Super Cars


2014 Jaguar XJR

The supercharged 5.0-liter V8 packs an aggressive 550-horsepower at 6,500 rpm, a 502 pound-feet torque at 5,500 rpm max, and intelligent start-stop control, this engine allows a 0-60mph sprint in 4.4 seconds and an electronically limited peak speed of 174mph. Thrust and power is routed to the rear tires via an eight-speed automatic transmission mechanism which tracks acceleration and deceleration, throttle and braking patterns, road load and cornering forces. On automatic mode, these allow smooth gearshift changing to accommodate different driving conditions, while corner recognition offers swift and seamless overtaking.

2014 Jeep Cherokee

Base models of the Jeep Cherokee come with a 2.4 liter, Inline 4 Tigershark engine delivering 184 horsepower. The more popular and better choice for a Cherokee is the 3.2 Liter Pentastar engine, a V6 that gives you 271 horsepower to go with the 239 lb ft of torque. The Pentastar should be your first option if you intend to do any towing. Both Tigershark and the Pentastar engine's come with the new 9 speed automatic transmission that will provide smooth power delivery on the highway and improved fuel efficiency.

2014 Hyundai Equus

The 2014 Equus still comes with the 5.0 liter V8 engine that produces 429 horsepower. The drivetrain is topped off with an 8 speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC capabilities to run in manual mode. The new suspension now gives you a smooth ride whether you are in the Sport mode with its enhanced damping or Normal mode for added comfort. The front of the 2014 Equus begins with a more subtle appearance with thinner chrome front bars on its grille. On either side of the grille the 2 headlamps now utilize a jeweled design adding to this cars elegance. The wing like lighting compartment is given their own chrome accents and a black matte finish. The LED fog lamps are standard. From the side, the wheels may be the first to catch your attention. It is anything but dull with their silver high gloss shine. The mirrors are new, as are the horizontal tail lamp graphics in the rear.

2014 Kia Forte Koup

The new Koup is available in EX and SX, with a powerful engine. A 2.0 liter four cylinder engine and a 1.6 liter turbo are amongst the choices you will have. In addition, a six speed automatic transmission is offered to go with the new automatic paddle shifters. Drivers can take advantage of better performance technology by Kia. The engineers have modified the performance capabilities with multiple upgrades that include driver assist technologies. A "Rear Camera Display", a custom fit steering wheel, and increased brake size are all standard. This will come in handy since the Kia Forte Koup produces 201 horsepower and almost 200 lb ft of torque. The new sports car suspension system also improves performance capabilities to give the driver the ultimate in handling ability.

2014 Audi R8 V10 Plus vs. 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Pack

It doesn't get much faster than these two. The Audi R8 and Nissan GT-R tear relentlessly at the pavement with four driven wheels and an uninterrupted supply of thrust courtesy of twin-clutch transmissions. Want a quicker all-wheel-drive car? Your options are the Lamborghini Aventador ($400,000) and Bugatti Veyron (add a million).
The GT-R, then, with its 545 hp and $116,710 price, would seem a bargain. A Track Pack adds brake cooling ducts, retuned shocks, higher spring rates, and a rear seat delete, on top of the forged wheels borrowed from the Black Edition. New for the R8 this year is a twin-clutch transmission and a V10 Plus model. The latter hones the car with ceramic rotors, a smaller fuel tank, fixed rate shocks, manual seats, and carbon-fiber trim pieces. That's a total weight savings of 130 pounds. Oh, and it makes 25 hp more.

