Ferrari 812 Super fast. If there was an award given for truth in advertising, this would certainly win hands down, given its rip-roaring 6.5-liter 789-horsepower V12 engine. How fast is Super fast? Try 0-60 mph in a scenery-blurring 2.8 seconds and a highly illegal top speed of 211 mph. And that’s without either turbo charging or supercharging. Not only is it the fastest car to ever wear the Prancing Horse logo, it’s also the first Ferrari to come with electric power steering for added agility. The only way Ferrari could have been more honest in naming the car is if they called it the 812 Super fast and Looks Good Doing it, given the car’s sensually sleek – and aerodynamically slippery – bodywork.
Lexus LC. In what’s shaping up to be a banner year for sports-car aficionados, Lexus goes all in with a new top-drawer rear-drive luxury performer. It traces its roots to the brand’s LF-LC concept car, the low-slung and extremely rounded LC (the name could stand for Lots of Curves).
It offers a choice of a 5.0-liter V8 with 471 horsepower and a 10-speed automatic transmission (0-60 mph in around 4.5 seconds) or a hybrid version that pairs a 3.5-liter V6 with dual electric motor/generators to produce the combined equivalent of 354 horsepower. The hybrid uses a gearless CVT transmission in tandem with a four-speed automatic to simulate 10 separate gear ratios for energetic performance, with quasi-manual operation via a pair of paddle shifters. An available Dynamic Handling system with Variable Gear Ratio Steering and Active Rear Steering is engineered for enhanced cornering thrills.