Morgan Motor Company is the last family-owned, independent car-maker in Britain and with the release of their Aero 8, they’re blending classic British sports car styling with advanced technology. The powerplant is a V-8 BMW mated to a 6-speed manual BMW gearbox with a top-speed of 170MPH. The chassis is all aluminum and the fold away mohair soft-top stows neatly away in the clamshell rear trunk.
In the future, the pinnacle of sport-luxury looks like this. It’s Bentley’s forthcoming EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept. It’s got a muscular exterior that calls to mind the current model Mustang but that’s where comparisons end. Inside it looks the cigar parlor of a Tudor mansion replete with leather & woodgrain. So sophisticated—especially the 12-inch touchscreen but so far, zero details on performance.
Next month at the Geneva Motor Show, McLaren will officially unveil its latest track-tuned creation, the 675LT. It outputs 666bhp and its aggressive aerodynamic package provides 40% more downforce than the 650; this is the lightest car in its class with a power-to-weight ratio that devastates its rivals. 0-62, 2.9 seconds. Top speed: 205 MPH.
Production is limited to just 100 vehicles for Aston Martin’s GT3, the latest variant of their flagship Vantage coupe. This new model is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 and features race-inspired styling that makes it lower, wider & includes lots of carbon fiber plus enhanced aerodynamics. Deliveries begin in the third quarter of 2015.
Porsche’s forthcoming Cayman GT4 is a 385-horse, manual-only 2-seater that features a 3.8-liter flat six and lots of other pieces borrowed from the GT3, like lowered suspension, carbon-ceramic brakes, 20-inch wheels, & carbon fiber racing seats. Available July 2015.
Porsche Cars North America is the world’s largest Porsche club organization and has been for the past 60 years. To celebrate this milestone, Porsche has created the Club Coupe, a 60 unit limited-production custom based on the 911 Carrera GTS. The paint on this 430-hp GTS is “club blau” blue & features a special Club Coupe model designation on the doors plus all the other GTS package goods. Coming to America June 2015.
In 1995, McLaren entered the 24 Hours Of Le Mans for the first time & their F1 GTR took the checkered flag. 2015 Marks the 20th anniversary of the historic win & to celebrate, McLaren is releasing a super limited edition version of their 650S. Like the original, the Le Mans is finished in metallic Sarthe Grey paint & features special lightweight wheels, plus a roof-mounted engine induction ‘snorkel.’
In celebration of 50 years of the 911, Porsche unveiled another new variant of the iconic coupe at the Detroit Auto Show. The Targa 4 GTS is the latest to receive the GTS treatment, which includes 430 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque attached to a seven-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. 4.5 seconds 0 to 60 & topless.
After months of rumors & speculation, Ford has just confirmed it: the GT is back. Its packs a 600 horsepower twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 motor and a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox as well as an F1-style steering wheel and pedals that move to fit the driver. Production begins in 2016.
Acura ceased production on the iconic NSX in 2005 but ten years later, the redux is back. Acura will begin production on the 2016 NSX next fall with a build sheet that includes a twin-turbo charged V6-hybrid powerplant, AWD, aluminum chassis, carbon-fiber flooring, ceramic brakes, and loads more. No bottom line numbers have been announced yet, except for the price tag.