This article about high-end luxury car picks for lottery winners reminded me that my Taxachusetts-based friend Jay often has Top 10 lists featuring cars on his blog. Because I want to be just like the Kool Kidz, I figured I could take that baton and stumble off with it, too.
So, you just won a cool $300 million in the Multi-State SuperMegaBux. You build a swank new mansion for the family, with a big-ass garage. Your challenge is to pick five brand new current-production automobiles to fill that new garage of yours.
Here’s my list:
1.) Porsche 911 Turbo–because that’s my “Fuck You Money” dream car, and has been for a long time. The current series of the 911 (997) packs a twin-turbo flat-six 3.8l at 493HP in the Turbo S version. I’ll take the all-wheel drive Turbo S, because it’s a beast, and because, hey, New Hampshire. (Not that I’d have much of a prayer with a 911 on our dirt road or in the snow.)
2.) Ferrari 458 Italia–because every luxury car collection needs to include a Ferrari. The 458 sports a mid-mounted 4.5l V8 with 560HP output. I would need to order it with an extra-large glove box to accomodate all the speeding tickets I’m likely to collect with a Ferrari, which looks like it’s going eighty above just standing parked at the curb.
3.) Aston Martin DBS V12–because it’s British and has twelve flippin’ cylinders. Also: James Bond. The V12 in the DBS has a displacement of six liters, and puts out 510HP. Plus, it’s a sexy beast of a car.
4.) BMW 760i–because I’m a big fan of the Bavarian Motor Works with a history of satisfied previous ownership (a 323i and a 325i), and because the stable needs at least one large, comfortable car for extended trips. I’d pick the top 7-series engine just because. You can’t argue with a six-liter twin turbo cranking out 537HP.
5.) Cadillac CTS-V. Because it’s a station wagon with a Corvette mill–a 6.2l, 556HP V8. Because my brother lectures me about American gas-guzzling excess on occasion, and I would gladly part with the sixty-five grand for that car just to pick him up at the airport in a 556-horsepower station wagon with an engine that would cost me a five-figure amount in annual vehicle taxes over in Germany. (They’re taxed by engine displacement over there, which is why a 2.0l four-banger is considered a pretty big engine.) Seriously–read the article, and tell me that wouldn’t be an awesome kid mover, a spunky parenting duty successor to the Grand Marnier.
Those are my picks. What are yours? Feel free to leave your choices in the Comments, or swipe the whole thing for your own blog entry.