Ferrari 458 Speciale

Everyone's favorite Italian sports car has just gotten a lot easier to love, as the Ferrari 458 Speciale ($TBA). This re-imagining of the original features Ferrari's most powerful naturally-aspirated V8 to date — a 4.5-liter engine that produces 596 horsepower (up from 562 in its predecessor) and 398 lb-ft of torque. With all that power, it'll push to 62 mph in a flat three seconds, and 124 mph in just over nine. Responsive aerodynamic panels help it handle at high speed, a Side Slip angle Control system gives it intelligent control through turns, and specially-designed Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tires give it the best response time and highest lateral acceleration of any Ferrari.

  • Jaguar Project 7 Concept

    As if their new F-Type wasn't hot enough, Jaguar went and turned it into a track car with the one-off Project 7 Concept ($TBA). Built on the F-Type's rigid aluminum chassis, it has a more-powerful supercharged 5.0-liter V8 producing 550hp through an eight-speed quick shift transmission. A fairing behind the driver recalls early LeMans cars, and for good reason — the "seven" moniker reflects the carmaker's seven wins at LeMans (two in the Jaguar D-Type, which shared both the fairing and the blue paintwork). Further reinforcing its track heritage, the interior has a single seat with a four-point racing harness (a helmet holder and a custom racing helmet replace the second seat). Additional improvements include carbon fiber throughout, a ceramic-finished free-flow exhaust system, a lower ride height, and adjusted suspension.

  • Vuhl 05

    The Mexican-made Vuhl 05 ($84,000) — a barely 1,500 pound, 285 horsepower two-seater — seems bred for the track day. An extremely-lightweight steel, aluminum, and plastic open-top body, and a well-tuned two-liter Ford EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, make this exactly the sort of ride we would want to whip around a track for a weekend. With a max speed upwards of 150mph, and the capability of turning 0-62 in only 3.7 seconds (not to mention four-wheel disk brakes, a six-speed manual gearbox, and some fairly-large Michelin tires) you might embarrass a couple Porsche drivers. And, because it's perfectly street legal, you wouldn't even need to trailer it. Available spring of 2014.

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