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    Table of Contents:
    
    1)  Introduction/Updates
    2)  Cars
    3)  Performance Tests
    4)  Bang for the Buck
    5)  Legal Junk/Special Thanks
    
    
    1)
    Hello all. This is my first FAQ that I've submitted, so I'm sorry in 
    advance for the shoddy graphics (See above). This FAQ is solely designed 
    to advise users on the best second cars to buy in Gran Turismo 3. I've 
    made a list of cars ranging from just above 18K (The maximum amount of 
    money available to you from the start) to 60K, since you probably will 
    not want to save more than that amount before buying your second car. I 
    hope this will help everyone who wants a bit of help with their buying.
    
    					Updates
    
    11/6/04: Formed FAQ, added list of cars, tested a few to be added in the 
    `Performance Tests' category. Included were Acura, Audi, BMW and a few 
    others.
    
    11/7/04: Added Alfa Romeo, and finished the Chevrolet fleet.
    
    11/8/04: Learned G-Faqs rejected my first draft. >_< Today I'm 
    submitting the third version. Anyways, today I added Fiat, Ford, and 
    finished the Honda fleet. On to the M category!
    
    11/10/04: Tested and added the Lotus, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, and Mitsubishi 
    fleet. G-FaQs rejected my second draft! >_< Ugh! Using Notepad instead of 
    Microsoft Word now, maybe that'll work.
    
    11/11/04-11/22/04: Tested the entire Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, and Renault 
    fleet and will add them periodically until they are all in the system.
    
    11/24/04: Tested Subaru, Tommy Kaira, and Toyota; added them all to the list.
    Also completed section 4. FAQ is done. Hopefully G-FAQ'S will accept it!
    
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    2)  OK, on to the list of cars. There are quite a few here, so bear with 
    me.
    
    |    Make         |   
    |    Name		|	Price    |
    
    Acura:
    
    Integra Type-R		$27,480
    3.2 CL Type-S		$34,230
    
    Alfa Romeo:
    
    156 2.5			$38,910
    
    Audi:
    
    S4			$39,730
    TT			$46,580
    
    BMW:
    
    328ci			$50,690
    
    Chevrolet:
    
    Camaro Z28		$22,830
    Camaro SS		$29,530
    Corvette Grand Sport	$40,010
    Corvette Z06		$54,000
    
    Fiat:
    
    Coupe Turbo Plus	$21,030
    
    Ford:
    
    Mustang SVT Cobra R	$31,150
    
    Honda:
    
    CR-X del Sol SiR	$18,730
    Civic SiR II		$18,890
    Civic Type-R		$19,980
    Integra Type-R		$25,160
    Accord Euro-R		$25,330
    S2000			$33,800
    S2000 Type-V		$35,600
    
    Lotus:
    
    Elise 190		$58,530
    
    Mazda:
    
    Miata (MX-5) 1.8 RS	$22,950
    Miata (MX-5) LS		$23,280
    RX-7 Savanna Infini III	$32,200
    RX-7 Type RS		$37,780
    RX-7 Type RZ		$39,980
    
    Mercedes-Benz:
    
    SLK230			$55,310
    
    Mitsubishi:
    
    FTO GP-R		$21,600
    Lancer Evo VII RS	$25,180
    Lancer Evo VI RS	$25,980
    Lancer Evo IV GSR	$29,980
    Lancer Evo VII GSR	$29,980
    Lancer Evo V GSR	$32,480
    Lancer Evo VI GSR	$32,480
    Lancer Evo VI GSR 
    T.M.E. w/o stripes	$32,780
    Lancer Evo VI GSR
    T.M.E. w/ stripes	$32,780
    3000GT VR-4 Turbo	$43,230
    3000GT VR-4 		$43,230
    
    Nissan:
    
    Silvia Varietta		$27,980
    Skyline GTS-t Type M	$23,850
    Skyline GT-R V-spec II	$52,600
    Skyline GT-R V-Spec	$53,900
    Skyline GT-R V-Spec	$55,980
    Skyline GT-R V-Spec II	$57,480
    Silvia K's 2000cc	$20,360
    Silvia K's 1800cc	$18,860
    240SX K's Aero		$23,950
    Silvia Spec-R Aero	$25,600
    240SX Fastback Type-X	$24,980
    300ZX TT 2-seater	$39,900
    300ZX TT 2by2		$43,980
    
    Opel:
    
    Speedster		$38,390
    
    Peugeot:
    
    206 S16			$23,360
    
    Renault:
    
    Clio Sport V6 24V	$43,400
    
    Subaru:
    
    Legacy B4 RSK		$26,430
    Impreza Sedan WRX STi
    Version VI		$29,290
    Impreza Wagon WRX STi
    Version VI		$29,190
    Legacy Touring 
    Wagon GT-B		$29,330
    Impreza Sports Wagon 
    WRX STi			$29,980
    Legacy Blitzen B4	$30,000
    Impreza Sedan WRX STi	$31,980
    Impreza 22B STi Version	$50,000
    
    Tommy Kaira:
    
