Monday, August 24, 2009

The Top 25 Iconic Sports Cars of All Time


Hi All,

When it comes to the damned question of the best Sports Car of all time, lots of parameters come into the scene during the judgement ..... Also, it seems extremely tough since so many great cars were produced by some of the finest auto manufacturers around the World, that selecting the Top 25 can be a nightmare. The Cars that were not featured in this List are definitely not inferior in any major regards, it is only that here we have selected the Top 25 only .... During the selection there were some real gem of a car that unfortunately we could not fit in this list, namely BMW M5 (E60), Lamborghini Murcielago, Dodge Charger R/T, Mazda RX7, Lancia Stratos, Lamborghini Countach, Ferrari Enzo, Toyota MR-2, Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG, Porsche Boxster, Lotus Exige, Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7, Ford GT40, Chevrolet Camaro, TVR Sagaris, Mini Cooper, Ascari KZ-1, Aston Martin Vanquish S, Ferrari F430, Lamborghini Gallardo and a few others ... But, as you go through the List you will probably understand why we were in this dilemma .... So, let us start with it .....

Note :- This List is not about the most beautiful or the fastest in any aspect or the most expensive or anything of that sort. Rather it is about the most Iconic Sports Cars ...

The Top 25 Iconic Sports Cars of All Time


As soon as the combustion engine was invented, men started playing with automobiles to see how fast they could make them run. It is in our blood, so we did & we will do.
Over the past decades, hundreds of sports cars were produced by dozens of car manufacturers around the world. Which are the best sports cars of all time is a question we wanted to tackle head-on. Below you will find a list the Top 25 Iconic Sports Cars of all time. Some featured innovative designs, others had incredible power, but one factor unified them all: they were all made to drive pretty darn fast !!!



25. Honda NSX-R



The Honda NSX or Acura NSX in North America, was a sports car produced between 1990 and 2005 by the Japanese automaker Honda. It sports a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout and was powered by an all-aluminum V6 gasoline engine featuring Honda's "variable valve timing and lift electronic control" (VTEC) system.

Design: A second iteration of the NSX-R was released in 2002, again exclusively in Japan. As with the first NSX-R, weight reduction was the primary focus for performance enhancement. Instead of developing the stock 2002-onwards T-Top, Honda chose to go back to the pre-2002 fixed-roof coupe, due to its lighter weight and more rigid construction. Carbon fiber was used to a large extent throughout the body components to reduce weight, including a larger, more aggressive rear spoiler, vented hood and deck lid. The rear spoiler was said to be the largest one-piece carbon-fiber spoiler in production cars. A single-pane rear divider was again used, as were carbon-kevlar racing seats manufactured for Honda by Recaro. Finally, larger yet lighter wheels resulted in a total weight reduction of almost 100 kg (220 lb) to 1,270 kg (2,800 lb).

Performance: The 3.2L DOHC V6 engine was a powerful, free-revving powerplant with excellent throttle response. As Honda maintained the concept that Power is needed all that is useful, and NSX-R continued to be the Car that could beat many other Supercars in track despite being down on Power. Officially, Honda maintains that the power output of the Second-Gen NSX-R engine is 290 bhp (220 kW), which is identical to the stock NSX. The automotive press, however, has long speculated that the true output of the engine is as much as 320 bhp (240 kW), and that other, unpublished enhancements were made.

Chick Factor: Medium. Although Girls may admire the styling they can hardly understand the reason NSX became the legend. They will love the nice ride though, but please don’t go on a first Date in an NSX. The girl will think you are either Gadget-Freak or you can’t afford a Ferrari. Before she eventually realizes the magnificience of NSX over a Ferrari 360, you two have already broken up.





24. Mercedes-Benz 300SL "Gullwing"



The Mercedes-Benz 300SL was introduced in 1954 as a two-seat, closed sports car with distinctive gull-wing doors. Later it was offered as an open roadster. It was the fastest production car of its day. One of the greatest Car of its era, this baby still remain well known for its innovative gull-wing doors and intelligent use of aerodynamics. This was the Race Car for the Street. This Car was Fast and in Demand.

Design: The racing W194 300SL was built around a tubular chassis to offset its relatively underpowered carbureted engine. Designed by Rudolf Uhlenhaut, the metal skeleton saved weight while still providing a high level of strength. Its unique architecture gave birth to the model's distinctive gull wing doors, as part of the chassis passed through what would be the lower half of a standard door. Even with the upward opening doors, the 300SL had an unusually high sill, making entry and exit from the car's cockpit problematic. A steering wheel with a tilt-away column was added to improve driver access. The 300SL's body was mainly steel, except for the aluminum hood, doors and trunk lid. It could also be ordered with an all-aluminium outer skin at tremendous added cost, saving 80 kg (176 lb).

