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).