Ferrari 288 GTO

The Ferrari GTO was originally designed for the Group B class for GT racing. 272 cars were built from 1984-1987. This car is a 2-door Berlinetta, rear-wheel-drive, 2.9L twin turbo V8. It is sporting a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox.

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For racing specifically atleast 200 units were required, however, none of these cars were used for racing after the tragic death of Henri TOLvonen and co-driver Sergio Cresta in 1986. FIA then decided to remove the class B from the racing. In turn all 272 units remained as road vehicles.

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The 288 GTO was modelled after the 308/328, bu by the end of production there was very little resemblance. The 288 GTO had the larger spoilers, large “flag-style” outside mirrors, bulging fendor flares, and 4 lights on the grille. This amazing car had suspension that could be lowered for when you wanted to have some fun on the track. The 288 GTO was a lot lighter than the 308/328, with steel only used for the doors. Other panels were made from fibreglass, the bonnet from Kevlar, and the roof from Kevlar and carbon fibre.

The performance of this car is mind-boggling taking a mere 5 seconds to go from 0 to 97km/h. This car has a top speed of 288km/h ironically. It destroys a standing quarter mile in 14.1s @ 182km/h.

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In 2004, Sports Car International – “Number two on the list of Top Sports Cars of the 1980s”

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MASERATI MEXICO

October 1965 was the year that history was made. A beautiful 2-door, 4-seater grand touring coupé, Maserati’s 2+2 prototype baby, was shown off at the Salone di Torino. After the show, the car was bought by none other than the president of Mexico, Adolfo LόpezMateos, himself! Imagine that, being named after an entire country! We’d be pretty stoked!

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Produced between 1966 and 1972, the Mexico was available in two versions. 175 models were fitted with 4.7lt Tipo 107/1 V8 petrol engines, while the remaining 305 had 4.2lt Tipo V8 petrol engines. Both models are front engine, rear wheel drives, and are based on the first generation Quattroporte chassis. Drivers, were however given the choice of either a 5-speed manual transmission system, or a 3-speed Berg Warner automatic transmission – one of Maserati’s extra quirks.

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With its rich leather seats, wooden dashboard and iodine lights, not to mention electric windows and an AC system, the Mexico definitely is a beauty to behold. And if you’re willing to go all out, there’s other Maserati quirks, including the choice of power steering and a radio.

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Screaming its top speed of about 240km/h to 250km/h, the Maserati Mexico is the full package. Possessing all the qualities that a good car needs – grace, beauty, and speed – the Mexico stands up to its legendary Maserati heritage.

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PORSCHE 930 TURBO

Intended to replace the Porsche 911, the 930 Turbo is one of Porsche’s fastest, and most demanding, sports cars. At the time of its production in 1975, the 930 Turbo was Germany’s fastest production car yet.

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Available as a rear-engine rear-wheel drive 2-door 2+2 coupé, cabriolet, targa or speedster, Porsche offered drivers the choice of either 4-speed or 5-speed manual transmission systems. Models produced between 1975 and 1977 were fitted with a 3lt single turbocharged and air-cooled flat-six engine, while models produced later, between 1978 and 1989, were powered by 3.3lt engines of the same type.

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The 1975 model can function at 260hp, and has an acceleration of 0-100km/h in an incredible 5,2s. Its recorded top speed is a heart-stopping 250km/h! The 1989 5-speed model has a recorded acceleration of 0-100km/h in 5,1s and a top speed of 260km/h, just narrowly beating the 1975 version. Overall, the car is a specimen to behold. Its short wheelbase and rear-engine layout, however, is said to cause over steer, in addition to turbo-lag.

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Porsche also offered a rare, limited edition, called the Flachbaumodel. This model was designed with a “flatnose” or “slantnose”, and was uniquely designed, with each car flaunting individually handcrafted front fenders. Only 948 models were produced. The 1983 Falchbaumodel functions at 330hp, and has a recorded acceleration of 0-100km/h in just 4,8s and a top speed of 275km/h.

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BMW V8 M3

Available as the E92 2-door coupé and the E93 2-door convertible, the V8 M3 is part of BMW’s 3 Series. Designed by Karl John Elmitt and Hans-Bruno Stark, these cars have some series power. The first model, the E90 4-door saloon was also available, but production of this model was discontinued in 2011. Transmission could vary between 6-speed manual or DCT transmission systems.

