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TopSpeed's Best of 2011: Sportscar of the Year

TopSpeed’s Best of 2011: Sportscar of the Year

Before we even get into the top list of sportscar for 2011, we think it would be best to clear something up: the new Porsche 911 would have definitely made the list if it wasn’t for the fact that it won’t be hitting Stateside until 2013.

That being said, we have a few top hitters for 2011 that we would be foolish not to take notice of. It was a battle trying to choose between the plethora of options provided in the sports car segment, but what we ended up with was a range of 450 HP to 560 HP, 0-60 mph sprint times between 4.6 seconds and 3.7 seconds, and speeds topping out between 186 mph and 198 mph.

Among the sportscar heavyweights is the intoxicating Jaguar XKR-S, the luscious BMW M5, the curvaceous Chevolet Camaro Z06, and the maddening Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale.

Hit the jump to check out each of these scintillating sports cars in detail.

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TopSpeed's Best of 2011: Concept of the Year

TopSpeed’s Best of 2011: Concept of the Year

There are so many auto shows throughout the course of the year that it’s hard to keep up with all of the cool concepts brought to each one. Then again, some of these concepts are so outlandish that they will never see the light of production day anyway, leaving us with the feeling of being offered a delectable chocolate cake only to be reminded of our New Year’s weight loss resolution.

Even if production chances are slim for some, concepts hold a special place in all of our hearts because of the attention to detail automakers put into them. Automakers use these concepts to put out just how much they are capable of doing and quite possibly may do on their future models.

From three different, color coordinated layers of information to V12 engines with spectacular power outputs, concepts have a way of getting underneath our skin and staying there until the production model is attained. This year, our choices are unmistakable and in no particular order: the Jaguar C-X16 Concept, the BMW i8 Concept, the Aston Martin V12 Zagato Concept, the Chevrolet Mi-Ray Concept, and the Nissan Juke Nismo Concept.

Hit the jump for details on each of these imaginative concepts.

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The Jaguar XJ wins the 2009 South Florida International Auto Show Star of the Show Award

The Jaguar XJ wins the 2009 South Florida International Auto Show Star of the Show Award

Jaguar showed off their 2010 XJ at the 2009 Miami Auto Show. Although they had already unveiled the new Jag in London with our favorite late night funny man Jay Leno and super model Claudia Schiffer to take wraps off the new cat, the new XJ was just as stunning in South Florida. This particular model was the very first of the special edition XJs built for Neiman Marcus and quite possibly put the car over the top with its wraparound wood interior and cat claw inspired rear tail lamps. The 2010 XJ is the first Jaguar model to be built using Jaguar’s aerospace-inspired aluminum body technology and will be available with a stretched wheelbase option as well as a choice of new ultra-efficient Gen III classification petrol and diesel engines consisting of a 3.0 Liter diesel V6, a 5.0 Liter naturally aspirated V8 as well as the almighty 5.0 Liter supercharged 8 cylinder power plant.

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Jaguar C-XF - Production Preview Vehicle of the Year

Jaguar C-XF - Production Preview Vehicle of the Year

The Jaguar C-XF Concept was voted the 2007 North American Production Preview Vehicle of the Year by the South East Automotive Media Organization (SEAMO). "The C-XF reinterprets Jaguar’s traditional ’grace, space, pace’ in a fresh, original new way – which is no easy task. And, all without a sign of [retrospective design]."
The awards recognize the C-XF as the most likely vehicle to shape the future of the automobile industry. With more than two dozen professional automotive journalists from (...)

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Jaguar X-Type - 2007 Aspirational Luxury Car

Jaguar X-Type - 2007 Aspirational Luxury Car

The Jaguar X-Type received top honors in the 2007 Aspirational Luxury Car category of AutoPacific’s annual Vehicle Satisfaction Award (VSA) – a study that measures satisfaction among vehicle owners. The X-Type MSRP starting at $34,995.
According to the sutdy the Jaguar X-Type offers all the luxury, performance and prestige associated with the marque at a fraction of the price. The entry-level luxury sedan combines athletic performance with a smooth ride and is the only compact sedan in its (...)

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Jaguar XKR - #1 road trip car

Jaguar XKR - #1 road trip car

After being voted "Best Dream Machine" back in February, the Jaguar XKR was voted number one in Kelley Blue Book’s list of cars best-suited for road trips.
Compared and tested next to 10 other vehicles, the new XKR was voted before models like BMW 3-Series Convertible and the Chevrolet Suburban.
"In choosing our list, we wanted to include a vehicle for every journey – from weekend jaunts of one or two people, to week-long escapades that involve one or two entire families and maybe a dog and (...)

