The beginning of the new millennium isn’t a long way back, but cars produced that era are old enough to be judged based on their performance and significance. Here are some of the most iconic and memorable cars born in the 2000s.
1. Ford GT
The Ford GT was built to resemble the iconic Ford GT40 that dominated Le Mans during the 60s. It was released as a 100th anniversary limited edition supercar during 2005. The Ford GT was physically similar to the original Ford GT40 but with bigger, wider and taller body. Its performance and engineering, however, have no semblance with its inspiration. Its 550 hp power output and 5.8 liter V8 engine made it one of the quickest cars of the decade. The GT aged well and became one of the few car models of the early millennium whose value appreciated over time.
2. Bugatti Veyron
The Bugatti Veyron is a pretty car in all aspects, considering the appearance, performance, pedigree and price. You can buy one for around $1.7-2.7 million, and that doesn’t include the maintenance cost. But it wouldn’t matter to you if you are super rich: every inch of the Veyron contains state-of-the-art engineering and designing that pushed Volkswagen to the limit. It introduced brand new concepts to the world of supercars, changing the landscape forever. It’s jam-packed with four turbochargers and a Volkswagen-designed W18 engine. It’s so handsome that has been on the cover of every single car magazine for at least once. Plus, it has been recognized by the Guinness World Records as the fastest street-legal production car in the world, and it’s super exclusive with only a few hundred produced. The Veyron is sure to give you the ultimate driving experience on Earth.
3. Dodge Viper
Car lovers of the 2000s can’t shut up about Dodge Viper. It’s the road-legal race car you’d want to show off to everyone you know. When you drive it, you’d hear a lot of “Dude, you gotta nice car.” It’s raw, unapologetic and proudly American. It is considered as one of the most American cars, with more than 75% of its parts manufactured in the country. The car’s centerpiece is its V10 engine and it has a maximum horsepower output of 500. This convertible is all about giving any driver an amazing driving experience.
4. Ferrari Enzo
A Ferrari sports car named after the founder is expected to be the very best. And yes, it did not fail people’s expectations. It is one of America’s most wanted supercars. The Enzo was a range-topping, standard-beating Italian hypercar when it was announced in 2002 and we believe it still is. Its F140 B V12 engine was the first for a new generation of a Ferrari car and its sleek style looks perfect. Before units were produced, Ferrari sent invitations to existing customers especially those who previously bought the F40 and F50. All of its 349 cars were sold that way, but after many requests, Ferrari decided to create 50 additional Enzos. They say everything about it is perfect: steering, brakes, handling, power and appearance, with Car and Driver even saying, “If this isn’t your dream car, you’re having the wrong dreams.”
5. Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is a stunning supercar. Built on a collaboration by Mercedes-Benz and its Formula One partner, McLaren Automotive, the SLR McLaren has the outstanding performance you can boast about. It has a supercharged 5.4 liter V8 engine that can run with 617 hp, and can reach 60 mph from a standstill in 3.5 seconds. The SLR McLaren is incredibly high tech, extremely speedy and has gorgeous wheels like an F1 car. Only 1,400 units of this car were sold in the US, so it’s exclusively one of the best grand tourers you can drive.
6. Honda S2000
The Honda S2000 was launched to commemorate Honda’s golden anniversary. It quickly became one of the best sports cars ever brought by Japan as if defined what a Honda is at the time, boasting of its legendary reliability. The S2000 is a sporty and economical roadster with a perfectly balanced weight distribution, handling and steering. Plus, having a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a peak power at 8300 rpm at an affordable price makes it a steal. The S2000 is impressive for an affordable roadster, and it was missed by many enthusiasts when it was discontinued on 2009.
7. Nissan GT-R
A successor to the Skyline range, the GT-R is another carefully crafted engine by Nissan’s excellent Japanese engineering. -fourths of the vehicle was designed by Nissan’s American designers and its roofline was sculpted by European designers, but its overall design is uniquely Japanese. The creators of the Gran Turismo series of racing video games were also involved in the development of the GT-R, being tasked to design its multifunction display. For its speed, the company announced that it can run 193 mph, but Motor Trend recorded a top speed of 195 mph for this GT sports car. This car is one of the most capable road cars in the planet.
8. Ford Focus
An everyday American car, the Ford Focus proved that cheap didn’t have to be a sacrifice for quality. Its low price and decent steering, brakes and fun design inside and out made it a best seller during its era. It is perfect for everyday driving because of its stiff and light chassis. Many users and commentators describe it as a stylish, solid, practical, fast, smooth and stylish sedan. The Ford Focus is still produced up to now.
9. Ferrari F430
The Ferrari F430, for many, has been an improvement from the Ferraris from the preceding years. Ferraris are usually fast and gorgeous, but before the F430, they were temperamental. It upgraded the aerodynamic efficiency, chassis and design of its predecessor, the Ferrari 360. The reliability of the Ferrari F430 is tried and tested in driving around towns or driving up mountain roads. It was considered the best Italian car of the decade.
10. Honda Fit
The Honda Fit can be considered as the multi-purpose vehicle that truly pioneered the resurgence of the subcompact in America. It’s cute and tiny, but it manages to have a decent amount of space and cargo capacity for its users – perfect for family use. Its re-configurable interior volume with seats that recline, fold and tumble for easy removal, allowing users to reprioritize passenger and cargo volumes.