I like to analyze cars and trucks of all kinds but I prefer to review cars that were built for speed. So, with that said, here is another one of my lists and this one is all about fast cars. Remember that I do not write about cars unless they have a 5 year minimum history and can go as long as 10 years before I will evaluate it.
So, starting off at number 11 is the 1953 Ferrari 340MM Roadster.
This little car was incredible for it’s time as it was able to reach a top speed of 149 MPH which was blistering quick back then. This Le Mans Racer had a 250 cubic inch V-12 with 3 Weber Carburetors that produced 296 horsepower and that was why this Italian Roadster was the car to beat in 1953. The last one of these that sold went for $12,700,000 USD.
Taking the number 10 position on my list of cars that were built for speed is the 1958 Chevrolet Corvette. The 1958 Corvette was flashier than its predecessor due to improvements made inside and out. It also gave a strong performance — proving that this car was far from all style and no substance. Some of the improvements were the suspension which offered a front independent with upper and lower A-arms, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs, antiroll bar and tubular hydraulic shock absorbers. The rear had a live axle on semi-elliptic leaf springs and tubular hydraulic shock absorbers. The most significant option for this Vette was the 283 Cubic Inch fuel injected motor which delivered 290 horsepower for a car that weighed just over 3,000 pounds. In 1958 a Vette like this would cost almost $3,600.00 USD which was very expensive back then. Today a 1958 Corvette that is in perfect condition can bring almost $150,000.
The car at number 7 on my list of cars that were built for speed is the 2004 Porsche Carrera GT. The development of this car can be traced back to the 911 GT1 and LMP1-98 racing cars. This car was initially intended to use a turbocharged flat-6, but was later redesigned to use a new V10 engine. The V10 was a unit secretly built by Porsche for the Footwork Formula One team in 1992, but later shelved. The Carrera GT is powered by a 5.7 litre V10 engine producing 603 horsepower. Porsche claimed the car would accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds with a maximum speed of 205 mph. I think that should qualify this special Porsche to be considered as fast, don’t you?
When we think of a Ferrari most of us would say it is fast but one that was definitely built for speed takes the number 6 spot. The 2005 F430 Spider can go from 0 to 62 MPH in 4.1 seconds and has a maximum top speed of 193 MPH and it also weighs in at only 3351 pounds. The F430 Spider has a naturally-aspirated V 8 cylinder engine (I prefer a carburetor over fuel injection) which produces a maximum power of 483 horsepower at 8500 rpm and a maximum torque of 342 lb.ft at 5250 rpm. The power is transmitted to the road by the rear wheel drive (RWD) with a 6 speed Manual gearbox. So you can say that this particular Ferrari is very fast, very fast indeed.
Lamborghini also falls into the same class as Ferrari when it comes to building fast cars but the one that stands out the most takes the number 5 slot on my list of cars built for Speed. The 2006 Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster had a very limited production run and only a couple hundred coupes reached U.S. customers since this Italian supercar went on sale in 2002. So for exotic-sports-car enthusiasts, the mere sight of one is something to behold. This angular supercar is equipped with permanent all-wheel drive (for awesome traction) and the V-12 motor can produce 571 horsepower. Lamborghini claims the Murcielago can roar from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed beyond 205 mph. An open-roofed Murcielago roadster debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in spring 2004 and went on sale later that year. For 2006, the Murcielago could be equipped with carbon-ceramic brakes and an Interior Carbon Package was optional. That is why the 2006 version of this car is the one to have. È bene essere esperto di auto which is Italian for…..it is good to be Car Savvy.
My favorite Corvette is the 1967 “Tri-Power” but the Vette that takes the 4th position on my list of cars built for speed is the 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Corvette built this car as an affordable approach to the Supercar status as this C-6 model has composite body panels and a hydroformed steel frame with aluminum and magnesium which makes the car structurally sound but also provides considerable weight reduction. The cast aluminum 427 engine in this racer is naturally aspirated (you know I prefer this induction method) that produces 505 horsepower with 470 foot-pounds of torque. The double wishbone cast aluminum upper & lower control arms with monotube shock absorbers means that this Z06 can take a turn like it is on rails. This car can go from 0 to 60 in just 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 198 MPH. It makes me proud to see an American Auto Manufacturer offer such an affordable (relatively speaking compared to Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini) SuperCar.
Taking the 3rd position on the list of cars built for speed is the 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano (internal code F141). This beauty was the brand’s two-seat flagship, replacing the 575M Maranello in 2006 as a 2007 model, and was replaced for the 2013 model year by the F12 berlinetta. The long deck (hood) of this car is more than just sexy as beneath it lies a V-12 engine that produces 612 horsepower making it the most powerful series production Ferrari road car of the time. At the time of its introduction, this was one of the few engines whose output exceeded 100 hp per liter of displacement without any sort of forced-induction mechanism such as supercharging or turbocharging. Its 448 foot pounds of torque was also a record for Ferrari’s GT cars. Now, I could keep writing forever and a day about this sexy, sexy Italian Supercar but what it all comes down to is that this Ferrari was definitely built for speed.
Well, I am down to my top two picks of cars that were built for speed.
Taking second place on this list is the 2007 Porsche 911 Turbo and while just about any Porsche could take second place on my list it is the sixth generation of the 911 Turbo that is extremely well balanced by design.It has a new turbocharged engine with variable-geometry turbos that make 473 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque—58 horses and 87 pound-feet more than the last one. There’s also a new four-wheel-drive system with electronic control over the way torque is distributed among the four wheels and thanks to the use of aluminum in key locations, it’s about 90 pounds lighter than the 996 Turbo. Aluminum doors alone save 31 pounds. The drag coefficient is 0.31, and the Turbo body generates virtually no lift in front and a little downforce in the rear when the spoiler is extended which is greatly appreciated versus a 930 Turbo even though I just love that particular Porsche. Lastly, since this generation of the 911 has substantially more power and less weight it can go from 0 to 60 MPH in about 3.6 seconds and can reach a top speed of 193 mph. This is the car that ultimately developed into the GT2 and the GT3 which are the Porsches of my dreams.
It is very rare that I have the same car placing twice on any of the lists I create but taking 1st place (as well as 4th place) on my list of cars that were built for speed is the 2008 Corvette Z06. Yes, this Vette is on here twice because it was the 2007 model year that entered this car into the SuperCar status but after some “tweaks” for the 2008 model year this car could run with the best of them. My hat goes off to Chevrolet for making a very affordable SuperCar that not only looks good and runs good but it also gets almost 22 MPG (on regular pump gas) on the highway which is very impressive for a car like this.
So, there are my top 11 picks for the best cars that were designed for speed. Now, keep in mind that this list will obviously change as time goes on and since cars continue to improve at a rapid rate, this list will also change in order to keep up with all the advancements for cars that are built for speed.
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