2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG: 518 hp, $96,805
If you’ve already scrounged up the money to buy a Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, we’d suggest saving your pennies a little bit longer to buy the CLS63 AMG. Why? The CLS63 takes everything we like about the E63 AMG and puts it in a swoopy, coupe-like body. As before, the AMG performance package is a $7300 extra.
2013 Jaguar XKR Coupe: 510 hp, $98,395
If the Jaguar XFR is the sensible Jaguar on this list–it has four doors, space for five, and a trunk–the XKR is none of these. Instead, it’s a low-slung coupe with little to no back-seat space and a small trunk. But it is still a compelling car: it uses the same 510-horsepower, 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 as the XFR (albeit attached to a six-speed automatic transmission), and the sultry body hasn’t aged a bit since the car was unveiled in 2005. Sure, you can look at the XKR convertible or one of the hopped-up XKR-S models (with 550 hp, 40 more than the XKR), but those cost thousands more.
2014 Nissan GT-R Premium: 545 hp, $100,590
The GT-R has the recipe for high-performance motoring down to a science: it combines a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V-6, a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and an intricate all-wheel drive system. The engineering behind all of this was clearly expensive, though: Nissan’s given Godzilla a number of price increases and special editions over the years to keep the bargain supercar profitable. The result is that in 2013, for the first time, Nissan GT-R buyers will have to shell out more than $100,000 for a basic model. That makes the GT-R a whole lot dearer than it used to be, but customers should remember this: the GT-R accelerates to 60 miles an hour just as quickly as any Ferrari, Lamborghini, or McLaren (if not quicker), but commands just a fraction of the price.