|The C6.R was unveiled for its first race at the 2005 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race of the American Le Mans Series. It came in second and third, just behind the new Aston Martin DB9 racecar. It was put on display a week later at the New York International Auto Show next to the Z06.
Later, in the 2005 24 Hours of Le Mans, it made up for Sebring by placing first and second in the GT1 car class after a lengthy duel with the
Aston Martin team's DBR9 racers by finishing 5th and 6th overall, a considerably high finish for a GT class car.
Corvette C6.R went on to win every race it entered in the 2005 ALMS season. It defeated the Aston Martins again at Road Atlanta and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Olivier Beretta and Oliver Gavin took home the drivers championships.
|As the new millennium approached, the Mercedes SL class was a decade old and customers were turning to more modern cars like the Jaguar XK8. In 2001, an all-new SL (initially just a 5.0 L SL500 version) went on sale, boasting the "Vario-Roof", an electric folding steel roof which had been seen on the smaller, cheaper SLK in 1997. A 5.0 L 302 hp (225 kW) V8 was optional, with a 5.5 L AMG V8 appearing in 2004's SL55 AMG. V12 engines are
available in the SL600 and the limited-production SL65 AMG.
SL65 AMG uses 5-speed automatic transmission with AMG SpeedShift programming, and AMG 8-piston composite calipers brakes. With AMG-built twin-turbocharged 6.0 L (5,980cc) SOHC 36-valve V12 engine it produces 612hp at 5500rpm while having an amazing 738lb torque. This car will accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 255 km/h.
|The Porsche 911 GT2 is a high-performance sports car built by the German manufacturer Porsche since 1994. It is a more radical version of the 911 Turbo, with enhanced engine, suspension and brakes that is meant to represent the closest to a full racing car that can still remain street legal. By removing luxury items and replacing parts with lighter ones, it is significantly lighter than both the Turbo and the GT3. The GT2 is further set
apart from the Turbo by using rear wheel drive (where as the Turbo uses all wheel drive).
Twin Turbo 6-cylinder engine produces 462 bhp@5700rpm and 456lb-ft@3500rpm of torque. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes 4 seconds and top speed is 315 km/h.
|The Chevrolet Camaro is a popular pony car made in North America by the Chevrolet Motor Division of General Motors. It was introduced on September 29, 1966 — the start of the 1967 model year — as a Ford Mustang competitor. The car shared the same platform and major components with the Pontiac Firebird, also introduced in 1967. Four distinct generations of the car were produced before production ended in 2002. A new Camaro will
roll off assembly lines in 2009.
First generation (1967) included 95 bhp (220 kW) Turbo-Fire 350 ci (5.7-litre) V8 engine. This car accelerates to 100 km/h in 15.4 seconds on its way to 144 km/h top speed.
|An E46 GTR came to life on February 2001, powered by a 4000 cm³ V8 producing over 450 bhp. Unlike the straight-six powered M3 versions, which was out paced by the Porsche 996 GT3, the racing version of the E46 M3 GTR V8 was very successful in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), entered by Schnitzer Motorsport. Arch rivals such as Porsche complained as a V8 engine was not available in the road-going BMWs this car was
more of a prototype, which is in violation of the spirit of Gran Turismo. In 2001, ALMS regulations stated that cars must be for sale on two continents within twelve months of the rules being issued. In response, BMW put on sale 10 GTRs for 250,000 euros (then $218,000) each, allegedly only available for select customers.
In the end, the rules were rewritten to state that 100 cars and 1000 engines must be built for the car to qualify. Although BMW could have raced the V8 with the new weight and power penalties under these new regulations, they chose to pull out of the ALMS, effectively ending the M3 GTR's career.
