Yes, "Grab life by the horns" is a stupid slogan. But this beast makes up for it. The 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8 ($39,000 est.) is a true muscle car. It boasts a 425-horsepower 6.1-liter HEMI V8 engine good enough for 0-60 in about 5 seconds and a quarter-mile time in the 13-second range. The Charger offers 20-inch aluminum wheels with high-performance F1 Goodyears, a functional hood scoop, dual 3.5-inch exhaust tips, and your youth.
We hated the last Eclipse body style so much we're surprised Mitsubishi sold more than 30 of the damn things. However, we still consider the 95-99 Eclipse to be one of the best all around sports cars that you can actually afford — we even had a 97 tricked out with Stillen gear. Luckily, Mitsubishi realized the current Eclipse sucked and fired the crystal meth-using monkeys that designed it and styled the all-new 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT (starting at $24,600) after our favorite. Its 3.8-liter MIVEC engine provides 263 horsepower and is available with a six-speed manual or a five-speed Sportronic automatic transmission. The new eclipse features a nimble McPherson sport-tuned suspension and has one of the more subtle and pleasing futuristic-styled interiors. The GT's available premium-sport package includes a powerful Rockford Fosgate audio system with a 6-CD/MP3 in-dash changer and nine speakers (including a 10-inch sub), 18-inch alloy rims, heated leather seats, a power sunroof, and alloy pedals.
If you've ever tore up the turns of a deserted gravel road imagining you were racing in the mountains of Argentina, then this this car was made for you. The Subaru Impreza WRX STi (starting at $32,450) is the closest thing you can buy to a World Rally Championship race car. It packs a turbocharged 300-hp engine (the normal WRX has 227-hp), high-tech all-wheel drive with advanced sport-tuned suspension, a massive Brembo brake kit, lightweight BBS wheels, racing-style front seats, and a killer hood scoop and rear wing. This thing is bold and mean, and will kick the crap out of a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo and then the authentic pink STI badge will spit on it.