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Final Gear Top 100 - 3 votes

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Toyota Supra
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The Toyota Supra was a sports car produced by Toyota. Production began
in 1979. The Supra was built and designed on the legacy of Toyota's
former super sportscar, the 2000GT. It bore the common chassis code of
"A". The first generation Supra was based largely upon the Toyota Celica
liftback, but was longer by 5.1 inches (doors and rear section same
length as celica but rear panels differ). Though the Celica name was still
used, in its second generation the Supra stood more apart from the
Celica. In the middle of 1986, Toyota was ready to release its next
version of the Supra. The bonds between the Celica and the Supra were
cut; now they were two completely different kind of models. With the
fourth generation of the Supra, Toyota took a big leap in the direction of a
more super sportscar. The new Supra was redesigned from the ground
up and featured two completely new engines: naturally aspirated 2JZ-GE
220hp and 210lb-ft of torque, or a twin turbocharged 2JZ-GTE making a
whopping 320hp, 315 lb-ft of torque. The turbocharged variant could
achieve 0?60 in 4.6 seconds and 1/4 mile in just under 13.1 seconds at
over 106 mph.


Porsche GT2
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The Porsche 911 GT2 is one of the most desired cars in the world. At a
cost of over $185,000, the Porsche GT2 can reach top speeds of close to
200 MPH and accelerate from 0-60 MPH in under 4 seconds.


Ford Model T
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The Model T (colloquially known as the Tin Lizzie and the Flivver) was an
automobile produced by Henry Ford's Ford Motor Company from 1908
through 1927. It is generally regarded as the first affordable automobile,
the car which "put America on wheels"; this was due to some of Ford's
innovations, including assembly line production instead of individual hand
crafting, as well as the concept of paying the workers a wage concomitant
with the cost of the car, so that they would provide a ready made
market.


Bugatti T41 Royale
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The Royale was launched just as the world economy began to sour. Just
six were built between 1929 and 1933, with just three sold to external
customers. The remaining three were kept inside the company, including
one which would become the personal car of Ettore Bugatti for the
remainder of his days. The unused engines were pressed into service in
locomotives on the French national railways. The Royale has become
legendary, like the Atlantic. In 1991, Tom Monaghan, founder of
Domino's Pizza, sold his Royale for US$8,000,000, which was actually less
than the ?5.5 million he purchased it for.


Honda NSX
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At its release in 1991, the NSX took many in the car industry and
elsewhere by surprise. It was the first time that a Japanese automaker
had made a car to compete against the products of the traditional
European exotic car manufacturers. Besides competing against these
manufacturers the car was also intended to showcase Honda's racing
technology, exemplified by the NSX's six titanium connecting rods.
"Wheels" magazine awarded the Honda NSX the "1991 Car of the Year
award."


Porsche GT3
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The philosophies that drove its development are simple: more power, less
weight, and a more direct driving experience. While it's not a stripped-out
club-racing special, anything that doesn't support this less-as-more idiom
just isn't there.


Porsche 959
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Development of the 959 started in 1981, shortly after the then-new
company Managing Director, Peter Schutz took his office. Porsche's head
engineer at the time, Helmut Bott, approached Schutz with some ideas
about the 911, or more aptly, a new 911. Bott knew that the company
needed a sports car that they could continue to rely on for years to come
and that could be developed as time went on. Curious as to how much
they could do with the rear engined 911, Bott convinced Schutz that
development tests should take place, and even proposed researching a
new all wheel drive system. Schutz agreed, and greenlighted the project.
Bott also knew through experience that a racing program usually helped
to acclerate the development of new models. Seeing Group B rally racing
as the perfect arena to test the new mule and its all wheel drive system,
Bott again went to Schutz, and got the go ahead to develop a car, based
on his development mule, for competiton in Group B.


Nissan Silvia
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The Silvia or S-chassis series of cars are Nissan's budget rear wheel drive
(RWD), front mounted engine sports coupes on the Nissan S platform.
Generally powered by a 1.8 L or 2.0 L inline-4 motor, the S-series chassis
underpins a number of different cars, each generation an evolution of the
last. Before the series of budget coupes, the Silvia name was first
introduced in 1964. The CSP311 Silvia was a hand-built coupe based on

the Fairlady convertible, styled with input from Albrecht Goertz. Production
ceased in 1968 after a mere hundreds were made.


