Sports Car $50-$100k Runner-Up
*Power: 330 hp
*0-60: 4.9 sec.
*Top Speed: 155 mph (ltd.)

BMW Z4 M Coupe
It's definitely a 'love it or hate it' car, sometimes by the same person in the same day. No one can deny that the car is a true performance bargain. Some don't like the fact that it is unapologetic in the way it gets things done, but that's what makes others like it even more.

Sports Car $100-$200k
*Power: 490 hp
*0-62: 4.0 sec.
*Top Speed: 196 mph

Ferrari F430
A marked improvement over the 360 Modena in every respect. It's a perfect evolution of the brand and the most refined berlinetta to ever roll out of Maranello. It's also probably the most docile and easiest to drive, and its laser-guided steering and a rapid-fire F1-derived gearbox allow almost anyone Schumacher-like precision and control. It's also decidedly more well-rounded, with improved comfort and reliability. The F430 is an exotic that can be driven daily and without fuss.

Best Value Entry Level
*Power: 150 hp
*0-60: 9.0 sec.
*Top Speed: 130 mph

Volkswagen Rabbit
A car like this for about 15 grand-are you kidding? When you look at the quality of this car, the driving experience, even the safety ratings, and then look at the price, is anyone surprised that VW is losing money? This year, the Rabbit gets a bump to 170 hp and we've seen how much potential is still sitting dormant in the 2.5-liter five-cylinder. The Rabbit may be the perfect car for the commuter moonlighting as project builder.

Best Value High End
*Power: 300 hp
*0-60: 5.9 sec.
*Top Speed: 155 mph (ltd.)

Jaguar XK
Overlooked by most and loved by a few, Jaguar has really been off most buyers' radar for a number of years. This means exclusivity and great deals for the few who get it. The XK offers amazing looks, tons of pedigree and great driving dynamics. The base XK Coupe is $75,500, but sources tell us that some customers are paying well below that.

Track Weapon
*Power: 190 hp
*0-60: 4.9 sec.
*Top Speed: 147 mph

Lotus Exige
Keeping performance and an involved driving experience foremost in mind, there is no purer, more focused vehicle on the American market than a Lotus. Given that focus, it would be difficult to drive this car on a daily basis, considering the limited cockpit space and the absence of such niceties as carpeting and sound deadening. But it makes for an ideal weekend track toy.

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