2014 Chevrolet Impala 2LZ

Unlike its namesake, the all-new 2014 Chevy Impala isn't a svelte, agile creature able to dart and leap from point A to B. Rather, the full-size sedan from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada is more of a North American bruiser -- substantial, solid, well-built, and more deliberate in its movements. By deliberate, I don't mean slow or clumsy -- the Impala is neither, thanks in part to an available 305-horsepower V-6 and 20-inch wheels wearing 40-series tires. But it is big (more than 201 inches in length), and, in the case of our 3855-pound 2LZ tester, a bit heavy. If the swirly antelope badge were a hulking elk with a 6x6 rack, it wouldn't look out of place.
As mentioned, the Impala can be had with a robust V-6 (the base engines are a 196-hp 2.5-liter I-4 and a 182-hp 2.4 I-4 with eAssist), just as our 2LZ was equipped. Displacing 3.6 liters, the direct-injected 24-valve engine puts out 305 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque, giving it more grunt than the Taurus' 3.5-liter and 300S' 3.6. Mated to a six-speed automatic, the General's 3.6 scoots the Impala from 0 to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds and through the quarter mile in 14.8 seconds at 96.2 mph. For context, our long-term 300S needed 6.4 and 14.9 at 97.1, and the last Avalon we ran required 6.3 and 14.7 at 97.4. So, the Impala is quick and can hang with the competition

America is Set to Receive Biggest Allotment of 918 Spyders

To say that the Porsche 918 Spyder is just another supercar is pretty inaccurate. For one, it’s the most powerful vehicle Porsche has ever built. And another thing: it’s combination of power, speed, fuel economy and low emissions is nearly unrivaled, so much so that even with 918 models priced at over $800,000 a piece, it’s already nearly sold out. Speaking of sold out, a lot of the customers that paid for the 918 Spyder appear to reside here in the U.S. That’s why Porsche has said that America will receive the biggest allotment of 918 Spyders than any other country with up to 190 models headed our way. That probably explains why Porsche has taken to great lengths to promote the 918 Spyder in the U.S. Numerous promotional events held in the United States over the past two years, and soon enough, a lot of these actual supercars will be calling the Land of the Free their home.

2013 Lamborghini Gallardo by Underground Racing and SR Auto Group

Underground Racing needs no presentation here. You all know what an amazing job the tuner does when it comes to high-performance supercars, like the Lamborghini Gallardo. This time around, the tuner joined forces with SR Auto Group and developed a car that delivers amazing output and looks like no other Gallardo out there. Based on the 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560, this package adds two turbochargers bolted up to its exhaust manifolds for an amazing increase in power. How much power, you ask? Oh, just 1,500 horsepower at the wheels! Obtaining this monstrous power required an impressive amount of work under the hood, including: custom, twin-billet, 62 mm precision turbochargers; TiAL billet wastegates; billet blow off valves; custom-fabricated, stainless-steel air induction using aircraft quality metal; a custom ice water reservoir; high-flow intercooler water heat exchanger; crankcase ventilation system; and K&N air filters.

2014 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster LP720-4 50° Anniversario

At the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show, Lamborghini unveiled the Aventador LP720-4 50° Anniversario Edition, but only in its coupe garb. Just days ago, at a special dinner in Sant’Agata, the Italian company unveiled a roadster version of the car. It was painted in a sharp matte-grey hue named “Grigio Titans” combined with Terra Emilia leather interior. For those of you who don’t remember, this special matte-gray paint is the same color used on the Reventon. The roadster will feature the same design language on the coupe version, including: enlarged air intakes and splitters up front and on the rear; and an enlarged diffuser. Additionally, on the dashboard there is a special logo that reads "Series Speciale 00/100," suggesting that just like the coupe version, the roadster will also be limited to 100 units. If you are interested in acquiring this model, then you should know it carries a price tag of $548,000, which is $106,300 more than the Aventador LP700-4 Roadster.

2013 Bentley Continental GT by Vilner

After months of what seemed like endless teasing, Bulgarian tuning firm, Vilner, has finally released its beyond-insane program for the 2013 Bentley Continental GT. We all know Vilner as crafters of some of the best interior programs in the business, but it really outdid itself this time. This extensive project also included some insane work on the exterior and, best of all, a performance program that really gave the Continental GT some serious horses under its hood. It was a project that took eight months to build, but it sure was worth the wait; wasn’t it? To the person who owns this Continental GT, we have no problem believing that you are a very happy person. We would be, too, if Vilner did this to our Bentley. That is, if we happened to have a Bentley in our driveway...

