The enigmatic D in Elon Musk’s recent tweet stood for Dual, as in dual motor. If you’re wondering why you should care, the answer’s pretty simple: the P85D. This flagship version of Tesla’s Model S adds a second 221 horsepower electric motor to drive the car’s front wheels (read: four wheel drive), totalling 691 horsepower in all to launch this sedan from 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds flat — as fast as a McLaren F1 but with far more trunk space. Every new Tesla also includes Auto Pilot mode which, while not actually taking the job of driving away from you just yet, surveys the road and surrounding vehicles using cameras and ultrasonic sensors to both smoothly execute lane change maneuvers just by flicking on your turn signal and reduce speed by interpreting speed limit signs. And if that all extra power proves unnecessary, grab a standard Model S with D option for better traction and more efficient energy recovery, actually resulting in 10 extra miles of range.
Hit up Tesla for details – $120,000
Apparently, the Venom GT’s title for world’s fastest production car – at 270.49 mph (435 km/h), by the way – didn’t quite satisfy Hennessey. The speed-hungry tuning house is already working on its successor, the aptly named Venom F5, 5 to denote the strongest tornadoes on the Fujita scale. With looks to match its advanced aerodynamics and a low curb weight thanks to the extensive use of carbon fiber and aluminum, this machine has a leg up on its predecessor from the get go, even before we mention the ludicrous estimated 1,400bhp churned out by its twin-turbo V8. So what will this amount of car get you? A blistering predicted top speed of 290 mph (466 km/h), at least on paper – finding a suitable road or track to test it yourself might prove… difficult.
Hit up Hennessey for details – $TBA (but likely over $1.2M)
While driving, we all might write off the occasional glimpse towards our smartphones as inconsequential, but it’s illegal in many states, not to mention dangerous. At the same time, however, we’re not quite willing to give up on our phones’ highly versatile feature sets in the car. Navdy is the answer. With its transparent heads-up display, Navdy projects information as if it were floating six feet in front of you, letting you keep your eyes on the road at all times. It works with both Android & iOS devices to seamlessly extend various apps, responds to touchless gestures, such as swiping left to answer a call or right to dismiss a notification, and uses voice recognition to write texts, place phone calls, Tweet, and more.
Preorder at Navdy – $300
“Woe to you oh earth and sea, for the devil sends the Beast with wrath because he knows the time is short…” Was it the Bible or Iron Maiden? Either way the Rezvani Beast is full of the kind of throat punching, heart pounding wrath that’s a throwback to a time when it was just you, power, and the road. This Beast (pun intended) accelerates from 0-60 in 2.7 seconds thanks to a supercharged and turbocharged 4-cylinder located directly behind the driver. Couple this with a 1550lb carbon fiber body and 5 speed manual transmission, and its 500hp engine is sufficient to thrust you and your passenger to the back of your seats. Unlike many other modern supercars, the Beast has limited computerized settings, letting you experience the road the way it was meant to. And, remove the windshield and doors for an even truer track experience. Road legal, the Beast is a registered specialty construction vehicle and priced for more budget minded supercar enthusiast.
Check it out at Rezvani Motors – $119,000
Value torque over horsepower? Trident’s Iceni produces loads of both, with a rather steep inclination towards the former. This two-seater sports a mid-front mounted 6.6 litre turbo diesel V8 that outputs 700 lbs-ft of torque plus 395bhp and is coupled to a strong, rigid stainless steel chassis. And, perhaps most importantly to eco-conscious sports car aficionados, it boasts a 0 to 60 time of 3.7 seconds and top speed of over 190mph, seemingly miraculous considering its startling 70 mpg fuel economy and 2,000 mile range before requiring a fill-up.
Read more at Trident Sports Cars – $162,000
It won’t be here in time for summer, but invest in your future (i.e. summertime 2015) with Chevrolet’s drop-top Z06. Despite its fully electronic top that can be remotely lowered at speeds of up to 30mph, this Z06 was designed from the get-go to be an open-top vehicle, meaning its rigid aluminum frame is up for whatever torsional punishment its engine and handling can dish out. Speaking of which, its supercharged V8 puts out over 625 horsepower and 635 lbs-ft of torque, transmitted through either a 7-speed manual or 8-speed paddle-shift automatic to its massive 19- and 20- front and rear wheels, respectively. And we haven’t even talked about its Active Fuel Management (that shuts off half its cylinders for 29mpg highway driving), five selectable driver modes to personalize each drive, and Magnetic Selective Ride Control that automatically controls suspension stiffness for a smooth, responsive ride regardless of terrain variations.
Read more at Chevrolet – $TBA
Recent studies have shown that drivers of luxury automobiles like Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar and yes, Porsche, are more arrogant than the rest of us. In the case of the new Porsche Cayman GTS, its owners have perfect right to be, at least when it comes to their car. An entirely new fascia front with larger air intakes set off the look of the new GTS from the start, but its jaw dropping beauty – both in and out – doesn’t end there. The exhaust system offers a deeper, more sports car-like sound at the push of a button for when it’s time to show BMW owners what a real European high performance vehicle both looks and sounds like since, along with the classic style and luxury of the Porsche, the GTS comes standard with a robust 340 hp-producing mid-mounted flat six. A sportier setup for the engine, chassis and manual gearbox is easily controlled through the use of the new sport chrono package with which you’ll be able to, among other things, calculate your lap times.
Find it at Porsche – $75,200+
There’s something about an Audi TT badge on the rear deck of a car. Just a glance elicits a sensory response… the whine of the turbo, the look of aerodynamic engineering, the taste of… you get the idea. Following up on the success of the first and second generations, the third generation of Audi’s two seat sports car is here. Borrowing the rounded fenders, unique taillights and dual exhaust from the first gen, the hidden rear spoiler that deploys at 75 mph from the second, the third gen adds the sculpted grille and headlights of the Audi Quattro. Three available power trains propels the new TT, with the base model offering 184 hp and a stellar 56 miles per gallon while midline models offer up to 230 hp. For those with a need for speed, the Audi TTS offers 310 hp from its 2.0T and reaches 62 mph in just 4.7 seconds with a top speed over 155 mph.
More info and Audi’s press release at AutoBlog – $TBA
McLaren’s 12C not quite doing it for you? Doubtful, but McLaren’s still reworked that supercar into something faster and more performing that sits alongside the original in their lineup. Titled after its power output – that’s 650 metric horsepower – the 650S produces thanks to a twin-turbo 3.8-litre V8 matched with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. With a 0-60 time of 3 seconds flat, a top speed of 207mph and aesthetics inspired by McLaren’s P1 at a fraction of the cost, the 650S actually looks to be a relatively good deal, at least as far as dropping heaps of money on a car goes.
Read more at McLaren – $TBA (but likely a bit over $300k)
If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough. The Felino CB7 lets you lose control. Race car fans and aficionados of elegant design alike will appreciate the flowing lines of this carbon fiber and composite two-seater sports car. Weighing in at under 2500lbs, with a performance minded 50/50 weight distribution and a host of race inspired features, the standard 6.2L V8 churns out 525hp, while a 6-speed manual transmission directs the 489ft/lbs of torque to the rear wheels. Though built for the track, the Felino will also be available in four and six cylinder versions for the slightly more sensible.
Ogle some more at Felino – $TBA (but likely about $100,000)