The sports car industry has never been more competitive than it is today. 2014-2015 promises to be an exciting time in the world of sports cars. Let’s take a look at some of the best models that are scheduled to be released during this time period:
1. Lamborghini Veneno Roadster
Making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, this brand new model has been a hot topic of discussion ever since. Two of the Veneno Roadster’s most distinctive features are the carbon intensive construction and competition derived aerodynamics. With a 6.5-liter V12 engine, the Veneno can top out at 220 mph. 2.9 seconds is all it takes to make this car go zero to 62. If horsepower is what you want, this baby has 750 of them under the hood.
2. Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z07
The bulging hood and huge tires are usually the first two things people notice about the latest version of the classic Stingray line. It’s impressive engine specs include a supercharged V8 engine that will have the capability to crank out roughly 600 horsepower. Limited information has been revealed about the car to this point, but it is generating significant buzz among sports car fans.
3. 2015 Ford Mustang
The most highly anticipated muscle car is without a doubt the 2015 Mustang. Like a fine wine, the Mustang line seems to get better with age. A turbocharged 2.3-liter Ecoboost engine will reside in the Mustang, producing up to 330 horsepower.
4. Ferrari LaFerrari
The 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari contains a beautiful design that is instantly recognizable as being made by the legendary Italian automaker. It boasts a 6.3-liter V8 engine with a staggering 963 horsepower. Zero to 60 can be accomplished in only three seconds. The 217 mph top speed makes it one of the fastest street legal cars in the world.
5. 2015 Acura NSX
Scheduled to be manufactured in the United States, the 2015 Acura NSX will contain hybrid technology developed by Honda. The car will contain a V6, but top speed details are currently not available. Compared to most sports cars in this class, the Acura NSX is said to be extremely fuel efficient. Other features include a low cowl line cabin, a low nose and all-wheel drive.
6. 2015 BMW i8
Revealed for the first time at the Frankfurt motor show, the hybrid i8 from BMW lived up to the hype surrounding it. If you use the plug-in hybrid’s 1.5-liter three-cylinder gas engine, the i8 will produce 231 horsepower. However, including the electric motor will cause the horsepower to jump to 362. The transmission only comes in a six-speed automatic.
7. 2014 Dodge SRT Viper
It is safe to say that the Viper is now an iconic American sports car. In 2014, the tradition will continue with the release of the SRT Viper. Loaded with an arsenal that includes a hefty 8.4-liter V-10 engine capable of producing 640 horsepower, the SRT Viper is certainly a major force to be reckoned with.
8. 2014 Porsche Cayenne
Porsche has been producing the Cayenne line for a while now. However, the 2014 model comes with a 3.6-liter V6 that will weigh less and have more power than the previous generation of Cayennes that were produced. Thanks to the 300 horsepower it can generate, the Cayenne can reach 60 mph in 7.1 seconds. There will also be a diesel model available with a 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel engine with 245 horsepower.
9. 2014 Jaguar XK
The XK has become one of the best-reviewed Jaguar models in many years. There are several versions of the XK to choose from in 2014. The standard version has a 5.0-liter V8 that produces 385 horsepower. It takes 5.2 seconds to reach 60 mph. A step up the performance ladder is the XKR, producing 510 horsepower. It also has a 5.0-liter V6, but this one is supercharged. Zero to 60 speed is reduced to 4.6 seconds. The XKR-S can churn out 550 horsepower, reaching 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. Finally, new for the 2014 model year is the limited edition XKR-S GT. Only 30 of these cars will be made initially, but more will be produced if sales are good. It has a top speed of 186 mph, reaching 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds.
10. 2014 Maserati GranTurismo
The GranTurismo is Italian engineering at its finest. The beautifully designed car is sure to turn heads. The Ghibli sedan and the Quattroporte versions of the GranTurismo contain 454 horsepower produced by a 4.7-liter V8 engine. Zero to 60 is accomplished in 4.8 seconds.