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You can’t stand still in the supercar world. Your competitors are always busy building something faster, sleeker, brasher, and most definitely more expensive. It’s an automotive arms race.

Ferrari unveiled its latest cannon today, ahead of next month’s Geneva International Motor Show: The 812 Superfast marks Maranello’s fastest, most powerful production car ever.

Sure, there’s some historical significance here—the first Ferrari V12 premiered 70 years ago—and Ferrari has jumped on the chance to continue its tradition of giving cool cars stupid and unwieldy names (see: F12berlinetta, LaFerrari, GTC4Lusso). It’s actually not the first ‘Superfast’—the automaker debuted the 500 Superfast, also at the Geneva show, in 1964.

But this two-seater is really an exercise in numbers. The successor to Ferrari’s F12berlinetta carries a 6.5 liter V12, good for around 800 horsepower when you rev the engine to 8,500 rpm. Max torque is 530 pound-feet, all of it pushed to the rear wheels. Zero to 60 mph comes in just 2.9 seconds; top speed is 211 mph. Price is still TBD.


Ferrari says this is its first car to have electric power steering, and the latest version of what it calls Side Slip Control, that tech that keeps wealthy customers from smashing their cars the moment all that power kicks in.

For enthusiasts, though, the 812 Superfast marks a bittersweet moment. Reports indicate this will be the last Ferrari to pack a naturally aspirated engine, before shifting its focus to powerplants with turbochargers and hybrid assists, in the name of improved emissions. Because even Ferrari must consider the health of the planet and bow to ever stricter regulations. At least this era of the prancing horse will close with a V12 roar.

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If dropping a few million dollars on a brand new supercar isn’t enough to get you going, maybe it’s time you considered a classic. Like, say, the 1957 Jaguar XKSS going up for sale next month. Just be sure to warn your accountant ahead of time, because auction house Gooding & Co. expects this rolling sculpture to sell for $16 to $18 million.

What makes the XKSS one of the most valuable cars on the planet? More than the obvious beauty of those curves, rarity: Jaguar built just 16 examples of this car. (It planned for 25, but a factory fire destroyed nine unfinished chassis.) It’s been more than a decade since one of the sweet 16 went up for sale.

The XKSS is a more refined, road-going version of the racing-oriented Jaguar D-Type. This car, chassis number 716, lived with its first owner in Montreal, saw a bit of action on the track, and was fully restored about a decade ago. If the bidding at Florida’s Amelia Island Auction gets frenzied—likely, since who knows when another XKSS will come up for sale—the D-Type that fetched $21.8 million at auction last year could look the bargain.

In an odd twist, you can also opt for a new XKSS: Jaguar’s classic division is now building the nine “lost” nine cars, with a few tiny updates for safety, and selling them for just $1.25 million or so. But where’s the fun in that?

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When Mercedes started building the G-Wagen in the early 70s, the SUV was a utilitarian thing, ideal for military (and soon after, civilian) operators who actually needed to drive where paved roads don’t lead. Over the past 40 years, the vehicle has clung to the angular, boxy, working-class look—but a peek inside reveals this car has gone soft. Like, butter in the Dubai sun soft.

Today, the German automaker unveiled the Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet, the most luxurious G-Class ever. As you’d expect, that means a V12 biturbo engine that puts out 630 horsepower, more screens than you could possibly look at, and enough leather to put cattle on the endangered species list.

The real craziness hits you in the back. Mercedes stretched the wheelbase of the standard G-Wagen by just under two feet, then dropped in two of the “first class” rear seats from its executive-shlepping S-Class. Und voila: As you carom down alpine paths, mowing down mountain goats and bighorn sheep, your passengers can fully recline and enjoy a massage, while the cup holders keep their fine coffees hot and their sparkling waters cold.

Because privacy is everything, a glass partition can seal the driver off from the passengers, flipping from transparent to opaque at the push of a button. And because being seen is even more important, the canvas soft top covering the backseat opens with the whir of a motor—not the pull of an arm.

Mercedes will build just 99 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulets, and will sell them for a yet to be revealed, certainly extraordinary cost. So if you’re the 100th most ridiculous person in Dubai—where superlatives are worth almost any asking price—better luck next time.