Like the LP640, the Lotus Exige S didn't catch anyone by surprise either. A supercharged evolution of the Exige and the Elise, if the car wasn't quite in supercar territory before, it certainly is now. Although 220bhp may not sound like much, those few horses are called upon to move less than one ton of car. If you are looking for the ultimate track-day or weekend toy at an almost affordable price then the Exige S may be just what you are looking for. For the more hardcore enthusiast who doesn't mind trailering the car to the track, Lotuse also showed the Exige Sport Cup. Stripping the weight down to 1800lbs and bumping horsepower up to 252, the Sport Cup may be the ultimate thrill ride.

Ferrari proudly unveiled the 599 GTB Fiorano to the North American Market. The 599 is considered a front-engine Ferrari by most, but technically it is mid-engine having the block set behind the front axle line. This gives the incredible balance and the ability to change directions very quickly. The 599 is equipped with Ferrari's most powerful V12 to date cranking out 620hp.

The sunny Southern California weather was perfect for the unveiling of Porsches latest iteration of the Targa. This 911 Targa is obviously based on the 997 chassis and looks to be as solid as the last version. Equipped with a glass roof that slides under the rear window the driver can enjoy the open air sensation of a convertible without having to deal with the noise, reduced chassis rigidity and buffeting found in most convertibles. Porsche also had the new 911 GT3 and Turbo on display. They chose to display both cars side by side which was an interesting choice. The jury is still out on which is the most popular at the show. The true enthusiast will go for the light-weight, Alcantera clad interior, normally aspirated detuned race car that is the GT3, while those more content with covering miles at an extremely high rate of speed while maintaining some level of comfort prefer the 911 Turbo.

By Michael Febbo
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