There’s something to be said for a vehicle that costs $14k and goes from 0-60 mph in a staggering 2.6 seconds. The 2012 Suzuki Hayabusa is at the top of Suzuki’s superbike category and the model was first introduced in 1999 (also known as the GSX1300R). While the original had a 1300 cc engine the ’12 model has a 1340 cc that pushes it to it’s factory restricted 186mph. Hmm, wonder how fast it would go if you undo the governor….
Due to hit US shores in June 2012, the Virage is a new addition to the Aston Martin lineup priced between DB9 and DBS. The Virage will get its muscle from a 490hp V-12 that’s also good for 420 lb-ft of torque. That power will get the 2+2 coupe from 0-62 mph in 4.6 seconds and to a top speed of 183 mph. Adorned with sharp LED lighting on the exterior, the Aston Martin Virage also provides a luxurious cockpit fit with the trimmings you’d expect in a car with a base price of $212k.
If you’ve ever skimmed through the Rides section on Frachelli, you’ll quickly gather that we’re huge Porsche fans. When a new 911 is announced it’s almost like a holiday and the press release Porsche put out regarding the 2012 Carrera today certainly did not disappoint. While still keeping it’s iconic shape and physics defying rear-engine layout, the 2012 911 not only received a face-lift but is bigger, faster, stronger – yet lighter and more fuel efficient. The baseline 911 comes with a 350 hp 3.4 liter boxer engine and the Carrera S has been beefed up to a 400 hp 3.8 liter boxer engine. When the PDK transmission and optional sports chrono package, the S will hit 0-60 in 4.1 seconds. Already love it.
Interior also got a nice update
Hmm, also looks good in “Pull Me Over Red”
McLaren and Ferrari have had a long rivalry in the F1 circuit, but that fight has now been brought to the street. The McLaren MP4-12C takes dead aim at the Ferrari 458 Italia and certainly lands some blows. For starters, the chassis of this supercar is based around a single-piece carbon “MonoCell” which essentially looks like a carbon fiber tub. This helps the McLaren maintain it’s lean 3,161 lb curb weight and also provides strength and stability. You’re going to want that stability when you tap into the 592 hp twin-turbo V8 engine – which will get you from 0-60 mph in 3.3 seconds. This car is no joke, top speed for the MP4-12C is around 205 mph and the starting price is $229k.
While grabbing lunch in midtown Manhattan today, I couldn’t help noticing a car parked near a hot dog stand. That car was a matte black Audi R8 tuned by Stasis (I didn’t even know there was such a thing). After some quick googling, it turns out that Stasis offers supercharged performance packages for both V8 & V10 R8′s with a power range of 450-710hp (the standard 4.2 V8 R8 has 420). So what does that translate to in performance? Well, the 710 hp 5.2 V10 hits 0-60 mph in an intimidating 3.1 seconds. Equally as intimidating is the shark-like matte black finish and menacing wheel options. A very nice lunchtime find.
The Ferrari F40 is one of the greatest sports car treasures an auto collector could dream of. With a production run ranging from 1982-1992, only 1,315 F40′s were ever produced. This was the most powerful Ferrari of it’s time, packing a 471hp turbocharged V8. Matched with the car’s lightweight and highly aerodynamic design, the F40 was the first street-legal production road car to break 200 mph and the F40′s acceleration was nothing to gawk at either… 0-62 mph in 3.8 seconds (and track only versions did it in 3.2). Although it had a retail price around $400k, some buyers reportedly paid as much as $1.6 M for the car – perhaps because it was the last car commissioned by legend and Ferrari founder, Enzo Ferrari.
The BMW 6 series recently got a refresh with the 2012 650i Convertible. Starting at $90,500, this topless twin-turbo V8 puts out 400hp and is one hell of a summer ride. A fine interior with a slew of creature comforts makes this car a luxury vehicle, but the 19″ light-alloy wheels and paddle shifters quickly remind you that it can also perform. A full-color head up display will make you think your piloting an x-wing and night vision will help you avoid running over zombies. Despite the cars large size and sofa like seats, the 450 lb-ft. of torque gets this beauty from 0-60 in 4.8 seconds. While seeing a new 6 series is exciting, we’re real antsy to see what the new M6 will be packing.
The Nissan GT-R may not be the prettiest sports car in it’s price range, but it is probably the most menacing. Showing only minor design changes, the 2012 GT-R pumps an additional 50hp out of the twin-turbo v6 bringing the total power to an intimidating 530hp. The power increase translates to a blistering 0-60mph time of 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 196mph. Spending $90k on a Nissan may seem crazy, but you won’t see that kind of performance from European sports cars anywhere in that price range.
We used to associate electric cars with golf carts and smart cars, but Tesla Motors has turned that all around. Tesla makes electric sports cars that rival the performance of gas-powered super cars. While top speed is limited to 125 mph, the Tesla Roadster uses 6,831 lithium ion cells to rocket from 0-60 in 3.9 seconds. The Roadster S even shaves off a little more time, hitting 60 at 3.7 seconds. When the battery is fully charged, the Tesla Roadster has a range of 245 miles and can be recharged with conventional 110-volt or 220-volt power outlets. Pricing starts at $101k for the Roadster 2.5 and $121k for the Roadster S.