McLaren recently revealed their new Ferrari fighter, the 755LT. The LT stands for “Longtail” and pays homage to the Le Mans winning McLaren F1 GTR. Inside the elongated vehicle is a twin turbocharged V8 good for a devilish 666 hp and 516 lb ft of torque. The 755LT uses lightweight materials such as titanium and carbon fiber for massive weight savings, allowing the car to sprint from 0-62 mph in just 2.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 205 mph. More info at the official McLaren site.
The Porsche 911 is already under attack from theCorvette Stingray, but now the latest competition comes from its own family. The new Porsche Cayman GTS packs 340 hp (a 65 hp bump over the base Cayman) and when paired with the PDK transmission hits 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. Plus, with its mid-engined layout and lack of a back seat it may feel more at home on the track than it’s bigger brother the 911. Larger intakes and smoked daytime running lights help the GTS stand apart from the base Cayman, and the GTS treatment is also available for the Boxster if you prefer a roofless version. Starting at $75k.
The Subaru WRX has always been a great car for the price, and starting at $27k, the 2015 Subaru WRX holds on to its value. Powered by a 268 hp turbocharged flat-4, the WRX hits 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds (although Car and Driver said they sprinted to 60 in 4.8 by dropping the clutch at redline). With a trunk, all-wheel drive, and folding rear seats, the WRX is also extremely more practical than most cars with similar performance and price tags. If you still want more performance, the 2015 WRX STI starts at $35k and boosts power up to 305 hp. Subaru claims the 2015 WRX STI does 0-60 in 5.1 seconds – but we assume that stat is a bit conservative and guesstimate it’s somewhere up to half a second quicker.
Starting at $65k for the standard V6 model, the Jaguar F-TYPE is one sharp sports car inside and out. If looks alone aren’t enough to entice you, the $99k F-TYPE R is available with a Supercharged 5.0 L V8 that puts out 550 hp. In the R, 0-60 mph is achieved in 4.0 seconds and the car has a top speed of 186 mph. All models feature a really great cabin and the F-TYPE is also available as a convertible.
After a great run starting in 2004, the Lamborghini Gallardo is ready to step down. It’s successor was just revealed, and the 2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 means business. Powered by a 602 hp V10, this bull sprints from 0-62 mph in just 3.2 seconds and has a top speed of over 202 mph. Like it’s cousin the Audi R8 and predecessor, the Huracan will once again be all-wheel drive, adding some grip to all that power. No word on the price yet, but what will be the most revealing is how it pits up against the Ferrari 458 Italia and McLaren MP4-12C.
Lamborghini revealed this fun Huracan video yesterday
As we discussed in our recent post for the new 4 Series, the coupe version of the 3 Series split into its own model line – and now both the coupe and sedan are ready for the M treatment. The 2015 M4 coupe (shown above) and M3 sedan will go on sale in summer of 2014, and this time around the M4/M3 trades a V8 for a 425 hp twin-turbo inline six engine. Aggressive body panels and spoilers along with a carbon fiber roof help distinguish these M’s from their less powerful siblings, and the performance over the base models will also be very noticeable. Engineered to be lighter than the previous generation M3, these cars can reach 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds when paired the with updated 7-Speed M Double Clutch transmission. Now we want to see the M4 and new Porsche Cayman square off.
Due to sell as a late 2014 model, the 2015 Ford Mustang has been revealed – and boy does it look sexy with it’s modern-yet-retro design. The GT version will have a 5.0-L V8 expected to make at least 420 hp and 396 lb-ft of torque, and the other engine options include a 3.7-L V6 and 2.3-L Turbocharged 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine. Not much revealed form Ford in terms of curb weight, price, or performance, which makes it a bit hard to calculate its bang-for-your-buck factor, but hopefully that keeps up with the design improvements. We’re excited to hear more.
Alfa Romeo plans to re-enter the US market in spring 2014 with the new 4C. Starting around $55k, the 4C is a small lightweight sports car with a chassis made of a single-piece carbon fiber body and a 240hp / 260 lb-ft torque inline 4 cylinder engine. While that’s not a ton of power, the mid-engine layout and rear wheel drive promise excellent handling and the 4C’s aluminum and carbon fiber diet allows for a quick 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds. With limited distribution to Maserati dealers, it’ll be interesting to see how close the 4C actually sells to its base price when they hit US shores… and we’d love to see it battle against the Porsche Cayman.
The BMW 3 Series coupe is no more. Or is it? Instead of creating a new 3 Series Coupe, BMW launched their two-door into its own model line, the 4 Series. Unfortunately, with the model change came no additional power – the 435i is still packing a 300hp twin-turbo as did the 335i. However, this time around the coupe stands further apart from its sedan sibling with a wider chassis, and sportier suspension that is both lower and stiffer. If you’re still upset about the foregoing of a power increase, keep in mind the 4 Series shaved 45 lbs off its predecessor while getting bigger and better looking. In addition to the 435i, the 4 Series is available at 240hp as the 428i, and both models offer the option of 4-wheel drive (428xi and 425xi) . Next to be released will be the hardtop convertible. $41-$50k.