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E90 Saloon

Meant to be part of the M4 Series, the E90 is fitted with a BMW S65 V8, producing an insane 309kW of power. In 2008, Motor Trend tested the acceleration of a 6-speed manual E90, showing its ability to go from 0-97km/h in a hair-raising 4.3s, matching the performance of an M3 Coupé.

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E92 Coupé

Based on the E90, the E92 has a carbon-fiber roof, in addition to the same engine fitted in the E90 and DCT transmission, which Exotic Car Hacks refers to as “remarkable”, and enabling a smoother shift. In 2011, the E92 had a make-over to include a few minor interior modifications LED rear tail-lights.

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E93 Convertible

Fitted with the same engine as the previous two models, the E93 is hindered by its 200kg hardtop, the added weight bringing down its performance. The seats are designed to reflect the sunlight, so drivers have the advantage of not suffering third degree burns to the butt when the roof is down. If you ask us, that almost makes up for the decreased performance!

BMW also offered a number of special editions, including the E90 M3 CRT and BMW M3 E92 Special Edition South African model. This South African model was to make up for us not getting the M3 GTS, another special edition. This model was only available in 3 colours and could produce 330kW of power, due to a couple of engine tweaks.

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BMW E36 M3

Produced between 1992 and 1999, the BMW E36 M3 is available as a 4-door saloon, 2-door coupé, and 2-door convertible. The E36 M3 has the honour of being the first M3 to be powered by a straight-six engine.

The 1992-1995 models were fitted with a 2990cc S50B30I6 engine, while models built between 1995 and 1999 had 3201cc S50B32 I6 engines. Models built between 1996 and 1999 were fitted with 3152cc S52B32 I6 engine, but these models are no longer available.  Transmission was available as 5-speed automatic, 5-speed or 6-speed manual, or 6-speed SMG.

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Production of the saloon and the convertible versions started in 1994, in conjunction with the production of the limited edition 3lt M3 GT, a racing special. In 1995, both the coupé and the saloon underwent an upgrade, and were fitted with 3.2lt engines and 6-speed gearboxes. These upgraded models could produce 239.4kW of power.

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In 2012, Daniel Merkins and Ryan Smiley, drove an E36 M3 in the Alcan 5000 Winter Rally, as part of Team GotOrgans. This rally, which is a roundtrip from Seattle to the Arctic Circle and back again. This marked the first time that the M3 was driven in a taxing motorsport event. Although the choice was questioned, the M3 proved to be one of the most reliable cars to participate, not susceptible to breakdowns, and able to manipulate the snowy, icy terrain.

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A number of special models were also produced, including the M# Lightweight, M3-R, the M3 Compact and the M3 Evolution Imola Individual, which is an M3 GT2. Besides being impressively fast, and sturdy, the M3 is as reliable as they come, with a chassis which, and according to Car & Driver, made it one of the best handling cars of the 90’s.

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ASTON MARTIN DB5 – MADE FAMOUS BY BOND

Named the “Most Famous Car in the World” at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, the Aston Martin DB5 is best known for its status as a “James Bond car”, appearing first in Goldfinger in 1994, and then again in the subsequent Bond films, Thunderballand Spectre.

A British luxury grand tourer, the DB5 was produced between 1963 and 1965. Fitted with a DOHC straight six 3995cc all-aluminium engine, the DB5 came with either a 5-speed ZF box, or an optional 3-speed automatic Borg-Warner transmission. With a top speed of 230km/h and an acceleration of 0-97km/h in 8s, the DB5 is one of the most famous performance cars available.

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With regard to body style, Aston Martin went all out, and designed the DB5 as a 2-door 2+2 coupé called the Vantage, a 2-door convertible as well as a 2-door shooting-brake model. The Vantage is a high-performance vehicle, with a greater top-end which was released in 1964. Only 65 models were built. The convertible was produced between 1963 and 1965, and of the 123 built, 19 were left-hand drive. The shooting-brake modelwas a custom build for the head of Aston Martin, Sir David Brown, after whom the DB series is named. A couple more were custom designed for the company.