Ferrari Testarossa
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The name, which means "red head", comes from the red painted cylinder
heads on the flat-12 engine. The engine was technically a 180? V engine
since it shared flat-plane crankshaft pins with opposing cylinders. Output
was 390 hp (291 kW), and the car won many comparison tests and
admirers - it was featured on the cover of Road & Track magazine nine
times in just five years. Almost 10,000 Testarossas, 512TRs, and 512Ms
were produced, making this one of the most common Ferrari models
despite its high price and exotic design.


Lotus Elise
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The Lotus Elise is an open sports car, renowned for its lightweight design
and race-capable handling. Conceived in early 1994, and introduced in
September of 1995, the Lotus Elise was named after then Lotus Car
company Chairman Romano Artioli's granddaughter, "Elisa". The car has a
hand finished fiberglass body shell atop its innovative aluminium
extrusion frame that provides a rigid platform for the suspension, while
keeping weight and production costs to a minimum.


Citro?n DS
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To a France still deep in reconstruction after the devastation of World War
II, and struggling to find its identity in the post-colonial world, the DS was
a symbol of French ingenuity. More importantly, it posited the nation's
relevance in the Space Age, as the car bore a remarkable resemblance to
images of flying saucers just then becoming famous. Structuralist
philosopher Roland Barthes, in an essay about the car, said that it looked
as if it had "fallen from the sky".


Holden Monaro
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Some 20 years passed before a Commodore Coup? show car was shown
at the Sydney Motor Show. Journalists quickly christened it the Monaro,
encouraging Holden to build it. The show car was designed for production
and by 2001, the V2 series Monaro was launched after General Motors
spent a mere A$60 million over a brief 22-month gestation (although 12
to 18 were targeted). It was available in CV6 (production ceased in mid
2004)and CV8 models with a supercharged 3.8 L V6 and a 5.7 L Gen III
V8, choice of a 6 speed manual or 4 speed automatic, and soon to be
known as one of the fastest stock cars in the world. A series 2 model
debuted in early 2003 with a revised dashboard from the VY series
Commodore, a new wheel design and some colours dropped and new
ones added. The CV6 model was dropped after disappointing sales
(reputedly 10 times as many were built as CV8s) when a Series 3 model
appeared in 2004.


BMW 7-series
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Filed under unintended consequences: BMW's current 7 Series is so
controversially styled that it's ballooned the value of its predecessor. Not
that the old car is unworthy. The '95-'01 740/750 Series are spacious and
luxurious, but also deep down driver's cars that mix good reflexes with
expected levels of refinement and comfort. Great cars, in other words.


Bugatti Veyron 16.4
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The Veyron 16.4 (known as the EB 16/4 Veyron in concept stages) is the
most powerful and expensive car in the world. It reached full production in
September 2005. The car is built by Volkswagen AG subsidiary, Bugatti
Automobiles SAS at a production facility in Molsheim, France, and is sold
under the legendary Bugatti marque. It is named for famed Bugatti
racing driver, Pierre Veyron who won the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1939.


That's the lot for 3 votes - let me know what you think
 
Nice, although I must admit I completely forgot what I did vote for (and cant look it up cos apparently I must've deleted the pm with my votes).

Silvia, NSX I definitely did vote for, and I believe also for the GT3.
 
Hmm...none of the three cars left on my list were here. Does that mean that I may have helped vote for one of the top cars?
 
It was in 1992 when Toyota introduced the latest Supra model. The car is still in production largely unchanged since. There aren't many things that have to change in this new version though. Because the Supra is a very good car. It is one of the most easy to live with supercars available today. It is powered by a 3.0lt engine that is enough to propel the Supra to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds.
A bit off there, Overheat... ;)

I voted for the 959, I think. What an astoundingly great machine.
 
yeah i htought they ended the production of hte supra in 1998-99?
 
Nice list, Cannot thank you enough for doing all this.

I don't think any of my cars are on here actually.
 
still none of my cars up :D

but i would have voted for the nsx if i had remembered it at the time :(
 
BlaRo said:
It was in 1992 when Toyota introduced the latest Supra model. The car is still in production largely unchanged since. There aren't many things that have to change in this new version though. Because the Supra is a very good car. It is one of the most easy to live with supercars available today. It is powered by a 3.0lt engine that is enough to propel the Supra to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds.
A bit off there, Overheat... ;)

Better? :)
 
Veyron was one of mine. Still quite a few i voted for yet to come. How many votes did the winner get? what are we counting down to?
 
fbc said:
One of mine finally makes an appearance - who else voted for the DS?

I forgot about it. But I voted for the NSX. 2 of my cars already appeared.
 
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