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Michael Dye

 

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#1

2002 BMW M3

Making my top spot again, the 2002 BMW M3 has an all-new optional SMG II (Sequential M Gearbox) transmission with F1-style shift paddles on the steering wheel. Now you can feel like Ralf Schumacher!

Review & Video on M3 Coupe    M3 Convertible   Don't Try This At Home - Ouch!

#2

2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Holding strong in my number 2 spot for the second year is the awesome 405-hp ZO6. However, the 6-year-old C5 is starting to show its age. Hey Bob Lutz, where's that new C6?

Dyno Test on ZO6   Dyno Test on LS1   Road Test on 2001 Z06   Acceleration Comparison Test on Z06 vs ZR-1

#3

2002 BMW M Roadster

The M Roadster will leave you stunned with its 315-hp 6-cylinder. But just like the Corvette, this roadster is becoming a little dated. It needs a refreshing drink in the form of a new chassis.

Initial Review on '02 Roadster & Coupe

#4

2002 BMW 530i

Offering a tremendous amount of quality, refinement and performance, the 530i is a great sedan. I just adore the whole 5-series lineup. If only the awesome M5 were under $50,000...

 

#5

2002 Lexus IS 300

Choosing between the IS 300 and the BMW 3-series, the Lexus got my final vote. Although all-around performance may be a close call, the IS 300 just looks cooler. The 5-speed manual version is astounding.

Review on 2002 SportCross   Review on 5-speed

#6

2002 Nissan 350Z

Although we haven't yet driven a production version in an official road test, this thing is sure to be a blast. Nissan promises that it will be as fast as the last Z-car.

Initial Review on 350Z Concept

#7

2002 BMW X5 4.4i

As the only SUV I would ever own, the X5 has all the anonymities and power of a 540i sedan combined with competent off-roading capabilities. These are traits that few SUVs can match.

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