2014 Alfa Romeo Spyder

It’s been reported that Mazda and Alfa Romeo are working together on the next MX-5 Miata and Alfa Romeo Spyder. It’s too soon to tell what the final product will look like, but the picture above should come pretty close. These new cars should come in much lighter than the current MX-5, while adding more interior space. Engine choice for the Spyder is currently unknown. We would certainly guess a four cylinder, most likely 1.4 liter, possibly turbo.

Price TBD (est – $30k)

2012 Mini Cooper S Roadster

The Mini Cooper S Roadster comes with a manual soft top, loads of options, and a turbocharged 1.6 liter engine making 181hp and 192lbs torque. With a 0-60 time of 6.7 seconds don’t expect to win any races in this fun little car. Although the manufacturer lists the top speed at 141mph. But hey, that’s not what this car is all about, is it?

The body stiffening and added bits that are required to make a soft top out of a hard top Mini added about 45lbs, bringing the total weight to 2775lbs. Steering is is good and turn in quick, overall performance is… fun. And heck, it’s cute.

Price $28,050 (base)

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2012 SLP Chevrolet Camaro Panther

General Motors tuner SLP will be offering the limited edition Panther, only 100 will be available in 560hp, 585hp or 600hp. Another 45 will be built as 700hp cars. All of them will be black.

Looking at the Panther 600, power comes from Magna Charge TVS2300 supercharger, high lift rocker arms, springs and titanium retainers along with a cold air induction system and updated exhaust system. There’s also suspension upgrade, better handling (and ride lowering) springs. More options are, of course, available.

Zero to sixty is estimated at 3.5 seconds with the Panther 600 package. Although wheelspin may be a limiting factor.

Price $57,000 (includes $32,000 1SS donor car)

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McLaren MP4-12C

It’s already been twenty years since McLaren built the million dollar, three seat F1. That was an amazing car, a turning point in the automotive world some might say. Carbon fiber cars were now available in a production car. And it didn’t end there. Soon there will be production cars with carbon fiber tubs with sticker prices far less shocking, think about $50k. Of course this won’t be anything like the F1. The point is carbon fiber is here to stay.

McLaren is the master of the carbon fiber domain, and it shows in the brilliant work in the new MP4-12C. Manufacturing this one piece monocoque tub takes McLaren only four hours. The whole car comes in at only 3210lbs, thanks to this lightweight construction.

The MP4-12C comes with what seems like an undersized 3.8 liter V8. But fitted with twin turbos it makes 592hp and 443lbs of torque. Fed through a dual clutch seven speed automatic, it’s good for a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 205mph.

Price $231,400

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Giugiaro Brivido Concept

Italdesign showed off the fabulous Giugiaro Brivido concept at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show. But this was far more than just a show car, as you can see from the pictures included. This is well built vehicle, that some believe may be based on a Porsche Panamera Hybrid chassis.

There’s no word yet on if this will make it to production, but some of us think it might be worth running the numbers.

We’ll be sure to keep you posted if there is any more news about this car that comes up!

Carrol Shelby, and American Icon: 1923-2012

Automobiles Daily morns the loss of an icon in the automotive world, Mr. Carrol Shelby, who passed away May 11, 2012 at 89 years of age. To say that his life is the stuff of legend would be a gross understatement. We will try to cover a few of the highlights of that incredible life, but recommend, “The Complete Book of Shelby Automobiles” by Colin Comer as an excellent reference for Shelby designed vehicles.

Born in Leesburg, Texas in 1923 he became a bomber pilot for the Army Air Corps in 1941. Because he excelled in this role he ended up becoming an instructor for these massive planes, and never actually flew in combat missions.

Shelby’s racing life started in 1952, when he took time away from his chicken farm in his friend’s MG-TC. It didn’t take long to find out he “had the touch”, he seemed to be able to win against cars that he shouldn’t have. Soon he was driving just about every brand you can think of, and winning a lot! Sadly, his racing career was cut short in 1960 by a heart condition. In fact he drove with nitro tablets under his tongue during his last few races.

Over the years the Shelby touch has been applied to the 80′s Shelby Dodge Charger, 90′s Shelby 1, the CSX Cobra continuation line and a long list of Mustang vehicles, the latest of which is the astounding 1000hp car capable of 200mph!

The Shelby legacy will live on through his cars, and through the Carrol Shelby Children’s Foundation. After going through a heart transplant, and later a kidney transplant, Mr. Shelby learned that many children suffer some of these same issues and created this foundation.

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2013 BMW 6 Gran Coupe

Mercedes has the CLS, Audi the A7. So it was only a matter of time before BMW would design something to battle the competition. What they came up with you see here, the 2013 BMW 6 series Gran Coupe. The Gran Coupe is mechanically very similar to the BMW 5 series, which means it will be a relatively heavy vehicle, with the heaviest (the 650i xDrive) coming in at 4550lbs.

Two engine choices are available to U.S. buyers, a 3.0 liter turbo producing 315hp, or a 4.4 liter twin turbo V8 making 445hp and 480lbs of torque (guess which one we like). Both come with a ZF eight speed automatic transmission. Regardless of which engine you pick 0-60 is respectable, with the 3.0 liter hitting it in 5.3 seconds (think about how heavy this is) and the 4.4 liter doing it in 4.5 seconds. Both are limited at 155mph.

The interior is really beautiful in this car, although rear leg room seems a bit tight for a car this long. Overall there is much to love and very little not to. Well, did we mention the price yet?

Price – 640i $76,895; 650i $87,395; 650i xDrive $90,395 (all prices listed are base)

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Limited Edition Nissan Juke-R

This is just plain cuh-razy. Nissan will be taking an extremely limited number of orders for the Juke-R. Bragging rights won’t come cheap, at an estimated $590,000! But that gets you one of the very few of these cars in existence, and it will have the 545hp Godzilla engine.

For those of you who just want a seriously fast, extremely capable, well handling car that is made in slightly higher numbers for a lot less money. You might consider the Nissan GTR, at $97,820 you could actually buy a base model Juke (about $21,000) and still have money left over.

If you’re seriously considering the Juke-R contact Nissan

2013 Ferrari California HS

Ahh, the Ferrari California, equally beautiful top up or top down, now available with the HS package. HS stands for Handling Speciale, new for 2013. The car already comes with a 4.3 liter 490hp V8, the HS package promises to put that power to good use. Stiffer springs, magnetic dampers and a faster electronic control unit are combined to greatly enhance cornering, add to that the latest F1 traction control and you’re suddenly taking corners like… well like you’re driving a Ferrari California HS!

Zero to sixty comes in 3.8 seconds, through a dual clutch seven speed automatic transmission.

Price $201,290 (base)

2013 Audi S7

For those who like the look of the Audi A7, and lets face it what’s not to like, the new S7 promises all that and more. Fitted with a 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 producing 420hp (roughly 110hp more than the standard A7) and 406lbs torque. It’s capable of 0-60 in about 4.7 seconds, with top speed limited at 155mph.

Power is delivered through a dual clutch seven speed automatic transmission to quattro all-wheel drive. Features and options include carbon ceramic brakes, adaptive air suspension, torque vectoring rear differential and more. Ride and handling are excellent, as you would expect.

Price TBD (est. $80,000)