Maserati came out swinging at the Paris International Motor Show this week, with the unveiling of their all-new GranCabrio MC. The open roof coupe pairs the bold lines and low stance of Maserati racing design with the long-haul comfort of their GranTurismo tourer. A 470-horse V8 and 6-speed ZF Automatic tranny mean this thing will move, too.
With the recent release of Aston Martin’s astounding Vanquish model, followed now by the all-new DB9 coupe, the British car brand is making bold moves. Available in both a coupe & convertible, the luxurious DB9 is packed with a 510-horse V12 and features standard equipment like Carbon-ceramic brakes and a Touchtronic 2 paddle-shift transmission.
The jury is still out on that ground-scraping, squirrel scoop grill but overall, Lexus’ new LF-CC coupe is a serious contender for our “Handsomest Hybrid of 2013” award. Fluid lines on the exterior, incredible high-tech design inside, and the potent performance of a low-emission, 2.5-liter hybrid powertrain make this mid-size coupe a far cry from those wimpy 1st-gen hybrids we drove out of nothing but sheer guzzler’s guilt.
Nope, not the new Hummer. Guess again. It’s a Conquest. They build handcrafted SUVs & their latest is the Evade. Despite looking a bit like an armored-car, which is their specialty, this nearly $600K, Ford-powered brute is all about luxury. In addition to front and rear night vision cameras, it’s got a plush limo-style interior and 3 sunroofs.
The 928 isn’t exactly the crown jewel of the Porsche legacy but this one that Tom Cruise drove in the film Risky Business will get a lot more at auction than the one your aging bachelor uncle is planning to sell on Craigslist but also way less than one of Cruise’s monthly alimony payments. Bidding begins July 28, 2012.
Surprisingly, this is not the new Batmobile. It’s the first production model from Spain’s supercar company Aspid. With a spaceframe chassis and composite body panels, the GT-21’s BMW V8 will rip 0-60 sub three and boasts a top speed near 200MPH. It’s due out in 2014 with no word on the pricetag yet.
Land Rover has just introduced a pair of special edition war wagons. The limited edition XTech comes in either a 3-door or 5-door model featuring brute utilitarian looks, custom paint colors, blacked-out trim, roof, & wheels as well as their torquey turbo-diesel motor & 6-speed manual tranny.
You know how only certain guys can pull off wearing white jeans? Like male models and rock stars … Well, the same sort of applies to driving a white convertible (with a red ragtop). Aston Martin just dropped the 2013 V12 Vantage Roadster & it’s a lot meaner than it looks. With its enormous V12 and a top speed just shy of 200MPH, it’s more than just pretty. It’s pretty sick. You got what it takes to pull it off?
Convertible cars have this stigma—that they’re better suited for a female driver. But then along came the Spider. Specifically, the 600-horse McLaren MP4-12C Spider, a 32-valve, twin turbo land rocket that nobody can seriously call a woman’s car. And even if they did, you wouldn’t hear them with the top down at 200 MPH.
If you’re not fast on the draw, that guy who drops his kids off at school in a spotless Land Rover fitted with Super Swampers, a snorkel exhaust, and a bumper winch will beat you onto the waiting list for this new Rover x Bowler road-legal rally rig. Bowler is a British rally car maker that has teamed up with Rover to create the new supercharged EXR S. Here’s the deal: 550 hp, roll cage, leather interior. In other words, perfect for Dakar or dad duty.