The Ultimate Car Guide for Gentlemen – Luxury Performance Cars

Acura NSX

If you’ve been dreaming of the next NSX, it’s time to wake up: It’s here in the form of a highly technical and utterly thrilling supercar. With weight-saving construction, a hybrid powertrain that has three electric motors and a mid-mounted twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 making a combined output of 573 hp, the NSX offers pulse-pounding performance paired with everyday usability. A nine-speed dual-clutch automatic and all-wheel drive are standard.

Alfa Romeo 4C

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This is a sexy, mid-engined Italian exotic carved down to affordable scale, and it’s available as a coupe or with a targa top. Powered by a 237-hp turbo four and weighing less than 2500 pounds, its zippy power-to-weight ratio matches its zippy steering ratio; sadly, only a six-speed automatic is available. The 4C practically anticipates road challenges, but the seats are tight, there’s almost no luggage room, and it’s so low it’s tough to get out of—none of which matters once behind the wheel.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta

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A hugely important play for Alfa Romeo in Europe, the Giulietta is tasked with bringing the Italian firm into the top flight, up against the all-conquering VW Golf. Despite best intentions, and Alfa’s glittering heritage, it’s failed in this challenge to date – so Alfa’s having another go with a facelifted version. Which, sensibly, leaves the face well alone: a car as pretty as this needs no surgery. The improvements come inside, under the bonnet and on the road.

Aston Martin DB11

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Turning up its looks and performance literally to 11, the DB11 continues Aston Martin’s tradition of blending style and power. A twin-turbo 5.2-liter V-12 makes a brutal 600 hp and 516 lb-ft, teamed with a paddle-shifted eight-speed automatic. We estimate a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds. A lightweight structure, torque-vectoring system, and stiff chassis result in impressively agile handling. Expect all the trappings of a modern Aston when the DB11 hits showrooms in late 2016.

Aston Martin DB9

Aston Martin DB9 GT

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The voluptuous and alluring DB9 GT is sure to get any driver’s pulse racing, especially after hearing its trademark growl from under the hood. The 5.9-liter V-12 makes 540 hp and drives the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic. The DB9 GT is a lively, involving sports car from behind the wheel; a new infotainment system promises to be more user-friendly. The hardest part will be choosing between the coupe and Volante convertible, which offers top-down touring at the touch of a button.

Aston Martin Rapide /S

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While other four-doors are sober and serene, the sexy Rapide S is flat-out berserk. Shaped like a fighter-jet canopy, built from aluminum panels so pretty they shouldn’t be painted, and powered by a thumping 5.9-liter V-12 that sends 550 hp to an eight-speed automatic, this stunner will tear to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. It’s big, but the low roof limits headroom in back. So it’s not a limousine—take something else to the Oscars. It doesn’t matter; every trip in the Rapide is a red-carpet event.

Aston Martin Vantage

The best way to live out your super-spy fantasy is behind the wheel of an Aston Martin, and the Vantage is the least expensive way to do it. Offered as a coupe or convertible, performance from the V8 Vantage’s engine is nothing short of brutish, at 420 or 430 hp; six-speed manual and seven-speed automatic transmissions are offered. For speed demons, the V12 Vantage has a turbine-smooth 565-hp 5.9-liter V-12 with either a seven-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic handling shifting duties.

Aston Martin Vanquish

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Aston Martin calls the Vanquish a “super grand touring” machine, not a super sports car, but it’s so beautiful that we don’t care what Aston calls it. Yes, its sonorous V-12 makes it fast, but many rivals easily out-accelerate it. Standard models make 568 hp, while the upcoming Vanquish S gets boosted to 580 hp. Like to drive topless? Opt for the Vanquish Volante for a truly rare ride. As with all Astons, its little flaws are forgivable since it is one of the loveliest things on four wheels.

