2015 Nissan GT-R & GT-R Nismo

The regular 2015 Nissan GT-R which made its debut at the Geneva motor show, additionally, an even more potent GT-R Nismo with 600 horsepower and a stiffened suspension will arrive late in the year.

The regular of the GT-R is its powerplant, a hand-assembled twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 that pumps out 545 horsepower and 463 lb-ft of torque. With the help of launch control, that output is sufficient to propel the coupe from 0 to 60 mph in an eye-popping 2.9 seconds.

The GT-R Nismo gets a massaged version of the company’s 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 making 600 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque. That’s an increase of 55 hp and 18 lb-ft over the standard version. To get that boost, the Nismo uses high-flow turbochargers similar to those in its GT3 cars, optimized ignition timing and an upgraded fuel pump. All of that together resulted in a claimed Nurburgring lap time of 7 minutes, 8.679 seconds, one of the fastest times for a “volume production” car.

Throughout the GT-R model line, you do get a great 3D nav system, Bose audio, and Bluetooth. Take the Premium Interior package it goes a long way to correcting the inexpensive-looking cockpit, which the GT-R’s most visible flaw and you’ll have Infiniti-grade luxury in a car with NASA-grade acceleration.

The entry-level 2015 Nissan GT-R price is $103,365, the 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO has been priced at $151,585, including a $1,595 destination charge…

2015 Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0

Scion has revealed a TRD-tuned special edition FR-S at 2014 New York Auto Show. The car is called the Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 and it will be built in a limited run of just 1,500 examples.

All of that racing heritage is translated into vivid Yuzu yellow paint, a lowered stance, and some subtle body modifications including a quad-tip exhaust system. HID headlights with LED daytime running lights complete the package.

The Release Series is mechanically unchanged, so buyers still get a Subaru-derived 2.0-liter direct-injection boxer-four with 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque, and a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.

The FR-S Release Series 1.0 will arrive in dealerships starting in August of this year, nearly three years after the car was first introduced. The car’s MSRP was not specified (nor was the model year, for that matter) but Scion has suggested that the Release Series 1.0 will start just under $31 000…

2015 Ford Mustang Convertible

When Ford took the wraps off the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible yesterday we thought the droptop version of the iconic car was sorely underrepresented in the coverage. This wasn’t a fault of the media. Ford released no official images during the reveal itself. A strange omission when you realize that the Mustang is one of the best-selling convertibles in the country.

2015 Ford Mustang Convertible

The car’s roof is an automated folding soft top, which now features a standard multilayer insulated cloth that gives it a more upscale appearance and a quieter cabin. The new top, sourced from Webasto, also lowers twice as fast as before, requiring less than 10 seconds to achieve the feat.

2015 Ford Mustang Convertible

Engine options for the 2015 Mustang, which Ford unveiled globally Dec. 5, include a 5.0-liter V8 with upgraded valvetrain and cylinder heads that yield more than 420 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque; 3.7-liter V6 with at least 300 horsepower and 270 lb.ft. of torque; and an all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine at more than 305 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque.

2015 Ford Mustang Convertible

The convertible has been accounting for 18 percent of Mustang sales to date, and it is the only convertible sold anywhere in the world by the Ford Motor Company, so that percentage may rise now that the Mustang is going global. For that reason, the company has invested a lot in this new convertible, and we can’t wait to see how it stacks up against arch-rival Camaro.

2015 Ferrari California T

2015 Ferrari California T

Ferrari has revealed a new car model – comprehensively revamped version of its entry-level California model prior to the car’s debut at the Geneva Auto Show. Now dubbed the 2015 Ferrari California T, this 2+2 retractable hardtop GT will arrive here late this year boasting sleeker styling, enhanced dynamics and for the first time since Ferrari’s fabled F40 supercar, a turbocharged engine.

Updated for the second time since its launch in 2008, the California T gains an evolution of the twin-turbocharged V8 that is also found under the hood of the Maserati Quattroporte. Ferrari engineers have managed to squeeze 560 horsepower and 556 lb-ft. of torque from the eight-cylinder mill thanks to a host of modifications including a displacement that has been increased to 3.9-liters.

If a direct-injection turbocharged V8 sounds familiar, it should. Maserati is playing with a similar configuration right now, but Ferrari insists that this engine is a different project entirely. With a flat-plane crank and different displacement, the only thing the two V8s officially share is a manufacturing facility. But something tells us there may be more than a little commonality between the two blocks.

Visually, the California T features a new front fascia that falls in line with Ferrari’s latest design language. The updates include elongated headlights inspired by the F12berlinetta, a simpler version of Ferrari’s trademarked egg-crate grille and a new hood with two deep air vents. The rear end is fitted with a redrawn bumper, horizontal tail pipes and a more prominent air diffuser.

Pricing for the 2015 Ferrari California T will be announced closer to its U.S. on-sale date. However, it’s expected to be fairly close to the current model and start around $205,000. Launch colors for this new Ferrari will include Rosso California and Blu California…