2015 McLaren 650S Coupe
Some might call the 650S a McLaren 12C with a facelift, but that would sell the performance of McLaren’s latest far too short. With the 650S, McLaren delivers a car that is even more refined than the 12C. The 650S is lighter, faster, and more nimble than the 12C and also draws cues from the now-legendary P1. In the supercar horsepower battle, the 650S stands its ground with horsepower worthy of its namesake (641 to be exact). True to McLaren form, acceleration is at the forefront, with 60 mph achieved in less than three seconds and more than 120 mph in a little over eight seconds. With features like brake-steering, an F1-influenced drag reduction system, and a body that increases downforce by 40 percent at speeds of 150 mph and above, the 650S is at the top of its game.
2014 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged
Do you need to separate yourself from the chaos and simplicities of day to day monotony? If so, there’s no more sublime solution than a Land Rover. Built with the security of a tank, the insular depth of an isolation chamber, and, in its supercharged form, enough gusto to give it supercar like acceleration, this Land Rover is built to satisfy the most peculiar of tastes. The Range Rover Supercharged is also a Land Rover in its truest form, built to devour any terrain you put under it. So take it on a road trip, blast through the fields, or just roll like royalty through the city streets. If you can’t find solace driving this Land Rover, then just appreciate the whine of the supercharger as it sings its own song of serenity.
1970 Buick GSX
If you are talking 1970 muscle, the Buick GSX deserves as much chatter as any of the other big-block V8-powered monsters of its era, and perhaps more. Once Buick talked itself into building a “mid-size” car with a motor larger than 400 CID, they didn’t cut any corners in making sure the GSX would hang tough with the best of the rest from GM. In fact, the only limitation they did place on the car was color choice, since you could only order a GSX in “Apollo White” or “Saturn Yellow.” Throughout the rest of the car you will find the best features from other GM branches, such as Pontiac’s hood-mounted tachometer. Conservatively rated at 360 hp, the 455 V8 had larger valves, a slicker cam, a Posi-traction rear end, and a revised Hurst transmission. Even the motor itself was designed lean and weighed 150 pounds less than that its brethren. Run the GSX through the traps and you will love the roar of its exhaust. If it’s too loud, or the torque is too much for you, maybe a rocking chair should be your next ride.
2015 Audi RS 6 Avant
If the local grocery store or soccer field is half a state away, the RS 6 Avant should be your car of choice. Why? Because the Avant can get a family of five and their gear from point A to point B at speeds that would only qualify as “absurd.” Under its gorgeous composed form is a lightweight, mostly aluminum chassis. Beneath the hood is a twin-turbo V8 with enough juice to put this wagon in the supercar category. More than 500 horsepower and the accompanying torque put through Audi’s proven AWD system give this wagon the tools to get the job done, whether it be on tarmac, the back roads, or any path set before it. Restyled for 2015, the RS 6 is fresher than ever and ready to blow your mind as well as the doors off most anything that comes within striking distance.
1988 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Super Sport
This long-beloved sedan from the Bow-Tie boys was named after the famed city of high rollers and higher stakes. In its Super Sport dress, this Monte is a late-eighties muscle car that awaits the pleasures of the strip and begs to be flown from the highest launch points you can find. The Monte Carlo was Chevy’s standard-bearer in NASCAR until it was replaced by the Lumina, so it is no stranger to the track either. 1988 represents the last of the G-bodied Monte’s, and thus the end of an era.
2002 Lotus Esprit V8
Cars are an art form, and few make the case as clearly as the Lotus Esprit. Originally unveiled as a concept car in 1972, the Esprit carried the flag as one of the great British supercars for more than 30 years. The Esprit’s evolution took it from a naturally-aspirated four-cylinder to the twin-turbo V8 of 2002. The internally developed all-aluminum 90-degree V8 was code-named “Type 918.” Horsepower potential was near 500, but the 918 was detuned to a very healthy 350 HP to accommodate the limitations of the transmission. In the Lotus tradition, lightness has always been a factor in its performance. Acceleration is brisk and top speeds are in excess of 175 MPH. The Esprit’s classic wedge design, now in its fifth emanation, was revamped in 1993 by designer Julian Thomson. Whether you choose the Esprit for its breathtaking performance or its timeless design, getting behind the wheel will is always a thrill.