Vehicles like the Nissan Z Performance and Toyota GR Supra add a bit of status to life where a more mundane vehicle might not thrill. While the popularity of modern sports cars like the BMW Z4 has given way to more practical commuters, you still have options from nearly every decade. Here are a couple of the greatest and fastest sports cars in history by decade, like the venerable Porsche 911 Turbo from the 1970s.
The 1950s produced some sports car gems like the Ferrari 250GT Europa
Ferrari’s 250GT Europa combines all the best qualities that enthusiasts enjoy in classic performers. It features clean lines, the immortal Prancing Horse badge and deliciously classic spoked wheels. Better yet, Car and Driver says this beautiful Ferrari could accelerate to sixty in just 5.9 seconds. Of course, no 1950s list is complete without a mention of the 141mph Aston Martin DB4.
If you want one of the wildest sports cars of the 1960s, one name reigns supreme: Shelby
Carroll Shelby left his impact on the motoring world in more ways than one. However, one of the most iconic had to be his 427 Cobra, a roadster that hid a leviathan Ford V8. According to Road & Track, both of its twin-supercharged “Super Snake” versions pack around 800 horsepower.
The 1978 Porsche 911 Turbo was a rocket with a familiar face
The 1978 Porsche 911 Turbo took the 911’s sports car performance credentials and ran with them. Car and Driver called the 911 Turbo “a full-speed demon” in 1978, and it’s hard to disagree. Frankly, with one of the most recognizable and collectible shapes in modern automotive history, it’s hard not to want one. If that’s not desirable enough on aesthetics alone, the 1978 Porsche 911 Turbo could hit 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds.
How fast is the 1989 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1?
The 1989 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 was a quantum leap for the cool plastic of the C4 generation. Still, fantastic doesn’t quite cover it. The Corvette ZR-1 could explode to sixty in just 4.5 seconds, making it a sports car weapon that battles Ferrari and a Porsche 911 Turbo.
Is the 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo one of the fastest sports cars of the 1990s?
Once again, the venerable Porsche 911 Turbo tops the list. This time, the 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo could crush a 60 mph sprint in just 4.0 seconds with its 355 horsepower. However, later 911s evolved into premium vehicles, leaving behind some of the sports car credentials.
The fastest sports cars of the new millennium are even faster
Sports cars from the 2000s, 2010s and now 2020 sometimes blur the lines between daily driver credentials and world-class supercars. It can be argued that later model 911 Turbos, Dodge Vipers and the latest Corvettes have crossed that line. However, the C6 Corvette Z06 could sprint to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds with the simplest formula: big engine, stout manual transmission and cheap plastics. Beyond those numbers, many modern examples like the Toyota GR Supra 3.0 can sprint to 60 in under 4.0 seconds without sacrificing practicality.
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