$1,000,000 Dream

Calling all car geeks! This post is for you.

Last week I was having a discussion with a friend that every car enthusiast in the world has had at one point or another in their lifetime, probably multiple times. The gist of our discussion went like this, you’re given 1 million dollars and you have to spend it on 5 cars, what do you buy? There are thousands of different possibilities to this questions and the fact of the matter is, they’re all right, as it’s purely based on personal choice.

But I thought I would extend the discussion, have a little fun and make post out of it. Before I go into my selections there are a few ground rules that we need to cover:

  • Whatever you don’t spend, you lose.
  • These would be the only 5 cars that you would be allowed to drive. This is important, mostly for people that live in cold climates, as you may not want to pick 5 super cars and have to end up driving one during a snow storm.
  • Taxes are exempt from vehicle pricing estimates.
  • Only current year stock manufacturer vehicles are eligible.

Here are my 5 selections:

My first choice was easy and was made without any hesitation. Although Ferrari decided to turbocharge this model, I still believe it is the epitome of a super car. A mid-engined 3.9-litre, twin turbo V8 pushing out 661 hp. That’s sounds like a whole lot of fun to me. Not to mention it’s a Ferrari and is absolutely beautiful.

1- Ferrari 488 GTB  – Approximate price: $275,000

My second choice was just about as easy as the first. Porsche has been working on making the 911 better and better for over 50 years. It is a timeless everyday super car and no car collection is complete without it. I’ve chosen an all-wheel drive version because it would allow me to drive it year round with confidence. Nothing looks cooler than a 911 4s in the snow with a roof rack!

2- Porsche 911 4S – Approximate price: $150,000

My third choice took some reflection. I figured I needed an SUV. There is no substitute for ground clearance when the snow is a few feet deep. I also tend to enjoy driving off the beaten path from time to time. For some reason, I’ve always had an interest in the Ford Raptor, yes, I know, it’s a pick-up truck, but it’s awesome, unfortunately there isn’t a current model available. The 2017 Raptor will only be available this fall. Disqualified. Now, what SUV looks at home next to a Ferrari and a Porsche? In my opinion there are three options, first, the Bentley Bentayga, but it’s so ugly that I had to discard it. Second, the Mercedes G63 AMG, I’ve always loved this truck, so much power, so capable, but for some reason, I find it’s a little too much Rodeo Drive and not enough muddy back road drive. Finally, our winner, the Range Rover. Not the sport version that can be seen on every street corner these days, but the real one, the big boy. It’s supercharged, it’s fast and it can go anywhere. I just need to hire my own mechanic, but that’s in the details.

3- Range Rover Supercharged – Approximate price: $120,000

My fourth and fifth choices are interlinked as it was becoming a numbers game. I felt I needed to add a daily driver that looked great, had power, all-wheel drive, space and wouldn’t look like a scrub next to the other cars. I also wanted something special, a car that you may only see on the roads once in your lifetime.

My first combination was an Audi S6 and a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. I love the F12, it’s beautiful and has a monster v12 in the front, but due to it’s unbelievably high price tag, I would be forced to downgrade with my daily driver. The Audi S6 is a fast and capable sedan, but lacks some of the space that I would get from my other option. My second combination was a Mercedes E63 AMG wagon and an Aston Martin Vanquish. The E63 checks all the boxes and does it with an exhaust note that Pavarotti would be proud of, plus it’s a wagon! The Vanquish is just about as beautiful as the F12 but just doesn’t have the same ”wow” factor. Than again, nothing does compared to a Ferrari, but I do already have one in the garage.

After much deliberation, I selected the Mercedes and the Aston Martin. I figured I’d be spending the most time in the Mercedes, so it’s best I make it the first priority.

4- Mercedes E63 AMG Wagon – Approximate price: $125,000

5- Aston Martin Vanquish – Approximate price: $310,000

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Mercedes E63 AMG Wagon

I’m really interested in knowing what you think about my 5 choices and even more, what your 5 would be? Don’t be shy, chime in!

Montreal International Auto Show

 

I decided to go to the Auto Show this year. It had been a few years since my last visit and I wanted to see what was new. Even though most manufacturers are present at the Montreal Auto Show, it isn’t a very important event within the international car community. Very rarely do we get new reveals and manufacturers don’t necessarily display their full lineups. You need to travel to Detroit or Geneva for the big shows.

Like most enthusiasts, I love gawking at the supercars: machines that are about pushing the boundaries of what people think is possible. We were particularly blessed in that department this year with cars such as: the Ferrari LaFerrari, a million-dollar hybrid hyper car that can hit 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds; the Pagani Huayra, a car with an interior design that belongs in a museum; the Ferrari 488 GTB, Ferrari’s newest mid-engine beauty; the Lamborghini Aventador SV (the SV stands for superveloce, enough said), and finally the Porsche GT3 RS, a lightweight track-bred version of the regular 911. Sorry, I got a little carried away there… back to reality.

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Lamborghini Aventador SV

There are really only two reasons to go to a car show. The first reason is if you’re like me and just being around cars gets your blood pumping and your face smiling. You get to sit in different new cars, play with their buttons, and check out all their features.

The second is of course for someone who is actually in the market for a new car and is looking to narrow down the field. There is really is no better place to analyze and dissect the specifications and features of different cars, go back and forth, sit in every seat, see which one is the most comfortable and, hopefully, by the time you leave, have it down to two or three models to then go test drive.

So, if you find yourself in the first or second group, go for it! If you aren’t, then, unfortunately, I feel this event has turned into a cash grab for everyone involved and just isn’t worth it.

Here are a few interesting things that stood out:

  • It is impossible to look proper while getting in or out of a BMW i8. Pants not optional for women.
  • Fact: the Nissan Juke has less trunk space than a Ford Fiesta, almost five cubic feet less.
  • On a more personal note, I can’t stand the people who walk around with a camera in hand taking quick snaps of almost every car without really appreciating what’s in front of them.

Appreciate the art people!