For the third generation 2015 Audi TT, the styling is more an evolution than it is a total revamp, getting its inspiration from the first-generation TT and the recent Audi Quattro Concept. With a front grill that resembles the recent concept, and hindquarters with the same rounded lines of the original, it features three available drivetrains — the base, a two-liter four-cylinder twin-turbo with 184 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and the most performant with 310 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. And with an available manual transmission, or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic, and front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive variants, there's not much this sporty two-seater can't handle.
If you've been biding your time waiting for a more colorful Aston to park in your garage, your hour has arrived. The Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430 is the latest special-edition ride from the British automaker, and as such includes some pretty special features, beginning with the 4.7L V8 pumping out 430 hp — as much as the Vantage S — good for a top speed of 190 and a 0-60 time of just 4.6 seconds. Other notable features include carbon fiber and Kevlar seats, ten-spoke alloy wheels, your choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed Sportshift gearboxes, a throaty exhaust, an optional Bang & Olufsen audio system, and optional "club sports graphics packs" that add just a hint of fun to the car's otherwise staid (for a sports car) appearance.
For their first turbo-powered car in nearly three decades, the fine folks in Italy have pulled out all the stops, creating the beautiful Ferrari California T. Their new turbo-charged engine is a 3.9-liter V8, sporting 560 horsepower and 557 pound-feet of torque — that's considerably more than its naturally-aspirated predecessor — letting it accelerate from a stop to 62 in only 3.6 seconds. But its turbocharged power plant isn't the only interesting thing about this GT. It features a retractable hardtop that turns it into a convertible in 14 seconds, magnetic suspension, carbon-ceramic brakes, and much more.
Introduced in 1964, the original FIA version of the small block Cobra went on to dominate many forms of racing throughout the decade, against well-known foes like Corvette, Jaguar, and Aston Martin. Now you can recapture that racing spirit with the 50th Anniversary Shelby Cobra 289 FIA. Appropriately limited to just 50 examples, this highly desirable throwback will feature a Viking Blue paint job with Arctic White stripes and roundels, a black leather interior, special anniversary badges, a hand-formed fiberglass or aluminum frame, 15-inch powder coated wheels, a complete exhaust, and a car cover. All you need is an engine, transmission, and some open road.
Made to seize on the nostalgia many feel for the cars of yesterday — while blending in some impressive modern tech — the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa is a retro-styled two-seater that loses half its top at the touch of a button. Just like the original 1965 911 Targa, it features a wrap-around rear window and roof bar with a removable top section. Unlike the original, the roof is now fully-automatic. Available in two models, the 4 and 4S, you can get yours with up to a 3.8-liter flat six producing 400 horsepower. Both come exclusively with all-wheel-drive, and will be available in the US this summer (just in time to cruise topless).
Feel like you need a little more oomph than the new Stingray can provide? Go ahead and put your order in for a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 ($TBA). This upgraded 'Vette packs an all-new LT4 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine, expected to deliver an estimated 625 hp — or a whopping 165 more than it's standard-issue sibling. All that power is run through an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, one of several firsts for the model. Meanwhile you also get all the structural, performance, and convenience upgrades of the 'Ray, making this one of the more comfortable Corvettes in memory.
Sometimes ordinary just won't do. Sometimes all you need is an American muscle car that is race-ready off the lot — ready to pull laps at the Nurbürgring that would make Porsche owners sweat. And for those times, Chevy has generously provided the 2014 Camaro Z28 ($74,000). While suitable for the street, this mad machine is every bit a race car, with a seven-liter LS7 motor capable of producing 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque. Massive Pirelli tires, aerodynamic enhancements throughout, huge ceramic brakes, a six-speed manual Tremec transmission, a forged steel crankshaft, and a 10.5-ounce dry-sump oil system are just a few of the bits of kit that make this Camaro scream for a piece of tarmac.
No matter your opinion on the existing crop of American so-called super cars, the guys bringing us the BXR Bailey Blade XTR ($TBA) felt there was something missing — and instead of continuing to search (or settling for something other than what they wanted), they built it. This two-door coupe started its life as a one-off garage build, and quickly turned into an aggressively-powered, light-weight, track-ready road car. Powered by the same engine as the Mustang, the 5.0-liter Coyote V8, and with the addition of two healthy turbochargers, it puts out 750 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque. Aerodynamic lines, all-wheel Brembo disk brakes, four-wheel SLA suspension, electric height adjustment shocks, and more make it feel great on the track and on the road.
The Nissan GT-R Nismo ($TBA) provides indisputable proof that you don't need to drop damn near a million bucks for a track-ready supercar. Underneath the hood, you'll find a 3.8-liter turbocharged V6 engine producing a ridiculous 600 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque, making it the fastest GT-R to date. A race-inspired suspension setup, exclusive Dunlop tires, a more rigid body structure, and significantly-improved aerodynamics make it an impressive beast on and off the track. Inside you'll find carbon-fiber Recaro racing seats, Alcantara details throughout, and red accents to dress it up. Overall what you get is an incredible sports car that's barely slower than rides likely costing four times its price. Not too shabby.
Think of the Equus Bass 770 ($250,000) as the perfect compromise between fastback muscle car beauty and power and the reliability and comfort of a modern ride. On first glance, it looks like they took all the best parts of Mustangs, Challengers, and Chargers and mashed them together to form this retro stunner — but this is a built-from-scratch machine that looks better than each of those cars on its own. It's also powered by a 640 horsepower supercharged aluminum V8, giving it significantly more oomph than most other modern muscle cars coming out of Detroit (albeit at a significantly-higher price).
As if the Ford GT wasn't incredible enough off the factory line, the guys at Galpin Auto Sports went and made it into a truly-modern super car, the Galpin Ford GTR1 ($1,024,000). Based on the GT's original chassis, the GTR1 has been completely reworked, from the restyled carbon fiber body, to the obscenely-powerful engine. The mid-mounted 5.4-liter V8 engine sports twin turbochargers, and an output of 1,024 horsepower and 739 lb-ft of torque — all that power mixed with a weight of only 3,000 pounds means it can hit over 225 mph, 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds, and 100 mph in 6.8 seconds. A nearly-perfect weight distribution of 51/49 and carbon ceramic brakes help it handle as well as it moves, and a limited run of only six cars make it as exclusive as it is fast.
Everyone's favorite Italian sports car has just gotten a lot easier to love, as the Ferrari 458 Speciale ($TBA). This re-imagining of the original features Ferrari's most powerful naturally-aspirated V8 to date — a 4.5-liter engine that produces 596 horsepower (up from 562 in its predecessor) and 398 lb-ft of torque. With all that power, it'll push to 62 mph in a flat three seconds, and 124 mph in just over nine. Responsive aerodynamic panels help it handle at high speed, a Side Slip angle Control system gives it intelligent control through turns, and specially-designed Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tires give it the best response time and highest lateral acceleration of any Ferrari.