Jaguar’s gorgeous F-Type convertible is donning a cap next year in an effort to up the ante even further in its performance game. Along with the hardtop, which can be fitted with a full-length glass panel, and two V6 models starting in the mid-sixty-thousand dollar range, the king of the hill hundred grand F-Type R Coupe will get a 550 hp 5.0-liter supercharged V8, 55 hp more than the top topless model offers.
Mercedes’ gull-wing wonder is about to fly off into the history books, but not before one last swan song. The SLS AMG Final Edition has a large rear wing, black carbon fiber-look hood and a thunderous 591 hp 6.2-liter V8 under it.. And for those who prefer the sun to show-stopping doors, a convertible version will also be available.
Nissan’s exotic supercar-killing GT-R has been given significant annual updates since it launched in 2009, but while the standard car gets just a few refinement tweaks for 2015, Nissan’s Nismo performance division had a go at the car, too, and created its own wonderful monstrosity. Along with a boost in output to 600 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque, the GT-R Nismo gets a stiffer chassis; a retuned suspension optimized for the track; a new rear wing, front fascia and underbody panel that reduce drag and increase aerodynamic downforce at speed; plus Nismo’s signature red stripe around the bottom of the car, of course. The result is the quickest GT-R yet, posting a 7:09 lap time at Germany’s Nurburgring race track, which makes it it the third-fastest production car at the benchmark circuit.
The long-awaited WRX version of Subaru’s Impreza sedan bows next year with an aggressive new front end complete with the model’s signature hood scoop, a 265 hp 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder engine, all-wheel-drive, a choice of six-speed manual or CVT automatic transmissions good for 0-60 mph sprints of 5.4 and 5.9 seconds, respectively.
Speed comes in all shapes and sizes.