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When it comes down to it only three cars should be on the list
2010 Camaro SS
2010 Dodge Challenger SRT8
these three cars saved their companies from the so call Great Rescession and there will many people that didn't have the cash to buy them when they were new.
If you want to move the list back a few years, I would also include any Honda equipped with the K20Z series engine (Acura RSX Type-S, 06-11 Honda Civic Si). I for one personally believe that the K20Z represents the absolute pinnacle of Honda performance engines. Regrettably, I don't think Honda is likely to match those engines anytime soon. I hope the new NSX proves me wrong, but we will have to see.
If anyone notices that my list is Japan-centric, it's because Japanese cars are a hobby of mine. I am familiar with them, I am familiar with what makes them tick, so I feel that on a basic amateur level I am qualified to talk about them. I would have no idea how to judge other makes so I remain silent on those.