3.2 Liter 24v-I6 engine produces 350 BHP and 269 lb/ft of torque. From 0 to 100 km/h sprint takes 4.9 seconds and top speed is 330 km/h.
|The Porsche Carrera GT is a supercar, manufactured by Porsche of Germany. Porsche began developing the Carrera GT in 2000 as a successor to the 911 GT1 car they had discontinued in late 1998 because of FIA rule changes. Porsche did however produce one unit, and showed it at the 2000 Geneva Motor Show, mainly in an attempt to draw attention to their display. Porsche started a production run of Carrera GTs in 2004,
shipping the units with an MSRP of $440,000 USD and a dealer invoice price of approximately $414,800 USD. In addition, the delivery charge could be as much as $15,000 USD.
Production of the Carrera GT stopped on May 6, 2006 after more than 1270 units had been manufactured.
The Carrera GT is powered by an all-new 5.7 litre V10 engine producing 612 SAE horsepower (450 kW) whereas the original concept car featured a 5.5 litre version rated at 558 hp (416 kW). Porsche claims it will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62.5 mph) in 3.9 seconds and has a maximum speed of 330 km/h (206 mph), although road tests indicated that in reality the car could accelerate from 0-60 in under 3.5 seconds and to 0-100 in 6.8 seconds and has a top speed of 335-340 km/h (209-212.5 mph).
|The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is a sports car and supercar automobile co-developed by DaimlerChrysler and McLaren Cars. It is one of the fastest automatic transmission cars in the world, second only to the Bugatti Veyron. It is assembled at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, England. Most people presume "SLR" to stand for "Sportlich, Leicht, Rennsport" (German for "Sport; Light; Racing"), while it actually means "super-leicht,
Rennsport" (super-light, racing). The car's base price is £300,000 or $455,500.
A new version was introduced in 2006 called the "2007 Mercedes-Benz SLR 722 Edition". The "722" refers to the victory by Stirling Moss and his co-driver Denis Jenkinson in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR with the starting number 722 (indicating a start time of 7.22 a.m.) at the Mille Miglia in 1955. The "722 Edition" creates 650 bhp, with a top speed of 334 km/h (3 more than the previous) and 0-60mp/h in 3.6 seconds.
|The Ford GT began as a concept car designed in anticipation of Ford's centennial year and as part of its drive to showcase and revive its "heritage" names such as Mustang and Thunderbird. Camillo Pardo the head of Ford's "Living Legends" studio is credited as the chief designer of the GT and worked under the guidance of J Mays. The designers drew inspiration from Ford's classic GT40 race cars of the 1960s and the GT is
sometimes mistaken for its 1960s counterpart.
The powerplant is a mid-mounted supercharged 5.4 liter V8, producing 550 horsepower (410 kW) and 500 foot-pounds (678 Nm) of torque. Top speed is 322 km/h. It accelerates to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds.
|The Lamborghini Murciélago is a GT and supercar automobile made by Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. and designed by Luc Donckerwolke. It was introduced in 2002 as the successor to the Diablo. An open-top version called the Murciélago roadster was introduced in 2004 for the 2005 model year. The roadster features similar performance to the coupe with a more aggressive rear flank, as well as a considerably higher price tag.
Lamborghini have announced two more powerful models, the XTR, a track-only car with a 700 bhp version of the V12, and the LP640 with 640 bhp. Although the XTR is not street legal the LP640 met the standards and is expected to be introduced in March of 2007. The LP640 version was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March of 2006, as a facelift for the coupé version.
LP stands for Longitudinale Posteriore, referring to the lengthways mounted, 6.5-liter V12 engine, capable of producing up to 640 bhp at 8,000 rpm. Along with a new six-speed gearbox, the LP640 can go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds: 0.4 seconds quicker than the normal Murciélago. Top speed is incredible 340 km/h.
|The Chevrolet Corvette C6 is a sports car that has not changed as much as the previous generation Corvette did. It is the sixth and current generation of Chevrolet Corvettes built and marketed by Chevrolet. The design engineers tried to perfect, not reinvent. The new C6 gets an overhaul of the suspension geometry, all new bodywork with exposed headlamps (for the first time since 1962), a larger passenger compartment,
a larger 6.0 L engine, and a much higher level of refinement.
