Ever since the SLK first debuted, it's been a tempting — yet polarizing option, thanks to a combination of affordable (for a Benz, at least) price tag, small size, and arguable feminine styling. The new 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG ($TBA) removes any worries about the latter, thanks to an aggressive body kit befitting the 415 hp, 5.5L AMG V8 under the hood. Other features include AMG light-alloy wheels, a sport exhaust system, an AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic automatic transmission, and a well-appointed interior.
Feel like owning a classic, open-top racer but don't feel like dropping the dough on a verified original? The RetroMade Spyder ($TBA) should offer a happy medium. Inspired by the Porsche 550, the Spyder is a kit car, with two different body sizes — one that's historically correct, and one that's longer — that sit atop Volkswagen Beetle or Pontiac Fiero chassis — the latter a mid-engine affair — and boasting up to 254 hp, 205mm wide rear tires, and a host of other options that let you make it yours.
There's just something about the futurism of the '50s and '60s that makes us all warm and fuzzy inside, and this 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera Competition Coupe ($900,000-$1.1 million) will have the same effect on you — right before it pins you to the seat. Despite its seemingly meek 220bhp, 2-liter flat-six cylinder engine, the car — commonly referred to at the time as the Carrera 6 — offers up a top speed of nearly 170 mph, an original multi-tubular chassis frame, and a new FIA-approved roll cage. This particular specimen won a 1967 Australian Championship, is one of only 66 ever built, and just happens to look like a spaceship.
And the strange, nearly unexplainable string of ebony-themed luxury cars rolls on with the Maserati Gran Turismo S Superior Black Edition ($TBA). Created by the mad minds at Anderson Germany, the Superior features a silky matte black exterior treatment, glossy black 21-inch wheels, new carbon fiber replacements for the hoot, mirrors, tailgate, and roof ledges, an enhanced 4.7-liter V8 pumping out 492 hp, a slew of carbon fiber and black Alcantara elements in the interior, and even a PS3 — although whether it's the shiny black or matte black model is anyone's guess.