"Sports cars are about fantasy and self image. Just looking at one incites erotic thoughts and visions of grandeur. Owning one turns those images into reality!"
They haven't put them into order yet, but their list includes:
- BMW Z4
- Chevrolet Corvette
- Dodge Charger
- Ford Mustang
- Honda S2000
- Hyundai Tiburon
- Mazda MX-5
- Mercedes-Benz SLK
- Nissan 350Z
- Pontiac Solstice
I thought I would go through them one by one and see what you think. I won't bother with the American only cars (Charger, Solstice, Corvette, Mustang), the Ford Mustang hasn't sold here since 2002.
What a pretty car! Initially when they first came out, not many seemed to like the almost robotic styling, but overtime it has grown on us and with the new M version now available, this sexy BMW doesn't lack power or handling.
It came in 1999 to celebrate the turn of the millennium (hence the 2000), and it hasn't left. Honda have updated a few things here and there in the last 6 years but in its core the same 2L engine producing a phenomenal 176kw power (more than your stock WRX) rushes the Honda sports car to 100km/hr in just 6.5. An absolutely beautiful car that doesn't lack the power togo with its looks
Hah! What a joke! Initially the cars started selling at $35,000 to a few poor unsuspecting buyers who obviously had no idea what they were buying, and within 12 months Hyundai did a Mitsubishi and cut the price of the car by $5,000 down to $29,000. Talk about resell value! Okay, so it looks .. reasonable. I can't grant a Hyundai anything when you look a little under the skin. Powered by a 2.7L engine the Tiburon has 127kw of power. Which means its slower than a falcon from 10 years ago as it reaches 100km/hour in 8.5 seconds. What a joke. If you're thinking about buying a Hyundai Tiburon, just remember, all your friends will hate you, your girlfriend will dump you and you will have suicidal tendencies. NOT SEXY.
It was in the October 1989 that Mazda decided to bring out, arguably, the best sports car of all time. With the 80s pop up lights, the cars excellent, simplistic design the MX-5 was a winner. Powered (initially) by a 1.6L engine it only managed 87kw of power. It was not until late 1993 that we saw the 1.8L engine upgrade. With the popup lights changing to a more modern look, the Mazda went through to a 2.0L engine and special editions with a Turbo. Even though some look upon the MX-5 as a girly-man's sports car, they are usually the ones driving a SS commodore which tends to flip over when you go around a corner. In 2005 Mazda released an all new MX-5. Although as per usual it wasn't the fastest thing you could buy for $42,000 (an Impreza WRX being the alternative). It wasn't about speed, it was about looks and handling. So it deserves to be in this list, not only for its looks but for its handling and its reputation as a real sports car.
The Mercedes SLK is one of the worlds best looking sports car, its usually a shame to see them driven by 60 year old females who would probably take it to the mechanic when the superchargers whines. The cars start from the base model SLK200 KOMPRESSOR for around $84,000 and go up to $163,000 for the AMG tuned SLK 55. So what do you get? The base model comes with a 2.0L engine with only 120kw while the AMG SLK 55 comes with a 5.5L Supercharged V8 with 265kw of power reaching 100km/hour in just 4.9 seconds (faster than a BMW M3).
I tell you what, don't buy the SLK (above) buy the 350Z instead. Sure the SLK 55 is much faster, but if speed is what you are after, spend the $163,000 on a Porsche. If style and looks is what you are after, buy this car! Following in the tradition of Z cars over the years, Nissan brought out this absolute beauty in 2002. Powered by (as the name suggests) a 3.5 L engine producing initially 206kw and now 221kw of power, the 350Z has always been a real man sports car.