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.
Own a rare piece of German racing history, the 1964 Volkswagen Pick-up With Porsche Formula V ($TBA). Both vehicles have been completely and carefully restored, making them a perfect show piece, or a vintage race driver's dream. The featherweight Porsche Formula V — based on a pre-1963 VW Beetle, and powered by a 1.2-liter engine producing 40hp — can reach speeds up to 100mph, and is fully-race-ready. The pick-up has an upgraded 200hp 2.4-liter engine, making it a capable transport truck restored to concours quality. [Scouted by Erik]
As if their new F-Type wasn't hot enough, Jaguar went and turned it into a track car with the one-off Project 7 Concept ($TBA). Built on the F-Type's rigid aluminum chassis, it has a more-powerful supercharged 5.0-liter V8 producing 550hp through an eight-speed quick shift transmission. A fairing behind the driver recalls early LeMans cars, and for good reason — the "seven" moniker reflects the carmaker's seven wins at LeMans (two in the Jaguar D-Type, which shared both the fairing and the blue paintwork). Further reinforcing its track heritage, the interior has a single seat with a four-point racing harness (a helmet holder and a custom racing helmet replace the second seat). Additional improvements include carbon fiber throughout, a ceramic-finished free-flow exhaust system, a lower ride height, and adjusted suspension.
The Mexican-made Vuhl 05 ($84,000) — a barely 1,500 pound, 285 horsepower two-seater — seems bred for the track day. An extremely-lightweight steel, aluminum, and plastic open-top body, and a well-tuned two-liter Ford EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, make this exactly the sort of ride we would want to whip around a track for a weekend. With a max speed upwards of 150mph, and the capability of turning 0-62 in only 3.7 seconds (not to mention four-wheel disk brakes, a six-speed manual gearbox, and some fairly-large Michelin tires) you might embarrass a couple Porsche drivers. And, because it's perfectly street legal, you wouldn't even need to trailer it. Available spring of 2014.
While we are big fans of the Vanquish, we're suckers for a sport convertible. But, the droptop isn't the only thing to like about the new Aston Martin Vanquish Volante ($300,000). Its throaty-sounding six-liter V12 engine produces 565 bhp, pushing it from 0-62 mph in just over four seconds, with a top speed of 183 mph. Not only is it powerful, it's also light — thanks to a completely carbon fiber body and aluminum chassis (all without sacrificing structural rigidity). The lightweight, fabric roof folds flat in just 14 seconds, exposing the beautifully-appointed interior, and its passengers, to the sun in no time.
Since its inception in 1963, the engineers at Porsche have spent nearly every moment overcoming a design flaw that makes the 911 unique; a rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive car is inherently unstable. In spite of this obstacle, the car stands as an example of what a sports car should be, and the 911 50th Anniversary Edition ($125,000) continues that heritage. With a 430 hp flat six that reaches speeds of 186 mph and does zero to 60 in 4.2 seconds, it's equally at home on the road or the track. Porsche Active Suspension Management, a sport exhaust system, and 20-inch wheels recall its 50-year history of performance. With only 1,963 models going into production, you'd better reserve yours now.
Say hello to the new king of Aston Martin's current roster. The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S ($TBA) aims to bring as much race car tech to the road as possible, starting with a new 6.0L V12 that offers CNC machined combustion chambers, hollow cam shafts, and 565 horsepower. Paired to a seven-speed automated manual transmission, the Vantage S zooms from 0-60 in under four seconds on its way to a top speed of 205 mph. Other features include a three-stage adaptive damping system, new 10-spoke, 19-inch black alloy wheels, a black roof, and a grille featuring carbon fiber or titanium silver mesh. Rolling into a dealership near you sometime soon(ish).
As if it needed any help, the good folks at ABT have taken the R8 and made it even faster. The result is the ABT Audi R8 V10 ($TBA). By tuning the 5.2L FSI engine, they've increased the horsepower from 525 to 600, good for a 0-62 time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed just short of 200 mph. The upgrades don't end there, though: the upgraded R8 also features a new aero kit, new 19-inch wheels, a new exhaust system, and new suspension springs that lower the car slightly, providing even better handling.