2015 Ferrari California T
The Ferrari F40 was the last turbocharged Prancing Horse before the unveiling of the new Ferrari California T. It plans to bring back boosted elegance with a 552hp twin-turbo 3.9L V8 and clean bodylines. Visually it has also been updated inside and out.
0-62mph is reached in a claimed 3.6sec and a seven-speed dual clutch tranny delivers its 557 lb-ft of torque efficiently. Turbo lag is said to be minimal and steering components have been upgraded.
For full story on the new turbo Ferrari: 2015 Ferrari California T Features and Specs Announced
Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430
If the base V8 Vantage isn’t doing it for you then take a gander at the more powerful and track-ready N430 variant. Refined steering and suspension components along with a 10hp bump over the standard model means more fun in the corners. The 4.7L V8 sends 430hp and 361 lb-ft of torque to the ground through a seven-speed automatic transmission – that is the same power as the Vantage S.
After developing the N430 on circuits such as the Nurburgring, the brand claims it’s capable of reaching 0-62mph in 4.6sec. A calibrated sports suspension and race-inspired brake setup scream track car but the available Bang & Olufsen BeoSound system and available convertible model say street ready.
Seat Leon Cupra 280
Never heard of it? You will soon, as the Leon Cupra 280 DSG just broke the front-wheel drive Nurburgring lap record with a 7:58.4 time. That is nearly 10sec faster than the previous FWD champ, a Renault Megane RS Trophy.
Seat is a Spanish automaker and the Leon Cupra 280 can be compared to the Volkswagen Golf R. It uses a VW 2.0L turbo I-4 engine that puts out around 276hp, according to Motor Trend. 0-62mph in 5.7sec may not seem lightning quick but it proved itself worthy of carrying speed at the Ring – the record run averaged 96mph.
2016 Audi TTS
It may only be early 2014 but Audi has unveiled its 2016 TTS – a sportier version of the standard TT. Being such an early preview means the brand is holding back on some of its vital details. Motor Trend speculates that it will make at least 265hp based on the current TTS. The cockpit houses a range of electronic goodies, leather seats and digital instrument control.
The largest change seen at this point is the fresh face. The sharp headlights and large signature grille lead up to a sloping roofline tided together at the rear with a diffuser and quad-tip exhaust pipes.