From top: Maserati spyder, $92,000 (est.), Per-Horsepower Cost: $26; Lotus Esprit V8, $89,825, Per-Horsepower Cost: $257; Porsche 911 GT2, $179,000, Per-Horsepower Cost: $393; Lamborghini Murcielago, $200,000 (est.), Per-Horsepower Cost: $351

Four new European supercars are bursting onto the U.S. scene in 2002, two years late for the dot-commers, but right on schedule for anyone who still has a few extra million in his pocket. But which to choose? All feature raw power, from the 350-hp Lotus Esprit V8 to the 570-hp Lamborghini Murcielago. This being a recession and all, here’s how to get the most get-up for your dollar.