Chevrolet hopes the new design will attract buyers of comparable European sports cars like the Porsche 911, but some purists dislike the new styling.
The new 6.0 L LS2 V8 produces 400 hp (298 kW) at 6000 rpm and 400 lbf.ft (542 N·m) of torque at 4400 rpm. It accelerates to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds. With a top speed of 300 kp/h C6 is the fastest production Corvette in history.
|The new Porsche 911 Turbo S builds on the awe-inspiring attributes of the 911 Turbo, and takes the driving experience to a new, higher level. The Turbo S, which is available both as a Coupe and Convertible, is based on the current 996 generation 911 Turbo and will join the broadest ever range of 911 models. The evocative twin-turbocharged, 3.6-litre flat six engine has been tuned in the Turbo S model to develop more power and
torque for even greater performance – and Porsche engineers have achieved this while ensuring fuel consumption and emissions barely differ from the standard Turbo model.
With 3596cc and 450 bhp this car produces 307 km/h top speed and accelerates to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds.
|The Lamborghini Gallardo is the Italian supercar maker Lamborghini's "entry-level" car, sitting beneath the Murciélago. It is also the first car to feature the new Lamborghini V10 engine - only the third engine designed by the firm. 3,000 Gallardos were built in just two years, making it the company's most-produced model to date. The second-place Diablo took a decade to sell 2,903 examples.
The Gallardo uses a V10 engine based on
Audi's old straight-5 design. The engine was split again to become the straight-5 engine found in the new Volkswagen Jetta.
The Gallardo offers two choices of transmissions, a conventional six-speed manual transmission, and an advanced six-speed electro-hydraulically controlled auto-clutch manual, or, as Lamborghini abbreviates it to, "E-gear".
The most powerful Gallardo SE (Special Edition) is powered by 5.0 l V10 388 kW (520 bhp) and 510 N·m of torque.
It produces 315 km/h top speed and accelerates to 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds.
|The Dodge Viper is a two-seat sports car, the most powerful production car made by Dodge. Viper production began at New Mack Assembly in 1992 and moved to its current home at Connor Avenue Assembly in October 1995. The Viper was conceived as a modern take on the classic American muscle car. While there are some who insist that the iconic AC Cobra was a source of inspiration, the final version of the Viper was far too large and
heavy to seriously claim any direct lineage with the compact and lightweight vehicle.
The car appeared as a concept at the North American International Auto Show in 1989, and public reaction was so enthusiastic, that chief engineer Roy Sjeoberg was directed to develop it as a production car.
|The Porsche 911 (pronounced as nine eleven) is a sports car made by Porsche AG of Stuttgart, Germany. The famous, distinctive and durable car has undergone continuous development since its introduction in 1964. Mechanically it is notable for being rear engined and, until the introduction of the all-new Type 996 in 1999, air-cooled. Since its inception the 911 has been modified, both by private teams and the factory itself, for racing,
rallying and other types of automotive competition. It is often cited as the most successful competition car ever.
Porsche 911 Carrera S has 3.8L 3824cc H6 engine that produces 355 hp @ 6600 RPM, with the capability to run 0 to 60 in 4.34 seconds with a top speed of 310 km/h.
|The Aston Martin DB9, is a Grand tourer launched by Aston Martin in 2004 and is the first new car to be built at Aston's Gaydon facility. The name "DB" stems from David Brown, the owner of Aston Martin for a sizeable part of its history. This model, which was designed by Ian Callum and finished by his successor, Henrik Fisker, superseded the now-discontinued Aston Martin DB7 (also by Callum) which started production in 1994.
