Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations took the sporty XE sedan and transformed it into a track beast. This beautiful, aerodynamic, carbon fiber lightened monster rocks a 5.0L supercharged V8, carbon ceramic brakes, and does 0-to-60 in 3.3 seconds, with a 200 mph top speed.
Like its coupe brother, the 570S Spyder packs a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 that sends 562 hp to the rear wheels. The retractable hardtop variant gains very little weight, stays just as rigid, and still does 0 to 62 mph in just 3.2 seconds, and hits 204mph (top up) or 196mph (top down).
Our friends at DriveWithDave spent an afternoon with the new Lotus Evora 400, the fastest Lotus road car ever. A supercharged 3.5 liter V6 packs 400 horses, and the car sprints from 0-60 in 4.1 seconds with a 186 mph top end. Plus, it’s got an incredible exhaust note.
Because the 707hp Challenger Hellcat wasn’t enough, Dodge will offer their muscle car with an 840 hp supercharged V8, launching the beast from 0-to-60 in 2.3 seconds, running the 1/4-mile in 9.65 seconds, then driving home after popping wheelies at the drag strip.
We got behind the wheel of Alfa’s 505 hp Super Bowl star car. Beyond its striking looks, it drives fantastically, with precise steering, a superbly stiff chassis, and more power than we need, but exactly as much as we want. Hear it launch, then read our full review on 95octane.
The Elise Sprint’s carbon fiber parts help shave off over 90 lb. of weight compared to the standard model, giving it a dry weight of just 1759 lb. It also borrows the Exige Sport 350’s open-gate gearbox. Available in 1.6L 134 hp or a supercharged 1.8L 217 hp engine. Sadly, it’s not US-bound.
We had the opportunity to take the new retractable fastback version of the MX-5 Miata for a spin through the hills of Southern Cali. The MX-5 RF is every bit as fun as the roadster, looks amazing, and offers added shelter from the elements. Full review on 95octane.
The latest version of the 911 GT3 now comes with either the usual 7-speed PDK or a 6-speed manual transmission. Its 4L flat-six produces up to 500 hp and 339 lb-ft. of torque, while its redesigned front and rear help it create up to 20% more downforce than its predecessor.
A key twists, and the Ferrari 2.4 Liter Dino motor comes to life with a roar. Our friends at DriveWithDave spent an afternoon driving the iconic Lancia Stratos Stradale. Go behind the wheel of the car that won the Group 4 rally car championship, and in its day, was untouchable.
Drive with Dave goes behind the wheel of the De Tomaso Mangusta. The Mangusta is fast, fun, and gorgeous from any angle. Outstanding performance, and much cheaper than Ferraris or Lamborghinis from this era, the Mangusta should be on everyone’s bucket list to drive.
From the factory, the Tesla Model S P100D can do 0-to-60 in 2.5s in Ludicrous mode. But this race-prepped version will do it in 2.0s flat, thanks to an 1100 lb. weight loss, a boost to 778hp, an aero body kit, and race suspension. The cars race in the new Electric GT series.
One of the things we miss from sports cars are pop-up headlights. Rockstar Rides also has a place in his heart for these neat sources of light and style, and set out to find as many of these cars as he could. The result is a wonderful montage of rides with serious personality.
Ford’s pony car gets a wider and sleeker grille, new LED headlights, and other tweaks up front. The GT gets quad-exhaust, and options include MagneRide suspension, active exhaust, and a 12″ digital dashboard. There’s a new 6-speed manual and 10-speed automatic, and more.
The rear-wheel drive Scion FR-S gets reborn, retaining the go-kart like handling of its predecessor, along with more sporty front end styling, and cool new “86” badging throughout. Its 200-ish hp engine won’t break records, but it’s still a blast to drive. Review on 95octane.