Performance: The 300SL was best known for both its distinctive gull wing doors and being the first-ever gasoline-powered car equipped with fuel injection directly into the combustion chamber. The 300SL's engine, canted at a fifty-degree angle to the left to allow for a lower hood line, was the same 3.0 litre straight-6 as the regular four-door 300. Fitted with a Bosch mechanical direct fuel injection system it had almost double the power of the original 86 kW (115 hp) carbureted version. The Power figure was 215 PS (212 hp/158 kW) and 274 N•m (202 lb•ft) of Torque. The Fuel Injection into the combustion chamber allowed a top speed of up to 260 km/h (161 mph) depending on gear ratio and drag, making the 300SL the fastest production car of its time.

Chick Factor: Medium. Although Girls just admire the classic styling and no more, this original Vertical Door Car remains much coveted till date. A pair of 300SLs for sale in 2009 are offered at $1.3M USD from the Foxwood Collection, demonstrating that the price of and demand for this classic remains strong.





23. Lamborghini Miura SV



The Lamborghini Miura SV is a sports car built in Italy by Lamborghini between 1966 and 1974. The Miura was a trendsetter, the one that made the mid-engined layout de rigueur among two-seater high performance sports cars. It is named after the Spanish ranch Miura, whose bulls have a proverbial attack instinct. Inspired by the legendary Ford GT40, the Miura astonished show goers at the 1965 Turin Motor Show where only the chassis was shown, with multiple orders being placed despite the lack of an actual body. Later, Marcello Gandini from Bertone, who would later go on to design many of Lamborghini's cars, was chosen to design the body. This is the World’s first truly definitive Supercar. Drop Dead Gorgeous !!!

Design: In 1965 when the Miura saw the daylight, it instantly became Superhit, as the World’s first Supercar. It was a sensation, with its flamboyant bodywork and unusual engine and clam-shell opening hoods on both the front and rear of the car. There was a small trunk located in the very rear of the tail behind the engine.

Performance: The last and most famous Miura, the P400SV or Miura SV featured different cam timing and altered carbs. These gave the engine an additional 15 PS (15 hp/11 kW), to 385 PS (380 hp/283 kW) & the Torque became 388 N•m (286 lb•ft). The last 96 SV engines included a limited slip differential which required a split sump. The gearbox now had its lubrication system separate from the engine, which allowed the use of the appropriate types of oil for the gearbox and the engine. This also alleviated concerns that metal shavings from the gearbox could travel into the engine with disastrous and expensive results.

Chick Factor: Between High and Huge. Sexy to the Boot. Fast and Furious, Beautiful yet Dangerous, Hot and Frightening, Fire & Ice. Truly Celebrity. Very Italiano ….. Men & Women all are crazy about this one. This baby oozes Lust … Smoking !!!!!!





22. Porsche 911(997) Turbo S



The Porsche 911 (pronounced as Nine Eleven)Turbo S Type 997, is a sports car made by Porsche AG of Stuttgart, Germany. The famous, distinctive, and durable design is notable for being rear engined like the Porsche-designed Volkswagen Beetle it had been based on. The car was also air-cooled until the introduction of the all-new Type 996 in 1998. Since its introduction in autumn 1963, it has undergone continuous development. The basic concept remained unchanged throughout its evolution. Throughout its 40+ years of rein in the Automotive market, the 911 has become the most iconic Sports Car ever & was voted the Best Sports Car of all time. Now, the current generation Type 997 carries on the tradition.

Design: In 2004 the 911 was heavily revised and the 996's replacement, the 997, was unveiled in July. The 997 keeps the basic profile of the 996, bringing the drag coefficient down to 0.28, but draws on the 993 for detailing. In addition, the new front fascia is reminiscent of the older generation, with the traditional "bug eye" headlamps. Its interior is also similarly revised, with strong links to the earlier 911 interiors while at the same time looking fresh and modern.

Performance: The Turbo version of the 997 series featured the same 3.6 L twin-turbocharged engine as the 996 Turbo, but this time it developed 480 PS (353 kW; 473 bhp) and 620 N•m (457 lb•ft) of torque. This was in part due to the 997's VTG (variable turbine geometry), which essentially combines the low-rev boost and quick responses of a small turbocharger with the high-rev power of a larger turbocharger. As well as producing more power and flexibility, the new turbocharger improved fuel consumption over the 996 Turbo. With these performance upgrades, it accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.7 seconds (with the manual transmission) and reaches a top speed of 310 km/h (193 mph). However, it has been universally tested that this 911 can accelerate to 100 km/h in around 3.2 seconds regardless of conditions. It is said in real world, when it comes to all round performance, hardly any car is out there that can stand up to 911 Turbo.

