2011 Chevrolet Camaro

The Chevrolet Camaro is one of America’s iconic sports cars, and, with a base MSRP as low as $22,805 (on select trim levels) it’s also surprisingly affordable. It comes in several trim levels (LS, LT, and SS), and for the 2011 model year, there’s even a Camaro convertible.

The exterior of 2011 Chevrolet Camaro sports a retro look with a long hood and rather short rear deck that are reminiscent of past incarnations of the car, with a honeycomb grille up front and gill-shaped air intakes in the rear. As well, the back of the car is also home to four rounded tail lights which are not unlike the lights on the Chevy Corvette.

Standard features include power mirrors and dual exhaust pipes, but there are a host of exterior options, including wheels in sizes ranging from 18 to 21 inches, heating and dimming capabilities for the mirrors, and fog lights. There’s also an RS package that bundles a rear spoiler, 20-inch wheels and high-intensity-discharge headlights with integrated halo rings.

Inside the 2011 Camaro, you’ll find a steering wheel, radio unit and climate controls that are all unique to this model, and blend in with the retro feel. An auxiliary instrument panel located near the shifter is available, and, if installed, will monitor the temperature and pressure of the oil, the temperature of the transmission fluid, and the status of the car’s battery.

Standard features include air conditioning, power windows, power locks, a keyless entry system, and XM Satellite Radio, while the available optional features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a USB connector for your MP3 player, though OnStar is also a standard feature.

Under the hood of the 2011 Chevy Camaro, there are a variety of options. The LS and LT trims come with a V-6 engine, while the SS has a V-8 that has GM’s “active fuel management” system, which will cut power to four of the cylinders when they’re not needed. There are also two different suspension settings – the SS gets the performance tuning, while the LS and LT are sport-tuned. The tricked-out SS also comes with adjustable traction and electronic stability control settings, Brembo brakes, and even Launch Control on the manual version.

More specifically, the LS and LT models come with a 312-hp, 3.6-liter direct-injected V-6 engine pushing 273 lbs-ft of torque, while the SS model comes with a 400-horsepower, 6.2 liter V-8 providing 395 lbs-ft of torque when married to the optional six-speed automatic transmission, or a 426-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 providing 408 lbs-ft of torque when mated with the six-speed manual transmission that is standard across the line.

Safety features of the 2011 Camaro include side-curtain and front side-impact airbags, antilock brakes with a brake-assist feature, both electronic stability control and traction control, and daytime running lights. As well, OnStar is enhanced with a free year of GM’s “Safe and Sound” plan and six months of the automaker’s “Connections and Directions” plan.

The convertible has the same V-6 or V-8 engine options as the hardtop 2011 Camaro, with a choice of six-speed automatic or manual transmissions, and a choice of 18-, 19, or 20-inch wheels. To boost safety, Chevy has put a tower brace beneath the hood, braced the transmission, and added bracing to the underbody, as well.

The 2010 Maserati GranTurismo

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The 2010 Maserati GranTurismo is a chic, two-door, four-seat, coupe that delivers a powerful punch. The Maserati GranTurismo is powered by an 8 cylinder 4,244 cc V90° engine and produces 405 bhp at 7,100 rpm. The load-bearing chassis allows for more rigidity and its high-resistance, box-steel structure permits the suspension to track every bump in the road allowing for a more smooth and comfortable drive. The powerful 2010 Maserati GranTurismo has a top speed of 178mph and accelerates from 0-60mph in 5.2s.

 

Owners of the GranTurismo have the option of installing the Skyhook system of shock absorbers with an aluminum body that constantly adjusts the damping. The technology automatically chooses the most favorable level of damping and combines with the calibration of the vehicle’s automatic gearbox and the MSP safety system. The result is that the car will become accustomed to each driver’s characteristics.

 

 

The 2010 Maserati GranTurismo is very light and compact. It displays a sporty edge with its sleek tight body design and large oval grille. The cylinder heads are made of aluminum silicon and alloy. The lubrication system contains a wet sump which minimizes noise which allows for a quieter drive. The Maserati GranTurismo has excellent reaction time due to its flawless weight distribution: 51% of the weight of the car sits in the rear and 49% of the car’s weight sits over the front end. The accurate handling is the result of rear and front. The exhaust connected to the V8 meets the most stringent anti-pollution regulations.

The 2010 Maserati GranTurismo achieves instant acceleration due to the ‘drive by wire’ throttle control. The system’s ‘anti-squat’ geometry prevents the rear end from squatting under acceleration. The system’s ‘anti-dive’ geometry prevents the front from dipping under braking. The GranTurismo features three chrome-ringed air vents set behind the front wheels, chic lines curving over the body that is elegantly curved from front to end. The graceful shape ends at the at the rear light cluster.

