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20 Performance Machines and Driver’s Cars People Can Own

Vukasin Herbez July 10, 2019

  1. Shelby Series 1

Porsche presented the Series 1 in 1999 featuring a gorgeous roadster body and low silhouette. In fact, it had a design most drivers could trace back to mid-60s. However, under the body, everything was new. Also, the car got its power from an Oldsmobile 4.0-liter V8 engine delivering 320 HP. Since the car was light, the performance was great and 0 to 60 mph times were around four seconds, which was fantastic for the late ’90s.

Unfortunately, the U.S. regulations regarding car manufacturing forbade Shelby from producing the Series 1 as a regular model. They only allowed them to build it as a kit car, which they = refused. Unfortunately, due to the limited availability and high price, they only built about 250 of them up until 2005.

  1. BMW M3 E30

When most people think of BMW performance, they think of the “M” class cars. But, among dozens of models that wore the M badge, the M3 E30 is the most iconic. But BMW only produced them from 1985 to 1992. In fact, the E30 M3 was a homologation special they designed to compete in the European Touring Car Championship.

At first, BMW didn’t envision the performance version of their E30 3-Series. However, when Mercedes introduced the 190E 2.3-16 model, BMW quickly reacted and the M3 was born. The heart of the E30 M3 is the S14 straight-four engine with 2.3-liters of displacement, and 195 and later 215 HP. Since the car was light, the performance and road holding was great. Soon, the M3 turned out to be the most successful racing car in touring car racing history.

  1. Honda NSX

When the NSX first appeared in 1989, it revolutionized the supercar market. Basically, buyers got Ferrari performance and looks for supermarket prices. And that came along with Honda’s signature reliability and maintenance costs. The heart of the NSX is a 3.0-liter V6 producing 274 HP and later 3.2-liter V6 with 290 HP.

Since the car is light, the 0 to 60 mph acceleration time is a lightning-quick five seconds with top speeds over 170 mph. But the numbers don’t tell the whole story. The NSX is an excellent handling car since it is light and precise, making it perfect for driving enthusiasts.

These are the 20 greatest performance machines and driver’s cars you can own today. Did you find your favorite?

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