Chick Factor: Huge. Bold & Beautiful. Perfect symmetry between Power, Style, Subtleness, Comfort, Performance & Pride of ownership. True Winner. Girls love this. They feel secured inside this sexy beast yet they can boast about their superiority without much effort. This baby stamps its class everywhere it goes.





21. Audi RS4



In 2007 the Audi RS4 won the “World Performance Car” award. Among its competitors, we had Porsches, Ferraris and Jaguars. Do we need to add anything else?

Design: Based on the A4 B chassis, the RS4 is practically a racing car masked under an executive station wagon frame. Simple yet beautiful. Hooligan in a Tuxedo.

Performance: Powered by a 4.2-litre engine, with 8 cylinders in V formation, it produces an output of 414 horse power. It accelerates from 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.2 seconds, and it also comes with Audi’s Dynamic Ride Control to provide an even better driving experience. This baby has a top whack of around 186 Mph (300 Kmph).

Chick Factor: High. Some women just don’t like the aggressive look of sports cars. That is where the RS4 comes handy: elegant style and stunning performance.





20. Lotus Elise Series 2



The British manufacturer Lotus Cars has a unique concept for sports car: “performance through light weight.” Introduced in 2000, the Lotus Elise Series 2 definitely took the Lotus family to a whole new level, as this car won World's Top Sports Car's honour in two consecutive years.

Design: The Lotus Elise packs an aggressive design, despite it’s small frame. The car is 3.8 meters long and it weights less than a ton (from 860 to 910 kilograms). It also comes with a fiberglass body shell.

Performance: Considering that the car features a modest 1.8-litre, 4-cylinders engine, one would not expect much, right? Wrong! This baby can go from 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.7 seconds, and it has a top of speed of 150 mph (240 km/h). Given its light weight, you should also have a good time braking and cornering it. It's sweet handling make going fast very easy and in twisty tracks you can even beat some of the more powerful cars around ...

Chick Factor: Low. Some chicks like roadsters, other do not. If you want a car to impress the ladies, though, the Lotus Elise is probably not the best choice. It is, hmm ... just small. However if you are lucky, you may get to impress the chicks with this baby's cute attitude ...





19. Ford Shelby GT500



The legendary partnership between Ford and Carroll Shelby dates back to the early 1960s. Ford would produce the Mustangs, and the Shelby factory would modify them. The result? Some of best performing muscle cars of all time. In 2007 they renewed the deal releasing the Ford Shelby GT500.

Design: The two companies managed to revive the Mustang prestige with the GT500 model. The red and white body colors are classic, with the “Le Mans” stripes going from nose to tail. Aggressive look as usual, featuring a new front line and air splitters. However the original Shelby GT500 that created the impact was released back in 1967 (picture below) and the current one is trying to relive the Magic ...


Performance: The Shelby GT500 comes with a 5.4-litre, DOHC V8 engine, producing 500 horse power. It can accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-100km/h) in 4.5 seconds. The car also features a suspension kit and other improvements from Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT).

Chick Factor: High. Mustangs are a legend and a tradition of the American sports cars scene. If on top of that you go around with a Shelby GT500, you sure will make an impact.





18. Subaru Impreza WRX STi



The Subaru Impreza WRX STI (formerly WRX STi, officially changed in 2006 to STI) is the highest standard-edition trim in the Subaru Impreza compact car line, produced by Japanese automaker Subaru. Subaru introduced the Impreza 1993 as a compact car. It’s chassis, however, became very successful on rally championships, and in 1994 Subaru launched the STi version, bringing considerable improvements to the car. The Subaru Impreza WRX STi went into folklore after the great Colin Mcrae mesmerized the world in WRC with the Impreza.

Design: The car has been immortalized on the blue frame with gold colored wheels by rally drivers, and it also comes with a rear spoiler and hood vents. Definitely not the right car to share with your woman or go to the supermarket with.

Performance: The UK Impreza STi Turbo version has 300 bhp and it can go from 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.0 seconds. Consider that most of its parts (e.g., brakes, suspensions, transmission) already come tuned for racing performance. This 4-Wheel Drive Racer in disguise of a street car can have a Top whack of around 178+ Mph (286+ Kmph).

Chick Factor: Low. Unless you participate in street racing, chicks will probably not find this car very inviting. If you tune the design a lot it would also probably look lame on a normal city ride. However, the vibes of its Rally reputation may help you a bit.





17. Porsche 911(996) GT3



Talk about myth. On an international poll to vote the car of the century the Porsche 911 came fifth, and first as the sports car of the century. Introduced in 1963, this car is a hallmark of the sports car industry (and one of the most acclaimed Porsches ever). The Porsche 911(996) GT3 was introduced in 1999, mainly intended to take upon the racing world in its class. However the mass loved this and it was much more affordable compared to the others and it became the car of choice for the people trying to have some racing car experience in a road going car ...