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Jaguar C-XF wins Editor's Special Award

Jaguar C-XF wins Editor’s Special Award

The Jaguar C-XF concept car has won the Editor’s Special Award at the 2007 Fleet World Honours which took place on Thursday 17 May at the RAC Club in Pall Mall, London. The C-XF is a stunning, four-door sports saloon which blends design purity with unmistakable dynamism and is a clear indication of the design direction that the next generations of Jaguar saloons will take.
Jaguar’s corporate sales manager, David Spencer said: “I am delighted the C-XF has picked up the Editor’s Special Award (...)

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Jaguar XJ Diesel - Britain's Greenest Luxury Car

Jaguar XJ Diesel - Britain’s Greenest Luxury Car

Jaguar’s XJ 2.7 Diesel has been named the greenest luxury car on Britain’s roads in the Environmental Transport Association’s 2007 Car Buyers Guide. The award, presented by television presenter Janet Ellis at the RIBS in London recognises Jaguar’s commitment to delivering CO2 and fuel consumption advantages to customers with the development of its industry-leading diesel engines and application of advanced lightweight aluminium vehicle architectures.
The ETA guide lists 2,500 new cars and (...)

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Jaguar XKR awarded 2007 Best Dream Machine

Jaguar XKR awarded 2007 Best Dream Machine

Jaguar Cars was honored today at the Chicago International Auto Show as MotorWeek awarded the 2007 Jaguar XKR the Drivers’ Choice Award for ‘Best Dream Machine’.
“We are delighted the XKR has been chosen by MotorWeek for such a prestigious award. We take great pride in designing and tuning our vehicles to meet the desires and need of our customers,” said Marti Eulberg, executive vice president of Marketing and Sales. “This further underlines that the XKR delivers a truly rewarding and (...)

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Jaguar XJ - "Luxury Car of the Year"

Jaguar XJ - "Luxury Car of the Year"

The Jaguar XJ has been named ‘Luxury Car of the Year’ for the second consecutive year at the BusinessCar Awards 2006. Voted solely by BusinessCar readers, the Jaguar XJ was first choice over competition from BMW, Audi and Lexus.
Tristan Young, Editor-in-Chief at BusinessCar said: “Despite the launch of a new Mercedes S-Class in the past year, Jaguar’s XJ still took the honours in this class.
There may not be many cars that qualify under the "luxury car" heading, but that doesn’t (...)

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Jaguar C-XF - best at Detroit Auto Show

Jaguar C-XF - best at Detroit Auto Show

AutoWeek celebrated the best of the best at the North American International Auto Show and announced that the Editors’ Choice Award for Best in Show 2007 was awarded to Jaguar for its new C-XF concept car.
“The Jaguar C-XF is the sexiest four-door we’ve seen from Jaguar in years,” said Dutch Mandel, editor and associate publisher, AutoWeek. “This car draws a line from Jaguar sedans of the past to Jaguar sedans of the future.”
For more than a decade, AutoWeek’s Editors’ Choice Awards have (...)

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Jaguar XK - car of the year and best coupe award

Jaguar XK - car of the year and best coupe award

Jaguar XK sports car has claimed the prestigious ’Car of the Year’ award at the 2006 Auto Express New Car Honours. The XK Coupe also came out on top in the ’Best Coupe’ category, ahead of the BMW 6 Series and the Porsche 911.
At the outset Jaguar’s aim was to deliver a sporting Grand Tourer that on the one hand cossets the driver and on the other offers an involving and rewarding experience - the true heart and soul of a sports car. For those who have had the pleasure to experience the new XK, (...)

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Jaguar leads in traffic safety

Jaguar leads in traffic safety

Jaguar has received the 2006 World Traffic Safety Symposium’s Traffic Safety Achievement Award in the Automaker Category for the new XK’s Pedestrian Impact Safety System.
To reward major advancements in traffic safety, the World Traffic Safety Symposium recognises organisations and individuals that are creating a safer environment for motorists and pedestrians. Each year, nominations are submitted for the Symposium’s Achievement Awards and winners are selected by the Symposium’s Advisory (...)

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The new Jaguar XK - most exciting car to be launched in 2006

The new Jaguar XK - most exciting car to be launched in 2006

The new Jaguar XK has picked up a major reader award as ’The Most Exciting Car to be Launched in 2006’ at the prestigious What Car? Car of the Year Awards, held in London last night. Thousands of readers of www.whatcar.com and the woman’s glossy magazine Eve voted the new XK top of 10 cars not yet on sale, but due to be launched in 2006.
Steve Fowler, Group Editor of What Car? magazine, commented: "This clearly demonstrates the affection that the British public still has for the brand (...)

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