Sports Car

After 18 years and more than 25,000 cars on the road, the Dodge Viper is on the brink of extinction. 2010 will be the final model year for this ultra-potent muscle car, but it is not going away...
Bugatti. Has there ever been an automaker that earned so much buzz for building so few cars? In addition to creating the world’s fastest production car (the 253-mph Veyron 16.4) and the priciest (...
Ferrari fires up its ultra-powerful 458 Italia. The Ferrari 458 Italia will be the next prancing horse to leave the Maranello stable. This replacement for the mid-engine F430 will feature an ultra-...
From a speed standpoint, the $91,220 Dodge Viper SRT10 is no slouch: 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds and a terminal velocity in the vicinity of 200 mph. But despite its world-class performance...
It’s not every day that little Lotus unveils an entirely new model—and it’s even rarer that the company releases a model with more than two seats. The new Evora (a name that has nothing to do with...
Lotus Cars founder Colin Chapman had a simple formula for making cars faster: "To add speed, add lightness." More than 25 years after Chapman’s death, his company’s automobiles continue to embody...
Even with less than restrained optioning, it’d be a mighty stretch to suggest that the elfin Lotus Elise —all 1,984 pounds of it—could ever be overburdened by creature comforts and aesthetic frippery...
In a move that recalls its Enzo-derived FXX racer, Ferrarinow turns up the heat on the 599 GTB Fiorano, creating the dazzling new 599XX . Ferrari made available a mere 30 examples of the FXX to...
Adrenaline junkies bored by, say, base jumping or running with the bulls in Pamplona—or by Automobili Lamborghini’s standard 640-horsepower Murciélago coupe and roadster—will find much to love in the...
Carroll Shelby contributed to American patriotism and pride when his Daytona Cobra Coupe clinched the World Manufacturers Championship in Reims, France, on July 4, 1965. Driven by racing legend Bob...
Aston Martin, ever a boutique builder of rapture-inducing sports cars and never a mass-producer of automotive appliances, is being flailed by England’s worst economic downturn since the Great Slump...
Broken Dreams In this era of cookie-cutter prefabrication, designer-dreamer Claudio Ballard deserves plaudits for creating a car that is hand- and purpose-built right down to its gauge needles and...
The Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 is the third in a series of award-winning automobiles produced by a manufacturing conglomerate better known for its Beetles than for its unbeatable exotic sports and...
Ferrari traditionally names its automobiles after members of the Ferrari family and Italian locales: the Dino, the Enzo, the Maranello, and the Modena, for example. The Italian sports car...
With just 77 examples scheduled for production, the Aston Martin One-77 ( www.one-77.com ) might be the most elusive Aston ever. The car’s rarity—and estimated $2 million price—is a function of its...
Though the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport will not officially be available until March, the first convertible supercar in the series of 150 was sold at the Gooding & Company auction in Monterey...
The 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 ( www.chevrolet.com ) is the fastest, most powerful Corvette ever made for public consumption. The ZR1’s 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 engine, dubbed the LS9, produces...
The winds of change will be blowing with gale force in March, when Bugatti launches the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport—a convertible supercar that speeds to 224 mph with its top down. This hair-raising, $2...
You don’t have to pay dues to join the exclusive SLR.Club and enjoy its many perks, and you don’t have to pass muster with present members. The only requirement is ownership of a rare $500,000...
Forty years ago, former racecar driver Carroll Shelby caught wind that General Motors was just weeks away from unveiling a King of the Road edition of the Chevrolet Corvette. "The brochures were...
The American automotive landscape is littered with the broken dreams of aspiring carmakers. As the joke goes, the best way to make a small fortune in the car industry is to start with a large one...
The Ferrari California ( www.ferrariusa.com ) will not debut officially until October, at the Paris Motor Show, but prospective buyers can add their names now to the soon-to-be-overcrowded waiting...
When Gone in Sixty Seconds —a splashy remake of a low-budget 1974 gear-grinder flick of the same name—premiered in 2000, the film reanimated one of Hollywood’s great movie cars: an overachieving Ford...
Ferrari is engaged in some dark alchemy these days. How else could the 430 Scuderia be both quicker and more drivable than the car on which it is based, the F430? Perhaps Ferrari’s engineers did not...
Gently prod the start button and it glows red, then pulses, like a beating heart. Touch it again and the overture becomes a performance as the cushioned explosion of a big V-8 smoothes into a grumble...
An exceedingly rare 1960 Ferrari 246S Sport Dino Fantuzzi racecar could fetch as much as $6 million on May 18, when Ferrari hosts the second annual Leggenda e Passione classic car auction at its...
By a Nose. Not since the 2000 presidential election had a vote been this close. Our weeklong Car of the Year extravaganza concluded without a clear winner; after two straw polls, the sports cars from...
Ferrari’s racetrack-ready F430 Scuderia is all raw welds and unpainted aluminum. Naked carbon fiber stretches from the center tunnel to the doorsills; the floors are bare metal; and frills are fewer...
If all goes as planned, the Fisker Karma ( www.fiskerautomotive.com ) will cover 100 miles on a gallon of gas or diesel fuel and 620 miles on a single tank, partly by traveling the first 50 miles on...
Lamborghini’s cachet might be at an all-time high. After years of cash-flow problems and a parade of owners that has ranged from Chrysler to an Indonesian investment group, the snorting bull seems to...

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