Design: The GT3 version has a very aggressive, racing look. Light materials were used for its production, and it does not have rear seats. The aerodynamics was also carefully studied to glue the car on the ground.

Performance: The car comes with a 3.6-litre engine, producing 381 bhp. How fast can that toy go? Well, it accelerates from 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.7 seconds and has a top whack of around 193 Mph (311 Kmph).

Chick Factor: Huge. Americans and European have different car tastes, but park a GT3 in front of any bar in Europe and I assure you that you will come out with dozens of telephone numbers.





16. Pagani Zonda C12 S 7.3



Pagani is an Italian company that manufactures carbon fiber and supercars. They started producing the Zonda in 1999, and only 10 units ship every year (at $400,000 a pop more or less). The extreme fast & beautiful Pagani Zonda C12 S 7.3 is a headturner everywhere it goes ... Not to mention that out-of-the-world exhaust note ... We are in Love !!!!!

Design: As you can imagine from a company that produces carbon fiber, most of the body parts of the Zonda are done with that material. It has a coupe style, with 2 seats, and very characteristic placement of side mirrors and front lights. The company's owner Horacio Pagani says the Zonda's curvaceous body is designed after his own wife's curves ... When you put so much love in your effort, the result shows that ... The Zonda is without doubt one of the best looking Car in the World, if not the Best .....

Performance: The C12 S 7.3 version comes with a mighty 7.3-litre engine. It is one of the biggest 12-cylinders engine ever produced. It has an output of 555 bhp and 553 lb·ft (750 N·m). It covers 0-100 Km/h in 3.2 seconds and boast of a top speed of 220 mph (350 km/h). Extremely Beautiful & equally Fast ..... You have to be lucky to admire its beauty, as the only way you can see it properly when it is parked idly, and that case is quite rare (usually rich guys own these sexy candies & usually their garage or Pit lane are the places where you may find this standing).

Chick Factor: High. Despite being an almost racing machine, the style of this car is extremely appealing (we love Italy don’t we ?). It also reveals how much it costs at a first sight (and most women get turned on by that).





15. Nissan Skyline R34 GTR Spec-V



The Nissan Skyline became one of the most successful cars for street and motor racing (particularly in Japan). Its dominance was so great that people started calling it Godzilla. With its increasing popularity and ever-more dominance the Nissan Skyline R34 GTR Spec-V became a cult and much loved as it repeatedly made the Ferraris eat the dust ..... It is said that in real world, in street races very few Supercar can stand upto the Godzilla .....

Design: Based on the standard Skyline coupe frame, the GT-R version packed several racing accessories, and it became famous world wide after its appearances on video games (ever played Gran Turismo?). However, it may look very boxy or very much saloon like, but it handles like a dream. It enters a Corner like a Rear Wheel Drive Car & exits with all 4 wheels blazing ... It is so well balanced and the on-board computer works so beautifully that this Car has been an out and out favourite for Street Racers, Drag Racers & Drifters ...

Performance: The R33 & later R34 version used the same 2.6-litre engine of the R32, but it introduced several improvements, like a better oil pump and an advanced intake camshaft. The result? A potency of 500-600 horse power, a top speed of more than 200+ mph (323+ km/h) and an acceleration from 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) of less than 4.0 seconds. This 4-wheel drive 6 cylinder beast of a car was so much dominant in the races it participated that in quite a few Racing tournaments laws were revisited to prohibit Skyline from entering the competition ...

Chick Factor: Low. Going around with a Skyline would look like you came out straight from a video game. Girls won’t really get impressed unless they are Gaming Freak or in much rarer case if they understand this baby. Truly tough luck !!!





14. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII FQ-400 MR



The Lancer Evolution is manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors, and it already has ten generations on the market. The car has several titles on the World Rally Championships. Initially its production was intended for the Japanese market alone, but people started importing it on Europe and North America, so that Mitsubishi decided to start selling the car in other countries. After featuring in quite a few commercially successful Car-Racing Movies, the 4-Wheel Drive Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII FQ-400 MR has got its due respect as this legendary car is now well known by every car loving person around the globe.

Design: The car preserved pretty much the same look since the first generation. Standard features are the frontal air vent and the carbon-fiber rear spoiler, usually matching the color of the vehicle. The Evo VIII was also the first generation to be sold in the US.