    ZZ-S			$56,800
    
    Toyota:
    
    Celica SS-II		$19,700
    MR-S S Edition		$19,800
    Lexus IS		$20,600
    Celica SS-II		$21,360
    MR2 G-Limited		$23,750
    Altezza RS200		$24,000
    MR2 GT-S		$27,130
    Celica GT-Four		$32,600
    Supra SZ-R		$34,700
    Supra RZ		$44,800
    
    
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    3) As I progress through the cars I'll add more to the list. I tested 
    all these cars at the Complex String track with a manual transmission, 
    an oil change and sport tires to make the cars a bit sportier. (And also 
    because these should be your main two upgrades when buying any car) I 
    alsoturned the ASM and TCS completely off. If the times seem a bit slower 
    than yours don't worry, I'm not the best driver out there, so that's where 
    the sorry times came from.
    
    For every car I rate it's 0-60 times, braking ability, and 
    steering ability. At the end I add my own comments for each car. 
    All right, enough talk, let's go!
    
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    Acura:
    
    Integra Type-R
    Track Time: 5:31:812
    0-60: 8.9 seconds
    Braking: Very solid
    Steering: Smooth
    Comments: This would be an excellent car if it had more punch. Excellent 
    brake feedback and predictable handling still stick out as a reason to 
    buy this car. The engine problem can easily be remedied with some engine 
    upgrades.
    
    3.2 CL Type-S
    Track Time: 5:29:132
    0-60: 7.6 seconds
    Braking: Average
    Steering: Sluggish
    Comments: Do not, I repeat, DO NOT make the same mistake I did when 
    buying this car. It has ample power, but the brakes are only average and 
    steering is slow. As I said, the V6 has ample power through 3rd gear but 
    just drops off after shifting into 4th; odd gear ratios just waste this 
    engines potential. If you have some money to dump into transmission and 
    weight-loss upgrades, this isn't too bad of a car.
    
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    Alfa Romeo:
    
    156 2.5
    Track Time: 5:36:264
    0-60: 8.5 seconds
    Braking: Stable, but a bit slow
    Steering: Secure
    Comments: A very plain car. Braking and steering were average, but are 
    backed up by a stable chassis. Engine performance was decent; the 2.5 6-
    cyl provides good hp/torque levels, but overall this is just a small 
    engine in a big (Relatively) car. If you want a `sporty' sedan as a 
    second car, the Accord Euro-R has better stats, plus it's nearly 15K 
    less.
    
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    Audi:
    
    S4
    Track Time: 5:18:681
    0-60: 5.8
    Braking: Very good
    Steering: Average
    Comments: The S4 has an ample amount of power, and it's used well with 6 
    gears. Brake performance is very good, and the handling isn't too bad. 
    You just have to get used to braking and the steering into the corner 
    instead of braking while entering. A good second car that would be more 
    attractive if it had a lower sticker cost.
    
    TT:
    Track Time: 5:28:970
    0-60: 9.5
    Braking: Below average
    Steering: Sluggish
    Comments:  What can you say about the TT? It's slow, period. Sub par 
    brakes, sluggish handling, and a weak engine = S-L-O-W. The only reason 
    I can think of to buy this car is for the Tourist Trophy.
    
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    BMW:
    
    328ci
    Track Time: 5:30:075
    0-60: 7.1 seconds
    Braking: Solid, but a bit off par
    Steering: Very smooth and solid
    Comments: A very nice car. The 2.8 6-cyl gives a nice dose of all around 
    power and torque. The steering was solid and predictable, though a bit 
    sluggish through very tight corners. The braking was average due to the 
    higher than average weight. A good car, but it's too impractical as a 
    second car at a steep 50K.
    
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    Chevrolet:
    
    Camaro Z28
    Track Time: 5:15:486
    0-60: 5.5 seconds
    Braking: Very Good
    Steering: Average
    Comments: A good car for less than 23K. Brakes responded well and the 
    handling was average. The real deal-maker, however, is the V-8 
    powerplant. It carries smoothly through the gears and has a near-
    limitless amount of torque. Overall, buy this car, but buy some tires 
    first.
    
    Camaro SS
    Track Time: 5:10:363
    0-60: 5.3 seconds
    Braking: Very Good
    Steering: Average
    Comments: The big brother of the Z28, the SS boasts more power for 5K 
    more. I think it's money well spent. Acceleration is noticeably 
    improved. Handling and braking was much the same between the Z28 and SS. 
    For the extra 5K, the SS is a good buy. But for those on a budget, the 
    Z28 will do just fine.
    