As with the Bond films, the DB5 keeps on delivering, keeping drivers on the edge of their seats in suspense. With its grace and speed, and general vibe of sophistication, you’ll be ordering your martinis shaken… and not stirred!

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“1964’s ‘Goldfinger’, thethird film in the James Bond series, saw the introduction of a new car for Bond – the Aston Martin DB5, signalling the start of a relationship which spans eleven Bond films and nearly 50 years of cinema history.

  • Aston Martin, on the iconic relationship between Aston Martin and James Bond

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VOLVO 142 – A SWEDISH CLASSIC

Part of the Volvo 140 Series, which was produced between 1966 and 1974, the Volvo 142 is a compact executive 2-door sedan, introduced in 1967. Following Volvo’s naming styles, the “142” refers to the model’s first series, four cylinder engine, and 2-door specs.

Fitted with a 1.8lt B18A engine, the 142 is a 4-speed manual rear-wheel drive model, very similar to its predecessor, the Volvo 144, with its box-like shape and stylised version of the front split grille, as well as the disc brakes on all four wheels. Able to function at 118hp, and produce 87kW at 5800rpm, the 142’s top speed is a shocking 163km/h. For a compact Volvo, it sure does move when it wants to!

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According toAutoEvolution, the 142 was ahead of its time, providing both the driver and the passenger with additional safety, by featuring seatbelts and using shock-absorbing materials to build the body of car. Throughout its lifetime, the 142 was modified on numerous occasions to build on Volvo’s legacy and improve the specifications of the car. Some of these modifications include new headlights and stoplights, redesigned rims and bumpers and a new grille.

The Volvo 142 is one of Volvo’s classics, a rare beauty that proudly proclaims its status as one of the best cars to ever come out of Sweden.

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“…but at the top of my list was a first generation Volvo 142 – the classic one, featuring details from the ‘60s and a shape that would evolve into the ‘90s.”

  • Edward Marius, Petrolicious

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SUBARU WRX STI HATCHBACK

First shown to the public in the United States in March of 2008, the WRX STI Hatchback (also called the GR) is based on the WRX STI Impreza, Subaru’s turbocharged baby. The WRX STI models have been upgraded from the standard WRX versions. This model succeeds the GD Impreza.

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The model available in Japan is fitted with a 2lt EJ207 engine, complete with a twin scroll turbocharger, and is able to produce an incredible 227kW of power. Worldwide, models are fitted with a higher-displacement 2.5lt EJ257 engine with a single-scroll VF48 turbocharger, and is able to kick out 221kW of power.

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Because of its robust transmission, reinforced chassis and rear differential, the GR is heavier than the WRX, with a wider body and flared wheel arches and larger fenders. Subaru also opted for aluminium suspension components. With its limited-slip differential, the GR is modified to include a multi-mode driver controlled center differential, allowing the driver to choose between manual or automatic centre differential locking.

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With its larger intercooler, and the ability to control intake and exhaust values, not to mention the increased turbo boost, the GR is said to perform on a level above and beyond that of previous models. It even features on Need for Speed: World, and since 2012, features as a B class car.

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JAGUAR F-TYPE R COUPE

This front-engine, 2-door, 2-seater, 4-wheel-drive coupé is said to be Jaguar’s “weapon of mass destruction”. With 575hp and 516lb-ft of torque, this car really knows how to slay the bends of any route.

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The F-Type R sports a 5lt supercharged V8 engine, with the ability to go from 0-60mph in an incredible 3.4s. It completely obliterates a ¼ mile in 11.6s. The top speed of this incredibly luxurious sports car is 195mph after going through all 8 automatic gears. With its all-aluminium roof and increased torsional abilities, the F-Type R has a way of pushing the limits, and really raises all the hair on your body. If goosebumps and a silly smile are champion qualities, you can be sure the F-Type R will be standing on the top step of the podium.

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It is a 2017 model that had Jaguar putting in untold amounts of thought and effort. Said to be the most performance-based car to be produced by Jaguar, it still keeps Jaguar’s famous luxurious interior. So, if you’re planning on throwing caution to the wind, go ahead and do it with style and finesse.

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With the option of driving the F-Type R either with, or without, traction control and EST, drivers are promised an exciting drive. No matter which option you choose, Jaguar’s F-Type R delivers an experience to die for!

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