The DB9 comes in two variants; coupé and "Volante" convertible.DB9 is one of the most sophisticated and technically advanced sports cars in the world. It is powered by the latest version of Aston Martin's 6.0-litre V12, producing 450bhp and a top speed of 299 km/h, with acceleration of 0-100 km/h in 4.7 seconds.
|The Lotus Elise is a roadster conceived in early 1994 and released in September 1995 by the English manufacturer Lotus Cars. The car has a hand finished fiberglass body shell atop its innovative aluminium extrusion and bonded frame that provides a rigid platform for the suspension, while keeping weight and production costs to a minimum. The Elise was named after then Lotus' chairman Romano Artioli's granddaughter, "Elisa".
The design philosophy of Lotus is "Performance through low weight", a philosophy first adopted by the founder of Lotus, Colin Chapman.
With DOHC 16-valve inline-4 1796cc, 190 hp engine this car easily produces great acceleration of 0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and 226 km/h top speed.
|The Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class is a class of mid-size luxury rear-wheel drive coupés and convertibles. Major models include the CLK320, CLK500, and CLK55 AMG. The CLK55 AMG's 270 kW (367 PS) V8 engine is the most powerful. Both generations of the CLK-Class utilize the Mercedes-Benz W208 chassis. The CLK's unique platform borrows from both the C-Class and E-Class. Inspiration for the CLK-Class came from the E-Class coupé and
convertible produced from 1994–1995.
The CLK500 features a 5.0 L, 24-valve SOHC V8 engine and a 7-speed automatic transmission. These features produces 249 km/h top speed and acceleration of 0-100 km/h in 6.1 seconds.
|The Mazda RX-7 (also called the Mazda RX-7 and Efini RX-7) was a sports car that began production in 1978. The original RX-7 competed in the affordable sports car segment with the likes of the Nissan Fairlady Z. The styling was inspired by the Lotus Elan 2+2. It featured a unique twin-rotor Wankel rotary engine and a sporty front-midship, rear wheel drive layout, making it well balanced and appropriate for racing. The RX-7 was
a direct replacement for the RX-3 (both were sold in Japan as the Savanna) and subsequently replaced all other Mazda rotary cars with the exception of the Cosmo. For three generations, the Mazda RX-7 has brought pure sports car performance to the masses.
The third and final generation was and is a true supercar. 1,308 cc 1.3 liters 2 rotary front longitudinal engine, produces 190 kW , 255 HP @ 6,500 rpm, 255 km/h top speed and 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds.
|Subaru Impreza WRX STI (formerly STi, officially changed in 2006) is the highest standard-edition trim in the Subaru Impreza line. In the late 1980's, Subaru created the Subaru Tecnica International (STI) division to coordinate development for the FIA World Rally Championship and other motorsports activities. After the company had grown, the division was used to create high-performance consumer versions of the Subaru Impreza WRX,
an AWD car with a turbocharged flat-4 engine, leading to the development of the Impreza WRX STi. Subaru has used a race-prepared version of the WRX STI as its rally platform since the model trim's creation.
WRX STI is powered by 293-hp 2.5-liter DOHC intercooled, turbocharged SUBARU BOXER engine.
|The Porsche Cayman is a mid-engine 2-seat sports car launched in the 2006 model year. It is based on the Porsche Boxster, but has a stiffer chassis due to its fixed roof, and also benefits from correspondingly stiffer suspension tuning.
The Cayman S is produced alongside the Boxster by Valmet in Finland. The name "Cayman" is said to be an alternate spelling of caiman, a species of reptile closely related to the alligator, and
has nothing to do with the Cayman Islands. Porsche has, in fact, donated to a Stuttgart zoo's caiman exhibit, because of the shared namesakes between the animal and the automobile.
The Cayman series (project code 987 C7S) was developed over a period of two years. It was spied numerous times during testing, although the car was assumed at the time to be a coupe variant of the Boxster, not a distinct model. The first official photographs and technical details were released by Porsche in May 2005. The Cayman S had its public launch in September 2005 at the Frankfurt Motor Show; the base Cayman was released in July 2006.