    Corvette Grand Sport
    Track Time: 5:09:051
    0-60: 5.4
    Braking: Solid
    Steering: Sub-par, tail-happy
    Comments: The Corvette Grand Sport has an ample amount of power. If 
    driven carefully, it's a very rewarding car. If not, you've essentially 
    flushed 40K down the drain. Braking and engine performance both get A's, 
    but handling will net it a C. It's VERY risky. Buy at your own risk, 
    even if you're good with throttle control
    
    Corvette Z06
    Track Time: 4:59:925
    0-60: 4.8 seconds
    Braking: Solid at lower speeds, dicey at higher speeds
    Steering: Very good, but oversteer is always prevalent
    Comments: For a bit north of 50K you have a very potent car in your 
    hands. The V8 powerplant is very useful, easily netting speeds upwards 
    of 150 mph. Steering response was good, but beware of mashing the gas 
    out of any corner. (This can easily be rectified through throttle 
    control) Braking was excellent at lower speeds, but if you mash the 
    brake above 110 mph you'll have a tough time getting down to speed. All 
    in all a very good car if you're willing to shell out 54K for a second 
    car.
    
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    Fiat:
    
    Coupe Turbo Plus
    Track Time: 5:28:592
    0-60: 7.7 seconds
    Braking: Strong
    Steering: Quirky
    Comments: This is probably the best non-American car that can be bought 
    for under 25K. Strong brakes and a spirited inline 5-cyl engine (Turbo-
    charged out of the box I might add) make for a fun combination. The only 
    downside is the odd handling. It just stiffens up when you accelerate 
    while turning. The best way I found to combat it was to brake early and 
    then coast through the turn, delicately accelerating out of the corner.
    
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    Ford:
    
    Mustang SVT Cobra R
    Track Time: 5:07:004
    0-60: 5.4 seconds
    Braking: Average
    Steering: Poor
    Comments: Simply put, this car is a beast. The V-8 engine puts out about 
    350hp stock. This easily makes it the car with the most stock hp for the 
    money. Braking was average, but handling was just...bad. Even with the 
    most delicate throttle control the SVT was prepared to swing out at any 
    time. If you really want this car I'd suggest saving up for some racing 
    tires to accompany it.
    
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    Honda:
    
    Civic del-Sol SiR
    Track Time: 5:38:513
    0-60: 9.0 seconds
    Braking: Good
    Steering: Good
    Comments: This car really surprised me. I thought it'd do a bit better 
    than it did. Brakes were average and handling was spirited, but the 
    engine is a big letdown. However, it is cheaper than most cars out 
    there, so what you don't spend on the car you can invest in a useful 
    engine and/or transmission upgrade.
    
    Civic SiR II
    Track Time: 5:33:036
    0-60: 8.7 seconds
    Braking: Good
    Steering: Good
    Comments: A better alternative to the del-Sol, the SiR promises less 
    weight in a sportier package. Brakes were good and so was the handling. 
    The small 4-cyl was the only drawback, but that's easily changed by 
    adding on a few engine upgrades.
    
    Civic Type-R
    Track Time: 5:32:350
    0-60: 8.6 seconds
    Braking: Good
    Steering: Good
    Comments: The big brother of the SiR-II boasts more power, but for the 
    money, you're getting practically the same car. The Type-R has more 
    power to carry its extra weight; brakes and handling were both good. As 
    with the previous Civics, the Type-R is a bit slow off the line, so I'd 
    recommend some engine upgrades. A decent second car, but there are 
    better choices out there.
    
    Integra Type-R
    Track Time: 5:24:644
    0-60: 8.5 seconds
    Braking: Good
    Steering: Very Good
    Comments: The parent car of the Civic triplets, the Integra Type-R, has 
    much more muscle than it's kids. Boasting a smooth 1.8 liter 4-cyl, the 
    Integra Type-R easily outperforms the Civics. Braking was good and 
    handling was improved. The only downside of this car is the higher 
    sticker price compared to the Civics.
    
    Accord Euro-R
    Track Time: 5:34:863
    0-60: 8.4 seconds
    Braking: Solid
    Steering: Jumpy, but still secure
    Comments: A good deal for around 25K. Decent acceleration with a top 
    speed of around 160 mph makes this a very quick FF car. Steering 
    response was sort of twitchy, so it takes a little while to get used to. 
    Brake response was solid as a rock, you can trust this car to slow down 
    when you mash the brake.
    
    S2000
    Track Time: 5:12:073
    0-60: 6.3 seconds
    Braking: Good
    Steering: Very Good
    Comments: The S2000 has good brakes and superb handling. Unlike the 
    Civics, the S2000 has a great engine, easily carrying the car up to 5th 
    gear. However, it seems to develop severe lag when you reach the middle 
    of 5th gear. It's not too bad, though. In the middle of 5th you should be 
    carrying around 130 mph, probably the tops you're going to hit anywhere 
    else with the exception of SSR11 and the Test Course. A good car for a 
    decent price.
    
    S2000 Type-V
    Track Time: 5:12:384
    0-60: 6.2 seconds
    Braking: Good
    Steering: Very Good
    Comments: The S2000 Type-V is a minor upgrade from the S2000. It's extra 
    ability is a slight handling upgrade that assists during extremely tight 
    corners at lower speeds. Since there weren't too many tight corners at 
    the Complex String it didn't help too much. Braking and steering matched 
    the S2000's with near-precision.
    
