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2006 BMW M5
“Tear away from a city stoplight and run the V-10 to its 8250-rpm redline, and you'll leave nascent car enthusiasts in your wake.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
4.0 
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2006 BMW M6
“The M6's performance and handling characteristics can be tailored to suit a wide range of driving styles and preferences.” — Forbes   See More Reviews
4.0 
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2006 Mercedes-Benz C5 AMG
“The C55 is a blast on a twisty road, thanks to its rock-solid chassis and quick, well-weighted steering.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
4.0 
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2006 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG
“In normal driving, the suspension soaks up the bumps as well as any luxury car, but when it's time to make tracks on a twisty road, the CL tightens up, rising to the challenge.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
4.0 
2
2006 BMW M3
“Even bystanders who don't know the difference between an M3 and a garden variety 3 Series Coupe might recognize that this car is hot.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
3.7 
2
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2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK500
“The base CLK320 draws power from a 215-horsepower 3.2-liter 18-valve V6, while the uplevel CLK500 uses the 302-hp eight-cylinder.” — AutoWeek   See More Reviews
3.7 
2
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2006 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG
“Mercedes claims a 0-to-60-mph time of just 4.5 seconds -- we're talking Ferrari territory here.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.7 
2
TIE
2006 Mercedes-Benz SL500
3.7 
2
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2006 Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG
“Mercedes has stretched the wheelbase by 1.8 inch, widened the car to carve out some more interior space and then filled it with two seats and a luggage section.” — AutoWeek   See More Reviews
3.7 
2
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2006 Mercedes-Benz SL600
“Mercedes has stretched the wheelbase by 1.8 inch, widened the car to carve out some more interior space and then filled it with two seats and a luggage section.” — AutoWeek   See More Reviews
3.7 
2
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2006 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG
“With 6.0 liters of displacement and twin turbochargers, the SL65's V12 engine is the most powerful production engine ever offered by the German automaker.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.7 
2
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2006 Mercedes-Benz SLK280
“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 
2
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2006 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
3.7 
2
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2006 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG
3.7 
2
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2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
3.7 
3
2006 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
3.5 
3
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2006 BMW 650
“For those seeking a 'sunroof effect' from their convertible, BMW allows the 650's rear glass to rise, even with the top tucked away.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.5 
3
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2006 Cadillac CTS-V
“The V's Brembo brakes shed speed with fade-free brutality and precision.” — The Truth About Cars   See More Reviews
3.5 
3
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2006 Cadillac STS-V
“"The 255 horsepower 3.6 liter STS V-6 starts at $41,220 and averages $45,000 with an option package or two...That's about $5,000 less than last year's base V-8 Seville, which this car replaces."” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
3.5 
3
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2006 Cadillac XLR
“We drove the XLR fairly hard and found the steering crisp and properly weighted.” — AutoWeek   See More Reviews
3.5 
3
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2006 Cadillac XLR-V
3.5 
3
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2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK350
3.5 
3
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2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG
“Mercedes claims the new top, along with improved aerodynamics, endows the CLK cockpit with best-in-class quiet, registering interior noise levels that are hushed by 2 dBA at 100 mph.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
3.5 
4
2006 BMW M
3.2 
4
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2006 BMW Z4
“Wind buffeting is low with the top down at highway speeds and the interior is pretty quiet with the top and windows up.” — MSN Autos   See More Reviews
3.2 
4
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2006 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
3.2 
4
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2006 Mazda MazdaSpeed6
“If the standard Mazda6 isn't fast enough for you, this hot-rod version should do the trick.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.2 
4
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2006 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
3.2 
4
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2006 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
3.2 
4
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2006 Porsche Boxster
“God's own steering response, glorious engine note, excellent transmission.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
3.2 
5
2006 Jaguar XK8
“Comfortable seats sit high enough to provide a good view of the road...” — Consumer Guide   See More Reviews
3.0 
5
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2006 Jaguar XKR
“Comfortable seats sit high enough to provide a good view of the road...” — Consumer Guide   See More Reviews
