Looking for a hot new set of wheels? You couldn’t have picked a better time. The current lineup of new cars might be one of the best in decades—especially when it comes to high-performance coupes. Among the new two-door sports cars generating a buzz, we’ve zeroed in on 10 powerful rides that’ll have people envying you from the freeway to the valet stand and beyond...
Aston Martin Vanquish Heralded as the best Aston Martin ever, the Vanquish ushers in a new era for the 100-year-old carmaker. Defining features include a striking new exterior, a luxurious new interior and a new 565-horsepower V12 engine that brings a whole different meaning to “speed dating.”
Audi R8 V10 Thanks to Audi’s focus on making the R8 as comfortable as an everyday driver as it is racing through the canyons, the 2014 model features a number of enhancements. Most notable is a new 525-horsepower V10 engine and a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that’s about as seamless as it gets in a car with this kind of power.
BMW M6 “Competition Package” For the 2014 model year, the BMW M6 Coupe gets a new “competition package” that boosts the V8 engine up to 575 horsepower—in case you need a little extra to wake up the neighbors. The latest edition to the M lineup also features unique 20-inch wheels along with M quad tailpipes finished in black chrome.
Chevrolet Corvette StingrayThe all-new Chevrolet Corvette, which kicked off this year’s sports car craze in January at the Detroit Auto Show, is only the third ’Vette to be honored with the Stingray name in the 60-year history of the car. Featuring a 450-horsepower V8, the new model shares only two parts with the previous generation Corvette. Look for it in dealerships at the end of the summer.
Ferrari F12 BerlinettaMaking its U.S. debut earlier this year, the new F12 Berlinetta is the most powerful road car in the history of the Prancing Horse. It features a 730-horsepower V12 engine and goes from 0 to 60mph in a jaw-dropping 3.1 seconds.
Jaguar XKR-S GTMaking its debut at the New York Auto Show earlier this year, the Jaguar XKR-S GT is a stunning example of how serious the British carmaker has gotten about performance. The limited-edition car’s V8 roars out 550 horsepower and will include only 50 units at most.
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series More than 150 pounds lighter than the standard SLS GT, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS Black Series exemplifies everything that AMG has come to represent. Powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine, the car generates more than 631 horsepower and has a 0-60 mph time of 3.6 seconds.
Rolls-Royce WraithFeaturing an 8-speed automatic transmission, the new two-door Wraith owns the special distinction of being the fastest Rolls ever. The twin-turbo V12 with 624 horsepower has a 0-60mph time of 4.4 seconds. Not bad for a luxury supercar.
Porsche 911 GT3 While it won’t be available in the U.S. until later this year, the new Porsche 911 GT3 is well worth the wait. The new racetrack version of the 911—being introduced as part of the 50th anniversary of the model—is lighter than the previous GT3, with 475 horsepower and a top speed of 195 mph.
SRT Viper GTS After nearly a two-year hiatus, the Viper has returned with a new GTS model under the SRT brand that rivals a lot of European sports cars. The premium muscle car features the same 640-horsepower V10 engine equipped in its more traditional stablemate with more exotic details.