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    Lotus:
    
    Elise 190
    Track Time: 5:08:286
    0-60: 6.1 seconds
    Braking: Good
    Steering: Very Good
    Comments: This is one capable car right here. At a measly 180 hp, this car 
    managed to outrun the entire Lancer family and nearly tracked down the mighty   
    Mustang SVT. Braking was good, and the steering was very good due to its light
    weight. At 59K, it's far from cheap, but if this is a car you really want,
    then I'd suggest saving up for it, because you won't be disappointed.
    
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    Mazda:
    
    Miata (MX-5) 1.8 RS
    Track Time: 5:39:722
    0-60: 9.5 seconds
    Braking: Average
    Steering: Excellent
    Comments: This is a nice little car with extraordinary handling, but other 
    than that it's unimpressive. The brakes are average, and the engine (Sizeable 
    for a car of this size) just doesn't deliver. The Miata LS is a much better 
    choice.
    
    Miata (MX-5) LS
    Track Time: 5:33:684
    0-60: 7.9 seconds
    Braking: Excellent
    Steering: Very good, but kind of tail-happy
    Comments: An excellent car for under 25K. The 4-cyl powerplant puts out 
    deceptively low numbers, but performance is very good due to the Miata's 
    low weight. You can't beat the acceleration for the price, braking was 
    excellent, and so was the handling with the exception of the odd 
    wheelspin out of tight corners. Overall the best car for under 25K.
    
    RX-7 Infini Savanna III
    Track Time: 5:38:112
    0-60: 7.1 seconds
    Braking: Average
    Steering: Good
    Comments: This car is pretty good; built in turbo, decent chassis, and a good
    engine. It's only downfall is it's price. For 32K you can get a much better 
    Evo/WRX. But for the diehard RX-7 fans, this car doesn't disappoint. A decent
    engine, brakes, and steering make for a good package priced a few thousand 
    north of where it should be.
    
    RX-7 Type RS
    Track Time: 5:01:188
    0-60: 6.2 seconds
    Braking: Very Good
    Steering: Very Good
    Comments: For 5K more you can get a car that blows the Infini Savanna RX-7 
    away; and for 6K more, you can get a car that will soundly beat the Mustang 
    SVT. Engine response is excellent, brakes and steering are very good, and the 
    price isn't too bad. An excellent second car.
    
    RX-7 Type RZ
    Track Time: 5:02:358
    0-60: 6 seconds
    Braking: Very Good
    Steering: Very Good
    Comments: The RZ is a bit more ritzy than the RS; ultimately it's slower than 
    the RS, but for more money. Specs were nearly identical to the RS, with 
    the exception of the engine, which is a bit less powerful.
    
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    Mercedes-Benz:
    
    SLK 230 Kompressor
    Track Time: 5:28:875
    0-60: 7.5 seconds
    Braking: Average
    Steering: Good
    Comments: The SLK is a good car to have around, if you can manage to pay the 
    stifling 55K price. Brakes were OK ans steering was good also. Engine response
    was OK, but nothing special. This is probably the best car for the Mercedes
    Benz Tournament, with the exception of the CLK 55 on the Test Course.
    
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    Mitsubishi:
    
    FTO GP-R
    Track Time: 5:25:483
    0-60: 8.3 seconds
    Braking: Good
    Stering: Very Agile
    Comments: This is an excellent car for the money. Brakes were good, but the 
    steering is the main focus of my praise. It has just the right combination of
    twitchy and stable, making it one of the easiest cars to handle. If you buy 
    this car you've got a 6-cyl engine, but it's too small to make too much over
    120 mph. An excellent car overall.
    
    Lancer Evo VII RS
    Track Time: 5:08:943
    0-60: 4.9 seconds
    Braking: Very Good
    Steering: Very Good
    Comments: The Evo VII RS is a much better car than its GSR counterpart. 
    Handling seemed to be much better. Other than that, this car is nearly 
    identical to the GSR. Being the cheapest Evo, it's also one of the best, 
    outdone only by the Evo VI GSR T.M.E.
    
    Lancer Evo VI RS
    Track Time: 5:11:653
    0-60: 5.7 seconds
    Braking: Very Good
    Steering: Good
    Comments: The Evo VI RS is a decent car to have, but there are better cars out 
    there for the price. Acceleration, braking and steering were all good. One 
    small thing to point out is that this Evo is governed at 135 mph, kind of a 
    low speed to have. Ultimately, though, the Evo VII RS is better, and for a 
    more attractive price.
    
    Lancer Evo VI GSR
    Track Time: 5:14:168
    0-60: 5 seconds
    Braking: Very Good
    Steering: Average
    Comments: I really thought this car would out-do the Evoe VI RS with the better
    gear ratios, but I was wrong. The steering was quirky, brakes were very good,
    and the engine response was excellent. If you think you can deal with the 
    handling, then this is your kinda car.
    
    Lancer Evo VI GSR T.M.E. (With and without stripes, I'm not testing both of 
    them, the only difference is the paint job)
    Track Time: 5:07:751
    0-60: 5 seconds
    Braking: Very Good
    Steering: Very Good
    Comments: The Evo VI GSR T.M.E. is the best Evo, period. It got great gear 
    ratios, a good engine, great handling (Fixed from the regular Evo VI GSR), and
    even better braking. If you're willing to spend 7K more than you would for its
    closest rival, the VII RS, then you're ready for anything.
    