Audi R8

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Audi’s luscious R8 is beautiful to behold, easy to live with, and simply marvelous to drive—everything you’d want in a sports car. The base engine is a 5.2-liter 540-hp V-10; the V10 Plus makes 610 hp. All-wheel drive is standard, as is a seven-speed automatic. The handsome interior features a 12.3-inch configurable display in lieu of traditional gauges; there is also 4G LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi hotspot capability. Only a coupe is offered for now; expect the Spyder version in spring 2017.

Audi RS5

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The RS5 provides practicality with performance and in terms of styling has plenty of sporty additions. Sporty materials include a flat-bottomed steering wheel, racy sports seats, aluminium inserts, metal pedals and a display of RS5 logos all around. The rest can be considered pure A5 with the sensibly laid out dashboard, the immaculate fit and finish with the use of Audi exclusive materials. The RS5’s 4.2-litre V8 is taken from the R8 supercar and provides 331 kW at your feet. Speed carries well when tied to strong grip, good traction and decent body control.

Audi RS 7

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Puristic elegance. Incredible power. Innovative technology. When they come together, a car is created like never before: the new Audi RS 7 Sportback. It is unique in terms of dynamic performance, yet adapts individually to you thanks to the 8-speed tiptronic. The Singleframe grille featuring the black honeycomb typical of RS models sets striking design accents. The innovative Audi Matrix LED headlights are optionally available with additionally darkened trims.

Audi S3

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More power, more dynamic performance, more driving pleasure – brought to the road by the new Audi S3 and its performance enhanced 2.0 TFSI engine with 228 kW and standard “quattro” drive. Its expressive appearance signalises concentrated power even when stationary: the exterior is characterised by details such as the side mirrors in aluminium look or the unique single-frame with its S emblem and chrome twin bridges, as well as the side sills which impressively emphasise the shape and lines of the front and rear aprons.

Audi S4

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From the way it looks to the way it drives, the S4 is a blast to pilot, and we dig it. It’s an all-wheel-drive, sport-tuned version of the already excellent A4, powered by a supercharged 333-hp V-6. A six-speed manual is standard; a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic is optional. Interior and exterior styling is understated compared with some of its more extroverted competitors, and the S4 can get pricey when you start to add on the options. An all-new, more powerful S4 is due in early 2017.

Audi S5

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Quick, nimble, and subtly handsome summarize the stunning S5 regardless of body style. All S5s combine Quattro all-wheel drive with precise steering, adept brakes, and sharp handling. The coupe and convertible use a 333-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V-6. A six-speed manual is standard in the coupe, but the convertible’s exclusive seven-speed automatic is optional. A four-door S5 Sportback extends an already roomy rear seat; it packs a 354-hp turbo 3.0-liter V-6 and an eight-speed automatic.

Audi S6

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The Audi S6 Sedan is so many different things: a representative business car, a prestigious family car or simply an elegant, athletic vehicle for everyday use. Thanks to Audi cylinder on demand, the Audi S6 Sedan uses its power intelligently, translating it into movement in supreme style thanks to quattro permanent all-wheel drive.

Audi S7

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A captivating sight: the Audi S7 Sportback. An exciting experience: driving it. Feel its eight cylinders and its 331 kW (420 hp). Savour its expressive elegance and its generous level of comfort. Experience contemporary sportiness – encased in timeless aesthetics. No matter where the road takes you – it will be an exceptional journey.

Audi S8

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Get in. Buckle up. Start the engine. Wherever you’re heading, enthralling driving dynamics will power you there. For as you know, the world is your oyster when at the wheel of your Audi S8. You decide the direction. The driving style. The pace. And you enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you have plenty in reserve. More than enough to get the very best from every drive.

Audi TTS

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With snazzy styling and peppy performance, the TT and TTS appeal to both the practical and the passionate. The TT has a 220-hp turbo four; the TTS makes 292 hp. Quattro all-wheel drive and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic are standard on both models; a manual, unfortunately, is not offered. The TT is available as both coupe and softtop; the TTS only as a coupe. With well-tuned suspensions, the TT and TTS are effortlessly fast. They blend style with refinement in ways the competition doesn’t.

