The years 2000 to 2010 was a defining moment for automotive companies as many shed their mechanical shackles and progressed into the future with automated and assisted steering, braking, accelerating and handling controls. This new era has brought several new contenders to the sports car spotlight and revamped some older models. Here are the top ten sports cars of the decade.
10. Ford Mustang
The newer Ford Mustang has undergone a renovation. This revamping of the Mustang has put the either V6 or V8 model near the top of most sports cars lists as a reputable contender with the smaller, imported cars. The Ford Mustang has raw power, great brakes and a new persona that mustn’t be confused with the old models.
9. Subaru Impreza WRX
First introduced into the United States in 2002, the WRX has long been on auto enthusiasts mind and has been a strong fighter in the auto racing and tuner communities. Reputable all-wheel-drive and a 4-cylinder turbocharged boxer engine, the WRX is a quick and comfortable ride in any types of weather and with the proper upgrades; it can become a serious contender for some of the higher priced options.
8. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
The evil twin of the Subaru WRX, the Lancer Evolution was born from rally and bred into a powerful street car. It is one of the top choices for GT race teams and auto tuners looking for a simple platform with expansive aftermarket support that has a cult following. The beauty of the styling matches the rawness of the engine, the Lancer EVO is sure to satisfy.
7. Audi S4
A twin-turbocharged AWD finely tuned German vehicle that begs to put power to all four wheels. The S4 comfortable, four-door sedan that makes you forget the other two doors when the pedal hits the floor. This car must not be taken for granted and will leave its competitors in the dust.
6. BMW M3
Mistaken only for its luxurious interior and familiar badge, the M3 packs a punch that is hidden under the aggressively shaped hood. Shedding its boxy lines from the 90s, the new style of the M3 has allowed for wider wheels and tires, thus allowing for the possibility of putting more power to the ground and surprising those on and off the track.
5. Nissan Skyline
Though only graced with this car state side last year, the Skyline is one of the greatest cars to ever come out of Japan. A GT-race favorite, the Skyline has AWD and a twin-turbocharged six-cylinder iron block, the Skyline is something Ford and GM are glad it never made it to the states.
4. Chevrolet Corvette
Topping lists for the decade, century and year, the Corvette is more than a staple, it’s a definition of race, power and automotives in America. The Corvette with its latest release of the C6 model has kept its image of power while adding smooth, sleek lines to compliment the powerful V8 of the famed LS-series.
3. Porsche 911
The Porsche 911, one of the most sought after cars that has lasted nearly the length of the company. It is a choice for highly paid executives, auto enthusiasts, car collectors and race car drivers. The famous boxer engine powers the 911 through this decade and will continue to as it dominates the luxury, sports car category.
2. Lamborghini Murcielago
Introduced in 2001, following the famed Diablo, the Murcielago is one of the sexiest and fastest cars on the planet. Unmatched style and precision puts this car at the tops of nearly every auto enthusiasts list. The Murcielago is no second to any other Italian auto manufacturer.
1. Ferrari F430
Following the tamed-lines of the 360, the F430 came back into the game with a race-style that gives a refreshing taste to the overly electronic and automatic sports cars. The F430 reminds its drivers of the origins of Ferrari and its history of race-prepped cars. With the right driver behind the wheel, this car is unstoppable.