Although new product and concept reveals get much of the attention at car shows, the 2015 Detroit auto show also featured a gallery of exotic vehicles many people don’t seem every day. We rounded up some of the top cars from the Detroit auto show’s Exotics Gallery. Check out these exotics and a few details that make them special.
Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster is the open-top version of the V12 Vantage S. So it comes as no surprise that it’s powered by the same naturally aspirated 5.9-liter V-12 producing 565 hp and 465 lb-ft mated to a seven-speed Sportshift III automated manual transaxle. Aston Martin claims that the Roadster can hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and that it has a top speed of 201 mph. The same luxury appointments apply, as well, but with the option of a lowered roof.
Aston Martin Rapide S
Although the Aston Martin Rapide S is the lone four-door in the automaker’s stable, it still features the same coupe-like profile as its two-door brethren. Power comes from a naturally aspirated 5.9-liter V-12 producing 550 hp and 457 lb-ft mated to a rear-mounted eight-speed Touchtronic III transmission. This rear-wheel-drive car pampers its occupants with lots of leather, though rear exit and entry can be difficult and headroom might be a bit tight for some adults.
Aston Martin V12 Vantage S
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is the British automaker’s smallest coupe with its most powerful engine: a naturally aspirated 5.9-liter V-12 producing 565 hp and 465 lb-ft mated to a seven-speed Sportshift III automated manual transaxle. With an engine compartment designed around a 4.7-liter V-8, the large V-12 takes up most of the underhood real estate. Lots of hood venting keeps the powerful engine cool. Inside, the V12 Vantage S features high-quality leather throughout the cabin.
Aston Martin Vanquish Volante
The Aston Martin Vanquish Volante is the open-top version of the automaker’s most expensive GT. Power comes from a naturally aspirated 5.9-liter V-12 producing 565 hp and 465 lb-ft. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a rear-mounted eight-speed Touchtronic III transaxle. Inside, the carbon-fiber and aluminum-intensive Vanquish Volante features high-end leather and available metal and carbon-fiber bits. The automaker claims the convertible can run to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 201 mph.
Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible
The Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 making 521 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic sends power to all four wheels. The Continental GT wraps its occupants in copious amounts of wood and leather and real aluminum trim, and sunshine fills the cabin when the roof is stowed. Bentley claims the V8 S model can reach 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 191 mph.
Bentley Flying Spur
Despite being the most affordable Bentley sedan, the Bentley Flying Spur sedan still pampers its occupants in high-quality leather and has real wood and metal interior surfaces. Available powertrains include a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 with 500 hp and 487 lb-ft or a 6.0-liter twin-turbo W-12 with 616 hp and 580 lb-ft. An eight-speed auto sends power to all four wheels. Bentley claims the V-8 can reach 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and has a top speed of 183 mph, and the W-12 can reach 60 mph in 4.3 mph with a top speed of 200 mph.
Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Although we’d seen the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 prior to the Detroit show, there is something exciting about a 650-hp American supercar. The supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 also makes 650 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed to the rear wheels via a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transaxle. The high-powered supercar is also available as a convertible. The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 can play with cars costing several times its price.
Michigan-based Falcon Motorsports builds this low volume mid-engine supercar. The Falcon F7 is powered by a mid-mounted GM 7.0-liter LS7 V-8 modified to 620 hp and 600 lb-ft — a huge improvement over the 505-hp, 481 lb-ft LS7 found in the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 and C6 Corvette Z06. The carbon-fiber/Kevlar-intensive Falcon F7 weighs just 2,850 pounds. Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes are standard.
Ferrari 288 GTO
Originally built for Group B race series homologation, each of the 272 Ferrari 288 GTO coupes remained street cars after the series was disbanded. The Ferrari 288 GTO was based on the 308 GTB but with a twin-turbo 2.8-liter V-8 in place of the naturally aspirated 3.0-liter V-8. The 288 GTO’s longitudinally mounted engine made 400 hp and 366 lb-ft compared to the GTB’s 240-255 hp from a transverse engine.
Ferrari California T
Along with its mid-cycle refresh, the Ferrari California convertible’s naturally aspirated V-8 was replaced by a smaller V-8 augmented with a pair of turbochargers. The Ferrari California T convertible’s 3.9-liter twin-turbo V-8 makes 557 hp and 557 lb-ft, or 69 hp and 185 lb-ft more than the previous 4.3-liter V-8. A seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle sends power to the rear wheels. Ferrari claims the California T can reach 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and will top out at 196 mph.
Before hybrid hypercars were all the rage, the Ferrari Enzo was the Italian automaker’s halo car. The Enzo’s naturally aspirated 6.0-liter V-12 made an impressive-for-the-time 651 hp and 485 lb-ft. A six-speed automated manual sent power to the rear wheels. Stopping power came from 15.0-inch carbon-ceramic rotors at all four corners. Other than air conditioning, the Enzo offered few amenities. It was a carbon-fiber race car wrapped in a street body.