 

The interior of the Maserati GranTurismo combines luxury with a sporty edge. It contains a roomy cabin that includes Poltrona Frau® leather upholstery, electronically controlled front seats, many finished pockets and storage compartments, and Bose Surround Sound® audio system with eleven speakers. The interior is desogned to maximize comfort and ergonomics. The 2010 GranTurismo transcends style and fits the driver like a glove.

2010 Chevrolet Corvette

At a MSRP of $48,930 – $116,880, the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette is a 2-door, 2-passenger sports car. This hot sports car is available as a Coupe, Convertible or Grand Sport model. Its immense power gives it a test-track top speed of 190-mph.  The 2010 Chevrolet Corvette has a fuel economy estimate of 15 MPG city and 24 MPG highway.

The 2010 Chevrolet Corvette is known for its power and performance. The high performance fast car has a powerful 430 hp 6.2L LS3 V8 engine 6-speed manual transmission with short-throw shifter and launch control. Mechanical features of the Coupe and Convertible include: integrates chassis, brake and traction control systems, 4-wheel vented disc brakes and anti-lock braking system, and differential cooling system. It also includes an exhaust system that has aluminized stainless steel with 3″ polished stainless steel tips, rack-and-pinion speed-sensitive steering, Performance Traction Management system with 5 driver-selectable settings, and the transmission is a 6-speed manual with short-throw shifter and launch control.

Exterior features of the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette include: corrosion-proof composite body panels, carbon fibre front fenders and floor, raised engine hood with window, carbon fibre front fenders, roof, roof bow, front splitter, rocker extensions and floor, painted front and rear bumpers, manual soft top convertible roof, day time running lights, driver power heated painted door mirrors with automatic operation, passenger power heated painted door mirrors, front fog lights, projector beam lens Xenon bulb headlights, and metallic paint.

Interior features of the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette include: theft-deterrent systems with electronic immobilizer and audible/visible alarm, keyless access system includes push-button start, bucket seats with leather seating surfaces, power 6-way driver seat adjuster, dual-zone automatic air conditioning with pollen filtration, analogue gauge cluster with multi-language Driver Information Centre and tire pressure monitoring system, AM/FM stereo with MP3 compatible CD player, XM Satellite Radio and 7-speaker sound system, cruise control that includes electronic with resume, coast and decelerate/accelerate features, instrumentation that includes  analogue speedometer, tachometer, fuel, voltmeter, coolant temperature and oil pressure gauges, and the steering wheel is leather-wrapped with sound system controls.

Safety and Security features of the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette include: air bags, power, programmable with lock-out protection door locks, keyless access system that includes push-button start, lock/unlock passive entry and panic feature, OnStar In-Vehicle Communications and Assistance Service, theft-deterrent system that includes an electronic immobilizer, theft-deterrent system that includes audible/visible alarm, and traction control that includes electronic, full-function, and all-speed.

2009 Dodge Viper

The 2009 Viper is a 2-door, 2-passenger sports car, or convertible sports car, available in two trims, the SRT-10 Convertible and the SRT-10 Coupe. Whether it is the coupe or convertible, the 2009 Dodge Viper will definitely capture everyone’s attention. At a price range of $89,000 – $99,000, this powerful roadster accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds and can reach a top speed of 200 mph. The fuel economy range is 13 mpg city and 22 mpg hwy.

The 2009 Dodge Viper is equipped with an 8.4 liter V 10 front engine with 103.0 mm bore, 100.6 mm stroke, 10.2 compression ratio, overhead valve, variable valve timing/camshaft and two valves per cylinder EWE. The Viper’s six-speed manual transmission features 10 percent wider gears that increase shift quality and torque capacity to handle 560 lb-ft of torque. At 150 mph, the Viper generates 100 lb of downforce.

The 2009 Dodge Viper features a long hood with air ducts, a short deck lid with lip spoiler, deep-cut side scallops, and smooth sloping roof line. The dual exhaust pipes still exit at the side under the doors.

Mechanical features include four-wheel ABS, four disc brakes including four ventilated discs, Immobilizer, rear limited slip differential, and wishbone front and rear suspension independent with stabilizer bar and coil springs.

Seating two, the 2009 Dodge Viper interior features include peripheral anti-theft protection, RDS audio system with AM/FM, Disc Auto-changer and six-disc remote changer, cargo capacity: all seats in place (cu ft): 8.4, driver front airbag with multi-stage deployment, passenger front airbag with occupant sensors and multi-stage deployment, sports driver and passenger seat, headlight control with time delay switch-off, power steering, and suede seat upholstery with additional leather.

