9. Nissan 370Z -- $33,120
Now let’s depart Detroit and head across the Pacific toward Japan, an island nation teetering on the Eastern-fringe of Asia. It’s home to origami, sushi and oddly enough rear-wheel drive. One true-blue performance machine to come from this country is Nissan’s Z car, a well-respected thoroughbred that’s nearly as old as the Ford Mustang. Today’s iteration is the 370Z. As its name implies it’s powered by a 3.7-liter V6 engine. It belts out 332 horsepower and can be matched to a quick-shifting seven-speed automatic transmission or a tried-and-true six-speed manual.