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.
We’ve done several posts on the latest 911 Carrera body style (the 991) and we’re now drooling over the new Porsche 911 Turbo. Power from the twin-turbocharged 3.8 L 6 cylinder engine is plentiful – 520 hp for the Turbo and 560 hp for the Turbo S, allowing the S version to hit 0-60 mph in just 2.9 seconds. For years, the 911 has had a rear wing that deploys at high speed – but the latest turbo has a three stage active aerodynamic system, with an adjusting front spoiler and rear wing. The large air scoops behind the doors will also help the Turbo standout, and the car certainly does not disappoint the eyes.
Porsche just revealed their newest racing car, the 2013 911 RSR. The RSR is built with the body of the newest 911 Carrera model (the 991) and it is incredibly awesome looking. While it maintains the classic 911 curves, the huge rear spoiler and agressive front air-intakes quickly remind you that this is a 460 hp track car. During this racing season, the Porsche 911 RSR will be sporting number 92 and piloted by Porsche works drivers Marc Lieb (Germany) and Richard Lietz (Austria). Go 92!
We’ve posted some pretty awesome vehicles this week including the 963 hp LaFerrari and the six-wheel Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6, but we couldn’t leave out the new 2014 Porsche 911 GT3. The Porsche 911 Carrera is already a dream car, but for those who dream a little bigger (and faster) behold the track hungry GT3. The 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 bumps it’s muscle up to 475 hp and the result is a 0-60 mph time of 3.3 seconds and top speed of 195 mph. Starting at $130k, the GT3 also stands apart with it’s agressive front intakes, 20-inch wheels and fixed rear wing.
We had previously posted teaser pics of the new super Ferrari, which we thought would be called the Ferrari F70 or F150, but turns out it’s called “LaFerrari.” The Enzo successor is truly remarkable hybrid, packing 800 hp from it’s V12 engine and an additional 163 hp from an electric motor. The HY-KERS system that distributes the power from both engines is derived from F1 – and the performance the car is capable shows it. Ferrari claims 0-62 mph times of less than 3 seconds and a top speed “over” 217 mph. Scissor doors and an adaptive aerodynamic system shroud the chassis and power-plant with styling reminiscent of super Ferrari models of the past. It looks like only 499 will be made and there is more info on their microsite.
When you’re comparing sports cars, you can talk about performance stats until you’re blue in the face – but at the end of the day, there are few cars as beautiful as an Aston Martin. The 2013 Aston Martin Vanquish is no exception, and may be one of their prettiest cars yet. Don’t let its looks fool you, this thing also packs a 565 hp V12 with 457 lb-ft of torque, pushing it from 0-62 mph in 4.1 seconds. Passengers can reach the top speed of 183 mph while enjoying a luxury interior with hourglass stitching in the leather seats – making it, as Aston Martin put it, “The Ultimate Grand Tourer.” Only problem is, for the base price of $282k you could buy a Porsche Carrera S, Dodge Viper, and a Corvette Stingray – all of which will make the Vanquish sweat at the racetrack.
Vanquish interior…gotta love that stitching…
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There aren’t a ton of details available for the Bugatti Galibier, but the 2009 concept vehicle is due to become a reality in late 2014 with limited units. This 4-door Bugatti hatchback has a similar aesthetic to a Porsche Panamera and is expected to have at least 1,000 hp and a top speed of 235 mph. Inside passengers are treated to top of the line luxury and as you can see in Bugatti’s promo video below – the timepiece on the Galibier’s dashboard also can be deployed and used as a wristwatch. No official word on the price yet, but expect to pay at least $1k per hp this monstrous sedan spits out.