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.
What would happen if you stuck a 911-based engine in the lighter, mid-engined Cayman? Well, you’d get the all-new Cayman GT4. Porsche has refrained from giving 911 power to it’s younger brother the Cayman, but the cries from enthusiasts have been heard and answered. Not only is the mid-engined layout now beefed-up, this car will reportedly be ONLY available with a manual transmission – which serves the complaints derived from the automatic-only GT3. Visually, the Cayman GT4 stands apart with aggressive side scoops and race spoilers, and when you tap into the 385 hp 3.8 L naturally aspirated 6 cylinder, you’ll know you’re not just in a Boxster with some effects bolted on. The GT4 will hit 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 183 mph. Pricing is expected to start around $85k.
With a naturally aspirated six cylinder boxer engine, the new Porsche 911 Carrera GTS gains 30 hp over the 911 S, placing it between the GT3 and S models in the power lineup of 911′s. One major distinction, unlike the new GT3, the GTS is available with a manual transmission for those enthusiasts who want to be more engaged with the car, row through the gears, and use a little heel-toe action. However, the paddle-shifted PDK transmission does provide increased performance and gets the 430 hp GTS from 0-60 mph in just 3.8 seconds, whereas it takes 4.2 when shifting yourself in the seven-speed manual. The GTS sits on menacing 20″ Satin Blak Turbo S wheels and receives an optimized front spoiler with aggressive large air intakes. Inside, the car gets special treatment and is loaded with alcantara, “Sport” seats and steering wheeling wheel, and GTS badges & accents. Coming soon, the Porsche 911 GTS is also available as a convertible and with four-wheel drive.
Limited to a production run of just 499 units, the Speciale A is indeed a special Ferrari 458. The 597 hp V8 powered 458 Speciale A (the A stands for Aperta, which means “open) features a retractable hardtop, and this topless rocket gets from 0-62 mph in just three seconds. The increase in performance largely comes from advanced aerodynamics and the use of lightweight materials (the chassis alone incorporates 10 aluminum alloys). More air scoops and aggressive spoilers help set the Speciale A apart from other Ferrari’s, and they even moved the tail pipes so they could redesign the rear diffuser for improved airflow. While the paint options, or lack thereof, are limited to yellow with blue and white racing stripes, the wheels will be available in three colors – Oro, Grigio Corsa and diamond-finish matt black. We’re a little partial to red when it comes to Ferrari’s, but were still insanely jealous of those 499 drivers that will get their hands on this prancing pony.
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Come Spring 2015, Mercedes will be unleashing a stylish new sports car from their high-performance arm AMG – and it seems to take dead aim at the Porsche 911 (does that rear-end look a little familiar?). Packing a new hand-built AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine and 7-speed dual clutch transmission, the AMG GT S has an estimated 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds and top speed of 193 mph. The GT S engine produces 505 hp but there will also be a GT version with 456 hp (and estimated 0-60 times for the GT are 3.9 seconds). Either way, you’re getting a very powerful and FAST car with all the styling and amenities expected from a Mercedes. While it has the gullwing shape of the SLS AMG, standard doors are used on the AMG GT – perhaps to keep the price more inline with it’s Porsche rival. Speaking of, pricing has not been announced but if we had to guess it would be around $125k.
Believe it or not, there’s now an Aston Martin available for under a hundred grand. The 2015 Aston Martin Vantage GT starts at $99,000 (OK, not much under a hundred), and the sexy roadster doesn’t compromise on style or performance. Powered by a 430 hp V8, this entry level Aston hits 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 190 mph. At the $100k mark, you’re going to be rowing through the standard 6-speed manual under a hard top – but the Vantage GT is also available as a convertible and has an optional 7-speed SportShift II paddle shift transmission.
The Porsche 911 is already under attack from the Corvette 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.
Koenigsegg wants to take a step above the realm of supercars, with their new “megacar” the One:1. The Koenigsegg One:1 is named after it’s virtually one-to-one power to weight ratio (in Kilograms) – It’s turbocharged 5.0 L V8 produces 1341 hp and the car only weighs 1360 kilograms (or 2988 lbs). Instead of traditional 0-60 mph figures, Koenigsegg released the One:1′s 0-249 mph time, which is 20 seconds, but what would you expect from a megacar manufacturer? Expect a top speed over 270 mph and the Bugatti Veyron to take a step down on the supercar performance podium.
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.
the STI treatment…