430,500; roughly $700,000) is a rare example of an automobile that's both. Owned for most of its life by Bugatti enthusiast Jack Perkins, this right-wheeled racer sports a straight-eight, turbocharged engine that's started the Indy 500, original components sourced from Bugatti, and a heritage of setting records at Bugatti Owners' Club hill climbs year after year. Of course, it's already been sold at auction, but if you've got the cash pay for it, you might also have ways of tracking down the buyer.
Own a piece of automotive, racing, and movie history with a winning bid on this 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider ($TBA). Only the eighth of 35 750 Monza spiders to be built, this unique specimen — serial number 0492M — proved its on-track worth while driven in various races, before being cast in On the Beach, a post-apocalyptic flick that saw Fred Astaire driving it. Tech specs include a 260 hp DOHC four-cylinder engine, a five-speed manual transmission, an independent front suspension, de Dion rear axle, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes — as if any of that matters.
Inspired by the 50th anniversary of the legendary DB4GT Zagato, Aston Martin has once again teamed with the Italian design house, with stunning results. The Aston Martin V12 Zagato ($TBA) offers aggressive yet graceful curves courtesy of a handcrafted bonded aluminum body, and features a front mid-mounted 6.0L V12 engine pumping out 510 hp, rear wheel drive, a steel roll cage, a six-speed gearbox with auto-shift and select shift manual modes, menacing LED taillights, and the iconic Zagato double bubble roof.
Designed by Touring Superleggera, the Gumpert Tornante ($TBA) is an elegant, 700-HP beast that's being unveiled in Geneva this week. The V8-powered 2-seater is built on a light chrome-molybdenum steel space frame with carbon fiber monocoque chassis, and sports gull-wing doors and a TT40e gearbox with paddle shift control, among other awesomeness.
Attention professional athletes: your new ride has arrived. The Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 ($TBA) is the latest from Sant'Agata Bolognese, and packs a new 6.5L V12 engine — good for 691 hp, a 0-60 time of 2.8 seconds, and an estimated top speed of 217 MPH — Launch Control for smooth take-offs, a seven-speed ISR Graziano transmission, a Formula 1-inspired suspension, a new all-wheel-drive system, oversized ceramic brakes, and a handy hydraulic lift to keep the beauty's body panels from being busted on on steep driveways or irritating speed bumps.
It's a shame how often our modern society overuses the word "extreme," but it works perfectly for describing the Koenigsegg Agera R ($TBA). Packing a 5.0L, biofuel-drinking twin-turbo V8, the Agera produces an extreme amount of horsepower — 1,115 hp, to be exact. Other ultra-severe features include a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission, a carbon fiber monocoque so stiff that the roof is completely removable, Vortex Generating Rim (VGR) wheels sporting spokes that act as turbines to maximize downforce, and specially-made Michelins for keeping things under control at extreme speeds.
It's not often a new car from a small(ish) manufacturer can run with the Ferraris, Porsches, and Lamborghinis of the world, but that's certainly the case with the McLaren MP4-12C ($230,000). This spiritual successor to the legendary F1 uses a 592-horsepower 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 and a seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox to go from 0-60 in as little as 3.2 seconds, from 0-125 in 8.9 seconds, a Proactive chassis control system that allows for instant adjustment of the car's settings to match the situation, brake-steer technology borrowed from Formula 1, and other goodies that make it as beastly on the track as it is attention-grabbing off of it.