Cayman S is powered by 3.4 liter engine that produces 245 hp, acceleration of 5.1 seconds from 0-100 km/h and 275 km/h top speed.
|The Monaro is a car produced by Holden, the Australian branch of General Motors. The Monaro was produced from 1968 to 1979, and then re-introduced onto the Australian and New Zealand markets in 2001 (discontinued in late 2005). Since 1968, three generations of the Monaro have been produced. Most recently, Monaro has been exported to overseas markets. It is sold, in left hand drive, in the Middle East as the Chevrolet Lumina Coupe,
and in the United States as the Pontiac GTO, reviving another classic muscle car icon. It is also sold in the United Kingdom as the Vauxhall Monaro where it won Top Gear's best muscle car award.
Vauxhall Monaro VXR has 6.0-litre engine that produce 274 km/h top speed, and 0 to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds.
It is rumoured that there will be a VE Commodore based Monaro. The VE's platform is designed to be adaptable for both coupes and convertibles, and management inside Holden believe it will return - although it may not be built in Australia.
|The Pontiac GTO was an automobile built by Pontiac from 1964 to 1974, and by General Motors Holden in Australia from 2003 to 2006. It is often considered the first true muscle car. From 1964 until 1973.5, it was closely related to the Pontiac Tempest, but for its final year it was based on the Pontiac Ventura. The 21st century GTO is essentially a left hand drive Holden Monaro, itself a coupe variant of the Holden Commodore.
The 2005 model year continued with the addition of hood scoops, split rear exhaust, and optional 18 inch (45.7 cm) wheels. The major change for 2005 was the replacement of the LS1 engine with the LS2 engine. This increased power and torque in the GTO to 400 hp (298 kW) with 400 ft-lbf (542 N·m) torque.
On February 21, 2006, General Motors reportedly told dealers that it would halt imports of the GTO in September, making 2006 the last model year for the current GTO generation. According to Drive.com.au the last of the VZ-based Pontiac GTOs came off the assembly line in Australia on July 7, 2006.
|SL - Two letters which get the motorsports fans hearts racing. There have been few cars in all history such supreme as the SL-line. This series of cars produced by the world leader - Mercedes-Benz boasts a glamorous past with legendary cars defiying superlatives, a few legendary aspects of this class include the drop-dead gourgeous 'Gullwing'- which was not only beatiful but also a technolgical tour de force in the form of a
sublime 6-cylinder engine. This was the first production car in the world to have an integrated fuel-injection system. And then came the 'Pagoda' which was simply in all aspects astonishing . A few motorcars have such a rich and unique sporting heritage as the SL-class.. SL, meaning "Sport Light", or in German, Sport Leicht, first appeared on the 1954 300SL 'Gullwing' so named because of its upward-opening passenger doors.
SL500 is a roadster with Driver-adaptive 7-speed automatic transmission with TouchShift control. It has 5.0 L 24-valve V8 engine that produces 306 hp (228 kW) at 5,600 rpm, 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) 6.5 s.
|The Evolution was changed again in 2003, this time sporting Super Active Yaw Control to handle traction and a 6-speed manual gearbox. It was available with 280 PS (276 hp/206 kW) in three trims: standard (GSR in Japan), RS (devoid of all excess components, such as the rear wing, trunk carpeting, interior map lights, power windows/doors, and radio) and MR, which came with a new vortex generator (a set of ridges above the rear window to
improve aerodynamics). Both RS and MR Editions came with a revised limited-slip front differential.
