The Pininfarina-designed Ferrari 458 Italia is pure symmetry in motion. A seven-speed dual clutch takes it from zero to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds. Style and performance enhancements are interwoven seamlessly. The mid-engine grille of the sports car is designed to divert air to the radiator, while the influence of Ferrari's F1 history is in the cockpit and the steering wheel. The automaker's F1-Trac traction-control system is designed to offer stability under all driving conditions. The 458 Italia is aesthetically and technically phenomenal.
The third model year introduces a convertible, the Spyder, to the R8 fold of vehicle nirvana. While the R8, with a V8 and V10 engine options, is filled with luxury gadgetry and creature comforts galore, this car is unapologetically focused on creating the ultimate driving experience. Motor Trend gives the 2012 Audi R8 a five-star rating and says, "[it is] as accessible as supercars get." We concur.
It is a classic luxury automobile that gets edgier and more technologically advanced with each release. The sporty all-wheel drive Bentley Continental is powered by a 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged W12 that delivers a top speed of 198 mph. This year's Continental GT is sleeker in appearance and weighs 150 pounds less than its predecessor. The new grille and width in the rear give it the look of a heavyweight performer. Its eight-speed automatic transmission and dual-fuel capability improve its efficiency and drivability.
There are those who feel the Lotus Evora line has yet to reach genuine supercar status due to its minimalistic approach toward luxury appointments and aesthetics. On the other hand, drive one and try to forget about it. The Lotus Evora S--with performance numbers comparable to a Porsche 911, has designs on appealing to a wider sector of the luxury-car market than it has with the racy Elise and Exige models. The Evora's optional 2+2 seating layout and mid-positioned engine make it one of only five cars ever built that way. Change never comes easy.
The Super Sport became an instant classic upon its public debut this summer at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Since its intro in 2005, the Bugatti Veyron just keeps improving. The top speed of this car with 1,200 brake horsepower is more than 257 mph. Its heavenly twin-clutch, seven-speed transmission makes driving an otherworldly experience. Any questions?
Lighter than last year's model with rear-wheel drive the Porsche 911 Carrera is the option for drivers seeking to blur the line between road and track, reaching for the gusto. Zero to 60 mph in four seconds in the hardtop coupe, with approximately a half-second added to the convertible's time. A seven-speed double-clutch automated transmission is optional, and a six-speed manual transmission comes standard...naturally.
The Jaguar XKR shifts seamlessly from sophisticated luxury coupe to supercharged high performer as easy as "X-K-R." While the six-speed automatic transmission and the 5.0-liter V8 supercharged 510-horsepower engine manage the car's power, the soft-grain leather seats and exotic veneers complete the package most luxuriously. The XKR is equally stunning as a coupe or a convertible. It works both ways.
The V12 Vantage is one of the flagship sports cars of Aston Martin. These masterfully made vehicles have racing-inspired parts and components topped off with 5.9 liter V12 engine that metes out 510 bhp. The sound produced by the engine is so intoxicating that drivers will want to drive through tunnel after tunnel with the windows all the way down.
This is the Koenigsegg Edition. The automaker maintains that no other supercar offers sheer drivability with the efficiency of the CCXE. The Edition has a top speed of more than 250 mph and accelerates from zero to 62 mph in three seconds. Buckle up and enjoy the performance of the 4.8-liter twin supercharged Koenigsegg engine. The Swede supercar maker is unapologetic about making exhilarating cars that should be enjoyed on a track, straight strips, and barren country roads. Exhilarate responsibly.
This is the first four-seat convertible in the venerable Italian automaker's 96-year history. A 4.7-liter V8 Ferrari-delivered engine coupled with a ZF six-speed automatic and more than 444 horsepower make the GranTurismo a supreme supercar. The Pininfarina design and the ergonomically correct and luxury-laden cabin distinguish the 2012 GranTurismo from the pack. There are new customizable interior options in both the S and the S Automatic models.