Even though it’s sometimes overlooked in favor of the quicker Turbo or hardcore GT3, the Porsche 911 Carrera S is fantastic. With 400 hp and the choice between excellent manual or PDK gearboxes, it embodies everything we love about the ass-engined icon. If you want a bit of room to play with options, there’s also the base Carrera, which is nearly as competent and costs about $15,000 less. READ MORE: 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe - RoadandTrack.com
Not the first Elise, but the first one sold here, a literal wish come true. At 2000 pounds, it was a rolling reminder that lightness is king. Plus an unburstable Toyota drivetrain and that impossibly sharp steering rack. As of this printing, you could buy a used example for the price of a loaded Honda Fit. Which is likely the most dangerous thing you've heard all week.