The Lancer Evolution VIII MR uses slick-response Bilstein shocks for improved handling. The aluminium roof panel and other reductions in body weight have lowered the centre of gravity to realize more natural roll characteristics. Detail improvements have also been made to Mitsubishi’s own electronic all-wheel drive, to the ACD 5 + Super AYC 6 traction control and to the Sports ABS systems. The Lancer Evolution VIII displayed at the 2003 Tokyo Motor Show took the MR designation traditionally reserved for Mitsubishi Motors high-performance models and used first on the Galant GTO. Other parts on the MR include BBS alloy wheels, Recaro bucket seats, Brembo brakes, and a MOMO steering wheel.
|The Ford Mustang is an American automobile, originally based on the Ford Falcon compact. The first production Mustang, a white convertible with red interior, rolled off the assembly line in Dearborn, Michigan on March 9, 1964. Introduced to the public at the New York World's Fair on April 17, 1964, and via all three American television networks on April 19, it was the most successful product launch in automotive history, setting off
near-pandemonium at Ford dealers across the continent. The Mustang sold over one million units in its first 18 months on the market. The Mustang remains in production today after 43 years and several revisions.
At the 2004 North American International Auto Show, Ford introduced a completely redesigned Mustang (code named "S-197") on an all-new D2C platform for the 2005 model year. The S197 Mustangs are manufactured at the AutoAlliance International plant in Flat Rock, Michigan. Exterior styling was designed by Sid Ramnarace, drawing inspiration from 1960s Mustangs. The car featured an aesthetic that Senior Vice President of Design J Mays referred to as "retro-futurism."
The base Mustang uses a 210 hp (156 kW) Ford Cologne V6 engine. The GT has a 300 hp (224 kW) 4.6 L 3-valve Modular V8 with variable valve timing.
|2003 model year, the CTS rode on the new rear wheel drive GM Sigma platform. It was a return to rear wheel drive, as well as being the first Cadillac with a manual transmission since the 1988 Cimarron. It replaced the compact rear wheel drive Catera. The CTS was nominated for the North American Car of the Year award for 2002. The CTS is built at GM's Lansing Grand River plant in Lansing, Michigan. The CTS was assembled in China in 2006,
but assembly was discontinued shortly thereafter due to poor sales in that market. The CTS in China is now an exported model once again.
Originally powered by a 3.2 L LA3 V6 producing 220 hp (164 kW), the CTS received a 3.6 L DOHC V6 with variable valve timing in 2004, producing 255 hp (190 kW) and 252 ft·lbf (342 N·m) of torque. The 3.2 L engine went out of production in 2005, when a new 2.8 L version of the DOHC V6 debuted in an entry-level version of the CTS. In Europe, the 2.8 L replaces the previous entry level 2.6 L.
The CTS originally offered either a 5-speed 5L40-E automatic transmission or 5-speed Getrag 260 manual transmission. The Getrag was replaced with an Aisin AY-6 6-speed for 2005.
A 2008 CTS is expected to debut at the 2007 North American International Auto Show.
|The Mazda RX-8 is a sports car manufactured by Mazda Motor Corporation. It first appeared in 2001 at the North American International Auto Show. It is the successor to the RX-7 and like its predecessors in the RX range it is powered by a Wankel rotary engine. The RX-8 was designed as a front mid-mounted, rear-wheel drive 2+2 coupé. The car has a 50/50 weight distribution, achieved by mounting the engine behind the front axle and the
gas tank ahead of the rear axle. Weight is trimmed through the use of materials such as aluminium (hood, trunk, roof, and rear doors), fiberglass for the body panels and a carbon fiber composite driveshaft.
