Here Are The Coolest Performance Cars Of The 2000s

After all the chaos that plagued the performance cars of the 1970s, the 2000s offered a fresh breath of air. Renowned automakers like Porsche, Ferrari, and BMW built timeless supercars that were faster and safer than any sports car before them. The 2000s also marked the end of the analogue performance car era, and the decade played its part in revolutionizing the automotive industry.

Technological and developmental advancements aside, this decade is often remembered for incredible designs. Manufacturers like Lamborghini, Ferrari, Audi, and more released show-stopping cars that will undoubtedly be classics in the future. The hypercar category also gained traction during the 2000s with the birth of the Bugatti Veyron. Now, let’s dive in and have a look at the ten coolest performance cars of the 2000s.

10 Ford GT

Ford drew inspiration from the Ford GT40 when they were making the GT. The GT40, a high-performance endurance car, won the 24 Hours of Le Mans four times in a row from 1966-1969. The striking exterior of the GT was made with aerodynamics in mind to facilitate performance.

Ford’s first-generation GT, manufactured from 2005-2006, was fitted with a 5.4-liter modular supercharged V8 engine. The GT was also famously featured in Gran Turismo 4 as well as Need for Speed: Carbon other Pro street.

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9 Porsche Carrera GT

The German manufacturer originally intended the Carrera GT to be a race car for the Le Mans but later launched it as a road car. Porsche used a 5.5-liter V10 for the 2000 concept car but opted for a 5.7-liter V10 in the production model. The Carrera GT is credited as the first production car to use a carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) monocoque chassis and subframe.

There are large air inlets on both sides of the vehicle, and the headlights are reminiscent of the Porsche 917. Porsche’s GT uses a manual 6-speed transmission and has a top speed of 208 mph.

8th Lamborghini Reveton

The Revetón is Lamborghini’s exclusive high-performance sports car manufactured from 2007-2009. Only 21 units of the Revetón coupé were built, with one unit intended for the museum. The exterior was made with mainly carbon fiber and inspired the timeless Lamborghini Aventador’s design.

Lamborghini used a 6.5-liter V12 engine and a manual 6-speed and an e-gear automated transmission to power the Revetón. Later on, the Italian manufacturer made a roadster version, and only 15 units were built. The Lamborghini Revetón is capable of 0-62 mph in 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 211 mph.

7 Alfa Romeo 8C

Though it was meant to be a styling exercise, the Alfa Romeo 8C debuted at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show. In 2007, the manufacturer released the 8C coupe production model and went on to launch a spider version in 2008. The Alfa Romeo 8C was fitted with a 4.7-liter Ferrari-Alfa Romeo V8 engine.

For transmission, the 8C has a 6-speed automatic manual with fast gear changes. The sports car sits on a steel chassis, and like many performance cars, its body is made of carbon fiber. With a top speed of about 190 mph, the 8C covers 0-62 mph in 4.2 seconds. Despite getting over a thousand orders for the 8C coupe, Alfa Romeo only made 500 units. The price for such exclusivity is a staggering $300,000.

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6 Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34)

The first Nissan Skyline was introduced in 1957 and what started as a four-door luxury has today evolved into a legendary race car. Nissan released the first generation of the Skyline GT-R in 1969, and it was based on the first Skyline. Though a sedan, the 1969 GT-R had about 160 horsepower.

There wasn’t a two-door version until 1970, and in 1998, the second generation Nissan Skyline GT-R was released. The R34 has a twin-turbo engine and is more aerodynamically optimized than previous models. Both generations of the GT-R are serial winners in the Japanese race circuit. The Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 is also famous for featuring in the Fast and Furious movies.

5 Pagani Zonda Cinque

Pagani is known for designing futuristic cars, and like every other Pagani Zonda model, the Cinque looks like a spaceship. The Cinque is a street-legal version of the Pagani R, and it was made at the request of a Pagani dealer. Built with carbo-titanium, the Zonda Cinque is light and sturdy.

There are side skirts, a rear diffuser, air intake at the roof, and a spoiler to enhance performance. The Zonda Cinque uses a 7.3-liter Mercedes-Benz V12 engine, and the suspension is made of both titanium and magnesium components. However, only five units of the coupé were built. Pagani’s Zonda Cinque has a top speed of 215 mph and an acceleration of 0-62 mph in 3.4 seconds.

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4 Saleen S7

The Saleen S7, like every other car from Saleen Automotive Inc, is a high-performance sports car. Manufactured from 2000-2009, the S7 has a naturally aspirated 7.0-liter Ford V8 mid-mounted engine. In 2005, Saleen Automotive upgraded to a twin-turbocharged engine with more power.

The American manufacturer made the S7’s body with carbon fiber, and the chassis is made of light steel and aluminum. While most performance cars have a rear spoiler, the S7 has both front and rear spoilers. Saleen’s S7 has a top speed of 240 mph and can reach 60 mph in 2.8 seconds.

3 Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren

Mercedes-Benz and McLaren came together to build the SLR McLaren. The SLR McLaren is inspired by the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, and they made three different body styles; coupe, roadster, and speedster. Fitted with fade-resistant carbon-ceramic brake units, the SLR McLaren has exceptional maneuvering capabilities.

The grand tourer uses a 5.4-liter supercharged SLR V8 and a 5-speed automatic transmission to deliver a top speed of 208 mph. Mercedes-Benz and McLaren planned to make 3,500 units, but with sales falling behind their expectations, they ceased production after building 2,157 units.

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2 Ferrari Enzo

After the F50, Ferrari built a follow-up model named after its founder– the Ferrari Enzo. The hype car was constructed with carbon fiber and used active aerodynamic technology to improve its speed. A limited number of 400 units were produced from 2002-2004, and they’re valued at about $300,000. Ferrari built the Enzo with a 6.0-liter V12 engine and a 6-speed automated manual transmission.

Unlike previous Ferrari models, the Enzo has a relatively small rear spoiler and was the first Ferrari road car with carbon-fiber-reinforced ceramic disc brakes. There are also adjustable flaps placed under the car body to enhance performance. The Ferrari Enzo accelerates 0-60 mph in 3.14 seconds, making it slightly faster than the SLR McLaren.

1 Aston Martin One-77

After debuting in the 2008 Paris Motor show, the Aston Martin One-77 was released in 2009. The performance car was built on a carbon-fiber architecture platform with a 7.3-liter V12 engine that delivers about 700 horsepower. True to its name, only seventy-seven units of the One-77 were produced.

The British manufacturer later made a Q-Series which included seven One-77 cars. With a top speed of 220 mph, the One-77 can move 0-62 mph in 3.7 seconds. These cars cost about $1,870,000 per unit, but in 2012, a Q-Series One-77 sold for $2.9 million in Dubai.

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