2008 Lamborghini Gallardo

The 2008 Gallardo Lamborghini is widely viewed as one of the most stunning of the sports cars. With a MSRP of $190,600 – $228,040, the 2008 Gallardo Lamborghini is a 2-door, 2-passenger convertible sports car. According to Lamborghini, the Gallardo can reach 0 to 100 kilometers per hour (62.1 miles per hour) in 3.95 seconds

The Gallardo is equipped with a standard 5.0-liter V10 520-horsepower engine with a multi-point injection fuel system. It has a 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive but a 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is optional. The Gallardo has a fuel economy range of 10-mpg/city and 17-mpg/highway.

The Gallardo is an all wheel drive sports car that provides two transmission options which includes a six-speed manual transmission, and an advanced six-speed electro-hydraulically controlled ‘semi-automatic single-clutch sequential manual.’ Lamborghini refers to the advanced six-speed as  “E-gear” which allows the driver to shift much more quickly than a manual transmission.

Automobile Magazine calls the Lamborghini Gallardo “truly the stuff of extreme daily driving.” It rides smooth enough for every day use. It is also known for its easy handling and acceleration. The 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo’s eye catching exterior has been well received with Car and Driver stating that the car “turns heads almost off their necks.”  The Arizona Republic says that “showing up anywhere in a Gallardo guarantees instant celebrity status and front-row valet parking.” Market Watch says the Gallardo “will never be mistaken for anything else.” The Gallardo’s cozy interior has been referred to as comfortable and lavish.

“For those with loads of disposable income, Gallardo has to be on the sports-car shopping list,” says the Arizona Republic.

2008 Aston Martin DB9

The 2008 Aston Martin DB9 is the modern-day version of James Bond’s classic British sports car. With a MSRP of $163,900 – $177,400, the 2008 Aston Martin DB9 is available in two types; the “coupe” and “Volante” convertible. Production is limited to 2,000 units per year worldwide.

With a 6.0-liter V-12 engine that produces 450-hp and a 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual 6-speed manual w/OD6-speed w/OD transmissions, the 2008 Aston Martin DB9 has a fuel economy range of 10 – 11 MPG/City and 16 – 18 MPG/Highway. Aston Martin says the manual-shift DB9 can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and has a top speed of 190mph.

With a stunning and sleek shape, a long aluminum hood rests above the grille. Body panels are made of aluminum. Rear haunches are broad and curvy. For improved access, “Swan wing” doors open at a 12-degree angle.

Features include: 2 doors, seating capacity for 4, Front bucket seats, Dual power remote heated mirrors, Dual visor vanity mirrors, and Auto-dimming day-night rearview mirror. Recent modifications include: new sun visors, more cabin room, rear-parking sensors, cruise control, heated front seats, power-folding side mirrors, an umbrella, a navigation system, and Bluetooth connectivity.

“Handling is where the DB9 truly excels, hanging on with passion through swift curves and delivering a civilized experience. Confidence levels reach well beyond the sports-car norm. The suspension follows road contours closely, yet ride comfort is satisfying.” Cars.com

2008 Audi R8

 

At a retail price of about $ 139,000, the 2008 Audi R8 has been named World Performance Car and World Car Design of the Year by an international jury at the 2008 New York Auto Show. This sport coupe has exceptional performance with an acceleration of about 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 187-mph.

This 2-passenger, 2-door coupe, all wheel drive super car has excellent balance and handling. With its mid-mounted 420-horsepower 4.2L V8 DOHC 32-valve engine direct fuel injection and 6-speed manual transmission, the 2008 Audi R8 has a fuel economy range of 13 MPG City and 18 MPG Hwy.  Audi’s six-speed R tronic allows shifting using the lever or steering wheel-mounted paddles. R tronic offers a fully automatic method as well.

With plenty of space, the interior is a mold of ergonomic rationality that includes supportive and comfortable seats for average-size passengers. Audi claims there’s adequate room behind the seats to accommodate two golf bags.

Standard equipment includes: 19-inch wheels, a retractable rear spoiler (operates automatically or manually), xenon headlights, LED brake lights and turn signals, leather-and-Alcantara suede power-adjustable sport seats, aluminum trim, automatic climate control and a seven-speaker CD stereo

“With its advanced suspension technology and all-wheel-drive, the 2008 Audi R8 sticks to the road around corners. The car’s looks make it a real head-turner.” CNET Reviews.

 

2008 Audi R8
2008 Audi R8

2008 Saleen S302E Mustang

 

Known as the “Extreme,” The 2008 Saleen S302E Mustang is a powerful high performance sports car. At a cost of about $ 79,995, this 2-door coupe is an acclaimed and popular Mustang.