Performance: The FQ400 (it is rumored that FQ stands for “fucking quick”), introduced in the United Kingdom, features the standard 2-litre engine of all other Lancer generations. It has a real output of more than 400 horse power, though, which enables it to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.5 seconds. A little modification sees its top speed nudging around 186 Mph (300+ Kmph). This Car is one tight slap in the face of all the Supercars who costs around ten times more than an evo and simply can't dance to the tune when situation demands. This car can beat the frantic Ferrari 360 ferociously & can easily keep up with the 430. For a fraction of the cost, this car could keep up with a Lamborghini Murcielago on a test track also ....

Chick Factor: Low. The Lancer Evolution FQ400 is essentially a racing car. You can beat the crap out of most in a Rally circuit or an off-road track. Driving it around the city should be cool, but it probably won’t impress the women around much.





13. Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato



Aston Martin introduced the DB4 GT in 1960, and the Zagato version was a model revamped by an automotive factory in Italy by the same name. This Car is very rare and very expensive at this moment. Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato personified beauty in flesh & blood. It represented the suave & stylish sexy established man with charming yet arrogant advance.

Design: Quite innovative for its time, the DB4 featured a long, rounded hood. Surprisingly, the demand for the car was quite low, and only 20 units were produced.

Performance: Considering that it was released in 1960, its performance was pretty impressive. The car could accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) in 6.1 seconds, and it had a top speed of 153 mph (246 km/h).

Chick Factor: Medium. Women with class will certainly know how to appreciate this jewel of a car. It costs almost $1 million these days, by the way.





12. BMW M3 GTR



This car was initially created in 2001 as a racing prototype. In order to qualify as a Gran Turismo car, however, BMW was forced to produce a street version as well. Only 10 units were sold to selected clients. In Racing Circuit, the BMW (E46) M3 GTR literally rocked the world by obliterating all the opponents (even the mighty Porsche was dethroned easily) till it was discontinued. Till now this machine remains one of the favourite for all the Car lovers.

Design: As you would expect from a former racing car, the design is very clean, focused on the aerodynamics and performance. Hood and lateral vents complete the look. Very Clean, Very Methodical, Very German .....

Performance: The racing car featured a beastly 4-litre engine, with 8 cylinders in V formation, capable of producing 444 bhp. The street version, for obvious reasons, was tweaked down a bit, producing 380 bhp. The racing one could accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.3 seconds, and it can easily scale up more than 320+ Km/h. But the best part was may be the way it handled around the Corners. This Car is just like a Dream ... From the less knowledgable person it may seem just like a Saloon Car only, however they may not identify the Racing pedigree at the first go .....

Chick Factor: Between Medium and high. Girls would undervalue this truely awesome car. For them it would probably just look like an executive sedan (if that happens to you, just make that engine roar a bit!).





11. Jaguar XK E-Type Series 1



The Jaguar XK E-Type revolutionized the sports car industry. It was the first time that a top performing car could be acquired for a reasonable amount of money. Just consider that between 1961 and 1975 it sold more than 70,000 units. The Jaguar E-Type till date remains one of the most loved sports car of all time ...

Design: The car originally featured only two seats, flat floors and external hood latches. It also included several innovations, including the placement of the lights and the style of the frontal opening. In any case it always looked drop-dead gorgeous ... This Jag always epitomized the fragrance of british beauty, where fast, cavalier lifestyle was becoming fashionable more & more ...

Performance: The Series 1 came with two engines, one with 3.8 liters and one with 4.2 liters. The latter could accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) in 7.1 seconds, and its top speed was 137 mph (215 km/h). In its era Jaguar E-Type remained the car of choice for rich & famous.

Chick Factor: Medium. A Jaguar is always a Jaguar, and even if not all ladies like classic cars, they sure should respect them at least. In any case this Big Cat is not only very fast & famous but also very beautiful.





10. Mclaren F1



The McLaren F1 is a rare and very expensive sports car designed and manufactured by Gordon Murray and McLaren Automotive. On March 31, 1998, it set the record for the fastest production car in the world, 240.1 mph (386 km/h). As of April 2009, the F1 is succeeded by three faster cars in sheer top speed, but is still the fastest naturally aspirated production car.

Design: Chief engineer Gordon Murray's design concept was a common one among designers of high-performance cars: low weight and high power. This was achieved through use of high-tech and expensive materials like carbon fibre, titanium, gold, magnesium and kevlar. The F1 was the first production car to use a carbon-fibre monocoque chassis. Purely Fast !!!!! Very Very Sexy .....

Performance: Powered by a 60° 6.1 Litre V12 engine, it produces an output of 627 horse power. It accelerates from 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.2 seconds. In 1994, AutoCar stated in a road test regarding the F1, "The McLaren F1 is the finest driving machine yet built for the public road." and that "The F1 will be remembered as one of the great events in the history of the car, and it may possibly be the fastest production road car the world will ever see.". In terms of sheer top speed, the F1 remains as of 2008 one of the fastest production cars ever made; as of July 2008 it is only succeeded by the Koenigsegg CCR, the Bugatti Veyron and the SSC Ultimate Aero TT. However, all of the superior top speed machines exploit forced induction to reach their respective top speeds – making the McLaren F1 the fastest naturally aspirated production car in the world.