Standard safety features include advanced multistage front airbags and an anti-lock brake system (ABS). The Viper’s reliability score of 4 out of 10 is the Predicted Reliability rating provided by J.D. Power and Associates. This score is based on trending the past three years of historical initial quality and dependability data from J.D. Power’s automotive studies, specifically the Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) and the Initial Quality Study (IQS).

 

The 2009 Viper features a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and lifetime Powertrain warranty.

Auto writers claim that people can’t stop staring at the Viper’s wild (and functional) exterior design. “Looks like a medieval spaceship,” writes Car and Driver.

2009 BMW M6

At a price from $75,500 – $109,000, the 2009 BMW M6 is one hot roadster. Available as a coupe and convertible, this powerful two door high performance fast car can accelerate from 0 – 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and can reach a top speed of 155 mph. The fuel economy range of the 2009 BMW M6 is 12 mpg city and 19 mpg highway.

The BMW M6 delivers 500 horsepower and holds a powerful 5.0L DOHC 40-valve V10 front engine. The M6 also features tuned suspension, a six-speed transmission w/OD, double-plate clutch-manual transmission, a carbon fiber roof, as well as all of the exterior modifications that are characteristic of an “M” car.

A few noteworthy mechanical features of the 2009 BMW M6 include engine start/stop button w/galvanic pearl-gloss trim, electronic throttle control w/M dynamic driving control, distributorless electronic ignition system, digital motor electronics with on-board diagnostics, traction control with dynamic stability control/M variable differential lock rear wheel drive, gas-pressurized front struts and rear shock absorbers, wider track aluminum trailing-link rear suspension assembly, hydraulic rack and pinion power steering w/Servotronic, high-performance tuned anti-lock braking system w/dynamic brake control, four polished stainless-steel exhaust tips, and much more.

Whether you’re the CEO of Aviva or the manager at a local cafe, it’s hard not to feel like a million dollars in an M-Class BMW. Exterior features include carbon fiber roof, rear lip spoiler, front/rear body-colored bumper w/hydraulic energy absorbers and front compressible elements, aluminum hood w/pwr dome, front side air intake gills, flared front/rear fenders, flared wheel arches, front fender vent “gills”, shadowline trim, chrome grille w/vertical slats, M rear spoiler w/diffuser, front 18? x 8.5? and rear 18? x 9.5? forged aluminum wheels, and much more.

Interior features include power cloth and leather front bucket seats with adjustable seat width and thigh support, seat memory, easy-entry feature, and adjustable lumbar support. There are also fold down rear seats, front center console with climate-controlled storage, M 3-spoke leather-wrapped tilt/telescopic steering wheel w/audio controls, AM/FM stereo system that includes CD player, (10) speakers, radio data system (RDS), and auto-store. The M6 also has MP3 capability, CD changer, satellite radio and cellular phone 3-channel FM diversity antenna, accessory phone controls, and electric analog instrumentation that include a speedometer, tachometer, galvanic pearl-gloss trim, and trip odometer. The on-board computer includes check control vehicle monitoring system with pictogram display.

The 2009 BMW M6 is a stunning high performance fast car that never fails to please.

“Sitting in and driving the M6 is more akin to wearing the car. Like a fine suit, it just fits well, and lends confidence to the maneuvers you’ll attempt while behind the wheel.” – Mark Elias, Left Lane News.

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2009 BMW M3

At a MSRP of $54,850 – $66,500, the 2009 BMW M3 is a 2 or 4 door, luxury sports coupe, convertible sports car, or luxury sports sedan. The 2009 BMW M3 is a powerful force that can go from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds and travel a quarter mile in 12.7 seconds. This powerful fast car can reach a top speed of 155mph.

The Sedan is equipped with a standard 4.0-liter, V8, 414-horsepower engine that achieves 14-mpg in the city and 20-mpg on the highway. The Convertible is equipped with a standard 4.0-liter, V8, 414-horsepower engine that achieves 13-mpg in the city and 20-mpg on the highway. A 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive is standard on both trims, and a 7-speed manual transmission is optional. With the addition of a supercharger, German engineers were able to make 635 HP.

The three available trims have a number of notable features. Standard mechanical features based on the coupe include gasoline direct injection fuel system, rear wheel drive, four-wheel ABS, cornering brake control, four disc brakes including four ventilated discs, electronic brake distribution, stability control, strut front suspension independent with stabilizer bar and coil springs, multi-link rear suspension independent with stabilizer bar and coil springs, and much more.

