This Chevrolet Camaro is available in base V6 and Z28 (V8) forms, and as a hatchback coupe or convertible. For 2001, the Z28's LS1 V8 engine gains 5 horsepower, as does the V8 engine in high-performance SS variant of the Z28. Shock absorbers on all models have been retuned to improve ride and handling.
This Mercedes-Benz SL500 is equipped with the 302-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8 engine. The SL600 has a 6.0-liter V12 with 389 horsepower. Both engines drive a five-speed automatic transmission. AMG has given the SL a more dashing look with this year's lower-body revision, but the SL has looked basically the same for quite a few years. The SL has been around since 1990 in this form, a familiar figure in the high-dollar sports-car league.
This Mercedes-Benz SLK320 has a supercharged 3.2-liter dual overhead cam six-cylinder engine and is rated at 215 horsepower. Available in six-speed-manual transmission or an optional four-speed-automatic unit that incorporates Touch Shift for manual gear changes simply by tipping the lever to the left or right. Leather bucket seats have been redesigned for 2001. Standard equipment includes dual-zone air conditioning, an interior air filter, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power windows and locks, heated power mirrors and a Bose cassette stereo system. In addition to the V6 engine and wood interior trim, the SLK320 has eight-way power seats and a telescoping steering wheel.
Toyota MR2 Spyder
Mating with a five-speed-manual transmission, the MR2ís 138-horsepower, 1.8-liter dual overhead cam four-cylinder engine is adapted from the one in the Celica. An automatic transmission could become available at a later date, but no announcement about it has been made.
Smooth lines characterize the two-door Volvo, making it hard to believe that itís manufactured by the Swedish automaker long known for square, upright designs with rear-wheel drive. A traditional Volvo-type vertical grille sits up front and shows off a large corporate logo. Otherwise, the curvaceous C70 has few design features that distinguish it from other brands.
Aston Martin DB7
Previously, DB7 coupes and convertibles have been available with either a six-cylinder engine, adopted from a Jaguar design, or a 6.0-liter V12 in Vantage form. During 2000, Aston Martin announced that only V12 engines rated at 420 horsepower will be installed in the DB7 Vantage series and the six-cylinder models will be discontinued. Either a six-speed-manual gearbox or an optional five-speed-automatic transmission is available. Antilock brakes are standard.
This 2001 Chevrolet Corvette has a LS6 V8 engine with 385 horsepower. Corvettes are still constructed of fiberglass and now come in three body styles: a hatchback coupe with a removable center roof panel; a fixed-roof coupe, now called the Z06; or a convertible with a glass rear window, defogger and manually folding top. Several styling cues play a major role in carrying on the Corvette tradition, including side air scoops, hidden headlights and quad taillights.
This Dodge Viper has a V10 engine with 450 horsepower. Both the convertible and coupe share such design features as a bold crossbar grille, huge side scoops in the front fenders and a long, wide hood. A manually folding soft-top is standard on the RT/10, with a removable hardtop available as an option. Vipers ride 275/35ZR18 front and even bigger 335/30ZR18 rear tires mounted on alloy wheels.
Base-model Boxsters get a 2.7-liter, horizontally opposed DOHC six-cylinder engine that produces 217 horsepower. The engine sits behind the seats and ahead of the rear axle. A five-speed-manual transmission is standard. Stepping up a notch is the Boxster S, which has a 3.2-liter DOHC six-cylinder that makes 250 horsepower and has a six-speed gearbox. Both engines can be used with Porsche's optional Tiptronic five-speed-automatic transmission, which incorporates steering-wheel buttons for manual gear selection. Traction control, side-impact airbags and antilock brakes are standard.