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Coming down the road: a bumper crop of sexy sports cars. A look at who's got the hottest wheels

Shopping for a new sports car over the summer, David Beverly found plenty of choices, at attractive prices. Hunting for a sexy machine under $40,000, he surveyed vehicles ranging from Detroit's muscle cars to newer models by Audi, BMW and Honda. What really caught his eye was Nissan's sizzling new two-seater, the 350Z. A mortgage banker from Austin, Texas, Beverly loved its specs: a powerful engine, modern design, solid engineering and a price around $36,000, with all the trimmings. After reading raves about the vehicle, he says, "I knew I had to have it."

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