    Lancer Evo VII GSR
    Track Time: 5:12:832
    0-60: 4.6 seconds
    Braking: Decent
    Steering: Below average
    Comments: This is a decent car for around 30K, but it's nothing special. 
    Acceleration was stellar until 5th gear, when the engine just seemed to lag. 
    Braking was good, but steering was a whole different story. It was extremely 
    loose going into the corner, which caused me to slide on more than one 
    occasion. The car is much better suited to rally conditions instead of street 
    races.
    
    Lancer Evo IV GSR
    Track Time: 5:24:063
    0-60: 5.3 seconds
    Braking: Good
    Steering: Average
    Comments: The Evo IV is a decent second car. There are no frills here: 
    decent acceleration, decent braking, decent steering. If you want an 
    average car then this is it. As an added bonus (Although this comes on 
    every Evo/WRX) you get a free turbocharger.
    
    Lancer Evo V GSR
    Track Time: 5:11:551
    0-60: 5.1 seconds
    Braking: Excellent
    Steering: Very Good
    Comments: A very nice blend between the Evo VI's power and the Evo IV's 
    stability. Braking was very good as was the handling. The engine seemed 
    to have a wide output ranging from 5,000 to 7,000 rpm. However, the real 
    fun begins when you shift into 4th gear. You'll see what I mean ;) 
    
    3000GT VR-4 
    Track Time: 5:12:770
    0-60: 5.1 seconds
    Braking: Excellent
    Steering: Good
    Comments: The 3000Gt is a surprisingly good car, considering its weight. The
    3.0 6-cyl is certainly no slouch when it comes to speed, rocketing the nearly 
    1700kg car from 0-60 mph in a mere 5.1 seconds. Steering was good considering 
    the weight it was pulling around. The same could be said for the brakes, which 
    dutifully brought the car down to a stop quickly.
    
    3000GT VR-4 Turbo
    Track Time: 5:15:258
    0-60: 5.2 seconds
    Braking: Very Good
    Steering: Good
    Comments: The slower 3000GT twin, the VR-4 Turbo, isn't too bad of a car. But 
    when considering that you can buy the quicker car for the same amount of money,
    it's kinda a no-brainer to opt for the better car, right? Anyways, the VR-4 
    Turbo has a few extra kilos to lug around, which is why performance is a bit 
    worse. And the extra weight is noticeable, too. Whe driving, the weight is 
    quite noticeable: slower acceleration, slower handling, and longer braking make
    the VR-4 Turbo a bit less attractive than it's sister car, the regular VR-4.
    
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    Nissan:
    
    Silvia Varietta	
    Track Time: 5:39:676
    0-60: 8.9 seconds
    Braking: Good
    Steering: Very Good
    Comments: I was surprised with this car, I thought it'd do much better. Brake
    response was good and steering was very good. If the engine was a bit better 
    I'd give this car a better 'grade'. Too bad this car is on the more expensive 
    side, because I'd suggest engine mods with the money you saved.
    
    Skyline GTS-t Type-M 
    Track Time: 5:35:442
    0-60: 7.5 seconds
    Braking: Very Good
    Steering: Good
    Comments: The track time for this car is more like 5:30:***, but I messed up 
    in the last parts of the track. Anyways, very good brakes, good steering, and 
    a nice engine make this a pretty cool car. It's not TOO much money, and you 
    get a free built-in turbo with it, what's not to like?
    
    Skyline GT-R VSpecII (R32)
    Track Time: 5:09:845
    0-60: 5.1 seconds
    Braking: Very Good
    Steering: Excellent	
    Comments: This car, while expensive, is definately worth considering as a 
    second car. You get a smallish 6-cyl engine with a built-in turbo (Nice!), 
    plus you get very good braking with superb handling, thanks to the handy 4WD. 
    If you're ready to pay for it, this car won't disappoint.
    
    Skyline GT-R VSpec (R33)
    Track Time: 5:06:495
    0-60: 4.8 seconds
    Braking: Very Good
    Steering: Very Good
    Comments: This Skyline has more punch than the R32, and it shows. Even with a 
    accidental 360 the R33 came in more than 3 seconds quicker than the R32. 
    Braking and steering were very good, my only problem with this car was its 
    greater tendency to spin out compared to the R32. Still a good deal if you've 
    got the money. Overall my favorite Skyline: It mixes a good amount of power 
    with one of the best chassis' I've ever driven.
    
    Skyline GT-R V-Spec (R34) 
    Track Time: 5:01:345
    0-60: 4.6 seconds
    Braking: Excellent
    Steering: Very Good
    Comments: Wow....this car nearly took down the Z06, too bad, it just needs a 
    bit more power. Brakes were excellent, and the handling wasn't too bad, it's 
    just very twitchy, which may put some people off who aren't used to that type 
    of handling. Engine response was excellent.
    