Bentley Continental GT

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Bentley Continental GTC

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As a favorite of rappers, superstar athletes, and million- and billionaires, the Continental has something for everyone with Louis Vuitton valises full of cash. Offered as a four-seat coupe or convertible, you have a choice of three twin-turbo engines: There is a 500-hp V-8, a 521-hp V-8 S, and a 582-hp W-12; all feature an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. Prefer your Conti GT in an ultra-performance version? Check out the GT3-R coupe with its 592-hp V-8; only 99 will be sold here.

BMW 6-series

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The 6-series is BMW’s most exclusive offering, embodying the spirit of elegant grand touring in a most modern fashion. As a coupe or convertible, the 6-series is available with either a 315-hp 3.0-liter inline-six (640i) or 445-hp 4.4-liter V-8 (650i); both engines mate to an eight-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is available for all-weather ability. There is also an M Sport package with even more upscale interior and exterior accents for extra bling.

BMW Alpina B6

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As a rare breed, the limited-production ALPINA B6 Gran Coupe—featuring the standard, all-weather traction of xDrive, BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system—pushes high-performance luxury to new heights. Unparalleled in its exclusivity, those who drive it will relish its potent power, elegant exterior and handcrafted interior

BMW i8

Three pistons combusting internally, a dash of electrons and lots of aluminum and carbon fiber are the i8’s main ingredients. Its 357-hp hybrid powertrain drives all four wheels; in our hands, the i8 hit 60 mph in 4.0 seconds and saw 38 MPGe on our 200-mile test run. The poised chassis and sharp steering are good fun, but eco-friendly tires and regenerative braking hinder performance. Familiar controls nestle in a plush cabin; the i8’s eye-catching styling is straight out of a sci-fi flick.

BMW M2

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BMW’s pint-sized M2 harkens back to the original small, swift, and snappy M car, the E30-gen M3. Its 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six makes 365 hp and drives the rear wheels through a six-speed manual. An optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic blasts the M2 to 60 in just 4.0 seconds. The poised chassis delivers heroic handling, and although the steering is a bit vague at times, this is easily forgiven; sticky tires and beefy brakes help inspire confidence. The M2 is a 2017 10Best winner.

BMW M3

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The M3 is a legend in the world of performance cars, causing enthusiasts to gush when given the chance. Under the hood is a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six that makes 425 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque; it makes glorious sounds all the way to its 7500-rpm redline. For more power, the Competition package offers 444 hp and 20-inch forged wheels. A six-speed manual is standard and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is optional. The M3 comes only as a sedan; coupe and convertibles wear the M4 badge.

BMW M4

Get behind the wheel of the M4 and prepare for explosive acceleration and razor-sharp handling. Power comes from a 425-hp twin-turbo inline-six, with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive. The Competition package makes 444 hp, but for the ultimate M4, there’s the GTS with 493 hp. The GTS is only offered with the automatic and as a coupe; the regular M4 offers a convertible option. All versions have the legendary performance of the M cars that came before it.

BMW M5

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The M5 is a souped-up 5-series sedan that packs a 560-hp twin-turbo V-8 punch. It comes from a long line of high-performance sedans tuned by BMW’s M division. Larger and heavier than ever, it remains seriously fast and, thanks to sophisticated electronic driving aids, is exceedingly capable on the track. The good news: You can get a manual transmission. The bad news: The automatic is better.

BMW M6

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Blending a tasteful yet aggressive design with extraordinary performance, the M6 is a sexy beast indeed. Power comes from a 560-hp 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 mated to a seven-speed automatic or six-speed manual. Offered as a coupe or convertible, one might not expect such brutish power in what is a comfortable and cosseting car, but that’s exactly why we like it. Despite being more agile than the 6-series, the steering and the brakes lack the feedback needed to make the M6 a proper sports car

BMW Z4

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The Z4 is a sporty, two-seat ragtop that comes in three flavors. The base 2.0-liter four-cylinder sDrive28i is offered with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic; there are two 3.0-liter twin-turbo sixes: the 300-hp sDrive35i and the 335-hp sDrive35is. The former is offered with a six-speed stick or seven-speed dual-clutch auto, while the sDrive35is is offered only with the automatic. Regardless of the model, however, the Z4 is not one of our favorite sports cars.

