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2015 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
2015 MINI Roadster
“[The optional SMG transmission] swaps gears as quickly as any dual-clutch gearbox and even matches revs when we call for a downshift. ” —   See More Reviews
2015 Audi S3
“That grip-and-go nature lets you throw the car just about as hard as you like at a corner and come out the other side smelling like a rose.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
2015 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
2015 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
2015 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
2015 BMW M235
“The expected rapid acceleration produced by the N55 is accompanied by a bit of extra noise from off-throttle exhaust overrun” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG
“Luxury-car status for a relatively low price; commendable power and handling; premium interior materials; fiery performance from AMG model” —   See More Reviews
2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK250
“It carved through the corners like an Olympic slalom skier and had just the right amount of power to sprint from one turn to the next.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
2015 Nissan 370Z
“The 370Z is also notable for more than just its dynamic talents. Surprisingly, the interior is luxurious and the ride is comfortable, so long road trips are possible.” —   See More Reviews
2015 Porsche Cayman
“Nearly 45 percent of the new Cayman body is aluminum” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
“Transforming coupes into convertibles doesn't always bode well for the design, but in the case of the mid-engine 4C, the open-top version remains just as scrumptious to behold as the coupe.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 Audi S5
“The engines, both of them nice pieces that rarely inspire complaint, are nevertheless different in character. The smaller engine somehow makes the car seem smaller than did the V-8, less like a muscle car and more, well, German.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 BMW M3
“This power is fed through a standard-fit six-speed manual gearbox with an auto throttle-blipping function, though you can spec the seven-speed double clutch (DCT) transmission featuring something BMW officially calls (and we're really, really not making this up)... the Smokey Burnout function. Yes folks, the new M3 and M4 are hooligans.” — TopGear   See More Reviews
2015 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. ” —   See More Reviews
2015 Lexus RC F
“Powerful and refined V8” —   See More Reviews
2015 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK350
“It carved through the corners like an Olympic slalom skier and had just the right amount of power to sprint from one turn to the next.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
2015 Alfa Romeo 4C
“...a carbon-fiber structure, composite body panels, a high-pressure-turbocharged four-banger and a dual-clutch automated manual transmission” —   See More Reviews
2015 Audi RS 5
“This engine is a model of linear, free-revving performance. ” — Automobile   See More Reviews
2015 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.” —   See More Reviews
2015 BMW M4
“While the weighting changes, the numbness never does, but the steering is so immediate and so precise that it feels unfair to complain about a lack of feel. There are few better steering racks overall on the market. ” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 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
2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG
2015 Porsche Boxster
“The seats are very comfortable and the driving position offers good visibility for a low-slung sports car.” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
2015 Audi S7
“The results are entirely to our liking. On the road, the S7 feels considerably lighter than it actually is. The car's limits are high, and its fluid responses make it easy to control.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 BMW 640
“The 6 Series is a sporting car that can also cruise the boulevard.” —   See More Reviews
2015 BMW 650
“It is easy to find a comfortable seating position, at least up front.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 BMW M5
“Simply put, the new M5, codenamed F10, is discreetly wicked.” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
2015 Chevrolet Corvette
“ It remains one of the best performance cars for the money, rivaling vehicles that cost more than double its price in terms of quality and driving dynamics” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
2015 Mercedes-Benz SL400
2015 Porsche 911
“The purists might question their own judgment when they realize the double-clutch is just a wee bit faster, and just as much fun to operate when you turn to the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, which pair especially well with the optional sport wheel. ” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
2015 Aston Martin Vantage GT
“...the interior is a happy blend of old-world craftsmanship, luxe materials, and contemporary ergonomics” — MSN Autos   See More Reviews
2015 Audi RS 7
“Performance is mighty - and remains the car's defining characteristic” — Evo   See More Reviews
2015 Dodge Viper
