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.
In our previous post about the NSX, we discussed the heritage and the highly anticipated comeback of the 1990 supercar – and to our joy, the new model had its big reveal at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this month. The new NSX styling kept very true to the 2012 concept vehicle and will indeed have a twin-turbocharged V6, three-electric motors, and a 9-speed dual clutch transmission. To make use of the electric motors, the “Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive” system sends extra torque to the wheels that need it so you “cut the perfect line through every turn.” Inside, the cockpit is purpose driven and built around the driver to provide forward visibility and ergonomics. Now we’re just eager to see what this smart sports car can do. More info at the official site.
If you made your millions after the ’80s but spent the decade pining over Sonny Crockett’s lifestyle on Miami Vice, there’s still a chance to own an iconic piece of the show. Sonny’s White 1986 Ferrari Testarossa is currently up on ebay with a buy-it-now price of $1.75M. In case your wondering what type of performance was delivered from a mid 80′s Italian supercar, the Testarossa’s 4.9-liter V12 engine creates 390hp – giving the car a 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 180 mph. Considering there are other Testarossa’s asking around $100k, there seems to be a heavy premium to buy the one driven by Don Johnson himself… but then again, he is the man.
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 GT3and 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.
You may be drooling over one of BMW’s more expensive and powerful models such as the M6, but don’t count out their sporty little guy, the M235i. With the 2 series, there’s only two engine options and the larger gets the “M” treatment (the 228′s have a 240hp engine, still not shabby for a car with a 3,525 lb curb weight). While some may protest that the second option doesn’t quite deserve the “M” badge and just be called the 235i, you can’t really argue with the performance. The 320 hp twin-turbo inline six gets the car from 0-60 mph in just 4.3 seconds. Plus, acceleration isn’t its only strength – 18″ wheels loaded with M Sport Brakes and Michelin Pilot SuperSport performance tires add grip and lots stopping power. For more year-round use, the M235 is also available with X-Drive (BMW’s all wheel drive) and for you warm climate folks – the convertible will be releasing soon as well. The M235i starts at a reasonable $43k but since it’s a Bimmer expect the price tag to climb with options.
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.
Driver Andy Green is planning to break the world land speed record in 2016 with the Bloodhound SCC and hit a terrifying 1,000 mph. While this will be the world’s fastest car, it’s really a missile on wheels when you consider how it’s powered. Together, the EJ200 jet engine and Nammo hybrid rockets produce around 210 kN (21 tonnes) of thrust, equivalent to 135,000 thrust hp, or 180 F1 cars! Rolex designed two custom instruments, a speedometer and chonograph to withstand the extreme g-forces and vibrations the car will experience while accelerating, decelerating and going 1,000 friggin’ miles per hour! The vehicle has hi-tech electronic controls and gauges, but akin to the analog Rolex instruments it also has manual backups for everything to ensure the car can be stopped safely from high speeds. Better safe than sorry when you’re cruising at Mach 1.4.