SSC Ultimate Aero -- $654,000
Shelby is at it again and has made the Ultimate Aero that currently holds the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest street legal car in the world today. The car has a very low stance almost touching the group giving it the down force and aerodynamics needed to allow the car to reach a top speed of 257.41 miles per hour. An eight-cylinder twin turbo charged motor produces 1183 horsepower, which is 182 horsepower more then the second fastest car in the world the Bugatti Veyron. The most noticeable difference between these cars other than aesthetics and power plant is the price gap. The Veyron is the most expensive car costing upwards of $1.5 million while the Ultimate Aero is less than half its cost priced at around $654,000.
Koenigsegg CCX -- $600,910
The CCX is completely hand built and manufactured specifically for each customer in Sweden. The CCX doesn't look like some of the other super cars out there that have big spoilers and air scoops giving an aggressive feel. Rather, it looks more futuristic with its low and wide stance, rounded edges, aerodynamic curves, and beautiful rear end. The large, rounded windshield provides large field of vision for the driver and the rounded roof gives it a cockpit like feel. The body and chassis are made of extremely lightweight carbon fiber composite that is reinforced with Kevlar and aluminum. What makes Koenigsegg different from other small company car manufactures is that it builds all of its engines in house. Costing $600,910 fully equipped the CCX comes with an eight-cylinder twin Rotrex centrifugal superchargers engine producing 806 horsepower accelerating the car from zero to 60 in 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 245+ miles per hour.
10 Slightly More Affordable Cars
With gas prices going up, dealers are now offering great deals to move inventory. According to Edmunds.com, the 2008 average MSRP's for all new model cars and trucks is $29,294, a steep purchase for those trying to save, but need a new car. That's why we've done a little digging for you and found the five least expensive cars on the road. Check these money-savers out, their sticker prices falls far below the nationwide average.
Kia Rio -- $10,890
The folks at Kia wanted to build a car that is practical, safe, and affordable. In doing so, they put together the Rio, powered by a 110 horsepower, inline four-cylinder engine. The car has EPA ratings of 27 city and 32 highway mpgs. The Rio comes standard with six airbags, impact-absorbing steering column, front and rear crumple zones, side-impact door beams and a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty. The base price for the Rio is $10,890.
Chevrolet Aveo 5 -- $10,895
This is Chevrolet's answer to those in need of a car that isn't going to drain their savings accounts. The Aveo 5 comes standard with seat-mounted side-impact airbags, AM/FM stereo with dual front and rear coaxial speakers, a tilting steering column, and a tire pressure monitoring system that notifies the driver with a flashing light when tire pressure has gotten low. The Aveo 5 has a base of $10,895 with a power plant consisting of a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. The car achieves a EPA rating of 24 city and 34 highway mpgs.
Hyundai Accent GS -- $10,970
This three-door compact is propelled by a 110 horsepower 1.6 liter DOHC, 16-valve inline-four-cylinder engine with a five-speed manual transmission. Base price is a low, low, low, $10,970. Standard options include advanced duel front and side-impact airbags, roof-mounted curtain side-airbags, power steering, rear spoiler, four-speaker audio system, and a tire pressure monitoring system which notifies the driver if the tire pressure has gotten low via a warning light in the gauge cluster. The Hyundai is not just affordable it is also fuel efficient, offering 27 city and 32 highway mpgs.
Toyota Yaris -- $11,350
Coming in with a sticker price of $11,350 is Toyota's Yaris Liftback model. With EPA mpgs of 29 for city driving and 36 on highways the Yaris is set into motion by a 1.5-liter DOHC 16-valve VVT-i four-cylinder, 106 horsepower motor linked to a five speed manual transmission. What's included is Electric Power Steering (EPS): power-assisted rack-and-pinion with electronic power-assist, a tilting steering wheel, audio prep package with four speaker sound, and driver front airbag and front passenger airbags.
Smart Fortwo Pure -- $11,590.
The Smart Fortwo Pure is the most compact car on our list. It comes with a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine producing 71 horsepower and a 5 speed automated manual transmission with manual or automatic mode. Its EPA mileage is 33 city and 41 highway mpgs. Standard options for the Pure include electronic stability program (ESP), anti-lock braking system (ABS), and full-size driver and passenger head and neck side airbags. The base price for the Pure is $11,590.
You might compare this thriftier list, compiled in part from statistics provided by Jeannine Fallon at Edmunds.com, with the 'Most Expensive' list, above. The difference between buying the Kia Rio and the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is 200 luxury trips to Hawaii, a spectacular, ocean-view home in the Carolinas, or 350,000 cappuccinos. How much are you willing to spend on a ride?
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