It's not easy to make one of the world's most desirable cars even more so, but the Ferrari California Handling Speciale ($TBA) succeeds anyway. Boasting a 490hp GDI V8 — 30 more hp than its predecessor — the new California goes from 0-62 mph in just 3.8 seconds, while the Handling Speciale package adds Magnetorheological (!) dampers controlled by an even faster ECU running patented Ferrari software for precise handling, stiffer springs for more precise body control, and a new steering box with a 10 percent quicker steering ratio to make tackling those tight corners even more fun.
Few things can compare to a gorgeous convertible sports car, and few of those can compare to the Audi R8 GT Spyder ($210,000). Built by hand, each one features a 560 hp 5.2-liter V10 at its heart, accelerating it to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 197 mph. Other features include an ultra lightweight body that makes heavy use of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer, quattro all-wheel drive — we can hear the "Hey, I needed it to get around in the snow!" excuses now — 19-inch wheels, xyz ventilated and cross-drilled rotors, a fixed rear spoiler, an optional Bang & Olufsen-badged 12-speaker sound system, LED headlights, and GPS navigation. Oh, and a special badge on the gear shift letting you know which of the 333 being made is parked in your palatial garage.
Sad because your holiday gifts were decidedly sub-par? Cheer yourself up by grabbing up a piece of television history. The General Lee ($TBA; auction) is the exact same car used to jump a police cruiser in the first episode. Unfortunately, it sat in a junkyard for years after its maiden — and only — voyage, until it was found, rescued, and painstakingly restored to its former hell raisin' glory. [Insert audio of "Dixie" here].