The Koenigsegg Gemera is a 1700-horsepower mid-engine hybrid with seating for four. A rare and very limited super car that its creator, Christian von Koenigsegg, has been developing for nearly 20 years. It is ultra-light, featuring copious use of carbon fiber, and is powered by a high-tech hybrid engine design consisting of a twin-turbo 2.0-liter three-cylinder camless gas engine and 3 electric motors mated to a direct-drive transmission. Merging modern luxury and ridiculous performance with a range over 600 miles, it is a versatile little hybrid.
The Volvo-owned offshoot Polestar has just unveiled its latest all-electric creation. The Precept, due for its official debut at next week’s Geneva Motor Show, is a luxury 4-door grand tourer that has Tesla in its sights. The forward-thinking design of the vehicle utilizes materials like recycled fishing nets & plastic bottles as well as natural fibers for the interior, resulting in a 50 percent savings in weight and an 80 percent reduction in plastic waste. Beneath a panoramic roof, its sleek interior features a 15-inch touchscreen & digital screens instead of rearview mirrors.
With its 503-horse twin-turbo V8 and a 0-60 speed of 3.7, Aston Martin’s forthcoming 2021 Vantage Roadster is a low, compact powerhouse that will hit 190MPH on the straightaway. The balanced lines of the coupe intact, the Roadster showcases a unique Z-Fold roof mechanism that the carmaker reports is the “world’s fastest convertible roof.” The top drops in just 6.7 seconds & raises back up in 6.8, and it does this at speeds up to 31MPH.
The Belgian Legend edition is the first special edition for Porsche’s new 992 4S series car. Honoring the 75th birthday of F1 icon Jacky Bernard Ickx, the 444 horsepower 2-seater features an X Blue paint scheme—matching the driver’s racing helmet as well as interior details, like unique piping on the seats and branded stitching on headrests, and Ickx signature integrated into car’s B-pillars and key fob. Only 75 of these Formula One inspired coupes will be produced.
There’s a lot going on here. First off, this is a 1968 Lamborghini Espada. Ridiculous & rare to begin with. Then, in 2018, Danton Art Kustoms in France got ahold of it. They agreed a Ferruccio Lamborghini-inspired “Rat Rod” seemed reasonable. Extensive modification ensued. And well, this is it. A true one and only. And now, this extraordinary V12 animal is up for auction through Mecum. Can you guess the magic number?
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The 2020 Audi RS Q8 is the fastest & sportiest Audi SUV yet. A 591-horsepower V8 plus mild hybrid system gives it a top speed of 190MPH with loads of torque. It features adaptive AWD, an active anti-roll system & rear-wheel steering. Flagship features & finish from its moon roof to its 23-inch Pirelli P Zero tires mark it as a mean machine.
The world’s first Mercedes-Maybach SUV has arrived. The 2021 GLS 600 features two-tone candy paint, 22-inch rims, and an interior that looks like next year’s Learjet Liberty—everything you expect of the marque. It’s powered by a 500-hp V8 and the vehicle raises and lowers automatically on an AirMatic system to make it easier to get in & out.
McLaren is rolling out a new limited-edition range of exotic supercars under a fresh moniker: The Ultimate Collection. The first in the series is a nearly $2 million open-top roadster called the Elva. With no roof, windshield, or side glass, this is a track car that’s technically road legal. Powered by a 803-horsepower twin-turbo V8, it hits 62 MPH sub 3 and blasts out to 124 MPH in 6.7 seconds. Only 399 will be made.
Ferrari’s all-new Roma Coupe is a 611 horsepower 2-door powered by a 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 & driven by an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The interior is luxe and a robust range of advanced driver-focused tech ensure it feels as good as it looks. And with its clean flowing lines and balanced design the Roma is a more low-key Ferrari, if such a thing is possible at 198 MPH.
Daniel Craig has a cool job. In addition to playing the icon of cool, James Bond in films, the actor moonlights as an exotic car designer. True. He teamed up with his pals at Aston Martin to design the coolest Christmas gift we’ve ever seen, an ultra limited-edition DBS Superleggera with custom features, like the wheels seen in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service & an exclusive blue on blue color scheme. The 715-horsepower V12 is cool, too. Listed as one of Neiman Marcus’ annual “Fantasy Gifts,” only 007 of these supercars will be built.
