MERCEDES-BENZ SLS AMG E-CELL, as unseen in Dirty Mary Crazy Larry
Arrival: Late 2012
Price: $250,000 (est.)
Engine: 4 AC synchronous motors
Torque: 649 lb.-ft.
0–60 mph: 4.0 seconds (est.)
Top speed: 155 mph
Heads up, hard-of-hearing grandparents! We’re giving you a warning: A silent killer is coming. Better start heading inside. The E-Cell is an all-electric version of the mighty SLS AMG, the snout-nosed throwback of a supercar that just started tearing up the tarmac. That car’s ingenious chassis design will allow the speed geeks at Mercedes to swap in an electric power train without changing the all-aluminum body—and most important, it’ll leave those badass gull-wing doors intact. Four electric motors—two on each of the axles—will work in tandem with a pack of liquid-cooled high-voltage batteries positioned directly behind the driver to instantaneously provide a sledgehammer-like 649 lb.-ft. of torque. And since it’s electric, there’s no clutch or gears. Transmission? Where we’re going we don’t need transmissions!
MCLAREN MP4-12C, as unseen in The Fast and the Furious
Arrival: Spring 2011
Price: $230,000 (est.)
Engine: 3.8-liter V-8
Torque: 443 lb.-ft.
0–60 mph: 3.4 seconds
Top speed: 200 mph
McLaren Automotive hasn’t released its own production car since the mighty 241 mph F1 in 1998 (some still call it the best supercar the world has ever seen). So what the hell have those blokes been doing in the meantime? Building title-winning Formula One cars, that’s all. Breathe easy, moneybags: Next year McLaren’s getting back in the game by launching the MP4-12C, this trim street-fighting machine. Nearly all its components reap the benefits of the McLaren racing program: The body is a super-strong, weight-saving carbon-composite “MonoCell.” Its homegrown 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 is paired with a predictive Formula One–inspired dual-clutch gearbox. Its brakes even help steer out of turns. One completely awesome option box you should totally check: tiny “hero cameras” that are permanently mounted on the front and rear of the car and above the driver’s right shoulder, so you can record your wickedest laps, or a particularly great order at the Wendy’s drive-through window.
LOTUS ELITE, as unseen in TRON
Arrival: April 2014
Engine: 5.0-liter V-8
0–60 mph: 3.5 seconds
Top speed: TBD
This slippery sportster is the coolest car built by British manufacturer Lotus since the Esprit S1 piloted by James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me. Sure, the Elite won’t turn into a submarine like Bond’s Esprit, but its performance on dry land—a romp to 60 mph in just over three seconds with a couple of Bond girls in the backseat—should be enough for us, thanks. The car is part of an onslaught of sexy new rides to come from the limeys at Lotus in an effort to bring the brand back into the top tier with builders like Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Aston Martin (Bond’s main modern-day ride). This hot hybrid’s tricks might do just that. Two electric motors can propel the car by themselves or work in tandem with its twin-turbocharged V-8 engine to provide a push-button boost of power. Looks like Lotus is back. Best get outta the way.
PORSCHE 918 SPYDER, as unseen in The Blues Brothers
Price: $625,000 (est.)
Engine: 3.4-liter V-8 with three electric motors
0–60 mph: 3.0 seconds (est.)
Top speed: 198 mph (est.)
If the term “hybrid car” evokes thoughts of the fun-killing Toyota Prius, prepare for your little mind to melt. With its next elite supercar, Porsche will flip the script on the H-word by combining a V-8 gas engine with three electric motors. The purpose? Just. Go. Faster. (Oh, yeah, and, uh, save the Earth. Heh.) The stunning speedster’s 3.4-liter V-8 engine will put out a whopping 500 horsepower and work in tandem with three battery-powered electric motors to call up an additional 218 ponies anytime you click a wheel- mounted “E-Boost” button, Speed Racer–style. You’ll also be able to shut the gas engine off and drive on pure battery power, allowing for one long, silent 16-mile cruise. You’ll hear everything they’re saying about you.
LAMBORGHINI SESTO ELEMENTO, as unseen in The Cannonball Run
Engine: 5.2-liter V-10
Horsepower: 570 Torque: 398 lb.-ft.
0–60 mph: 2.5 seconds (est.)
Top speed: TBD
Translated from the Italian, Lambo’s latest concept is named for the “sixth element,” carbon, because its monocoque shell (stop giggling) and a majority of the car’s parts—brake discs, exhaust system, even its suspension—are made from carbon composites. The ultralight, ultra-sturdy material is used for better handling, quicker acceleration, and, uh,making the Sesto Elemento look just appropriately extreme enough to be the brand’s next halo car. Although Lambo hasn’t announced plans to produce this exact model, we’d make a bet that both its carbon-fiber fetish and its Darth Maul-does-origami design language make it to the Bull’s next-gen supercar. We think that’s Awesomum.