The modern standard: Ford Focus RS
0-60mph: 4.7 seconds
Engine: 2.3l turbocharged four cylinder
What’s the deal with the Focus RS? Well, by all outward appearances, it just looks like a normal run-of-the-mill five-door hatchback. But under the skin, it’s the epitome of modern performance, with a ruthlessly efficient 2.3-liter engine pumping out 350hp, which then gets transferred to the ground via all four wheels and a set of super-soft tires that guys a generation ago would kill for.
If that sounds like it’s not a fair fight, think about the price tag. The Focus RS costs just less than $36,000. On some of the cars you’ll see below, that wouldn’t even buy one wheel.
1. Lamborghini Miura
0-60mph: 5.8 seconds
Engine: 3.9l V12
Some say the Miura was the first true supercar, with its V12 screaming just behind the driver’s ears. It had a curbside presence second to none, which attracted owners ranging from Frank Sinatra, to Miles Davis, to Rod Stewart.