The wish list
If you could have any car, regardless of price, which would it be? We’ve looked at some of the most high-end and high-priced vehicles, to bring you our list of the top 10 vehicles we’d love to own.
Ferrari 458 Spider
The Ferrari 458 Spider is the latest in a long line of convertible sports cars bearing the famous prancing horse emblem. With styling designed to maximise grip, a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and a steering wheel resembling that found in an F1 car, this Ferrari delivers everything expected from the name synonymous with the term supercar.
Aston Martin DB9
Ever wondered what it’s like to be James Bond? Getting behind the wheel of an Aston Martin DB9 might give you some idea. Incorporating the recognisable look and feel of the prestigious marque – with some modern twists – the interior features high-quality leathers, glass and hand-stitching and creature comforts such as a Dolby sound system.
Jaguar F Type V8 Convertible
With the focus back on performance, agility and the driver experience, Jaguar is well and truly back in the full-sized sports car segment. There’s been a lot of hype around the F-Type, especially since its win for 2013 World Car Design of the Year in March. From its sleek design, to its supercharged engine and high-tech creature comforts, there’s no doubt that this one’s going to turn heads.
Once having donned the prestigious title of the world’s fastest registrable car, it’s easy to become infatuated with the Veyron. Taking only 2.46 seconds to get up to 100km/h, the Veyron uses the same launch technology as a Formula 1 car. Assembled by hand over 300 hours, and coming in at AU$2.7 million, it’s no wonder we don’t see many on our streets.
Bentley Continental GT Coupe
For decades, Bentley has been synonymous with luxury, style and sophistication; the Continental is most certainly a product of this pedigree. The two-door GT features a twin-turbo, four-litre V8 engine, with on-demand steering assistance, weight reduction and heat management, reducing the overall fuel consumption by up to 40 per cent on the previous model’s W12 engine.
Porsche 911 GT3
Sharing one of the most iconic silhouettes in history, this is the high-performance variant of Porsche’s famous 911. Released earlier this year the initial reviews of the GT3 are favourable, and with a price tag of around $275,000, pundits are labelling it a veritable bargain. It can reach speeds of 100km/h in just 3.5 seconds.
Audi R8 Spyder
Built on the same platform as the Lamborghini Gallardo, this mid-engine supercar is available as a coupe or a convertible. Featuring a 10-cylinder engine, this car appeals to both rev-heads and those seeking a more luxurious everyday drive. Coming in at around $395,000, it’s definitely one of the more ‘affordable’ cars in this segment.
Production of Lexus’ $750,000 supercar ended in December 2012, with only 500 of these mean machines coming off the production line since 2010. By using carbon fibre for the body, Toyota’s luxury division managed to cut the weight by almost 100kg, while still ensuring a super-strong body – four times stronger than aluminium, in fact.
Mercedes CLK 63 AMG Black Series
The brand synonymous with luxury and comfort is certainly no newcomer to the performance world, and the CLK 63 AMG Black Series demonstrates this in spades. The blunt force of the hand-assembled 6.2L V8 engine will propel this beautifully sculptured machine to 100km/h in just 4.2 seconds, making it more purposeful for track days.
Tesla Model S
It’s hard to believe a car that can reach 100km/h in just 4.2 seconds can do so with no tailpipe emissions, but that’s exactly what’s so great about the Tesla Model S roadster. Utilising some of the most advanced electric technology, it can travel at 100km/h for almost four hours on just the one charge. It's the supercar of the future.
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