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2007 Los Angeles Auto Show: Exotics

There are a good number of exotic cars on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show, with a few North American debuts thrown in. These cars are notable for their low 0 to 60mph times and their high prices.

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Ferrari's new front engine coupe made an appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show. This zenith of automotive engineering has a 6-liter 611 horsepower V-12 based on the engine developed for the Enzo. It runs the 599 from 0 to 60mph in 3.7 seconds. The car's exterior design is sleek and understated.
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Carbon fiber accents and red leather cover the cabin of this 599, but Ferrari offers buyers a high degree of customization. Paddle shifters for the F1 transmission are visible behind the steering wheel, which shift the gears without the driver needing to push a clutch pedal.
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Well known for its 1,001 horsepower, the Bugatti Veyron remains a jaw dropper, even though it's been around for a while. Its 16 cylinders come from two W-8 engines, with four turbochargers backing them up. The Veyron's top speed has been clocked at 252mph, and it hits 62mph in 2.5 seconds.
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For people who want a Lamborghini Murcielago but just can't do without the sunshine, the Italian automaker has the answer in the form of the $350,000 Murcielago Roadster LP640. The new droptop Lambo offers new front and rear bumpers, a new rear diffuser, and new brakelights. Unchanged is the Murcielago's 6.5-liter, 12-cylinder engine that can catapult the beast from 0 to 60mph in less than 3.4 seconds.
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Lamborghini doesn't leave drivers without the comfort of cabin electronics. The Murcielago Roadster gets a Kenwood stereo with a 6.5-inch touch screen that can read MP3, WMA, and DVD discs. Navigation also is available.
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For those who have hundreds of thousands of dollars to burn and want to sit higher than 2 inches off the ground, Dutch exotic carmaker Spyker offers what it terms a Super SUV. The D12 Peking-to-Paris has a Volkswagen 6.0-liter, 500-horsepower W-12 and, of course, four-wheel drive. It gets to 60mph in 5 seconds and tops out at a sedate 183mph.
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Seating four in comfortable bucket seats, along with their luggage, the Spyker D12 Peking-to-Paris is designed as a more practical exotic. The cabin is surrounded in leather, and the car has much sportier handling than your typical or even high-end SUV.
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Lotus makes cars that are light and simple, with excellent handling. The engine in the Exige S is minuscule compared with other exotics. It's a Toyota-built, 1.8-liter four cylinder enhanced with a supercharger to put out 218 horsepower. Yet it propels the car from 0 to 60mph in 4.1 seconds.
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Based on a Chevrolet Corvette, Calloway replaces the entire body and supercharges the engine to make a unique car. The C16 is very customizable due to the fact that it's built on a base car. It comes with either a paddle shift automatic or a six-speed manual. The base price is $119,865, which includes the Corvette it's built on.
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The Calloway C16 comes with a big Eaton/Magnuson supercharger, giving the 6-liter Corvette engine 560 horsepower. An optional Performance Package pumps it up to 616 horsepower and gives the C16 a 0 to 60mph time of 3.3 seconds.
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With a maximum output of 420 horsepower, the all-wheel-drive R8 sprints to 62mph in 4.6 seconds. The car incorporates a number of innovative technological performance features, including magnetorheological fluid-filled suspension dampers--the fluid's viscosity is determined by the presence of an electromagnetic field. It also is the first production car to feature all-purpose LED headlights.

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