The RX-8 is powered by a 1.3 L naturally-aspirated RENESIS 13B Wankel-type rotary engine, which features newly designed side intake and exhaust ports. The engine is smaller and lighter than previous rotaries, primarily due to the lack of a turbocharger and associated parts. The engine is designed in various configurations for different models, but in its most powerful setup develops 250 PS (247 hp, 184 kW) at 8,500 rpm with a redline at 9,000 rpm and fuel cut-off at 9,500 rpm. It won the International Engine of the Year and Best New Engine awards in 2003 and holds the "2.5 to 3 liter" size award for 2003 and 2004.
|The Renault Clio is a supermini/subcompact produced by the French automaker Renault. Originally launched in 1990, it is currently in its third generation. The Clio has seen substantial critical and commercial success, being consistently one of Europe's top-selling cars since its launch, and it is largely credited with restoring Renault's reputation and stature after a difficult second half of the 1980s. The Clio was introduced at the
Paris Motor Show in the autumn of 1990 and began sales in France soon after, although sales in the rest of Europe did not begin until March 1991. The Clio largely replaced the Renault 5 (which continued to be built until 1996 as a budget alternative).
The all-new second generation of the Clio was launched in the spring of 1998, with considerably more rounded and bulbous styling than its predecessor. Part of the radical concept of the new Clio were many components made of unusual materials to save in weight and repair costs.
An all-new third generation Clio was unveiled in 2005. It uses a platform co-developed with Nissan (which Renault has a share in) that is shared with the Renault Modus and the current Nissan Micra. It is considerably larger and 130 kg heavier as well as more expensive than the Clio II, the result of a decision to move the Clio slightly upmarket. The most powerful model equipped with 3.0 L (2946 cc) 24-valve V6 engine produces 255 bhp (187 kW) with 245 km/h top speed and 0-100 km/h in 5.8 seconds.
|The Toyota Celica Supra is a sports car/grand tourer produced by Toyota Motor Company starting in 1979. The styling of the Toyota Celica Supra was derived from the Toyota Celica. Starting in mid-1986, the Supra (in its third generation, MKIII) became its own model and was no longer based on the Celica. In turn, Toyota also stopped using the prefix Celica and began just calling the car Supra. Due to the similarity and past of the
Toyota Celica's name, it is frequently mistaken for the Toyota Supra, and vice versa. In present time, with the fourth generation of the Supra, Toyota took a big leap in the direction of a more powerful sports car. The new Supra was completely redesigned, with rounded body styling partly based on the Ferrari F40 and featured two new engines: naturally aspirated 2JZ-GE 220 hp (164 kW) and 210 ft·lbf (285 N·m) of torque and a twin turbocharged 2JZ-GTE making 280 hp (239 kW), 260 ft·lbf (427 N·m) of torque. The turbocharged variant could achieve 0–60 mph in 4.6 seconds and 1/4 mile (402 m) in 13.1 seconds at 109 mph.
|The Audi A4 is a compact executive car produced by the German automaker Audi since 1995. It is the replacement of the Audi 80 and Audi 90. Audi debuted the model in 1995 on Volkswagen's B5 platform, which it shared with the fourth generation Volkswagen Passat. The Audi A4 was the first model in the Volkswagen Group to feature the new 1.8 L 20V motor with five valves per cylinder, based on the unit Audi Sport had developed for their Supertouring race car.
Today, With sixty mph being attainable in 6.4 seconds and 155mph top speed, the A4 3.2 FSI quattro exorcises the ghosts of the past and points the way toward a future of more dynamically capable Audis.
|The Mitsubishi Eclipse has undergone four distinct generations: the first two (1G and 2G) are closely related and share many parts, whereas the third (3G) is based on a new platform and most parts are incompatible with 1G and 2G Eclipses. The fourth generation (4G) Eclipse was made available in June 2005. Details of the fourth generation Eclipse were revealed during late 2003 and 2004, and the car was shown at the
2005 Detroit Auto Show. Features of the new model include a 263 hp (193.9 kW) 3.8 L MIVEC V6 and a 165 hp (123 kW) 2.4 L I4, both derived from the Mitsubishi PS platform family, with which the Eclipse shares many mechanical components.
