We've long been fans of Nissan's 350Z series, but we've also been waiting for Nissan's Nismo performance group to get ahold of one. The 2007 Nissan Nismo Z ($TBD; Summer 2007) improves on the standard Z with an aggressive aerodynamics package, a specially tuned independent multi-link suspension, Brembo brakes, a tuned exhaust, and gunmetal grey Rays super lightweight 5-spoke forged alloy wheels — 18" in the front, 19" in the back. The interior sees some upgrades as well, including customized seats, red stitching throughout, and special Nismo white and grey gauge faces. With 306 horsepower linked to a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission, this is one ride worthy of its Super GT series champion cousin.
Sometimes you just can't help but want to be European. The KTM X-Bow ($TBA; 2008) is an all-new sports car from the storied motorcycle company. With a body weight of approximately 1550 lbs., the X-Bow's 220-horsepower Audi engine propels the racer from 0 to 62 in 3.9 seconds. Other high-end features abound, such as a carbon fibre monocoque, Brembo brakes, optional DSG transmisison, and an F1-style crashbox. The only downside? It's Europe-only, for now. [via]