BMW Z5

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BMW’s latest convertible sports car, the Z5, has been spotted testing with barely any camouflage disguising its low-slung bodywork. These images courtesy of Auto Evolution give us our best chance yet to see the upcoming drop top undergoing testing before it hits UK roads in 2018. Out exclusive render above shows what the new car could look like.

Cadillac ATS-V

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The ATS-V is Cadillac’s athletic, muscle-bound contender, eager to represent the home team in the fight against other performance rides like the BMW M3 and M4. Sedan and coupe both get a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6 cranking out 464 hp through the rear wheels and either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic. Slick magnet-actuated adaptive dampers are standard, as is the irksome CUE infotainment system. Get the optional Recaro front seats; in our opinion, they’re well worth the extra cost.

Cadillac CTS-V

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Now this is our kind of Cadillac: It’s got a supercharged 640-hp 6.2-liter V-8, big Brembo brakes, an eight-speed automatic, and rear-wheel drive. A manual is not offered, but you won’t care when this brute hits 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and 100 mph just 3.9 seconds later. The steering is accurate yet hefty, while the ride is surprisingly civilized thanks to a magnetorheological suspension. Cadillac claims a top speed of 200 mph and we won’t argue. This is a supersedan in every sense.

Ferrari 458

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Ferrari reinvigorated their image with the 458 Italia to counter the image that had been cultivated of them selling merchandise items rather than fast sports cars. It became the Ferrari that had to be driven and should be owned. It is one of the best fast, extreme road going Ferraris ever made.

Ferrari 488GTB

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With its twin-turbo 3.9-liter V-8 located behind you, you’ll enjoy its sonorous wail, and ferocious acceleration, all the way to 8000 rpm, where it makes 661 hp. A dual-clutch seven-speed is the sole transmission; we estimate a 0–60 time of 3.0 seconds. Ferrari’s revised adaptive suspension provides a relatively compliant ride without sacrificing handling. For those who really want to hear that V-8 sing, the Spider offers a retractable hardtop that raises or lowers at speeds up to 25 mph

Ferrari California T

The California T is Ferrari’s return to forced induction, but where the last turbo Ferrari was the beastly F40, the T is far tamer. It’s the softest in the Ferrari range, designed for daily ease and use—it even has a cupholder. Powered by a 552-hp 3.9-liter V-8 mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch auto, the T is plenty quick and agile, though not as rewarding as a 488. The folding top tucks into the top half of the trunk; while technically the T is a 2+2, the rear is better suited for luggage.

Ferrari F12berlinetta

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Sure, it costs more than a house, but the metal-melting aria from that incredibly operatic engine—priceless. The F12berlinetta is everything you could want from an Italian supercar. Power comes from a 730-hp 6.3-liter V-12, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic with rear-wheel drive. Even with all that power, the F12berlinetta is one of Ferrari’s more comfortable cars, making it a true daily-driver. For the ultimate, there’s the F12tdf, with 769 hp and downforce-improving aero add-ons.

Ferrari FF

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The FF continues Ferrari’s tradition of offering at least one curious—often plus-sized—four-seater in its lineup. Its shooting brake (two-door wagon) body is a first for Ferrari and provides plenty of room for four adults and some luggage (fitted, of course). A 651-hp 6.3-liter V-12 situated just aft of the front wheels, seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and standard all-wheel drive conspire to make the FF the world’s fastest grocery-getter. Alas, at nearly $300K, it’s also the most expensive.