Chick Factor: Huge. Highly Spirited & fully Cavalier. Deadly lustful combination. Let’s be honest here, if you can afford a McLaren F1 you won’t have much trouble getting chicks around. Moreover that mellowed scream of that Engine calls all the Girls out loud from every possible direction. Also the Butterfly doors come as an added effect.





9. Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren



Costing $500,000 a pop, the SLR is the fastest automatic transmission car in the world. It was produced by a joint venture between Mercedes-Benz and McLaren Automotive. Mercedes-Benz approached McLaren with one of their finest Roadster "SL65 AMG". McLaren worked upon this base and significantly remodelled it to produce the outstanding Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.

Design: One the most futuristic designs on the industry, the car comes with full carbon-fiber monocoque, crash structures and body panels. This Car's design oozes out confidence from every segment ... You can love it, in some case you may not, but definitely you will notice it at any cost ...

Performance: Sit tight now. Its features a 5.4-litre, supercharged, SOHC V8 engine. What kind of power is that? 616 bhp, with an acceleration from 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.1 seconds. Till date this Car remains one of the fastest automatic grand tourer.

Chick Factor: High. The car is a monster, what else can I say? Additionally, when the ladies see the door opening vertically (called butterfly doors, but they won’t know that) they will love it.





8. Ferrari F40



Enzo Ferrari was 90 years old when he decided to produce the Ferrari F40. Ferrari was losing its edge on the sports car industry (mainly to Porsche) at the time, so the man decided to create a new project to show the world what they were capable of doing. Hence Ferrari decided to come up with the F40 to celebrate its 40th Anniversary ... The rest, as you know, is history.

Design: The F40 was built to perform, so its design is rustic. It had panels made of kevlar, carbon fiber and aluminum for strength and low weight. Its accented lines and the legendary rear spoiler immortalized the car. The inerior is very spartan, very focussed towards its performance only. But who cares, it looks fabulous in that Red Colour ....

Performance: Despite being produced in the early 1990s, the F40 is still one of the fastest street legal cars in the world. It goes from 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.2 seconds, and has a top speed of 201 mph (324 km/h). This Car was made to snatch back the crown of world’s fastest production car from Porsche’s legendary 959.

Chick Factor: Huge. It’s a Ferrari, needless to add anything else.





7. Lamborghini Diablo



Diablo means “Devil” in Spanish, and the car stands true for its name. Introduced in 1990 by the Italian manufacturer, it became famous all around the world, mainly due to celebrities that acquired one (what a waste ...). The last of the true Lamborghinins was by far the best and worst combined together. The much it was freakingly fast, it equally demanded respect as it was quite unforgiving upon the less-skilled drivers.

Design: Just like the Ferrari F40, the initial versions of the Diablo were pretty Spartan and focused on performance alone. Late in the 1990s, however, the car gained some softer lines and better interiors.

Performance: The first Diablo packed a 5.7-litre engine, capable of an output of 493 bhp. It could go It goes from 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.1 seconds, and had a maximum speed of 202 mph (325 km/h). It was devilishly fast and equally bad-ass ... Like all celebrities it was hot-tempered and demanded huge respect .... Ironically this would be the last of the maniac Lamborghinis, after which the lambo became much more sophisticated, etiquated and sobered under the ownership of Volkswagen-owned Audi .....

Chick Factor: High. Let’s be honest here, if you can afford a Lamborghini Diablo you won’t have much trouble getting chicks around.





6. Dodge Viper GTS



If you never dreamed about driving a Dodge Viper, you are with the minority. The car become popular after appearing on a myriad of movies and television shows. All generations of Viper had the same 6-speed manual transmission. A coupe model called the GTS was introduced in 1996. Dubbed "double bubble," the roof featured slightly raised sections above each seat to accommodate usage of helmets, a throwback to its intended purpose. Vipers can be seen participating often in drag racing, road racing and drifting. Dodge Viper GTS created sensation during the 1997 "Supercar Comparison" by Motor Trend, in which the Viper GTS placed at the top against cars such as the Ferrari 550, Chevrolet Corvette, Porsche 911(993) Carrera and Honda NSX in all performance exercises except braking (The Braking was criticized nonetheless as Viper came last in this). In any case Dodge Viper GTS in its time almost single-handedly taken over the European Cars, as the "American Beauty" that could dent the European pride.