Standard exterior features based on the coupe include body color front and rear bumpers, concealed system convertible rollover protection, electric foldable hard top convertible roof with glass rear window, day time running lights, driver power heated body color door mirrors, passenger power heated body color door mirrors with automatic, front fog lights, luxury trim leather on gearknob, leather on doors and titanium look on dashboard, and much more.

Standard interior features based on the convertible include peripheral interior monitoring anti-lift anti-theft protection, Harman/kardon RDS audio system with AM/FM and CD player CD player reads MP3, computer with average speed, average fuel consumption and range for remaining fuel, delayed/fade courtesy lights, cruise control, door ajar warning, external temperature, sports electrically adjustable driver and passenger seat with height adjustment, lumbar adjustment, thigh support, six adjustments and tilt adjustment, two height adjustable electric adjustable head restraints on front seats, two height adjustable head restraints on rear seats, headlight control with time delay switch-off, dusk sensor and auto off with ignition active and automatic, vehicle speed proportional power steering, Vehicle speed proportional power steering, and much more.

The BMW M3 sets the stage for outstanding fast car performance. Whether it is the coupe, convertable, or sedan, the power and beauty of the BMW M3 will catch the attention of every fast car enthusiast.

2008 Porsche Turbo

At an MSRP of about $126,200 – $136,500, the 2008 Porsche Turbo convertible is a 2-door, 4-passenger luxury sports car available as the Coupe and the Cabriolet. The manual transmission version can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. With the Tiptronic S transmission, acceleration time decreases to 3.5 seconds. Both can reach speeds of up to 193 mph.

The 2008 Porsche Turbo convertible combines an elegant and design features with its curved lines that extend from one end of the car to the other. The Coupe is equipped with a 3.6-liter, H6, 480-horsepower, turbo engine multi-point injection fuel system, and has a fuel economy range of 16 MPG/city and 23 MPG/highway. The Cabriolet is equipped with a 3.6-liter, H6 480-horsepower turbo engine and has a fuel economy range of 15 MPG/city and 24 MPG/highway. This all wheel drive sports/ luxury car comes with a 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive. There is also an optional 5-speed automatic transmission with overdrive.

Standard features include: air conditioning, a wind deflector, the Porsche Communication Management (PCM), the Bose Surround Sound System, DVD Navigation Aid With 5.8-In Screen, and a leather interior. Front and rear seating has been described as somewhat confined.

“The power comes on fast and smooth, with great gobs of torque found wherever you ask for it… a seemingly endless supply of tire-twisting propulsion. And all of it can be had with barely a hint of turbo lag. [The car loves] putting down that power with the steering wheel cocked. The more challenging the turn, the more eager the Turbo feels tackling it: powering in on entry, braking late, the body hunkering down while all four wheels grip and grip…And all on snow tires, no less.” Auto Week

2008 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

At a MSRP of $46,100 – $83,345, the 2008 ZR1 Corvette is the fastest car in Corvette’s history. Compared to other sports cars on the market, it is moderately inexpensive. The ZR1 is said to be the first production Corvette to reach a top speed of at least 200 mph.

The 2008 ZR1 Corvette is a two-seat sports car available as a targa-roof coupe, convertible, or high-performance Z06 hardtop coupe. The coupe and convertible have a 430 hp LS3 6.2-liter V-8 engine and six-speed manual transmission. An optional dual-mode exhaust boosts the horsepower to 436 hp. The ZR1 Corvette is based on the Corvette Z06’s aluminum chassis, but there are a number of slow body panels. The fuel economy range is 26 MPG/Hwy and 16 MPG/City.

A few of the many mechanical and exterior features include: active handling electronic stability, ABS and driveline traction control, rack and pinion steering, 4- wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS), 2-doors, composite body material, sunroof, 18″ silver alloy wheels.

A few of the standard interior features include: voice activated navigation system, radio and CD player as well as MP3 capability, THEFTLOCK theft deterrent radio, keyfob (all doors,) Remote keyless entry, and OnStar In-Vehicle Assistance.

The ZR1 is ready to stare down the world’s elite supercars on both road and track, and its price of $105,000 represents a giddy bargain among ultra-high-performance automobiles. If the idea of dropping six figures at a Chevrolet dealership seems akin to

buying a $15,000 Rolex at Wal-Mart, one stab of the accelerator pedal should serve as a reminder that not only is the ZR1 the best Corvette ever, but it is also among the best sports cars available today.” Caranddriver.com

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 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