Ferrari GTC4Lusso

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In a category full of two-seat supercar coupes, the GTC4Lusso politely requests a table for four. The lusty 6.3-liter V-12 makes 680 hp at an eardrum-tickling 8000 rpm. That power routes through a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic; Ferrari claims a 0-60 time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 208 mph. The interior boasts acres of leather and a 10.3-inch infotainment screen with capacitive-touch controls. Featuring all-wheel drive and four-wheel steering, this is a hatchback unlike any other.

Ferrari LaFerrari

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Above sports cars, there are exotic sports cars—and then there’s the LaFerrari. Its 789-hp V-12 is supplemented by a 161-hp boost from an electric motor. That’s right: It’s a hybrid, enabling it to accelerate like a Bugatti Chiron while guzzling less fuel. Far prettier than its predecessor, the Enzo, the LaFerrari is styled like a ground-bound fighter jet. Both the coupe and convertible are out of production, but they will undoubtedly appear at high-end car auctions for decades to come.

Jaguar F-type

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From its seductively long hood to its steeply raked windshield and wide rear haunches, the F-type is a stunner. Offered as both a coupe and a convertible, it gets a snarling 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 pumping out 340 hp to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic. Racier S models get a boost to 380 hp and offer all-wheel drive with the automatic. Suspension tuning is firm, and the F-type is always eager to play, but the cost is an often harsh ride over bumpy roads.

Jaguar XK

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With swooping lines and traditional British styling, the XK is the quintessential grand touring car in the Jaguar range. Power comes from a 5.0-liter 385-hp V-8 mated to a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters and rear-wheel drive. Steering is nicely weighted and handling is delightfully balanced. The XK is a comfortable car, but it also feels plenty sporty on a winding road. Here’s the bad news: the 2015 model is the last year for these four-wheeled felines. Get one while you still can.

Jaguar XKR

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Lamborghini Aventador

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Brutally powerful and obscenely flamboyant, the Aventador is unburdened by reality. Crazy expensive and crazy fast, it’s capable of amazing performance without feeling like it’s going to spin out into a ditch, which is refreshing in a supercar. Available as a coupe (for now), it has a 6.5-liter 730-hp V-12, a 7-speed automated manual transmission and all-wheel drive. For the ultimate, the Superveloce has 740 hp and a claimed top speed of 217 mph. In our testing, it did 0-60 mph in 2.7 seconds.

Lamborghini Huracan

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Nothing on Earth can prepare you for the eyeball-melting performance of Lamborghini’s “entry-level” supercar, the Huracán. The angular design is severe yet elegant; the stealth fighter–like cockpit is as luxurious as it is intense. Nestled behind the cockpit is a 5.2-liter V-10 with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic (sorry, no manual transmission is offered); with rear-wheel drive, it makes 571 hp and with all-wheel drive it produces 602. A convertible version (Spyder) is also available.

Lexus GS F

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With its 467-hp 5.0-liter V-8, upgraded brakes, and tuned suspension, the GS F puts Lexus back in the performance sports sedan melee. The engine carries over from the RC F coupe, along with an eight-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive. Robust 15-inch front rotors are squeezed by six-piston calipers and lurk behind 19-inch wheels shod by Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The exterior looks the part of a true executive express, while the interior has grippy seats and lots of carbon-fiber trim.

Lexus LC

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Sharply angled sheetmetal and a massively meshed grille hint at a serious performance car, and in that regard, the LC delivers. Heavily enhanced with carbon fiber and high-strength steel, Lexus says the LC has the highest torsional stiffness of any of its models to date. Under the hood beats a 471-hp 5.0-liter V-8, driving the rear wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission. Steering and brakes are excellent. A hybrid with 354 hp also will be offered. Look for both new LC models in 2017.

Lexus RC

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The RC coupe brings sexy back to Lexus, with a blend of style and performance that has been lacking in the brand’s recent offerings. The RC200t offers a 241-hp turbo four with rear-drive and an eight-speed automatic. The RC300 has a 255-hp V-6 and all-wheel drive with a six-speed automatic; the RC350 has a 306-hp V-6 and rear-drive with an eight-speed automatic; all-wheel drive is optional and has a six-speed automatic. The F Sport adds adaptive dampers, special gauges and interior trim.

