Porsche Delivers 40th Bday Thriller While Detroit Answers

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Porsche’s 911 Turbo series marks its 40th birthday this year, capping off what has been one of the most celebrated runs in car history. The name Porsche is instantly associated with speed, power and style. Its 2014 911 models won’t alter that perception, though the Stuttgart-based manufacturer has ruffled some feathers by releasing an automatic-only version of its 991 GT3. Does Detroit have any answer for this epic car?

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The slope of the roof, as well as the shape of of the hood, mark the 911 as the unique speedster on the road. This version hits 195 mph going 0-60 in 3.3 seconds. With a 475 horsepower, it’s one of the most intimidating Porsches ever built and made a splash at the recent Geneva Auto Show. Detroit automakers, for their part, have made anniversary cars of their own…

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Ford (NYSE:F) delivered a new version of its classic Mustang Shelby for 2014. The models made by Shelby American from 1965-1970 were given a new spin in 2007 and continue to represent the high end of the Ford sports car line. The GT500 starts has an MSRP of $54,800 to start.

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Unlike the Porsche 911, this Mustang can break 200 mph, sporting a 5.8 L 32-valve V8 engine with 662 horsepower. It’s being touted as the most powerful V8 engine on earth by Ford. The signature racing stripes and rear spoiler give it the accents Shelby fans recognize, though the car’s muscle is the main draw here. GM (NYSE:GM) has its answer in the 2014 Corvette Stingray…

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Named the pace car at this year’s Indianapolis 500, the Corvette Stingray is exciting fans of the classic Corvette, which is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its 1953 debut. The car features 450 horsepower and the best performance yet out of its storied line of predecessors. GM is hoping the price point attracts buyers.

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Priced below $52,000, buyers can upgrade in performance with an $8,000 package and style the car out to look like a showroom piece for additional considerations. No matter how much you upgrade the Corvette, it will fall well below the price tag of a new Porsche. Of course, fans of each car will be able to make a case for their particular favorite’s true value.

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