    Skyline GT-R V-SpecII (R34)
    Track Time: 5:06:882
    0-60: 4.6 seconds
    Braking: Very Good
    Steering: Good
    Comments: Even without the spin, this car wouldn't have been much better. 
    Brakes seemed somewhat soft compared to the V-Spec (R34), and steering was 
    actually worse due to its unpredictability. The engine is just about the same 
    as the V-Spec (R34). Out of the Skylines, I hated this one the most, it is 
    just too technically tough to drive, even for me.
    
    SILVIA K's (S13, 2000cc)
    Track Time: 5:34:784
    0-60: 7.8 seconds
    Braking: Very Good
    Steering: Subpar
    Comments: I really thought this car would do better than it did. Engine 
    response, aided by a turbo, was very good as were the brakes; but the steering
    just let this car down. When it wasn't tight, it was loose; there's just no 
    neutral steering position. You can buy some chassis upgrades to help with the
    steering, but you're better off looking elsewhere.
    
    SILVIA K's (S13, 1800cc)
    Track Time: 5:27:960
    0-60: 8.2 seconds
    Braking: Very Good
    Steering: Good
    Comments: This car is much better than its older sibling, the 2000cc. Steering 
    was improved, brakes were very good, and the engine wasn't bad considering it 
    is only a 1.8 liter. An excellent car for the price, giving the Miata LS a 
    whipping in price AND performance.
    
    240SX K's AERO
    Track Time: 5:31:285
    0-60: 7.5 seconds
    Braking: Very Good
    Steering: Poor
    Comments: Blegh. I absolutely hated this car. Throttle response was good, but
    wasn't anything spectacular. Brakes were good but the handling was downright 
    horrible. Like the SILVIA 2000cc when it wasn't irreperably loose it was 
    agonizingly tight. Buy at your own risk. 
    
    SILVIA SPEC R AERO
    Track Time: 5:21:207
    0-60: 6.8 seconds
    Braking: Good
    Steering: Twitchy
    Comments: Like the 240SX K's, the SPEC R has some major steering issues. First
    it won't turn, then it'll but then spin out; aggravating.... Anyways, if you 
    can get past the handling, this is a good car. 240hp and a 6-speed out of the 
    box is almost unheard of. Brakes were decent. If you want this car, I'd suggest
    saving up for some chassis upgrades.
    
    240SX Fastback Type X
    Track Time: 5:24:758
    0-60: 7.6 seconds
    Braking: Very Good
    Steering: good
    Comments: The best of the SILVIA/240SX group. It's not the fastest, but it's 
    most certainly the easiest to drive. Decent throttle response, great brakes, 
    and good handling make this an attractive buy.
    
    300ZX (2-seater)
    Track Time: 5:14:775
    0-60: 6.5 seconds
    Braking: Good
    Steering: Good
    Comments: The 300Zx has an excellent powerplant backing it up, but its 
    drawbacks are only average brakes and handling. For the money you pay, the 
    RX-7s are much better.
    
    300ZX (2-by-2)
    Track Time: 5:17:637
    0-60: 6.5 seconds
    Braking: Good
    Steering: Good
    Comments: Wow...the extra weight realy shows in this car. Stats are basically 
    the same as the 300ZX (2-seater) with just a bit more weight it's lugging 
    around.
    
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    Opel:
    
    Speedster
    Track Time: 5:16:168
    0-60: 6.6 seconds
    Braking: Average
    Steering: Excellent
    Comments: This is an excellent car to have, if you're willing to pay the 39K
    dollar sticker price. For the money, the Speedster is better than its rival, 
    the Elise 190. But on the track the Elise just blows it away. Brakes were OK, 
    handling was excellent, and engine response was decent.
    
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    Peugeot:
    
    206 S16
    Track Time: 5:44:239
    0-60: 9.9 seconds
    Braking: Excellent
    Steering: Very Good
    Comments: For all practical purposes, this car should've been lumped in with 
    the beginner cars. It's slow, period. Even with a very low weight, the 140hp 
    isn't nearly enough to help this car. Brakes were excellent and steering was 
    very good, but the engine just isn't willing.
    
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    Renault:
    
    Clio Sport V6 24V
    Track Time: 5:10:204
    0-60: 6 seconds
    Braking: Average
    Steering: Good
    Comments: This car actually surprised me. When I first saw the specs I saw a 
    decent V6 that could've used a lot more power. Through the first 4 gears the 
    engine is good, but it suffers afterwards; don't expect any high-speed runs 
    with this car. Braking and steering were both good, but nothing spectacular.
    
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    Subaru:
    
    Legacy B4 RSK
    Track Time: 5:24:546
    0-60: 5.8 seconds
    Braking: Good
    Steering: Heavy Understeer
    Comments: This car really disappointed me. The engine is excellent and the 
    brakes do their job, but the handling of this car is just abysmal. Even 
    moderate corners require excessive braking to get through. If you buy this 
    car, I'd suggest your first upgrades to be tires and a VCD controller to 
    help loosen this car up.
    