Lexus RC F

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For those who think too much is just enough, the RC F takes an already aggressive-looking car to the extreme. The styling is wild, with a domed hood, a deeper grille, unique fascias, flared fenders, and ample cooling ducts. The suspension is specially tuned for handling with wide 19-inch wheels. Under the hood there’s a 5.0-liter V-8 rated at 467 hp mated to an eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Despite that power, the RC F is still too heavy for it to compete with the BMW M4.

Lotus Evora 400

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With its lightweight chassis of bonded aluminum, supple suspension, and mid-engine layout, there’s nothing ordinary about the Evora 400. A supercharged 3.5-liter V-6 cranks out 400 hp; a six-speed manual is standard and a paddle-shifted six-speed automatic is optional. We estimate a 0-to-60 time of 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 172 mph. Handling is lively, steering is light yet responsive, and the brakes excellent; acceleration, however, doesn’t feel as strong as we would expect 400 hp to be.

Maserati Ghibli

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Say “gib-lee.” It’s named for an African desert wind—and the perfect name for a hot Italian sedan. With its deliciously curved lines, the Ghibli’s looks are backed up by what’s under the hood. The base setup is a 345-hp, twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 and rear-wheel drive; the S performance version has 404 hp and optional all-wheel drive. Both engines have an eight-speed automatic. The interior needs nicer materials, but this desert wind is a breath of fresh air in a world dominated by German sedans.

Maserati GranTurismo

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Maserati’s GranTurismo offers something extraordinary in a high-performance, six-figure coupe or convertible, one that embodies all that is compelling and irresistible about Italian cars. The exterior has curves in all the right places; the interior is lavishly appointed. There is an amazing, 454-hp 4.7-liter V-8 that is good for sub-5.0-second 0-60 runs. The droptop adds weight and lacks the coupe’s stiffness and response, but still looks fabulous.

Maserati Quattroporte

In Italian, “Quattroporte” means “four doors,” but you don’t need to speak the language to appreciate this car’s dramatic flair. Two twin-turbo engines are offered—a 404-hp 3.0-liter V-6 or a 523-hp 3.8-liter V-8. An eight-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive is offered with the V-6. Inside the sumptuous, leather-lined cabin is an 8.4-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; adaptive cruise control and automated emergency braking are optional.

McLaren 570S / 570GT

There are two members of the 570 family: the 570S and the 570GT; both are set to kick sand in the face of lesser sports cars. The S is sportier, while the GT is set up for long-distance-driving comfort. Both models have a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8 making 562 hp and 443 lb-ft, mounted behind the cabin; a carbon-fiber tub reduces weight and adds strength. A sequential seven-speed gearbox drives the rear wheels. The S is faster to 62 mph by 0.2 second; both models have a top speed of 204 mph.

McLaren 650S

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The 650S may look like a face-lifted 12C, but there’s a lot more to it: The revised styling pays tribute to the P1 hybrid, the body tub is lighter, and about 25 percent of the parts are new. The heart of the car (and the name) is the 650-PS (641-hp) 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8. Mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, the 650S can hit 60 mph in less than 3 seconds. There’s also a Spider version. For more power, there’s the 675LT, which makes 666 hp and hits 60 mph in a claimed 2.9 seconds.

McLaren 675LT

Experience the raw adrenaline of the McLaren 675LT, the lightest, most driver-focused, most exclusive series-production McLaren supercar ever built. The 1997 McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ was the ultimate evolution of the Le Mans-winning F1 GTR. Almost two decades on, the limited-edition 675LT follows its uncompromising ethos to create a visceral driving experience of unique intensity. More power, less weight, more precision – nothing has escaped our attention in the quest for perfection on both road and track.

