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2011 Exotic Cars

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Model years for exotics can be hard to pin down. When you're only making a couple hundred -- or maybe only a couple dozen -- cars a year, you can start and stop as you please, without thought for a proper model year. But these are the exotic cars we'll see on the streets in 2011, with any luck.

1. 2011 Aston Martin Cygnet

2011 Aston Martin Cygnet
Aston Martin

The newest Aston Martin is the tiniest ever. The city car is a result of automotive crosspollination: it's built on a Toyota iQ platform at the Aston Martin plant in Gaydon, UK.

  • Intended to be the low-emissions, fuel-sipping alternative to a full-blown V12 Aston
  • Easily parkable and maneuverable at under 10 feet long
  • Available only in Europe

 

2. 2011 Bentley Continental GT

2011 Bentley Continental GT
Bentley Motors

Bentley gives it flagship coupe a major overhaul after many years of good service. The four-door coupe gets engine upgrades for more power and fuel efficiency, while the interior gets a new dash and, yes, even more buttery-soft leather.

  • W12 engine now has 567 bhp and 516 lb-ft of torque
  • Flex-Fuel capable
  • Available V8 engine
  • Nav system uses Google Maps -- just like me!

3. 2011 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible

Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible
Bentley

Just like the rest of the Continental lineup, a droptop version of the fastest-ever Bentley Continental Supersports will arrive in summer 2010 as a 2011 model. It's got the same engine as the hardtop, with a healthy dose of sunshine and fresh air thrown in.

  • 621-hp twin-turbo W12 engine
  • Six-speed transmission
  • Fabric top available in a half-dozen colors

4. 2011 Bentley Mulsanne

Bentley Mulsanne
Bentley Motors

The Bentley Mulsanne replaces the Arnage, a longtime member of the Bentley family. This new car is named for the famous Mulsanne corner at Le Mans -- a circuit Bentley dominated six times in its history.

  • 512 hp and a massive 752 lb-ft of torque from its 6.8-liter V8
  • Each hand-built Mulsanne takes nine weeks to build
  • All this and more for $285,000, to start

5. 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia

Ferrari 458 Italia
Ferrari

Another model leaves the stage as a new one enters: the Ferrari 458 Italia will replace the outgoing F430. The latest prancing horse had design input from none other than famed Ferrari Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher.

  • The 458 Italia uses the same engine as the F430, but it's tweaked for more power
  • Its flowing, aerodynamic design is a big improvement over the F430 and 612 Scaglietti
  • The carbon fiber seats come in sizes for the best fit

6. 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo 570-4 Superleggera

The biggest loser in the car world this year is the Lamborghini Gallardo 570-4 Superleggera (yeah, that's "superlight" in Italian). This version of the popular exotic, which debuted at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, has a lot of carbon fiber and more horsepower for a higher top speed -- 202 mph, to be exact.

  • 154 pounds lost, and it never felt hungry!
  • 10 additional horsepower burns more calories!
  • 0-60 mph time drops from 3.7 seconds to 3.4, so it looks better in jeans!

7. 2011 Lexus LFA

Lexus LFA
Kristen Hall-Geisler for About.com

The Lexus LFA is the first supercar from the Japanese carmaker, part of its F performance project. It remains to be seen if people will plunk down $375,000 for a glorified Toyota, but from the looks of it, the LFA is really, really, glorified. In a good way.

  • Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer body material developed in-house
  • Each of the 500 LFAs will be built to order
  • Power comes from a 4.8-liter V10 engine

8. 2011 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible

Maserati GranTurismo Convertible
Maserati GranTurismo Convertible

Maserati goes topless with its four-place GranTurismo. The same car is available in the rest of the world as the GranCabrio, but it shares nearly everything with its hardtop sibling.

  • Soft top instead of a hard folding top to save weight
  • Top drops in 28 seconds
  • Four full seats -- even grown-ups can sit in the back

9. 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
Mercedes-Benz

The return of the gullwing has been one of the most anticipated events on the automotive calendar. The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing is the first supercar to come out of the company's re-commitment to AMG after dissolving its partnership with McLaren. They both seem to be doing okay after the split.

  • Classic gullwing doors replicate the iconic 300SL of the 1950s
  • The 6.3-liter V8 is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Like so many supercars these days (Spyker Aileron, Lamborghini Reventon), the interior is jet-inspired

10. 2011 Pagani Huayra

Pagani Huayra
Pagani

The long-awaited follow-up to the Zonda is finally here. After nearly eight years in the design studio, the Pagani Huayra (code-named the C9 in-house) is ready for its debut.

  • Twin-turbo V12 from Mercedes-Benz and AMG
  • Gullwing doors, like a proper super car
  • Transmission uses a "robotized" system
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