Sunday, January 23, 2011

Top 10 Quickest Sports Cars for 2009-2010 under $100,000

The following 10 super cars were judged by 1/4 time and potential top speed. Some of these cars were so close in comparison that they could have been placed in different order. Moreover, only one car from one manufacturer was placed on this list.

1. Nissan GT-R


Base Price (MSRP): $80,790
Engine Type: 3.8 L twin-turbo V6
Power: 480 hp
Torque: 430 lb-ft
Weight: 1,740 kg
Acceleration 0-62 mph: 3.6 seconds
¼ Mile Time: 11.6 seconds at 125 mph
Top Speed: 191 mph / 307.4 km/h restricted
Lateral Acceleration: 1.0 g

Until recently, the GT-R has never officially been imported to North America. Only 60,000 are planned to be built for the 5 year production time. With full-time four-wheel drive and all the comforts, this car can easily be a daily driver, 365 days of the year in any climate.

2. Dodge Viper SRT 10
2009 Dodge Viper SRT10 Roadster

Base Price (MSRP): $89,340
Engine Type: 8.4 L V10
Power: 600 hp
Torque: 560 lb-ft
Weight: 1,567 kg
Acceleration 0-62 mph: 3.9 seconds
¼ Mile Time: 11.6 seconds at 125 mph
Top Speed: 200 mph / 321.9 km/h
Lateral Acceleration: 1.0 g

A thinly-disguised race car, the Viper is not for amateurs; unlike the more forgiving forgiving Corvette, the Viper requires considerable driving skill to handle it properly. Explosive power and surprising handling prowess make Dodge’s flagship vehicle a thrilling ride. Beyond that Viper is an emotional statement that makes little sense as daily transportation.

3. Corvette Z06


Base Price (MSRP): $74,875
Engine Type: 7 L V8
Power: 505 hp
Torque: 470 lb-ft
Weight: 1,421 kg
Acceleration 0-62 mph: 3.9 seconds
¼ Mile Time: 11.7 seconds at 125 mph
Top Speed: 198 mph / 318.7 km/h
Lateral Acceleration: 1.04 g

The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is widely regarded as one of the best performance bargains on the planet. 2009 Z06 is all about taking winning ideas from the race track and putting them on the street. Offering legendary performance and style this car is also about standard equipment and safety.

4. Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 KR
2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR

Base Price (MSRP): $79,995
Engine Type: 5.4 supercharged V8
Power: 540 hp
Torque: 510 lb-ft
Weight: 1,800 kg
Acceleration 0-62 mph: 4.3 seconds
¼ Mile Time: 11.92 seconds at 120 mph
Top Speed: 155 mph / 249.5 km/h restricted
Lateral Acceleration: 0.96 g

This is the ultimate Shelby Mustang of the era – “King of the Road”. The Shelby GT500KR is produced in an exclusive run of 1000 units. The production Shelby GT500KR was maximized to deliver the perfect balance between ride and handling. The combination of added horsepower, refinement and functionality makes the 2010 Shelby GT500 a unique high-performance car.

5. Cadillac CTS-V


Base Price (MSRP): $59,995
Engine Type: 6.2 L supercharged V8
Power: 556 hp
Torque: 551 lb-ft
Weight: 1,930 kg
Acceleration 0-62 mph: 4.2 seconds
¼ Mile Time: 12.0 seconds at 118 mph
Top Speed: 191 mph / 307.4 km/h
Lateral Acceleration: 0.88 g

Cadillac takes the next leap forward by premiering the 2009 CTS-V, the brand’s ultimate expression of performance. The all-new CTS-V intends to combine the serious performance of an elite sports car with the poise and elegance of a prestigious luxury sedan. The car features world’s fastest-reacting suspension technology, Magnetic Ride Control (MRC). It uses shocks controlled by electro-magnets, rather than mechanical valves, improving accelerating response time.

6. Mercedes-Benz AMG C63


Base Price (MSRP): $56,300
Engine Type: 6.2 L V8
Power: 451 hp
Torque: 443 lb-ft
Weight: 1,740 kg
Acceleration 0-62 mph: 4.6 seconds
¼ Mile Time: 12.51 seconds at 113 mph
Top Speed: 174 mph / 280 km/h
Lateral Acceleration: 0.93 g

The C63 AMG is the ultimate expression of the AMG philosophy, providing benchmark engine performance along with outstanding handling characteristics. The C63 AMG will contribute to the continued success of the all-new C-Class line-up and has all the attributes to dominate in terms of performance, handling, luxury, value and price.

7. BMW M3


Base Price (MSRP): $56,500
Engine Type: 4.0 L V8
Power: 420 hp
Torque: 295 lb-ft
Weight: 1,655 kg
Acceleration 0-62 mph: 4.6 seconds
¼ Mile Time: 12.51 seconds at 115 mph
Top Speed: 155 mph / 250 km/h restricted
Lateral Acceleration: 0.90 g

The first ever 8 cylinder BMW M3 sets the foundation for continuing an exceptional career in motor sport. So every enthusiast sharing the passion for supreme performance may be sure that this model is able to master even the greatest challenge on and off the race track. The new BMW M3 offers the supreme standard of reliability and everyday driving qualities.