Design: Those two white stripes are a trademark of the car. Inspired by the Shelby Cobra, the Viper reintroduced a muscular and aggressive look to American sports cars. The Viper was conceived as a historical take on the classic American sports car. The iconic AC Cobra was a source of inspiration, and the final version of the Viper bears this out with its powerful engine, minimalist straightforward design, muscular and aggressive styling, and high performance. Some saw claims to kinship with the Cobra as a marketing exercise, ignoring that Carroll Shelby was heavily involved in the initial design of the Viper, and subsequent design of the Viper GTS coupe. In any case as the Dodge Viper stormed into the Market people loved its Performance & Styling equally. Till date Viper remained few of the American Cars that can really boast of a nice handling .....

Performance: Just consider that the roof of this car comes with raised sections to allow the drivers to wear helmets .... With a massive 8.0 Litre Engine this Car has a power output of 450 Bhp & a torque figure of 465 lb·ft (630 N·m) at 3600 rpm It goes from 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.0 seconds, and it has a top speed of 191 mph (308 km/h).

Chick Factor: High. The car just call the attention to itself. It would be hard to go unnoticed while driving it.





5. Bugatti Veyron 16.4



Not a classic like the others on the list, but the Bugatti is the fastest accelerating street legal car in the world, so we felt like it should be included. It is a complete allrounder, which is having Phenomenal Top-Speed, Maniac Acceleration, Luxurious Interior, Power in abundance, Devilish Tenacity and Subtle Stylish Mannerism. The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 does almost everything and does it with style. A complete All Round Winner. Hands down .....

Design: The car is, hhmm... totally rounded. The company decided to go with a new designer for this formerly concept car. Josef Kaban from Volkswagen is the man behind it. This car was made to suite the taste of the mega riches, one who crave for the best, Best in every segment; second to none. And well, the Veyron is just that. It is actually second to none. It is the Fastest, most Powerful yet a Classic concours Car with a perfect aesthetic sense of beauty.

Performance: : Packing a 16 cylinders engine with a displacement of 8 litres, complimented by 4 turbochargers this 4-wheel Drive Grand Daddy of all Supercar is capable of producing 1001 hp. The car holds the world acceleration record, going from 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) in 2.46 seconds. Running at its electronically limited top speed of 253.2 mph (407.5 km/h) a full tank runs dry in about 12 minutes. The point of Veyron is not only what it does (the Numbers are simply staggering), but also how it does (any non-professional Driver can also take the Bugatti up the speed where hardly any other Car can go). The Veyron simply murders the competition with any other Car, but does so Smoothly and in Style.

Chick Factor: Somewhere between Medium and High. Someone buying a Bugatti is obviously obsessed with speed. Girls will think that he should be done within 2 minutes or so, if you know what I mean. On the other hand, you are getting the best technology in the world and it just echoes the fact everywhere you go. It screams out loud that you are the best, a girl can ever dream to get. ;-) So, it actually evens out the misunderstanding ... Despite being a much superior product, this Car is actually too hard to understand and appreciate as every aspect is so easily available here.





4. Chevrolet Corvette 1968 L88



The bad-ass of the Corvette family. It was the third generation produced by Chevrolet, and it marked the realm of sports cars forever (this car is still the most powerful street legal car produced by GM). Popularly known as Chevrolet Corvette "Stingray", it was instantly identifiable by its boat-tail rear end.

Design: Designed by Larry Shinoda, the car had a very aggressive look and marked curves for a coupe. A bit of trivia: GM tried to keep the design secret before the launch but Mattel, a toy manufacturer, revealed it forehand on its line of miniature cars.

Performance: : The car was a beast. With a 7-litre engine, the factory listed its produced horse power at 460. But guess what, they were underestimating it. Third parties that tested the car found it to produce 560 hp. No kidding !!!

Chick Factor: Medium. This is a men’s car. If you are going to buy one, due it because you love the car and not for the ladies.





3. Porsche Carrera GT



The development of the Porsche Carrera GT started in the late 90s, but only in 2004 it reached the streets, costing $440,000 a piece. Being one of the most aggressive Porsches ever produced, only 1270 units were sold around the world. This Supercar is one of the best available out there till today, and very few Supercars are there who can actually beat this one. This Supercar is all that a man can desire. The bark of that F1-derived engine spells magic in ears and the power output simply scorches Road & Tracks alike.

Design: The Carrera GT has some big side inlets and air dams to improve the cooling system of its massive engine. It's interior is made with carbon, magnesium and leather materials. Initially it was available in 5 color variations, but custom designs could also be ordered on the factory (for some extra money obviously). Top to Bottom outright Sexy indeed ..... This baby can seduce anybody within a blink of an eye ...