|The Audi A3 is a compact near-luxury car / small family car produced by the German automaker Audi since 1996. It uses the Volkswagen A platform shared with the Volkswagen Golf, Škoda Octavia and SEAT León. The original A3 (or Typ 8L) was introduced in the European market in 1996, marking Audi's return to the lower market segments since the demise of the Audi 50. Using the VW Golf's platform, it bears a natural close resemblance to
its contemporary, the Golf Mk. IV. In August 2006, Audi announced the arrival of the S3 version, which will become the new range topper. The 2.0 TFSI engine was uprated to 265 PS (195 kW), thanks to a higher turbo pressure of 2.2 bar, and is available with a standard 6-speed manual and Quattro. The second generation S3 is capable of accelerating to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.7 seconds.
|The Audi TT is a sports car produced by Audi since 1998 in Gyor, Hungary. The TT was first shown as a concept car at the 1995 Frankfurt Motor Show. The design is credited to J Mays and Freeman Thomas of Volkswagen's California design studio. The name is an abbreviation of "Tourist Trophy", an annual road race on the Isle of Man, not "twin turbo" as is sometimes assumed. With the sonorous-sounding, naturally aspirated 3.2-litre V6 engine
develops 250 hp, accelerating from zero to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds and reaching a top speed of 155 mph (electronically governed), the TT was nominated for the North American Car of the Year award for 2000.
|The Volkswagen Golf is a compact car / small family car manufactured by Volkswagen. The Golf is Volkswagen's best-selling model in history and world's third best-selling model, with more than 24 million built as of 2005. The Golf 5 GTI is hailed as a return-to-form for the progenitor of the genre. The Golf GTI features a 2.0 litre turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine with FSI (Fuel Stratified Injection) direct-injection technology, which produces 200 bhp.
It is available in both 3-door and 5-door hatchback body shapes, and comes with a choice of either 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic DSG gearbox which greatly reduces shift time to only 8ms . The concept GTI was first shown to the public at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2003. The first production model was initially unveiled at the Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris in September 2004 and went on sale around the world shortly thereafter.
|The Chevrolet Cobalt is a compact car introduced by Chevrolet in 2004 for the 2005 model year. The Cobalt replaced the highly popular Cavalier as Chevrolet's compact car. The Cobalt is intended to compete with Japanese cars like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. Although the EPA lists the Cobalt as a subcompact, the Cobalt is still a compact car. The cobalt is availible with the SS perfomance package.
There are two motor choices the naturally aspirated 2.4L with VVT (171 BHP). Or the 2.0L Supercharged engine (205BHP).
|The Fiat Punto is a supermini produced by the Italian manufacturer Fiat since 1994. It is currently in its third generation. Internally codenamed Project 176, the Punto was announced in September 1993 and launched in early 1994 as a replacement for the ageing Fiat Uno. The Punto was voted European Car of the Year for 1995. Competitive pricing which undercut rivals such as the Opel Corsa and Volkswagen Polo also helped the Punto become an instant
success in the marketplace. The Punto has always been popular with amateur racing drivers due to its low cost and the wide availability of spare parts. Several competition and homologated versions of the Punto have been produced, such as the Punto Rally, the S1600 and the Punto Abarth. A new rally car based on the third generation Punto, the Super 2000 Punto Abarth, was unveiled in 2005. It is four-wheel drive and powered by a 2.0 L 16 valve engine capable of producing 280 hp.
|The Lexus IS is a series of entry-level luxury cars / compact executive cars produced by the Lexus marque of Toyota Motor Corporation. The IS was introduced as an entry-level model slotted below the ES in the Lexus lineup and competing against the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Nissan Skyline/Infiniti G35 sports sedans. It was originally sold as the Toyota Altezza in Japan until the introduction of the second generation design.
The Lexus IS 300 is available as a sedan or a wagon dubbed the SportCross. Each version comes standard with 17-inch wheels, auto-dimming mirrors, automatic climate control, HID headlights and an in-dash six-disc CD changer.
Power comes from a DOHC 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine. Equipped with variable valve timing, the engine spins out 215 horsepower and 218 pound-feet of torque.