McLaren 720S

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McLaren’s know-how with lightweight, aerodynamic, ferocious supercars is undeniable, and the 720S is proof. A 710-hp twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 drives the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic. A Drift mode is offered in addition to Comfort, Sport, and Track settings to allow for some drama. A touchscreen infotainment system is standard, as is a digital gauge cluster that hides away in the dashboard when in Track mode. The coupe goes on sale in 2017, with an open-top model coming in 2018.

Mercedes-AMG GT / GT S

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Gullwings are no longer part of the design, but the GT is still set to swoop in and snag buyers away from its archnemesis, the Porsche 911. Its three variants all have a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8. In the base model—if anything at this level can be called base—the engine makes 456 hp. The GT S adds 47 hp, and in the halo GT R edition, engine revisions give it 577 hp. In our testing, we got a GT S from 0 to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds. We expect the GT R to be even quicker when it debuts in summer 2017.

Mercedes-AMG SL63 / SL65

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These AMG twins are the high-performance roadsters for those who refuse to settle for anything less than awesome. The SL63 has a 577-hp 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 mated to a seven-speed automatic; this powertrain motivates the SL63 to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds. The more potent SL65 has a 621-hp 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12 with the seven-speed; it can hit 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. The optional active suspension helps these brutes behave. Note: These models replace the Mercedes-Benz versions.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

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The SLS AMG Coupé Black Series accelerates to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds. The top speed stands at 315 km/h. The AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine generating a power output of 464 kW (631 hp) and 635 Newton meters of torque is a byword for thrilling driving dynamics, making the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series the most powerful AMG high-performance automobile with a combustion engine at present.

Porsche 718 Boxster

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Continuing to define sports-car excellence, the Boxster is once again a 10Best winner. With turbo four-cylinders (the base is a 300-hp 2.0-liter; the S gets a 350-hp 2.5-liter) that are substantially more powerful and torque-rich—making the Boxster faster—we can’t help but miss the guttural yowl from Porsche’s iconic flat-six. Despite these changes, the mid-engine roadster certainly hasn’t lost its dynamic perfection, which is nearly without equal. A touchscreen infotainment system is optional.

Porsche 718 Cayman

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Sharing the same “718” prefix as its Boxster brother, the Cayman also shares the award as a 10Best winner. Despite more-powerful turbo fours (there is a base 300-hp 2.0-liter and a 350-hp 2.5-liter in the S) with increased torque, the legendary Porsche flat-six rasp of yore is gone—and we miss it. The car remains perfectly poised as its predecessors. A six-speed manual is standard; a seven-speed automatic is optional. An improved infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen is standard, too.

Porsche Panamera

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No matter what you think about the Panamera’s styling, its dynamic abilities are beyond question. The base engine is a 330-hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 with rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic; all-wheel drive is available. Optional is a 440-hp twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 with the eight-speed and all-wheel drive; we estimate a zero-to-60 time of 3.2–4 seconds. A hybrid is also available, EPA-rated at 51 MPGe. A 12.3-inch touchscreen in the center of the dash controls the infotainment.

Rolls-Royce Dawn

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Luxurious, exclusive, exquisite; take your pick of adjectives for the lovely Dawn and any one of them will suffice. Basically a Wraith coupe under the skin, the Dawn’s sheetmetal curves and swoops, making it—according to Rolls—the “sexiest Rolls-Royce ever built.” Inside there is room for four adult passengers; occupants will be dazzled by the gorgeous leather and acres of real wood trim. Under the hood is a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-12 that makes 563 hp, so the Dawn is as fleet as it is sexy.

Rolls-Royce Wraith

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The Wraith is derived from the Ghost, but it has its own distinct—some might say sporting—personality. With a 624-hp version of the Ghost’s V-12, the wheelbase is shorter and the fastback body is unique. The Wraith is quicker and more nimble than the Ghost, with a light touch to the steering and a gently controlled ride. Rolls tradition abounds, with rear-hinged power doors, the available Starlight headliner, and an array of options that can launch the already-lofty base price into high orbit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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