Jaguar F-Type Project 7
Although the Jaguar F-Type is a modern interpretation of the vaulted E-Type, the F-Type Project 7 takes some styling cues from the D-Type racer. The Project 7 builds off the standard F-Type convertible with a front splitter, chopped down windshield, molded-in fin behind the driver, fixed rear wing, and lowered suspension. The 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 gets a small bump to 575 hp, and torque remains at 502 lb-ft. The number 7 refers to the D-Type’s Le Mans wins.
Despite being the baby Lambo, the Lamborghini Huracan still makes more than 600 hp. That’s right. Its naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10 makes 602 hp and 413 lb-ft. Peak power is made at a dizzying 8,250 rpm. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission sends power to all four wheels. The Italian automaker claims the Huracan can reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.2 seconds.
Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR
With 550 hp and 502 lb-ft, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR is the quickest SUV around Germany’s famed Nurburgring’s challenging Nordschleife. That power comes from the same 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 found in the 2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe R. An eight-speed auto routes power to all four wheels. The Range Rover Sport SVR can hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and has a top speed electronically limited to 162 mph, according to Land Rover. Better yet, it hits these performance marks while still ferrying occupants in complete luxury.
Local Motors 3D Printed Car
Although still a production feasibility study, the Local Motors 3D Printed Car is the world’s first car built by a 3D printer. Local Motors envisions building the first 3D Printed Cars with an electric powertrain. In fact, the company is already taking reservations on its website. Could this be the manufacturing process of the future?
Local Motors Rally Fighter
The Local Motors Rally Fighter may not be as luxurious as many of the cars on the list, but it is an extremely capable off-road vehicle built by you. Roughly the size of a Chevrolet Camaro, the Rally Fighter is powered by a GM sourced 6.2-liter V-8 with 430 hp and 424 lb-ft. The Rally Fighter offers a two-position ride height (61.25 inches or 69.25 inches) and up to 18.0 inches of front suspension travel and 20.0 inches of rear suspension travel.
The Maserati Ghibli arrived in 2014 to slot below the larger and redesigned Quattroporte sedan. Power comes from a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 making 404 hp and 406 lb-ft backed by an eight-speed automatic. The Ghibli can be had in rear- or all-wheel drive. Italian luxury included.
Maserati Gran Turismo Convertible
What better way to enjoy the back roads than in a four-place Italian convertible? The Maserati Gran Turismo convertible may be just the car. Power comes from a 4.7-liter V-8 making 453 hp and 383 lb-ft. A six-speed automatic sends power to the rear wheels. Maserati claims the Gran Turismo convertible can reach 62 mph in 4.9 seconds and has a top speed of 180 mph.
McLaren 650S Spider
At first, the McLaren 650S Spider seems to be a warmed-over 12C with a facelift, but the new front end inspired by the P1 hybrid hypercar improves aerodynamics without affecting drag. The 650S is also more powerful with its 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 boasting 641 hp and 500 lb-ft to the upgraded 12C’s 617 hp and 443 lb-ft. And of course who can forget the open driving experience.
Porsche 918 Spyder
Although the Porsche 918 Spyder isn’t the German carmaker’s first hybrid, it is the most powerful. Power comes from a 608-hp naturally aspirated 4.6-liter V-8, a 156-hp electric motor on the rear axle, and a 129-hp electric motor on the front axle. Total power output is rated at 887 hp and 944 lb-ft.
Porsche Panamera S E-Hybird
The Porsche Panamera S E-Hybird combines a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 with 333 hp and 325 lb-ft and a 95-hp, 219 lb-ft electric motor for a combined system output of 416 hp and 435 lb-ft. A 9.4 kW-hr lithium-ion battery pack can be charged in 2.5 hours from a 240-volt power source. Porsche claims the hybrid sedan can reach 60 mph in 5.2 seconds and has a top speed of 167 mph.
Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II
At around 17 feet 8 inches long (212.6 inches), the Rolls-Royce Ghost is the smallest Rolls-Royce sedan available. The Ghost is powered by a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-12 making 563 hp and 575 lb-ft. An eight-speed automatic sends power to the rear wheels. Despite its smaller size, the quality of materials and workmanship matches that of the larger Phantom sedan.
Built off a shortened version of the Rolls-Royce Ghost sedan’s chassis, the Rolls-Royce Wraith coupe is the sportiest model in the ultra-luxury marque’s history. The large coupe is powered by a more powerful version of the Ghost’s 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-12 (624 hp and 590 lb-ft versus 563 hp and 575 lb-ft) and is backed by an eight-speed automatic.
SRT Viper GTS
With an 8.4-liter V-10 producing 640 hp and 600 lb-ft under the long hood, the SRT Viper GTS has one of the largest and most powerful naturally aspirated engines on any production car. Despite its fire-spitting power figures, the GTS trim is the most luxurious of Viper models and comes with leather and Chrysler‘s 8.4-inch touchscreen Uconnect infotainment system.