3.0 
5
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2006 MINI Convertible
“...the Mini's mini engine, a 1.6-liter, overhead-cam four-cylinder, is plenty grunty enough.” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
3.0 
5
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2006 Mazda MX-5
“From behind, rollover hoops lend seriousness and at any angle the sports car has a planted-on-the-ground presence. ” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
3.0 
5
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2006 Nissan 350Z
“The manual gearbox shifter is delightful to use. It has short, easy throws and the clutch works well with it.” — Carpoint.com   See More Reviews
3.0 
5
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2006 Porsche Cayman S
“...go immediately to the Porsche 550 Coupe developed for racing in the mid-1950s. Note the similarity of the rising front fenders. See how the rear fenders bulge so high that the sloping rear deck hatch disappears behind them (uncommon for Porsche).” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
3.0 
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2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
2.7 
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2006 Audi TT
“Way cool amber red leather interior with wide-lace baseball-type stitching makes the cabin of the [TT] roadster look like a giant catcher's mitt.” — Automobile   See More Reviews
2.7 
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2006 Lamborghini Gallardo
2.7 
6
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2006 Lexus SC 430
“Occupants feel some bumps more curtly than expected, but there's no overreaction from the car's firm yet largely yielding suspension.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
2.7 
6
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2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse
“Adding to the four-banger's fun level, the clutch engages so gracefully that you have to try pretty hard to stall the car from a standstill, or to accomplish a jerky shift. The shift lever moves crisply, which is an achievement in a front-drive car because the shift linkage goes through awkward angles.” — USA Today   See More Reviews
2.7 
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2006 Aston Martin DB9
2.5 
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2006 Chrysler Crossfire
“...it wins you over on the road. It has confidence. It moves with certainty. There's nothing iffy about the steering and brakes. ” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2.5 
7
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2006 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti
2.5 
7
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2006 Maserati Coupe
2.5 
7
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2006 Maserati GranSport
2.5 
7
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2006 Maserati Spyder
2.5 
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2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
“After spending several hours behind the wheel of the new STi, we can tell you that if Subaru is ever going to win another championship based on a road car, this will be the vehicle that does it.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
2.0 
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2006 Acura RSX
“Front bucket seats are very supportive with large side bolsters to keep you in place.” — Chicago Tribune   See More Reviews
1.7 
9
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2006 Honda S2000
“The S2000's long-hood, short-trunk design places the cockpit well back in the vehicle and creates a 50/50 weight distribution that contributes to its excellent handling.” — MSN Autos   See More Reviews
1.7 
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2006 Ferrari F430
1.5 
10
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2006 Hyundai Tiburon
“Hyundai's Tiburon delivers bold styling and an entertaining driving experience, while offering an exceptional value.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
1.5 
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2006 Aston Martin Vanquish
1.0 
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2006 Chrysler Sebring
“I particularly liked the large, clock-like white-faced gauges that changed to a soft luminescent blue at night.” — Canadian Driver   See More Reviews
1.0 
11
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2006 Ferrari 575M
1.0 
11
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2006 Lamborghini Murcielago
1.0 
11
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2006 Lotus Elise
1.0 
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2006 Lotus Exige
1.0 
11
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2006 Pontiac GTO
“Passengers will find meaningful leg and shoulder room; a direct benefit of the GTO's long-waisted design and generous (for a coupe) 109.8-in. wheelbase.” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
1.0 
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2006 Pontiac Solstice
“Solstice hits the mark for sporty fun. Predictable through turns, well-balanced, and agile in quick changes of direction. Responsive steering feels connected to the road.” — Consumer Guide   See More Reviews
1.0 
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2006 Ford GT
“Seats are ventilated with deep bottom cushions, sublimely comfortable over five-plus hours on high-speed rural interstates, but equally accommodating while creeping through rush hour traffic.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
0.7 
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2006 Dodge Viper
“Crack the throttle with intent and the rear tires may well attempt to overtake the fronts. Power slides are an everyday experience. Ownership of a Dodge Viper SRT-10 means arriving at work 20 minutes early with a nervous system running on adrenaline.” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
0.5 
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