Most car refreshes involve slight tweaks to the exterior and maybe a few new interior options. But then again, the Audi R8 V10 Plus (€173,000; roughly $210,000) isn't most cars. Powered by a 550hp V10 that pairs with the all-new 7-speed S tronic transmission to bolt the coupe from 0-62 in just 3.5 seconds on its way to 197 mph, the Plus offers a number of new and upgraded features, including new LED headlights and rear indicator lights, a new grille and bumper, carbon fiber reinforced plastic in the front splitter, rear diffuser, mirror housings, side blades, and engine compartment lining, LED illumination for the engine compartments, gloss black 19-inch wheels, and a Bang & Olufsen sound system. Arriving across the pond at the end of the year; no word yet on a stateside launch.
With distinctive looks, plenty of power, and limited-production cred, the Aspid GT-21 Invictus ($TBA) is one of the best cars to emerge from Spain in recent memory. Powered by a BMW-sourced, 450hp 4.4-liter V8 engine, it uses a seven-speed dual-clutch or six-speed manual gearbox to move you and its lightweight, 2,182 pound self from 0-62 mph in under three seconds, on your way to a top speed of 187. Other features include composite body panels, a spaceframe chassis, 2+2 seating, and a guaranteed limit on production of just 250 units a year — so if you're interested, best get moving.
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Refined English motoring meets the open air in the Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster (£150,000; roughly $233,000). Like its hardtop counterpart, the Roaster is powered by a naturally-aspirated, 6.0L V12 engine pumping out 510 hp and mated to a six-speed gearbox that can send the two-seater from 0-62 mph in just 4.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 190 mph. Other features include copious amounts of carbon fiber — in the side strakes, front splitter, rear diffuser, mirror caps, and rear lamp infills — and sexy 19-inch forged alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Corsa rubber. Blissfully available in select markets worldwide.