2011 has been a tough year for the auto industry with markets going down in Europe and the US. But some cars managed to make their mark despite tough times. Here is the list of top 10 sports cars that emerged as the best in 2011.
1. Bugatti Veyron
Hailed as the fastest production car to hit the road so far, the Bugatti Veyron is without doubt one of the top sports cars of 2011. The 16 cylinder engine of this car delivers an incredible 1001 horsepower. Two V8 engines have been joined at the crank to form the engine of this powerful car. Priced at $1.3 million, the Veyron can hit a maximum speed of 253 mph and it can run at this high speed for 12 minutes. The four-wheel drive and seven-speed automated transmission transmits power to the pavement. The car needs just 2.56 seconds to hit 60 mph and it can touch the 100mph in flat 5.5 seconds.
2. 2011 SSC Ultimate Aero
Manufactured by American automaker Shelby SuperCars (SSC), the 2011 Ultimate Aero is a high-end sports car, which can touch a top speed of 270 mph. The outer design of this car appears dated but this car has emerged as one of the best cars of 2011. The Aero takes 2.78 seconds to accelerate from zero to 60mph. The billet aluminum V8 engine of this car delivers an output of 1,287hp. The Ultimate Aero is priced at $740,000.
3. 2011 Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo
Regarded by many as one of the fastest cars in the world, this super sport Coupe is priced at $555,000. The length of this powerful car is 479 cm and its width is 199 cm. With a wheel base of 270 cm and curb weight of 1338 kg, the S7 twin-turbo is powered by Twin Turbo V8 engine, which delivers 750 horsepower and torque of 700 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm. The 6-speed manual transmission of this car allows it to touch a high speed of 248 mph. This car can go from zero to 60mph in 2.8 seconds.
4. 2011 Koenigsegg CCX
Manufactured by Swedish firm Koenigsegg Automotive AB, the CCX is a high performance sports car powered by a 4.7-liter V8 engine. The engine of this car is supplied by British firm Grainger and Worrall. The total output of this twin-supercharged engine is 806 horsepower and it delivers 678 lb-ft. of torque at 5,700 RPM. The CCX takes 3.2 seconds to go from 0mph to 60mph and it can hit a top speed of 240 mph.
5. 2011 McLaren F1
This high-performance sports car is powered by a BMW-designed 6.0 liter V12 engine. The weight of the engine is 266 kilograms and its total output is 627 horsepower. The compartment of the engine is plated by gold foil to prevent the carbon fiber parts from getting damaged. The 2011 McLaren F1 can go from Zero to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds. It can touch a high speed of 248 mph.
6. 2011 Ferrari Enzo
Manufactured by Italian automaker Ferrari, the 2011 Enzo is also known as the F60. This powerful car is driven by a 6.0 L 12-cylinder engine. Ferrari has used the active aerodynamic technology in Enzo to make it powerful. Priced at $1 million, this car can touch a maximum speed of 301 kmh. The body of Enzo is made of lightweight carbon fiber.
7. 2011 Jaguar XJ220
Priced at $650,000, this super sport Coupe is one of the most powerful cars to hit the road so far. The length of 2011 Jaguar XJ220 is 486 cm and its width is 200 cm. With a wheel base of 264 cm and weight of 1372 kg, this car is powered by a Twin Turbo V12 engine. The XJ220 can comfortably accommodate four people. The engine of this car delivers 542 hp and torque of 475 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm. This car can touch a high speed of 217 mph.
8. 2011 Pagani Zonda F
Manufactured by Zonda F, this powerful sports car is powered by a 7.3L V12 engine, which delivers 602 hp at 6150 rpm and the torque of 760 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm. The 6-speed manual transmission allows this car to accelerate from zero to 60mph in just 3.6 seconds. The Zonda F can attain a top speed of 214 mph.
9. 2011 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640
This powerful and luxurious sports car is has got an aggressive design. Powered by a V12 engine with 631 hp, the Murcielago LP640 can touch a speed of 62 mph in just 3.4 second. The high speed of this car is 211 mph. The car has got a sleek and stylish look and its interior is very attractive. This high performance car is priced at around $80,000.
10. 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS
This top class sports car is powered by a 3.8L six-cylinder engine with a total output of 408 horsepower. The 6-speed manual transmission of this car allows it to accelerate from 0mph to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. The top speed of this rear-wheel drive beast is 190 mph. This car can comfortably accommodate four passengers. The base price of 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS is $103,100.