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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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TopSpeed's 10 Most Expensive Cars To Buy For 2010

TopSpeed’s 10 Most Expensive Cars To Buy For 2010

Some people are willing to pay a pretty penny for luxury. Just look at the price of a first growth French Bordeaux or a tin of Beluga Caviar. These objects are for the rich, the very rich, and to go along with their high-end eats they need high-end vehicles.

We all know that the Bugatti Veyron is the most expensive car in the world, along with its many different variations, so we aren’t just going to do a list of the Bugatti’s, even though it sure would be easy.

Most of these machines are extremely high performance and they aren’t the sort of machines you will see hanging around the local Wal-Mart. In fact, many won’t see BMW’s around Wal-Mart, but that’s beside the point.

Years ago, we reported the top ten most expensive cars in the world as created by Forbes Auto. Well that list detailed how expensive these cars are to own, but we have always held the notion that if you afford these sorts of machines, you can afford to service them and if not, you need an accountant.

Hit the jump to see the list.

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TopSpeed's 10 Best High-End Luxury Cars

TopSpeed’s 10 Best High-End Luxury Cars

After weeks of doing top tens, we have finally come to the top of the pillar luxury cars. These are the kinds of vehicles you buy if you make some serious money. These cars come with so many different technological toys that you feel as if you’re driving around in something made by NASA.

There are others out there, though they don’t offer space age gizmos. Some of these high-end luxury sedans offer performance. Maserati, Porsche, and those sorts of companies have come along in recent years with sedans of their own, but with a different take on how they should be made.

For each top ten we have set a price limit and increased it each time. That’s all changing for this top ten though. There is no price limit because if you have the money to afford one, it’s not going to matter. These machines start at around $70,000 and go very high, past the $100,000 mark. With such a big price jump, it would be nearly impossible to set a reasonable price limit.

As with all these tests, we aren’t looking at sales and we aren’t looking at popularity or most importantly, stats. We are looking for things like performance, luxury, comfort, gizmos, style and so on. Most importantly though, we are looking for the best car to drive.

Hit the jump to see the list.

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TopSpeed's 10 Best Mid-Level Luxury Cars

TopSpeed’s 10 Best Mid-Level Luxury Cars

You’ve finally got that big time job and you want something that isn’t too cheap, but you don’t want to spend $80,000 quite yet. There is much to choose from in the middle luxury segment and each car has it’s own unique characteristics that make it better, or worse than the competition.

Just like the entry-level luxury segment, the Germans have always had the middle levels to themselves. The Japanese and the American automakers have never been able to catch up. Yet, 2010 is a new year and things might be changing in the automotive marketplace.

Let’s take a look back at our previous winners before we begin with this list. We rated the Mini Cooper as the best small car and the Hyundai Sonata as the best midsize sedan. Finally, we rated the Audi A4 as the best entry-level luxury car on the market.

Hit the jump to see who we chose as the top mid-level luxury car.

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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 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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The most Beautiful Cars in the world

The most Beautiful Cars in the world

Here is what people consider to be the most beautiful car in the world. Some of them we agree, some we don’t. But the point is that they are master pieces in the automotive industry.
Among the highlights are the astonishingly gorgeous 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe, arguably the most impressive car in the collection, and the Art Nouveau, somewhat predatory, 1930 Mercedes-Benz "Count Trossi" SSK, with its distinctive aerodynamic pontoon fenders, long and low bonnet and (...)

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