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The fastest 0-60 luxury cars

By Charles Hopkins Published 05/18/2006 | Auto and Trucks

You dont have to be on the race track to feel their power. You can savor it in the upscale neighborhoods. All that you need to do is to keep your eyes out for a Posche Carrera or a Ferrari or a Dodge Venom. These sleek beauties are closest to flying machines on the road. The following will give you a sample of what luxury cars have achieved:

1. Porsche Carrera GT: Porsches 2003 Carrera needs 2.33. seconds to zoom from 0 to 60 mph and 9.9 seconds to touch 124 mph. The speed comes from its powerful V10 engine that revs up 604 hp of power. It is a strong car and rides on a chassis that is made from aerospace-grade composites, with a high-strength honeycomb core. The cost of this care is like its speed:  an amazing 440,000.

2. Hennessey Dodge Viper Venom 800 Twin Turbo: This machine spits venom as it races down the autobahn. With its strength and speed, the Venom needs only 2.43 seconds to race from 0-60 mph.

Its scaled-in doorframes and big front grille makes it look every inch a mean and powerful car. You should be able to fork out an outrageous 150,000 to own it.

3- Bugatti Veyron 16/4: Bugatti means "Crazy fast!" It gives 1001 hp with its16-cylinder 8-liter engine and 0-60 mph in 3.0 seconds. It has the potential to give a maximum speed of 279 mph. But its electronic limiter restricts it at 250 mph. The 2001 Veyron was built 6.5 feet wide and almost 15 feet in length for greater stability. This car is certainly not for small boys. Its cost: 1.4 million dollars.

4- Ferrari Enzo: In Ferraris dictionary there is no word called slow. The carmaker only knows one lane and that is the fast lane. So does its 2002 Enzo which packs 660 bhp under its hood. This car can hit a top speed of 217.5 mph; and take a mere 3.3 seconds to zoom from 0-60 mph. The cost is like its speed -- a breathtaking 775,000 plus.

5- Corvette Twin Turbo LS1: This car burns tarmac as it blazes 0-60 in 3.7 seconds. From the Chevrolets stable, Corvette (1997-2004) is powered by the Twin Turbo LS1, the Lingenfelter engine. It can hit a top speed of 230 mph. As compared to other cars it does not burn a big hole in your pocket, just about US 90,000.

6. Lamborghini Diablo 6.0 SE: This is yet another speed buster. It can race from 0-60 in 3.85 seconds. And why not? This lightweight car with a fiberglass reinforced plastic body has a 6-liter V12 engine that gives an output of 550 hp. It can hit  as top speed of 205 mph, and no one willl be the wiser. . The cost is a hefty 300,000.  

7. Saleen S7: It is not one of the high fliers. But this car should not be taken lightly. It needs 3.9 seconds to spurt from 0 to 60 mph. The cars body is made of lightweight composite steel while the engine is  a 7-liter V8. It can hit a to speed of over 200 mph, and costs almost 400,000.