New Renderings of Koenigsegg One: 1 Surface Online

At the end of 2012, rumors swirled that Koenigsegg will develop a special One:1 edition for the Chinese market, but nothing else was heard on this new supercar since then. Today, however, new images of the car have surfaced online, and even though they are just renderings, they offer a few more details on the next One:1. The new One:1 supercar will be developed in cooperation with FFF Automobile, China’s most famous supercar dealer. Rumors suggest that under the hood it will get a 5.0-liter V-8 engine with an output of about 1,400 horsepower. You can see that these renderings are painted brown, but they will be gold on the production cars. Also, this new rendering suggest the production car will get a central exhaust pipe and not a twin-pipe one. Expect to see the new Koenigsegg One:1 unveiled in November at the 2013 Guangzhou Auto Show - one of the richest in China and a supercar haven.

2013 Pagani Zonda Revolucion

Pagani is already selling the Huayra supercar, which is enjoying great success, but the company decided to take a look back in the past and developed the Zonda Revolucion, or, as Pagani describes it "the apex of the celebration of performance, technology and art applied to a track car." When compared to a standard Zonda, the new version features an improved aerodynamic package, a new rear wing with a Drag Reduction System and, of course, some extra power under the hood. All these changes make it ready to take on any circuit in the world. The new Zonda Revolucion was unveiled at the 2013 Vanishing Point - the international Pagani gathering - and will be priced at €2.2 million plus taxes (about $2.8 million). It will be limited to only five units, four of which were sold during the private presentation.

2013 Ferrari F12berlinetta by Cam Shaft

Cam Shaft has, on occasion, given a car a comprehensive aftermarket program. But sometimes, it sticks to what it knows best. Take, for example, this Ferrari F12berlinetta. Off the bat, we’ll tell you that it doesn’t come with any performance upgrades so you can expect to see the same 740-horsepower V-12 engine that allows the car to hit 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds, while reaching a top speed of 211 mph. But the German tuner does know one thing more than anybody else: wrapping cars. So that’s what they did to the F12berlinetta, and the results are positively glorious. It’s always convenient to put a tuner to task for not flexing its performance muscles on a car like the F12berlinetta. In some cases, that argument holds merit. Other times, though, it doesn’t. This one belongs in the latter because one look at the Italian supercar and you immediately forget everything else that makes sense in this world. You just drop your jaw, pick it back up and admire this prancing horse in all of its glory.

McLaren P1 Breaks Down

The British supercar suffered an embarrassing lapse in front of potential buyers. McLaren is confident of selling all 375 units of the P1. And with just 100 or so examples left of the $1.15 million supercar, the 2013 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este represented an excellent opportunity for the carmaker to showcase the P1 to a well-healed crowd. Things didn’t quite go to plan, however. As our friend Marchettino reveals in his latest supercar short, the McLaren P1 brought to the concours event broke down and even with the collective experience of the boys from Woking, the supercar simply wouldn’t budge. So instead of hearing the roar of the 903-hp engine, onlookers had to settle for watching the P1 being gingerly loaded onto a flatbed truck, pondering whether their money might be better spent elsewhere.

Bugatti Owners Get Serious Privileges at Paul Ricard

Each year, Bugatti invites clients to the Paul Ricard Circuit near Marseille in the South of France for a day driving with some of its finest supercars. This year, the French carmaker’s lead test driver and product specialist Pierre-Henri Raphanel was on hand to guide the fortunate few as they got to grips with the Grand Sport and Grand Sport Vitesse models at the circuit. The world-record setting Grand Sport VItesse World Record Edition also joined in the fun having recently hit 254 mph to make it the fastest roadster on the planet. -

This Zonda F Will Give You an Eargasm

Pagani revealed what is supposedly the final Zonda, but we’re honestly having a hard time believing that. The Zonda Revolucion is an AMG 6.0-liter V12 Italian wonder that weighs just 2,360 lbs. and is good for 800 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque. Those are just completely bonkers numbers. For now, Pagani hasn’t released any official videos showing it on the track but in celebration of the Zonda itself, we thought it’d be downright perfect to see and hear one in action. Hat tip to Kevin. The Zonda F may have debuted way back in 2005, but we’d still kill to own one and you’d likely do the same. Need a little convincing? Check out these videos featuring a Zonda F accelerating on the track. It’s powered by a 7.3-liter V12 (AMG-built, of course) that produces 594 hp and 560 lb-ft. It’s equipped with plenty of aerodynamic body components as well as plenty of lightweight components. So what do you think? Is the Zonda finished for good?