“Performance is where the 2015 Dodge Viper excels, offering blistering acceleration, and excellent handling especially on the track” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
2015 Jaguar F-TYPE
“The F-Type's cockpit sweeps around you, leather-wrapped panels and all. The materials are expectedly upscale, with genuine leather (not vinyl) covering portions of the dash” —   See More Reviews
2015 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG
2015 Mercedes-Benz SL550
“...the 2015 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class roadster provides a beautifully executed blend of luxury, technology and performance” —   See More Reviews
2015 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
2015 Audi S8
“The Audi S8 is in the running to be named the quietest, smoothest car extant. ” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
2015 BMW M6
“Unlike regular 6ers, the M6 is equipped with hydraulic assist for the power steering.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 BMW M6 Gran Coupe
“Jet up a freeway on-ramp and slide into fast-moving traffic, though, and the M6 suddenly begins to get into its element. It'll do 70 without batting an eye, but one suspects it is happiest closer to 140.” — AutoWeek   See More Reviews
2015 Audi R8
“If this were a normal car, it might be time for an overhaul - but it's not, and this isn't. Audi is just dotting i's and crossing t's for 2014, with the S tronic dual-clutch automatic the most crucial change in spec.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 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
2015 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
2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S
“All Vantage models exhibit crisp steering and suspension responses, with perhaps a sportier bent than you'd expect in this luxury class.” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
2015 Maserati GranTurismo
“Interior fit and finish is impeccable... ” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
2015 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG
“When the seven-speed so-called Speedshift automatic upshifts, the exhaust produces a gratifying pop like a single handclap of applause. It invariably makes passengers say "oooooh."” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG
“For those craving even more power and quicker acceleration, the answer is the Mercedes-AMG C63 or C63 S” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S
“...from there sends you and one lucky passenger merrily -- and very quickly -- on your way. ” — AutoWeek   See More Reviews
2015 Ferrari California
“We actually prefer the California's simpler grille, as well as its hot-looking hood vents and the way the body sits athletically on its wheels” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 Aston Martin DB9
“Handling is where the DB9 truly excels, hanging on with passion through swift curves and delivering a civilized experience.” —   See More Reviews
2015 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG
“The SL65's secret weapon is its 6.0-liter, direct-injection, twin-turbo V-12, which produces 621 hp and a stump-pulling 738 lb-ft of torque.... ” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
2015 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
2015 Ferrari 458 Italia
“As instruments of pure speed, few cars can touch the 458 Italia ” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 Lamborghini Huracan
“ the stealth fighter--like cockpit is as luxurious as it is intense” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 Ferrari 458 Spider
“Anyone inclined to liken the 458 to a massively convincing and almost impossibly good supercar driving simulation ...will appreciate the Spider's more visceral connection with the outside world” — Evo   See More Reviews
2015 McLaren 650S
“Steering response, already a McLaren high point, is sharpened, along with balance and aerodynamics” — New York Times   See More Reviews
2015 Aston Martin Vanquish
“Carbon-fiber body panels replace aluminum, and Aston Martin boasts exhaustive effort at weight control, but also more cabin and cargo volume in a car 6.4 inches wider and a half-inch taller than the one it replaces (wheelbase is identical, and overall length is a tenth of an inch shorter). ” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale
“it's the V8's sharper throttle response, the extra urgency the lower final drive ratio adds to acceleration, and the now truly lightning-fast shifts of the double-clutch that are breathtaking ” — AutoWeek   See More Reviews
2015 Ferrari FF
“Yes, there's enough space for a small back seat, and some quite significant cargo room, as well as a wide-opening hatch” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
2015 Ferrari F12berlinetta
“ It ranks among the best powertrains on the planet.” — Motor Trend   See More Reviews
2015 Lamborghini Aventador
“'s also luxurious, with an exquisite interior filled with soft leather and comfortable seats” — Kelley Blue Book   See More Reviews
2015 Porsche 918 Spyder
“ Smart use of advanced technology works to eliminate the traditional conflict between performance and efficiency” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
2015 Ferrari LaFerrari
“Pairing a hybrid system with a monstrous V-12, the LaFerrari guarantees extreme performance...” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
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