Who said compact cars have to come with a compact list of amenities? The 2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class ($TBA) brings the build quality and interior refinement MB's known for to the compact segment, with a 1.6L or 2.0L engine offering between 115 and 211hp, hooked up to either a six-speed manual or 7G-DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission, an optional iPhone hookup that uses a special app to give you full functionality, and plenty of safety features like adaptive Brake Assist and Collision Prevention Assist. It doesn't look to shabby, either, but unfortunately for us Yankees there's been no word of a stateside release.
You've seen the video. Now drive the car. The infamous Otis Maybach ($TBA) driven by Kanye and Jay-Z in their video for the Grammy award-winning "Otis" is coming up for auction. This 2004 Maybach 57 was customized to the max, with the doors removed and mounted as wings, the front grille stuck to the back, an oversized, fire-spewing exhaust, and a crude sheet metal body kit placed over the wheels — and with all the proceeds going to benefit East African drought sufferers, you can feel a little better about spending your dough on what's now essentially a glorified golf cart.
Worried that your new Bentley sedan/mini-limo will look overly pedestrian when parked at the local Yacht Club? The Bentley Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification ($TBA) should eliminate those fears. This one-off official production keeps the 6.75-liter, twin-turbo V8 from the standard Mulsanne, but adds a variety of unique upgrades including 21-inch alloy wheels, Bentley Flying B wing vents, diamond quilted leather on the seats and door casings, drilled alloy pedals, and your choice from over 100 paint colors and 22 types of leather — lessening further the chances of seeing a copy cat around town (or anywhere else).
Remember the Neon? So do we. And so does Dodge, who appears to be not-so-sneakily reviving the car under the moniker of the 2013 Dodge Dart ($TBA). Part Alfa Romeo, part Chrysler, the Dart will come with one of three different powertrains, three transmissions, an available 506-watt sound system, keyless entry, and class-exclusive features like an integrated dual exhaust, LED taillamps, an 8.4-inch touchscreen Uconnect media center, a reconfigurable gauge cluster display, and black or polished wheels.
Just because you're driving a sedan doesn't mean your journey needs to be boring. The Porsche Panamera GTS ($TBA) is a serious remedy for the four-door funk, offering up a 4.8L V8 pumping out 430 hp, which is paired to a 7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) transmission and an all-wheel drive setup that lets it motor to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 178. Other features include an adaptive air suspension, Porsche Active Suspension Management, 19-inch wheels, and the ability to strike envy into the heart of any typical tike transporter.
It's about time Caddy got around to updating its flagship sedan, and update they did. The 2013 Cadillac XTS ($TBA) replaces both the aging (and hideously ugly) DTS and STS, breathing fresh air into the company's full-size lineup with all-new styling, the company's all-new CUE infotainment system — think multitouch and proximity sensors — and, surely, plenty of other goodies that have yet to be announced. Expect to see it in showrooms early next year.
It's not a full bore re-imagining — more of a face lift, really — but that doesn't make the 2013 Volkswagen CC ($TBA) any less desirable. Details on the refreshed "four-door coupe" are scarce, but we know it will sport new front and rear fascias, Bi-Xenon headlights with an Adaptive Front Lighting System and LED taillights standard, all of which bring it in line with the updated Jetta and Passat. It should be headed your way next Spring.
This isn't one of those measly little face lift updates. Instead, the 2012 BMW 3 Series Sedan ($TBA) represents a ground-up rebuild of Bimmer's most popular line, resulting in a car that's wider and longer yet more powerful and fuel efficient. Power will come from a new turbocharged 4-cylinder — first seen in the Z4 — or the traditional turbo 6-cylinder, which are paired to a six-speed manual or new eight-speed automatic, and the new interior also boasts slightly more room, as well as new available features like a full-color heads-up display, a park-assist system, and multiple accident avoidance features. Of course, it does look different as well, with a higher, wider, and more athletic front facia featuring LED accent lights, a kidney grille that blends into the headlamps, and two large air intakes. Expect it in dealerships next February. [Scouted by Rob]
What is that parked along the immaculate grass of Pebble Beach? Why it's the 2013 Lexus GS 350 ($TBA). While not the sportiest ride in the world, the latest version of Lexus' standard luxury sedan sports a new aerodynamic body placed on a completely new platform offering a wider stance and improved rigidity, a transmission with quicker shifts that's been paired with a 306 horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 that moves the vehicle from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds, LED daytime running and tail lamps, white LED interior lighting, a next-generation Remote Touch controller for in-car systems like the stereo, climate controls, and navigation, and enough room to haul three buddies — and all your clubs — to and from the course.
The king of the luxury supersedans is back. Sporting an all-new twin-turbo V8 good for 560hp, a 0-62 mph time of 4.4 seconds and an optional top speed of 190, the 2012 BMW M5 ($TBA) is ready to get you and up to four passengers to your destination in comfort and style — quickly. Other features include a new body treatment, electronics galore, a seven-speed double clutch transmission, 19-inch light alloy M-exclusive wheels, and — thankfully — astonishingly high 28.5 mpg fuel economy.
Not satisfied with Porsche's standard Panamera offerings? Take things one step further and order up a Porsche Panamera Stingray GTR ($TBA). Aggressively modified by Russian outfit TopCar, this limited edition — only 25 are being made — sports sedan features a nearly all-new carbon fiber and Kevlar body, including new front and rear bumpers, air vents, front and rear fender extenders, front and rear doors — the latter of which open with the press of a button — bonnet, wings, rear diffuser, spoiler, and side skirts, along with performance enhancements like a sport air filter, intake manifold, and valved exhaust system that boost horsepower north of the 600 mark.
Did you lose yourself in the latest "Imported from Detroit" Chrysler 300 ads only to find the engine selection more abhorrent than Eminem's awful Brisk commercial? The 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 ($TBA) should remedy the situation. Anchored by a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 pumping out 465 horses, the new SRT8 also boasts a 25 percent fuel economy boost, paddle shifters to go with the console-mounted Auto Stick, an Adaptive Damping Suspension system to provide a sticky yet comfortable ride, seven-spoke, forged aluminum 20-inch wheels, Brembo brakes, a heated steering wheel, an 8.4-inch touchscreen display, and an available 900-watt, 19-speaker system from Harman Kardon that should do plenty of justice to whatever you're playing, whether it be rap or rock.