    Impreza Sedan WRX STi (Version VI)
    Track Time: 5:12:017
    0-60: 5.7 seconds
    Braking: Very Good
    Steering: Very Good
    Comments: This car is very good for the money. Excellent engine response is
    coupled with pretty good brakes and superb handling. Probably one of the best 
    cars you can find for under 30,000.
    
    Impreza Wagon WRX STi (Version VI)
    Track Time: 5:09:055
    0-60: 5.8 seconds
    Braking: Very Good
    Steering: Very Good
    Comments: This car actually turned out to be a bit better than its sedan twin; 
    I think it has something to do with the extra weight in the rear helping with 
    traction. Excellent car; superb engine response (Aided by a built-in turbo) is
    tied in with the great brakes and handling.
    
    Legacy Touring Wagon GT-B
    Track Time: 5:22:952
    0-60: 6 seconds
    Braking: Very Good
    Steering: Good
    Comments: The extra weight of this car is very prevalent, especially in the 
    turns. Engine response was excellent, brakes were great, and handling was only
    average because of its tendency to be sluggish. A good car, but the Imprezas 
    area better if you're looking into buying a Subaru.
    
    Impreza Sports Wagon STi
    Track Time: 5:08:459
    0-60: 5 seconds
    Braking: Very Good
    Steering: Excellent
    Comments: I was REALLY surprised with this car. Tipping the scales at a hefty
    1430 kg, I thought handling was going to be compromised, but I was wrong. The
    300hp engine has more than enough power to haul this beast, with a solid 0-60 
    timeof 5 seconds to prove it. Brakes were good and handling was excellent. You 
    should seriously consider this car when looking around.
    
    Legacy B4 Blitzen
    Track Time: 5:17:693
    0-60: 5.5 seconds
    Braking: Very Good
    Steering: Very Good
    Comments: Out of the Legacys, this one was the best. It hauls more ass than the
    other two, and has better handling to boot. Excellent engine response coupled
    with superb braking and handling stats make this a decent buy.
    
    Impreza WRX STi (Sedan)
    Track Time: 5:04:931
    0-60: 4.8 seconds
    Braking: Very Good
    Steering: Excellent
    Comments: Wow.....just, wow. This is a superb car in every way. You've got a 
    killer throttle response, very good brakes, and handling to die for. Granted 
    it's a higher price than most, but I think it's worth it. I strongly suggest 
    this as a second car.
    
    Impreza 22B-STi Version
    Track Time: 5:02:018
    0-60: 4.7 seconds
    Braking: Excellent
    Steering: Excellent
    Comments: Wow, this car never ceased to amaze me. A helluva engine, and great 
    brakes and handling to go with it make this a very attractive car. The only 
    downsides are 1) You're never gonna top 150 mph without a transmission upgrade
    and 2) at 50K, it's a steep price to pay. If you've got the money and want it, 
    go and have a blast.
    
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    Tommy Kaira:
    
    ZZ-S
    Track Time: 5:08:137
    0-60: 6.7 seconds
    Braking: Very Good
    Steering: Excellent
    Comments: The second best MR car out there for under 60K. Excellent steering
    feedback, brakes, and a decent engine make this a pretty cool car. The only bad
    thing about this car is the styling. If you've got the money (And don't want 
    the Elise 190), this is a good car. One word of advice though, its got a 
    surprising amount of oversteer.
    
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    Toyota:
    
    Celica SS-II
    Track Time: 5:30:529
    0-60: 9.4 seconds
    Braking: Very Good
    Steering: Very Good
    Comments: I was actually surprised by this car. Although the 0-60 time isn't
    great, the engine is actually pretty decent. Brakes and handling were both
    extremely good. Probably the best car you can buy for under 20K.
    
    MR-S S-Edition
    Track Time: 5:30:328
    0-60: 7.7 seconds
    Braking: Good
    Steering: Excellent
    Comments: This car is pretty decent for the money. You get a decent 4-cyl 
    engine in a light MR car along with excellent handling and good brakes. The 
    only trouble with cars like this is that, even with upgrading, your car just 
    doesn't get much quicker.
    
    Lexus IS
    Track Time: 5:41:371
    0-60: 9.4 seconds
    Braking: Very Good
    Steering: Good
    Comments: Not surprisingly, the car that has only 4 gears is also very slow. 
    It really is too bad. If there was more hp out of this engine and one more 
    gear it'd be a much better car. Brakes and handling were both good. Overall
    a mediocre car worth less than you're paying for it.
    
    Celica SS-II (ST202)
    Track Time: 5:34:390
    0-60: 8.7 seconds
    Braking: Excellent
    Steering: Very Good
    Comments: This car would be so much better with a bit more powerful engine
    under the hood. Brakes and handling were both great, but the engine is just
    lackluster. Fortunately, what you don't spend on the car can go into very
    helpful engine upgrades.
    
    MR-2 G-Limited
    Track Time: 5:30:024
    0-60: 6.9 seconds
    Braking: Avergae
    Steering: Excellent
    Comments: A pretty decent car for the money. Great engine feedback, 
    excellent steering, and halfway decent braking make a good deal. However, it's
    sibling, the MR-2 GTS, is a better choice.
    