The 999-horsepower carbon-body RM-X2 from Belarus-based Ramsmobile is an absolutely ridiculous ride. It’s bulletproof and it floats, so it can be driven on the water with power coming from a jet propulsion system. A futuristic gold-trimmed interior includes features like electronic hookahs and a bio-hazard filtering air purification system. It rides on air-adjust suspension and 24-inch wheels. Multiple motor options are available including GM’s 6.2-liter LT5 V8, the same powerplant used in the Corvette C7 ZR1.
Bentley is firing up the old works to revive a race car it hasn’t built since the 1920s. Nobody knows why but it looks so cool, who cares? The 1929 Blower never even won a race but again, refer back to the look of this thing. By 3-D scanning every square inch of the car down the last nut & washer, Bentley will then use original molds, period-correct tools & processes to re-produce 12 of these supercharged classics.
Ferrari’s all-new & forthcoming 812 GTS is basically the drop-top variant of the brand’s 812 Superfast. Powered by the same naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12, this new open roof roadster cranks out 789 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque, making it the most powerful convertible on the market. Top speed: 211MPH. 0-60: sub three seconds. Even though it really should be manual shift, all that power is transferred to the tires through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
It certainly won’t sound like a Porsche but the release of the all-new Taycan Turbo is a landmark moment for the German automaker. It is the brand’s first all-electric car. With an ultra-efficient 800 volt system, the upgraded Turbo S version of this silent killer cranks out 750 horses, making it one of the most powerful production Porsches. The 800 volt system also allows it to re-charge up to 80% in under 23 minutes with a full-charge driving range of 280 miles. Hitting 161 MPH with zero emissions—pretty darn cool.
The introduction of the all-new Sian marks a historic moment in automotive history. Not only is it the fastest, most powerful Lamborghini ever produced, it is the brand’s first electrified production car. In addition to the 6.5-liter V12 mega-motor, the Sian has an integrated 48-volt hybrid system which brings the car’s output up to an eye-watering 819 horsepower. All that go is directed to the tires through an automatic 7 speed gearbox. The Sian goes 0-62 in 2.8 and top speed (with governor) maxes out at 217. Only 63 will be produced.
The forthcoming 2020 Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid will be Porsche’s most-powerful SUV yet, boasting 670hp and 663 lb-ft of torque. Power output is split between the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine and a 100kW electric motor & managed by an eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission. Top speed is an electronically limited 183mph with a snappy zero-to-60 time of 3.6.
Combining a powerful V8 and an advanced electric powertrain, the Puritalia Berlinetta is a straight-up beast of a hybrid. With body lines and design language that appears to draw on all the big Euro car brands, this 965-horsepower carbon body supercar offers 4 driving modes, a nappa leather interior, and intuitive controls with a 10-inch central touch screen. Only 150 will be made.
British supercar maker Lotus has officially taken the lead with the world’s most powerful production car. The forthcoming Eviya makes 2000 horsepower. What that number means & actually feels like is something few can fathom. Bottomless torque & instantaneous, face-contorting speed. Over 200mph easy. Its 70 kWh of on-board energy delivers a 250-mile range. And it recharges to full in just 18 minutes with the world’s fastest charging system. Definite contender for coolest electric yet.
The only way to put yourself behind the wheel of Aston Martin’s new DBS GT Zagato is to drop a mellow $7.5 million, which gets you both the new twin-turbo V12 powered Coupe plus another dream car, the retro DB4 GT Zagato—which is the other half of the DBZ Centenary Collection which connects Aston’s timeless design language from past to present. Only 19 will be made, highlighted by dramatic body lines, luxurious finishes & utterly ridiculous power & performance.
The Lightyear One is a promising prototype from the engineers & solar-power scientists at Lightyear. Due to hit the streets as soon as 2021, it’s a plug-in electric that boasts 450-miles of range & features integrated solar panels all over the body. The car is powered by a 4-pack of electric motors & goes from 0-62 in 10 seconds. The solar panels can supply the car with up to 12km of range per hour—which is sweet progress—as these solar cells are up to 20% more efficient than the standard. Pre-order for the first 500 cars is open now.