With an engine that is an Aluminum V8 with Saleen Heads, Forged Crankshaft, Forged Crank, Forged Pistons, Performance Cams, and a 6-speed manual transmission and Max-grip rear differential, the Saleen S302E delivers 620hp and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds. As well, this commanding production car travels a quarter mile in just under 12 seconds.

The distinctive and well-built brake system is the result of 15-inch slotted rotors with six-piston calipers up front and 11.8-inch rotors with single-piston calipers at the rear, along with four-wheel ABS. The Extreme also features a Saleen Racecraft suspension and Watts Link system allowing drivers to maintain control as they round corners.

Designed to resemble the late 1960s Boss 302 Mustang, the Saleen S302E Mustang consists of front and rear fascias, rocker panels, spoiler, louvered rear window treatment, shaker hood and matte black graphics. The body is composed of unit steel with an aluminum hood. The interior consists of black leather with silver accent stitching on the door inserts, dash, and center console.

“The folks at Saleen Automotive seem to be in tune with today’s extremities and have taken every taste, smell, sound and feeling of extreme and combined it all to build the most extreme Mustang to ever prowl the streets of America.” moddedmustangs.com.

2008 Saleen S302E Mustang
2008 Saleen S302E Mustang

2008 Ferrari F430 Spider

Inspired by the race-car, the 2008 Ferrari F430 Spider is a prestigious and stunning high performance convertible. At a price ranging from MSRP: $217,310 – $228,447, the F430 Coupe is powered by a V8 engine that can take the car from 0 to 60 mph in about 4 seconds.

With a fuel economy range that is 11mpg city and 16mpg highway, the Ferrari F430 Spider has a lightweight 4.3-liter V8 engine delivering close to 500 horsepower which enables the F430 Spider to reach with a top speed of almost 200 mph. The engine is located under a transparent cover behind the passenger compartment. It has a six-speed manual transmission which Ferrari claims cuts shifting times down to 150 milliseconds. A six-speed automatic gearbox with manual-shift capability is optional. A high-performance braking system brings the Spider to a commanding stop.

The F430 Spider has a lightweight aluminum frame with a spectacular aerodynamic design. At the push of a button, a power-operated fabric roof can be raised and lowered. Standard features include: Adaptive suspension, Power driver seat, Radio data system, Weather band radio, Driver front impact airbag, integrated roll-over protection, and Electronic stability. High-tech features include a steering wheel-mounted interface that is used to adjust various integrated systems such as suspension settings, traction control and transmission speed. As with low-ground, two-seat sports cars, the Ferrari F430 Spider can be a secure fit.

“From inside to out and from top to bottom, the 2008 Ferrari F430 Spider is a super car of unsurpassed excellence. It is everything a Ferrari aspires to be, and everything a Ferrari owner expects it to be. Aspirations and expectations often are found wanting in this imperfect world. For a handful of fortunate Ferrari-philes, they’re just a button push away from perfection any time they want it.” Andrew McCredie, Canadian Auto Press.

2008 Ferrari F430 Spider
2008 Ferrari F430 Spider

2008 Mercedes SLR McLaren

The 2008 Mercedes SLR McLaren enhances the 1950s SLR racing models with innovative and creative technology.
At a cost of about $495,000,
this front engine, rear wheel drive, 2-passenger, 2-door convertible is produced at McLaren’s Formula 1 factory in Woking, England. The fuel economy range of the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is 11 mpg Hwy and 16 mpg City. Powered by an AMG V8 compressor engine delivering 617 bhp and a 5-speed auto-clutch manual transmission, the top speed of the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is 207 mph. As well, this high performance roadster will accelerate from zero to sixty in 3.8 seconds.

With a 6.5-liter, 617-hp supercharged V-8, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren excels as a high performance sports car. Further development of carbon-fiber technology for the monocoque chassis has resulted in a low weight. Its body is made entirely of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) materials, allowing it to stand out from other high-performance sports cars. Regarding handling and aerodynamics, the vehicle has been optimized for high speeds The outstanding qualities of the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren are also seen in its fully retractable roof. The roof opens and closes in less than ten seconds. Its newly developed roof material allows for complete durability in all weather conditions.

Standard features include: dual-zone automatic air-conditioning; a high-quality BOSE premium sound system; a multifunction sport steering wheel with gear-change paddles, and a navigation system with radio and CD player.

“The SLR roadster is a lot of things. It’s a status symbol. It’s a supercar. It’s also a lot of money – it’ll cost the same as a pair of Lamborghini Gallardos. But in the end, it’s something automotive enthusiasts have been salivating over for quite a few years: It’s an SLR McLaren.” Shamit Choksey, automobilemag.com.