    Altezza RS200
    Track Time: 5:24:238
    0-60: 7.7 seconds
    Braking: Good
    Steering: Very Good
    Comments: This isn't TOO bad of a car if you think about it. Decent engine,
    decent brakes, and great handling. Although a bit pricey, this car has the
    potential to be competitive. 
    
    *** NOTE: This car is better than the Lexus IS in the Altezza Cup. ***
    
    MR-2 GTS
    Track Time: 5:13:965
    0-60: 6.3 seconds
    Braking: Poor
    Steering: Excellent
    Comments: A great engine and a great chassis make this such a great car. The
    only problem is the brakes, which are pretty pathetic. If you want this car,
    I'd suggest saving up for the Brake Upgrade.
    
    Celica GT-FOUR
    Track Time: 5:17:984
    0-60: 6 seconds
    Braking: Average
    Steering: Very Good
    Comments: This car is a little disppointing; I thought it'd be better. You've
    got a decent engine, but it's truly underpowered. Brakes were average but 
    handling was very good. Overall, there are better cars out there than this.
    
    Supra SZ-R
    Track Time: 5:15:420
    0-60: 7.5 seconds
    Braking: Very Good
    Steering: Very Good
    Comments: This car actually surprised me with its smooth acceleration. Despite
    only having 215 hp, the Supra's transmission makes good use of it. Brakes and
    handling were great. On the downside, 35K is a lot of money to pay for a car
    with stats like this.
    
    Supra RZ
    Track Time: 5:08:984
    0-60: 5.9 seconds
    Braking: Very Good
    Steering: Poor (Very tail-happy)
    Comments: I thought the RZ would be much better than the SZ-R, and to a 
    certain extent it is. The engine is great, but the oversteer on this car is 
    just overbearing. Brakes were great. IMHO, the RX-7's are better for the price
    you're paying for this.
    
    
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    4)  Performance Tests                                                 
    
    Keep in mind that these cars are my opinion only. There are a few cars that I
    picked that are actually slower, but they were easier to drive.
    
    
    ---Best of the entire field: Subaru Impreza WRX STi (Sedan)
    --------Why I did: This is the most amount of car that you can get for your 
    money at 32K.
    
    	Honorable Mention: Mazda RX-7 Type RS
    
    -----------------------------Other awards:------------------------------------
    
    Evos: Mitsubishi Evo V GSR (I would've chosen the VI T.M.E., but this one is 
    much easier to drive than the VI T.M.E.)
    
    	Honorable Mention: Mitsubishi Evo VI T.M.E.	
    
    WRXs: Subaru Impreza WRX STi (Sedan)
    
    	Honorable Mention: Subaru Impreza Sports Wagon WRX STi
    
    Turbos: Subaru Impreza WRX STi (Sedan)
    	
    	Honorable Mention: Mazda RX-7 Type RS
    
    NAs: Chevrolet Camaro SS
    
    	Honorable Mention: Corvette Z06
    
    FFs: Honda Integra Type-R
    
    	Honorable Mention: Fiat Coupe Turbo Plus
    
    FRs: Mazda RX-7 Type RS
    
    	Honorable Mention: Chevrolet Camaro SS
    
    MRs: Lotus Elise 190
    
    	Honorable Mention: Tommy Kaira ZZ-S
    
    4WDs: Subaru Impreza WRX STi (Sedan)
    
    	Honorable Mention: Subaru Impreza Sports Wagon WRX STi
    
    4-cyls: Subaru Impreza WRX STi (Sedan)
    
    	Honorable Mention: Subaru Impreza Sports Wagon WRX STi
    
    6-cyls: Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4 Turbo
    
    	Honorable Mention: Nissan Skyline GT-R VSpecII (R32)
    
    8-cyls: Chevrolet Camaro SS
    
    	Honorable Mention: Chevrolet Corvette Z06
    
    Under $20,000: Toyota Celica SS-II
    	
    	Honorable Mention: Honda Civic Type-R
    
    $20,000-$30,000: Subaru Impreza Sports Wagon WRX STi
    
    	Honorable Mention: Chevrolet Camaro SS
    
    $30,000-$40,000: Subaru Impreza WRX STi (Sedan)
    
    	Honorable Mention: Mazda RX-7 Type RS
    
    $40,000-$50,000: Mistubishi 3000GT VR-4 Turbo
    
    	Honorable Mention: Renault Clio Sport V6 24V
    
    $50,000-$60,000: Chevrolet Corvette Z06
    	
    	Honorable Mention: Lotus Elise 190
    
    
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    5) Special Thanks/Credits/Copyrights/Trademarks 
    		   
    I'd like to thank the music of Rob Zombie, Metallica, Soundgarden and a 
    few other bands for keeping me company while typing this up. I'd like to 
    thank PD for making a great racing game, and for many more Gran 
    Turismo's! 
    I'd also like to thank those of you (Yes you! Don't think I can't see you...) 
    that read this FAQ and actually come down to read all this!
    
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