2014 ford mustang v6

The V6 Performance Package includes the following: • Choice of automatic and manual transmissions • Strut-tower brace • Larger front sway bar and SVT rear sway bar • Unique front springs • Unique front and rear calipers with performance friction pads • 19-inch painted machined aluminum wheels • 255/40R19 summer-only tires • Unique stability control calibration • Gloss black side mirrors • 3.31 limited-slip rear axle

2016 Nissan Z

What It Is: The seventh generation of Nissan's iconic sports car. Despite rumors of a 240Z reboot, a downsized Z is unlikely, as Nissan doesn't have an appropriate architecture to refashion the Z into a lighter, less expensive sports car akin to the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ twins. Expect a concept car appearing in the next 18 months to indicate a new design direction. The styling will break with the immediate past even as the rest of the package steams ahead on much the same course.
Why It Matters: In a lineup fraught with frugal four-cylinders paired with CVTs, the Z is as much an outlier as the GT-R. But Nissan needs the Z to tend the fire, reminding the world of the Datsun days when affordable performance was more of a corporate priority than cross-dressing crossovers. Godzilla may be the halo car, but it now costs six figures.
Platform: The Z will share a chassis with the Infiniti Q50. This new iteration of Nissan's entry-luxury sedan rides on an updated version of the venerable FM platform that underpins the current Z. Nissan will do what it can to keep the weight down, deploying more aluminum along with other pound-paring measures.

2018 Audi A9

Beyond the updates of its current models, Audi has a surprise in store at the top of its lineup. The brand is strongly considering an ultra-luxurious hatchback to be positioned above the A8. Based on the MLB Evo platform, this new range-topper, which we understand would be called A9, could come to market as soon as 2017. Audi must strike a fine balance with this halo car. The A9 has to be sufficiently differentiated from the elegant and sporty A7, but it won't be an A8 Allroad, as a company source has dismissed speculation about a station-wagon look, similar to the awesome 2001 Avantissimo concept. But it likely will feature a combination of fastback and crossover proportions. This is why it is still possible that this car will be called Q9 instead of A9. We fully expect this to be one of the most powerful and sophisticated luxury cars on the market, with the added selling point of unique aesthetics.

2016 Audi A5

At about the same time as the TT roadster’s arrival, we expect to see the second-generation A5, which will be the second car based on Audi's new MLB Evo platform, after the next Q7. The MLB Evo architecture is an update of the original MLB, which incidentally was launched with the current A5 and today underpins the A4, A5, Q5, A6, A7, and A8. This same foundation will be used by the yet-to-be-unveiled Porsche Macan, and some components have found their way into the Bentley Mulsanne. The next-gen A5, which again will be offered as a coupe and a cabriolet and in S and RS strengths, will be engineered to accommodate a number of four-, six-, or eight-cylinder engines—likely not deviating too far from today’s powertrain lineup. There also will be a plug-in hybrid, which will include a torque-vectoring function facilitated by a rear-mounted electric motor.

2015 Audi TT

The first of these three to come to fruition will be the new TT, which will be based on the Volkswagen Group's MQB platform. The original TT concept, unveiled at the 1995 Frankfurt auto show, played a vital role in establishing Audi as a force in automotive design. The production model remained faithful to the concept, while the larger second-generation model wore a slightly more conservative design. The third-gen TT, which will be launched in late 2014 as a 2015 model, aims to recapture the spirit of the original. The next-generation, U.S.-spec TT will be powered by a 220-hp, 2.0-liter version of the VW Group’s EA888 turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder. The mid-level TTS will receive motivation from another turbo four serving up 300 horsepower. And while we’ve lamented the impending demise of the five-cylinder, it will live on to power the next-gen TT RS, to the tune of 380 horses. As before, both front- and Quattro all-wheel drive will be available.