When a car shares its name with our favorite racing game, it's got a head-start on the competition. When it's a Maserati as well, the race is already over. With a 60-year tradition, the Maserati GranTurismo ($TBA) is the perfect blend of performance and daily driver, with room for four, creature comforts aplenty, 49/51% weight distribution, and a 4.2 liter V8 that cranks out 405hp, linked to an adaptive automatic gearbox. Sure, we might not be able to afford it, but that doesn't mean we can't appreciate it.
Mugen has been known for its JDM Honda performance products and styling for decades. And to the delight of import enthusiasts, Honda has finally announced a special model Civic prepared by Mugen. Planned for production in a limited quantity of 500 units a year, the Civic Mugen Si Sedan ($30,000) boasts a track-tuned suspension that lowers the vehicle by 0.6 inches, 18x7.5-inch forged aluminum wheels, a new sports exhaust system, and a full-vehicle aero-package that adds a front spoiler with a sports grille, side spoilers, a rear bumper diffuser and a rear wing. Other touches include front and rear Mugen emblems, a serial number placard, and Mugen shift knob.
Long known for its incredible speed stats, the Porsche 911 Turbo (starting at $123,000) is a feat of engineering prowess. Producing 480hp from its 3.6-liter six cylinder engine, the Turbo boasts a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 sec., or just a hair slower than that new LIM coaster at your local theme park. GPS, Bose sound, power seats, 19" wheels, and Porsche Active Suspension Management are all standard, as is the ability to blow almost anything else on the street out of the water. You'd think this would have been on Uncrate sooner.