8. Porsche 911 Carrera 4S


Base Price (MSRP): $97,280
Engine Type: 3.8 L I6
Power: 385 hp
Torque: 310 lb-ft
Weight: 1,481 kg
Acceleration 0-62 mph: 4.6 seconds
¼ Mile Time: 12.51 seconds at 113 mph
Top Speed: 184 mph / 297 km/h
Lateral Acceleration: 0.98 g

The 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S is all-wheel-drive that will definitely make a mark in the automobile industry for its sheer power and performance. The new Carrera models are Porsche’s first sports cars for the road to feature the Porsche double-clutch transmission (PDK). The PDK offers manumatic shifting via rocker controls on the steering wheel.

9. Lotus Exige Cup 260


Base Price (MSRP): $79,420
Engine Type: 1.8 L supercharged I4
Power: 257 hp
Torque: 174 lb-ft
Weight: 890 kg
Acceleration 0-62 mph: 4.6 seconds
¼ Mile Time: 13.00 seconds at 108 mph
Top Speed: 152 mph / 245 km/h
Lateral Acceleration: 1.02 g

Given Lotus’ lighter-is-better philosophy, it’s no surprise that it focused on dropping mass to increase performance. It’s also no surprise that they were able to find ways to do it in the already ultra-light Exige. To reduce the overall weight the development of 2009 model takes advantage of advanced light weight components and carbon fibre body material.

10. Lexus IS-F


Base Price (MSRP): $67,000
Engine Type: 5.0 L V8
Power: 416 hp
Torque: 371 lb-ft
Weight: 1,714 kg
Acceleration 0-62 mph: 4.9 seconds
¼ Mile Time: 13.00 seconds at 111 mph
Top Speed: 186 mph / 299 km/h
Lateral Acceleration: 0.91 g

Every angle makes it clear as to what this car was born to do, from the mesh grillwork to the vertically stacked, quad exhaust tips. Lexus says the IS F combines high performance, high technology and high style in a luxury sport sedan that delivers a uniquely Lexus interpretation of driving excitement and authentic performance.

Top Ten Green Cars

In a time of poor economy and when everyone is trying to save money it is no wonder that car manufacturers are working on a new breed of cars. These cars are best noted for their incredible gas mileage and the fact that they are not as hard on the environment as cars in the past have been.

Toyota Prius1. Toyota Prius

These cars average an amazing 50 mpg…while getting the average 48 mpg in town and 51 mpg on the highway. This car offers a number of different green options including a solar powered ventilation system and glass moon roof on the newer models. These cars have been noted as the number one green car for many years.

Honda Insight2. Honda Insight

These cars boast an amazing average of 41 mpg while getting 43 mpg on the highway and 40 mpg in town. This is the most affordable hybrid car on the market and the price for one starts at just over $20,000 which is considerably less money than the others.

Ford Fusion Hybrid3. Ford Fusion Hybrid

The Ford Fusion Hybrid is a car that is known for its outstanding gas mileage while still being a larger car that offers more room and comfort than many of the traditional hybrids which are smaller and more uncomfortable. The car gets an average of 39 mpg while getting 41 mpg in town and 36 mpg on the highway.

VW Jetta Sportswagon TDI4. VW Jetta Sportswagon TDI

The return of the Jetta has offered some great things including an average of 34 mpg with 30 mpg in town and 41 mpg on the highway. This car was even awarded the 2009 Green Car of the Year award for the amazing changes that were made.

MINI Cooper5. MINI Cooper

The MINI Cooper has an average mpg of 32 mpg, while offering 37 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg in town. The MINI Cooper is best known for it’s ability to drive and handle like a sports car with amazing suspension and an ability to deliver in the area of performance.

Ford Escape Hybrid6. Ford Escape Hybrid

The Ford Escape Hybrid offers the easy accessibility of a small SUV while still offering an average of 32 mpg, with 34 mpg in town and 31 mpg on the highway. The simple SUV styling and size make this a great option for families who are unable to fit in the smaller cars.

Honda Fit7. Honda Fit

The Honda Fit averages 31 mpg, while getting 34 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg in the city. The sport model even offers a better suspension and a higher performance of driving. This car tops its class in performance and owner satisfaction.

BMW 335d8. BMW 335d

This diesel powered car offers some amazing speed and ability and is known for its quick 0-60 mph time of just 6.0 seconds. The BMW 335d also offers an average of 27 mpg while getting 36 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg in town. The best thing about this car is that it offers all of the luxury that is expected of a BMW while offering some great fuel economy.

Toyota Highlander Hybrid9. Toyota Highlander Hybrid

This full sized SUV offers many options that are not available with most cars or smaller SUVs. The SUV can offer full seating room for seven which is far more than other green cars and still is able to get an average of 26 mpg, while getting 27 mpg in town and 25 mpg on the highway.

Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid10. Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid

This truck offers the full utility of a truck while offering gas mileage that is far better than most full bed sized pickup trucks. The Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid offers an average 21 mpg, while offering 22 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg in town.