Performance: Porsche used an innovative engine for the Carrera GT, with 10 cylinders in a V formation and a displacement of 5.7 liters, capable of producing over 600 horse power. The manufacturer claimed that it could accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds, but private testers found that it was even faster, marking around 3.2 to 3.6 seconds. The Top speed is limited at 205 Mph (330 Km/h).

Chick Factor: Huge. The car is a master piece of the German house. Every detail was carefully laid down to create a perfect balance between aesthetics and performance. Brutal yet Charming, Ruthless yet Friendly, Fast yet Exciting, Maniac yet Thrilling. No Girl in the world can actually resist this just about perfect blend of Fire & Ice. Then when they ride in one they are totally bowled over and they fall in love. The Best a Man can get .....





2. AC "Shelby" Cobra 427



Racing driver Carroll Shelby sent a letter to British manufacturer AC Cars asking if they would produce a car to him featuring a V8 engine with a light chassis. AC Cars accepted, and after some time they sent the car to Shelby. He then tested the car, and one night dreaming about it came with the “Cobra” name. That is how the myth was born.

Design: The interesting thing about the AC Cobra is that it borrowed pieces, parts and accessories from several other cars (including a Ford based engine, Jaguar in-board disk brakes, and a VW Beetle steering rack). Overall the manufacturer managed to create a very unique and memorable design around the car, however.

Performance: High. This car was responsible for the implementation of road speed limits in the United Kingdom. Ouch! The 427 version packed a 7-litre engine, with 425 horse power and a 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration of 4.2 seconds. Men & Women alike, they all loved this cute Monster for its performance.

Chick Factor: Medium. The David beating Goliath story thrilled a lot irrespective of era & this cute baby epitomized that fact. The huge engine in that small chassis repeatedly made the Ferraris eat dust around the world. However, this adrenaline pumper is more favourite among men than women. Same as the Ferrari 250 GTO below, this car was manufactured in the 60s so it won’t be considered sexy by women in general. Smart ones will definitely love it, though.





1. Ferrari 250 GTO



Ferrari 250 GTO !!!. This is the best Ferrari ever made. As a consequence, it also became the best sports car ever made. A bit of trivia: GTO stands for “Gran Turismo Omologata,” while the 250 is displacement of each of its cylinders. It was introduced in 1962, and in 1964 its production was halted, with a total of 36 units manufactured. This Car became such a legend, that the Ferrari actually became the Car to beat in the coming years, although Porsche continued to win more than others.

Design: With a compact berlinetta design, this car is still considered as one of the most appealing Ferraris. The concept was created by Giotto Bizzarrini and his team, based on the previous chassis of the 250 GT. The 250 GTO was designed to compete in GT racing. It was based on the 250 GT SWB. Chief engineer Giotto Bizzarrini installed the 3.0 Litre V12 engine from the 250 Testa Rossa into the chassis from the 250 GT SWB and worked with designer Sergio Scaglietti to develop the body. Unlike most Ferraris, it was not designed by a specific individual or design house. The rest of the car was typical of early-1960s Ferrari technology: hand-welded tube frame, A-arm front suspension, live-axle rear end, disc brakes, and Borrani wire wheels. The five-speed gearbox was new to Ferrari GT racing cars; the metal gate that defined the shift pattern would become a tradition that is still maintained in current models. The interior was extremely basic, to the point where a speedometer was not installed in the instrument panel. Many of its switches came from the Fiat 500, and it was said that as the car was rushed into production, the original cloth seats were made from workers' overalls. However, in next iterations all of these defects were fixed and 250 GTO became one of the most celebrated Sports Car of all time. This Ferrari looked hot as hell and still today makes people awestruck.

Performance: This jewel had an outstanding V12 engine, each cylinder displacing 250 cubic centimeters, for a total displacement of 3 liters. It was capable of producing 302 horse power, and it could accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) in 6.1 seconds. Remember, we are talking about a car launched in 1962. Here is a quote from Wikipedia that says it all: “In the best Ferrari tradition, it made normal drivers look excellent and gave great drivers an unsurpassable advantage.”

Chick Factor: Between Medium and High. The ladies would probably not give the deserved value to this car. They would just see it as an historical car with some good looks. If you have the opportunity, though, please teach them about the legend behind this Ferrari.





Being Crazy !!!!!

Regards,
Satadru Roy

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  2. Great looking cars, I've always been an avid sports car enthusiast and I've finally come into a bit of money. I have enough that I can finally afford a dream car; the only problem is that I am incredibility indecisive and I like to research everything there is to know about a product before I make a decision. So, I've been looking online at car specs and pictures as well as browsing used car dealerships in South Jersey. I definitely want a smaller car, preferably 2 seater, with a lot of power.

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