Nissan is fully aware that the next-generation Z must evolve if it intends to stay on top of the competition. The 2013 Z may even feature a hybrid or a diesel powerplant.
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Sebring may only last half as long as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but it’s considered more than twice as tough on the machinery.
Rightly or wrongly Porsche 911s have not been regarded as a true super car, yet the 2011 911 Turbo really reaches that pinnacle as it has a top speed approaching 200 mph and can reach 60 mph in a shade over 3 seconds. Whichever way you look at it this is supercar territory.
On the other hand the 911 Turbo costs considerably less and its 500 horsepower, 3.8-liter flat-6 engine manages to return a very acceptable highway fuel economy figure of 24 mpg. Raw figures suggest it is the super car for those who care about stats.
Granted the 911 Turbo does not turn heads in the same way as the Lamborghini Gallardo or the Ferrari 458 Italia but – bottom line — the 911 Turbo Cabriolet is a much more sensible proposition if you really care about pure performance and driving rather than attracting attention. Among supercars it is a true bargain at just $161,085 as tested, extras included.
John Rettie, Road & Track blog
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Audi says there are no concrete plans to bring the Quattro Concept to market. But if it did, an engineer was heard saying the pricing would be in the range of the R8’s.
With the abundant use of carbon and aluminum, Audi says the Quattro Concept weighs 2866 lb., identical to the original Sport Quattro. Taking full advantage of the light chassis, a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-5 engine out of the TT RS tweaked to 408 bhp (up over the stock output of 340 bhp) is under the hood. Stuffed with the latest Audi awd technology, the Quattro is claimed to hit 62 mph in 3.9 seconds.
The 2008 Ruf CTR3 is without doubt the perfect garage-mate to all the Batmobiles.
Its 3.7-liter twin-turbo flat-6 engine delivers 700 bhp (DIN) at 7000 rpm and provides 657 lb.-ft. of thrust at 4000 rpm — enough to catapult the sub-3100-lb. mostly carbon-fiber-bodied machine up to 62 mph in less than 3.2 seconds. With a transverse 6-speed sequential racing gearbox, the CTR3 can reach a top speed of 233 mph.
Inside the Tramontana R cockpit…
…immediately behind which is the engine, a Mercedes-Benz twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-12 that unleashes 720 bhp and about 680 lb.-ft. of torque to the rear wheels. This allows the car to dash to 60 mph in about 3.5 seconds.
“I’m impressed with the power. I don’t think there’s anything out there that’s closer to being a Formula car for the street.” - Oriol Servia, professional race driver
The new 380-bhp Panamera S Hybrid, without sacrificing sportiness or elegance, is said to be the most economical Porsche of all time (mpg in the mid 30s).