Only 1 in 38 People Can Name These High Performance Cars From a Photo. Can You?

By: Robin Tyler
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About This Quiz

There is no denying that a car that offers incredible performance gives car lovers the world over goosebumps! Just hearing those finely tuned engines revving is music to our ears! Sitting over a couple of beers and crunching the numbers, finding that perfect performance car for our budget is something done the world over.

And that's the beauty of a performance car. 

Of course, we all crave a high-performance Italian model, or what about a good old British car, one James Bond might use? There are so many high-performance super and hypercars around, but you need one thing if you want one of those, lots of money. But a high-performance car need not mean you have to rob a bank or win the lotto to own one.

Over the years, many high-performance vehicles have become street legal as well and can be used as day to day runners. Two makes in particularly, originating in Japan, spring to mind.

In this quiz, we have found a range of vehicles, from hypercars to passenger vehicles, to off-roaders, with each delivering incredible performance!

Do you think you would be able to identify them from a single image? 

It is not as easy as you may think!

Good luck

A quirky offering from Nissan, the 300ZX quickly became a favorite. With 300 brake horsepower in a small coupe, the 300ZX was quick! It even offered rear-wheel steering which made it handle even better.

Built by Italian firm Pagani, the Zonda sports car had a unique look when introduced in 1999. A number of models followed over the years with a range of power plant options including a 6.0 /7.0 or 7.3 liter M120 AMG V12 motor, with the 7.0 liter pushing out 540 brake horse power.

The brainchild of Carroll Shelby, the Cobra first revved in anger in 1962. Based on a lightweight body that he imported from AC Cars, Shelby then bolted a Ford 260 engine to it. And the rest is history! In the years that followed, Shelby bolted even bigger engines to the AC frame which brought about a car with nimble handling and lots and lots of power.

Known for its incredible handling and punchy performance, the Subaru Impreza was first introduced to the Japanese market in 1992. This car is now in its fifth generation and remains an excellent seller worldwide

The GTI badge from Volkswagen, applied to the Golf hatchback for seven generations, is one of the most well-known marques around the world. And in the fine tradition of these powerful hatchbacks, the Golf 7 GTi lives up to its predecessors.

1,311 Ferrari F40s were produced between 1987 and 1991. Many consider this to be the finest Ferrari ever. The F40 was powered by a 2.9-liter twin turbo V12 capable of producing 471 brake horsepower. The F40’s top speed was 321 km/h.

First released in 2012, the 86 is a two-door fastback coupe sportscar. It is powered by a 2.0-liter straight four engine which propels the 86 to 100mph in 7.6 seconds.

One of the world’s leading sport car brands, Porsche was started by Ferdinand Porsche in 1948. The 991 Carrera S was introduced in 2011. It is powered by a 350 brake horsepower 3.4-liter engine.

Paying homage to the '50s 300 SL, the SLS AMG was introduced by Mercedes in 2010 and in production until 2015. It was available as a two-door roadster or coupe and like its ancestor featured gullwing doors.

This 2-door, rear-wheel drive roadster first turned an engine over in anger in 1996. Still produced today, the Elise remains a fun, nimble car to drive with plenty of power under your foot.

A higher-performing version of the regular Civic, the Type R was a favorite of boy racers around the globe. First produced in 1997, it is currently in its 5th generation and is available as a 3- or 4-door hatchback or 4-door sedan. The 5th generation is powered by a 2.0-liter engine capable of producing over 300 brake horsepower.

Lamborghini makes incredibly beautiful cars, and the Gallardo could be the best of all. Produced between 2003 and 2013, the second generation of the car was powered by a 5.2-liter V10. Lamborghini even released a convertible, the Spyder, with a fully automated soft top.

First marketed in 2002, the RS6 is an executive car with a sporty twist. Now in its third generation, the RS6 takes the form of an "Avant" or station wagon. A station wagon with a bite! The RS6 can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 3.9 seconds.

Designed by Tom Gale, who helped design the famous Lamborghini Diablo, the Viper RT/10 was introduced in 1992. It is powered by an 8-liter V10 engine which produced 400 brake horsepower.

Also known as the Honda NSX, this 2-door sports car became very popular in the United States. Former F1 champion Ayrton Senna even had input into its design.

With an engine that pushes out 1.163 brake horsepower, it is easy to see why any car nut with the cash wants to bay a Zenvo TS1 GT (despite its silly name). Powered by a 5.8-liter V8 engine with not one but two superchargers, the TS1 will cost around $1.2 million.

This hybrid Aston Martin will cost around $3.2 million! It is powered by a 6.5-liter V12 engine together with an electric motor which together produces 1,000 horsepower.

