Top 10 Fast and Frugal Machines
Cars that'll get to sixty before draining your wallet
Performance enthusiasts have been out of favor with the automotive industry for some time, as decadent sports cars have taken a back seat to ecological concerns, rising gas prices and higher fuel economy mandates. Fortunately, advances in lightweight materials, computer engine management and changing consumer expectations have enabled auto manufacturers to rethink high-performance cars in a more holistic way that includes fuel economy. When companies like Ferrari and Lamborghini are giving attention to hybrid technology and reduced CO2 emissions, to quote Bob Dylan, the times they are a-changin'.
With that in mind, we've put together a list of vehicles that offer impressive performance and balance that with strengthened fuel economy. To make the list, each vehicle had to exhibit a power-to-weight ratio greater than 0.1 horsepower per pound (or no more than 10 pounds per horsepower). This golden ratio is a good general reflection of a car's acceleration, speed, and handling capabilities. From this group of high-performance cars and supercars, we chose the ten that exhibited the best combined mile-per-gallon fuel economy. The list gives some great examples of how you can scratch your high-performance itch while still achieving reasonable, and sometimes impressive, fuel mileage. Who says you can't have your cake and eat it too? Read on to find out how.