Forbes, the nations premier financial magazine, has published its list of “All-American Sports Cars.” Though its emphasis is on financial matters, Forbes assumes that its readers have money and, therefore, will likely spend money. Hence, it has always placed emphasis on lifestyle features, as well.
 
It also assumes its readers are smart, so when it writes about lifestyle interests, such as cars, it gets serious. It doesn’t present fluff.
 
Here’s the Forbes list:
 
(PLEASE NOTE: the listing is alphabetical, not best to less best.)
 
Cadillac XLR: 93% male owners, posh with machismo
 
Chevrolet Corvette: The only regret is that the Z06 can’t be had as a convertible.
 
2009 Chevrolet Camaro: This one seems a reach by the Forbes people. They picture the convertible, but that may not be available when the car is introduced in 2009, which is an entire model year away. By that standard, they could be including the C7 Corvette.
 
2008 Dodge Challenger: Less of a reach, but still unavailable until fall. It qualifies as “All-American” because it will be built in Canada.
 
Viper SRT10 Convertible: Rationale choice of an irrational car. 600 hp, zero to 60 under four seconds, to 100 in barely over 12 seconds. The 2008 gets a 90 hp boost.
 
Shelby GT Convertible: Another car not yet available, though it will be in 2008, albeit only as a limited production version of the Mustang. Selected in preference to the Shelby GT500 Convertible.
 
Panoz Esperante Convertible: Using Ford drivetrain components, it gets five second zero to sixty times from 305 hp. It has somewhat unique styling. 
 
Pontiac Solstice GXP: Turbocharged 260 hp four cylinder engine, 50-50 weight distribution.
 
Saleen S7: For the person who has money: $592,700. But it proves the adage, “speed costs money, how fast do you want to go?” Zero to sixty in less than three seconds, top speed over 200 mph, 750 hp. Nothing else like it is made in America.
 
Saturn Sky Red Line: Saturn version of the Solstice, also with the turbo four. 

Source: ForbesAutos

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