A modern '60s throwback, this muscle car takes design features from all the classics and packages it together with a 6.4-liter V8 LS9 engine from General Motors which produces 640 brake horsepower. It will set you back a cool $250,000, however.

Designed by Ian Callum, the Jaguar XJ X351 first revved in anger in 2010 and is still currently in production. This full-sized four-door luxury saloon has numerous power options with the most powerful a 5.0-liter V8 gas supercharged engine producing 542 brake horsepower.

The most expensive model from BMW, the Gran Coupe was first introduced in 2011. It has a range of powerplant options including diesel and gas, with the biggest engine a 4.4-liter S63 V8 twin-turbo.

Built between 1998 and 2007, the Wildcat was made by Bowler industries using a range of parts, even those from Land Rover Defenders. This all-wheel-drive off-roader is particularly light thanks to its tubular construction. Wildcats had a range of engine options including three gas (4, 4.6 and 5 liter V8’s) and two turbo diesel (2.2 and 2.5 liter).

So good they named it twice ... well sort of! Another hypercar with breathtaking (or is that neck-breaking) acceleration, the Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta reaches 62mph from a standing start in around 3 seconds. Hand over $2.2 million to experience it, however.

If it's speed and acceleration you are after, the Koenigsegg Regera is the car for you. It can reach 62mph in an astonishing 2.8 seconds thanks to its twin-turbo 5.0-liter V8 that pushes out an astonishing 1500 brake horsepower.

A sports car from Lexus, the LFA was produced for just a two-year period from 2010 to 2012. It was one of the most expensive cars offered by the brand and only 500 were built. The LFA was powered by 4.8-liter V10 capable of producing 552 brake horsepower.

One of the finest sports cars on the planet, the Nissan GT-R is not only fast but it handles incredibly! This is a real racer, so don't expect a daily driver here, unless you want to get to your destination quickly. The current generation GT-R was introduced in 2007 and is a following of the Skyline GT-R. It is powered by 3.8 L twin-turbo V6 engine.

Basically a modified Porsche, only 30 RUF CTRs were ever made. This sportscar can go from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 225 mph. Should you want one, it will set you back a cool $793,000.

The Bugatti Chiron’s 8.0-liter 16-cylinder engine produces 1,500 brake horsepower. Its $2.9 million price tag will cause heart palpitations for your bank manager! It's probably worth it to travel at 261 mph though.

Although the '90s saw no Shelby Mustangs, the SVT Cobra certainly made up for it. Powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that produced 235 brake horsepower, the Mustang went like a bullet. It even handled fairly well thanks to a softened suspension.

A real looker in 1990 and still one today, the ZR-1 became a very popular Corvette model. It was powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine that produced 375 brake horsepower.

Parting with around $1.5 million will see you get your hands on the Fittipaldi EF7. There are only 39 of this vehicle put into to production. The EF7 is powered by a V8 engine that produces 600-hp and weighs less than 1,000kg.

Another 1000 brake horsepower hypercar, the LaFerrari FXX K is powered by a 6.3-liter V1 engine. Only 32 were built at a cost of $2.7 million - a lot to pay for a car that cannot be used on the road.

By the time 1996 rolled around, the Lotus Esprit had been in production for over 20 years. The V8, however, quickly became a firm favorite. It was powered by an aluminum V8 engine coupled to a 5- or 6-speed manual transmission. The V8 could reach a top speed of 175 mph and go from 0 - 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.

Rolls-Royce don't make poor cars do they? And the Phantom Serenity is a stunner! And inside ... pure luxury! It is powered by a monster V12 engine but should you want to hear it roar, you need to cough up $1 million.

Got $60,000 lying around? Then you can own a modern Shelby Mustang. This Mustang is powered by a 5.2-liter V8 Ford engine that propels this car to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds.

This modern 650 horsepower behemoth gets you from 0-60mph in just 3.5 seconds and clocks a top speed of just under 200mph. This is thanks to its 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 engine. And what a looker!

Fully road legal, the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster, with a top speed of 221 mph, costs a cool $4.5 million.

This road car, produced by Formula One racing team McLaren, was first manufactured in 2014. It is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 and produces 641 brake horsepower.

Sadly discontinued in 2009, Pontiac, a General Motors brand, has produced some iconic names in motoring and none more so than its GTO. The first models, released in 1964, were available in a convertible, hardtop and coupe.

The Bugatti Veyron stunned the world when it was released 2005. This limited edition version costs $3.4 million. Only two exist.

The Evo saw the light of day in the early 1990s. This sports sedan featured front-engined four-wheel drive. Not only quick, the Evo handled like a dream as well. Six different generations were produced in the 1990s.

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