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.
This isn't your normal mid-model refresh. The 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo ($148,000 and up) is an all-new model, and as such, it's packing some new goodies. Features like a new all-wheel-drive system, active rear axle steering, adaptive aerodynamics, an entirely new, longer chassis, 20-inch wheels, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control active anti-roll system, and full-LED headlights. It hasn't lost its edge, either, boasting a turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine that pumps out 520hp in the standard model and 560hp in the S model, paired with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission that gets you from 0-60 in as little as 2.9 seconds and to a top speed of nearly 200 mph. They'll be rolling off the boats from Germany just in time for the holidays — so here's to hoping you have a very, very generous gift-giver on your list.
It's not that unusual for a classic car to get a modern update, but normally the car's prior version actually made it into production. The Syrena Sport ($TBA), on the other hand, is based off a 1950s prototype that never got the chance to grace a showroom floor. This modern take is based on the Nissan 370Z, and is powered by a 3.7L V6 — instead of the twin-cylinder boxer of the original — that's good for 330 hp naturally aspirated or 450 hp in a turbocharged version. Other features include updated styling and a curb weight under 2,900 lbs. The bad news? Only one example is currently scheduled to be built.
Sometimes raw power isn't the only upgrade that matters. Although the supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that powers the 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT ($174,000) is the same as the standard XKR-S with an output of 550 hp, the GT is far better equipped to take on the track. Why? Well, it's the combination of a new aerodynamics package that includes a carbon fiber front splitter, dive planes, extended wheel arch spats, rear diffuser, an aluminum undertray, and a huge carbon rear wing, larger carbon ceramic brakes, wider 20-inch forged alloy wheels, a stiffer suspension, and a revised active exhaust system. The result? A street-legal racer that goes from zero to 60 in under four seconds, boasts a top speed of 186 mph, and will be limited to just 25 cars in the US when it goes on sale in August.
If you plan on driving your Viper as much on the track as you do on the road, consider the 2014 SRT Viper TA ($TBA). Designed for optimal performance on road courses, the TA features an upgraded suspension with firmer levels of damping, retuned shock dampers, springs, and stabilizer bars, a lighter carbon fiber X-brace that replaces the standard aluminum part, upgraded Brembo brakes, and an advanced aerodynamics packages with carbon fiber front splitters and rear spoiler. It's still powered by a handcrafted, 8.4L aluminum V10 producing 640 hp, but unlike the standard model, only 33 cars — all decked out in Crusher Orange — will be available later this year.
Drawing on a heritage that dates back to 1880, the Spyker B6 Venator Concept ($150,000) hopes to rekindle love for the brand with a meticulously built speedster. This two-door, mid-engine affair will be powered by 350hp V6 that mates with a six-speed automatic to drive the 19-inch rear wheels. The aluminum frame and carbon fiber help keep the weight down, while the oversized radiator grille, the 1903-era logo, a turned aluminium fascia on the dashboard, and red cover on the ignition switch recall Spyker's automotive and aeronautical past. Unlike most concepts, the B6 is slated for production; expect to see it stateside in Autumn 2014.