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2011 Audi R8
“The R8 offers head-turning style, pulse-quickening performance, and superb build quality, yet is quiet and comfortable enough for daily commuting. ” — Consumer Guide   See More Reviews
5.0 
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2011 BMW M3
“The engine is powerful and willing and revs to the moon. ” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
5.0 
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2011 Cadillac CTS-V
“That supercharged V-8 drinks from such deep reserves of power and torque that it hardly feels like it's breaking a sweat.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
5.0 
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2011 Ford Shelby GT500
“...0-to-60 sprint of 3.5 seconds.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
5.0 
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2011 Lamborghini Gallardo
“Quick, responsive and highly desirable.” — The Auto Channel   See More Reviews
5.0 
1
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2011 MINI Convertible
“[The optional SMG transmission] swaps gears as quickly as any dual-clutch gearbox and even matches revs when we call for a downshift. ” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
5.0 
1
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2011 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG
5.0 
1
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2011 Nissan 370Z
“You'll like the Nissan 370Z if you want a fast, fun and approachably priced sports coupe. Buyers eyeing the offerings from Porsche and BMW will find the 370Z offers similar thrills at a much lower price.” — Kelley Blue Book   See More Reviews
5.0 
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2011 Nissan GT-R
“Just a quick look at the GT-R's spec sheet is enough to qualify it as a supercar.” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
5.0 
1
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2011 Porsche 911
“Yes, the engine still sounds funny at low revs and the interior isn't perfect...but it delivers one of the purest driving experiences in the world.” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
5.0 
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2011 Porsche Cayman
“Brakes are a confidence booster, as they respond quickly without being grabby and have a firm, solid feel underfoot.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
5.0 
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2011 Audi S4
“Even the sound it makes when we lift off the accelerator while barreling into a tight one at the end of a straight is great music.” — AutoWeek   See More Reviews
4.9 
2
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2011 Audi S5
“The S5 not only looks good; it's quite good to drive. It rockets down the road snuffing out bumps big and small while still giving the driver plenty of feedback.... ” — Automobile   See More Reviews
4.9 
2
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2011 BMW 1 Series M
“The 1 M's super-quick steering (2.2 turns lock-to-lock), combined with a short wheelbase, makes it feel like a go-kart, despite its upright, relatively tall seating position.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
4.9 
2
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2011 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG
4.9 
2
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2011 Porsche Boxster
“God's own steering response, glorious engine note, excellent transmission.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
4.9 
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2011 Ferrari 458 Italia
4.8 
3
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2011 Lotus Exige
“Unlike other supercars, the Lotus Exige isn't powered by a massive fire-breathing V8, V10 or V12. A high-revving four-cylinder engine is all that's needed to provide extraordinary performance. This is because of the vehicle's lightweight construction” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
4.8 
3
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2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
“There are few cars better for attacking a twisty, unfamiliar back road than the Subaru Impreza WRX STI. ” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
4.8 
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2011 Audi TT
“The [Audi TT's] brakes did not fade in the face of aggressive driving and maintained a consistent feel. ” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
4.7 
4
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2011 BMW Z4
“...available with Adaptive M Sport suspension, consisting of computer-controlled adjustable dampers that constantly vary their firmness based on road surface inputs, steering angle and lateral acceleration data. ” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
4.7 
4
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2011 Chevrolet Corvette
“The invigorating roar of an American V-8, with the smooth refinement of a high-tech European engine.” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
4.7 
4
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2011 Lexus IS F
“The Lexus just kept putting a smile on my face, generating huge lateral grip, demonstrating its remarkable balance, and showing off its big underhood muscle. ” — Automobile   See More Reviews
4.7 
4
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2011 Lotus Evora
4.7 
4
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2011 Mazda MAZDASPEED3
“The exhaust note is sweet, and again, quiet when cruising but it opens up nicely when you want a little "sport" in your day.” — Canadian Driver   See More Reviews
4.7 
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2011 Aston Martin V12 Vantage
4.6 
5
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2011 Ferrari California
4.6 
5
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2011 Jaguar XK
“Out in the hills the XK continued to impress. The car tackles the twisties with real poise yet never seems to stiffen its ride or responses to the point of severity. The paddle-directed fast upshifts and blipped-throttle downshifts lend real sporting character, and on several occasions we found ourselves drawing to a stop and pulling on both paddles to find neutral, the way it's done in Ferraris and Lamborghinis. That's how authentic the experience is.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
4.6 
5
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2011 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG
“I do love the steering, however, and the perfectly shaped, Alcantara-covered steering wheel is bliss. Mercedes' Comand system has evolved into one of the best multimedia interfaces, and the dash layout and logic are pretty commendable all around.” — Automobile   See More Reviews
4.6 
5
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2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK350
“What's most impressive about the new SLK interior is the giant leap in quality of materials.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
4.6 
5
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2011 Tesla Roadster
4.6 
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2011 Aston Martin DB9
“Handling is where the DB9 truly excels, hanging on with passion through swift curves and delivering a civilized experience.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
4.5 
6
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2011 Aston Martin DBS
4.5 
6
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2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
“While it doesn't float over the obstacles, it soaks them up with skill, surefootedness, and self-assurance. ” — Automobile   See More Reviews
4.5 
6
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2011 Audi S6
“The V10 has a guttural growl, braking is stellar, handling is reasonably grippy and well-balanced, and while its power is less prodigious, AWD allows the S6 driver to exploit it in all seasons.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
4.5 
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2011 Mazda RX-8
“When connected to the four-speed automatic transmission, the engine is tuned to produce 197 hp, while manual transmission versions get a 238-hp power plant. Coupled with the vehicle's light weight, the RX-8 delivers exhilarating performance along with ultrasmooth power delivery.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
4.5 
6
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2011 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG
4.5 
6
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2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
“To drive this new Gullwing coupe is to enjoy automotive performance at the very highest level. It has incredibly quick throttle response, immense power and torque available....” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
4.5 
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2011 Maserati GranTurismo
4.4 
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2011 Audi TTS
“Even in sport mode, the [2009 Audi TTS'] magnetic shocks offer the best combination of ride and handling: always firm and never harsh. ” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
4.2 
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2011 Mercedes-Benz SL550
“Seductive style, quick-folding retractable hardtop, powerful V8 and V12 engines, impressive handling doesn't come at the detriment of ride quality.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
4.1 
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2011 Lotus Elise
“Not only does the Elise exhibit superb balance and grip through the turns, its exceptionally low curb weight allows it to react to driver inputs much faster than other cars.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
4.0 
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2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK300
“An innovative Airscarf system directs heated air through special vents in the head restraints. The effect is that of an invisible scarf to warm the passenger's neck and shoulders in chilly weather.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.7 
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2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder
3.5 
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2011 Dodge Challenger
“Unlike the original Challenger, which had a shapely "fuselage" body that wrapped under at the rocker panels, the new car is slightly more slab-sided. But that's a good thing because it makes this muscular car, with its 20-in. wheels and tires, look as if it is firmly planted to the tarmac. ” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
3.0 
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2011 Dodge Avenger
“Lots of features for the price” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
2.5 
2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S
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2011 Aston Martin Virage
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2011 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
“The car reads the road and reacts with an appropriate amount of damping to reduce harshness.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
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