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What's New for 2009

New models and minor changes, Alfa Romeo through Mercedes-Benz


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    Alfa Romeo

  • 8C Competizione and Spider: Alfa Romeo starts 2009 in style with a pair of supercars. The sinuous body on both is all carbon fiber, and the 4.7-liter V8 is all Ferrari, with 444 hp on tap. Only 500 of each type will be made for global distribution. If you had your eye one one, though, too bad: they sold out ages ago. Base price: $200,000 plus.

    Aston Martin

  • DB9: There were only small changes to the 2009 coupe and Volante droptop to add 20 hp and lower the 0-60 time from 4.9 to 4.6 seconds, plus Aston's new keyless "Emotion Control Unit." Base price: $182,450.
  • V8 Vantage coupe and spyder: The main change for the "baby Aston" is a bigger engine, now 4.7 liters instead of 4.3, and a power boost to 420 bhp. Base price: $119,500.


  • Brooklands: The hardtop version of the country-club fave Azure convertible is here! Or not. Bentley only plans to build 550 of these luxurious 5,000-pound behemoths--ever--and the first year's run are sold out, even at nearly $70 per pound. Base price: $358,085.
  • Continental Flying Spur Speed:While the standard-issue Flying Spur gets minor cosmetic updates this year, the new Speed variation kicks out 600 bhp, goes from 0-60 in 4.5 seconds, and has a top speed of 200 mph. Base price: $174,100.


  • Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport: What makes a hot car hotter? Take off the roof. The Grand Sport was the duPont Registry's "2009 Car of the Year," earning special mention of its clever emergency umbrella pop-up roof. Only 150 Grand Sports were built, but that's probably enough to meet demand at this price point. Base price: $2,000,000.


  • Viper SRT10: Not much new for America's other exotic. A few exterior updates, like new colors, and an American Club Racer edition with a huge rear carbon-fiber wing and performance tweaks--but no extra power. Viper buyers are stuck with a mere 600 hp. Boo hoo. Base price: $85,710.


  • California: The latest grocery-getter from Ferrari has gotten a lot of press since before its debut at the Paris Auto Show in October 2008. Word from Scuderia Ferrari is that its latest model is as easy to drive around town as it is on the Autobahn--if, that is, you dare to park a supercar in the IKEA lot. Base price: $185,500.


  • GTR Roadster: The company is rumored to be producing 100 of these V8 Cobra-like supercars with a price tag of more than a half-million dollars, but details are sketchy, even on the company's own web site. Base price: $600,000 (maybe).


  • CCXR: The CCXR is crazy fast (0-62 in 2.9) seconds, crazy expensive (more than $2 million), and it uses green tech for its own evil purposes. The CCXR uses E85 fuel not for its lower emissions but for its higher octane and cooling properties. I mean, it still gets 10 mpg. Base price: $2,400,00.


  • Gallardo LP560-4: The revised version of the Lamborghini Gallardo is fast and fabulous enough to earn 2009 "Best New Exotic" kudos from the duPont Registry. The 5.2-liter V10 is larger than the previous Gallardo's, propelling it to over 200 mph while emitting two fewer tons of carbon dioxide from the tailpipes. Base price: $198,000.
  • Reventon: Lamborghini is producing only 20 examples of its fighter-jet-inspired, million-euro car. The sharp angles of the Reventon are formed from carbon fiber; it has a 650-hp V12 engine; and the dash has 3D LCD screens housed in a solid aluminum block. Base price: $1,300,000.
  • Murcielago LP640 Versace Roadster: What goes with these jeans? Oh, I know-a Lamborghini. The Italian fashion house has tricked out a Murcielago with logos on the doors and leather seats, transparent engine covers, and a line of matching luggage. And of course a signature pair of Lambo/Versace jeans. Base price: $372,200.


  • Evora: The latest in Lotus's lineup won't be available to test drive until spring 2009, but eager enthusiasts can get a virtual trial run in the 3.5-liter V6 in Gran Turismo 5, the video game for PlayStation 3. The Evora is being marketed as "green," thanks to its lower emissions, and positioned as a fast car for fast women, with phrases like "figure hugging" seats and features like child seat fasteners in the rear. Base price: TBD.


  • GranTurismo S: The 4.7-liter V8 engine in this competition-inspired GranTurismo variation is a full half-liter bigger than the base model's, giving it about 30 more horsepower. "S" model clues on the exterior are subtle, except for those 20" wheels with the trident-shaped spokes. They're a dead giveaway. Base price: $135,000.


  • Landaulet: "Landaulet" is a term from the early days of the automobile. It refers to a body style where the rear passenger compartment has a retractable roof, while the roof over the driver is fixed in place. Maybach's new Landaulet comes in two colors, black or silver, plus ambient interior lighting, fold-away tables, curtained partition screen, and time and temperature displays in the rear roof. Base price: $1,350,000.


  • SL65 AMG Black Series: What's this "Black Series" got that other AMG-tuned Benzes don't? A whole lot of carbon fiber, for one thing, including the leather-upholstered seats. The 6-liter V12 produces more than 650 hp and reaches 60 mph from a full stop in 3.8 seconds. Of the 350 total Black Series SL65s to be built, 200 are slated for the U.S. Base price: TBD.
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