SUPER CARS VS CLARK KENT CARS — part 2
— Hey, you call yourself a car enthusiast? Hah!”
by Jim Corbran
Continuing our look at cars which I’ll never buy…
(And if you’re just joining us, we featured Ford’s new GT a couple of weeks back, so you won’t find it here)
- Maserati GranTurismo — looks-wise, there really aren’t too many ugly Italian cars in this group. IMHO the GranTurismo is one of the nicest-looking. A 4.7L V8 under the hood propels the GT from zero-to-60 in 4.8 seconds, and it’s capable of reaching a top speed of 186 mph. Pricing for the closed coupe starts at $132,975.
- Lotus Evora Sport 410 — the Brits also have a knack for turning out a handsome sports car. The Sport 410 weighs just over a ton-and-a-half, and it’s the fastest road-going Lotus ever sold in the U.S., with a zero-to-60 time of 3.9 secs and a top speed of 190 mph. Pricing starts at $104,200.
- Porsche 911 GT2 RS — okay, it’s based largely on the “everyday” 911, but the GT2 RS is much more than that. We’re getting quicker here as we go down the list, as this one does the zero-to-sixty thing in just 2.7 seconds. How about zero-to-124 (200 km/h) in 8.3 seconds? (I think it takes me longer to start my car.) A 700-hp twin-turbo flat six makes the GT2 RS the fastest street legal 911 of all time. You’ll be lighter by at least $293,200 when all is said and done.
- McLaren 720S — a famous British name in motor racing, the McLaren 720S admittedly isn’t a car you see often on the public streets. Maybe that has something to do with its zero-to-200 km/h time of 7.8 seconds (by the time you hear it coming it’s gone!). That’s the roar of a 700-hp twin-turbo V8 just behind the driver’s ears. And the $288,845 MSRP pretty much guarantees you won’t confuse yours with another McLaren in the mall parking lot.
All of these cars are pretty spiffy-looking. But, as I said last week, I can’t imagine ever owning one even if I had that kind of cash just lying around.
- Tesla Roadster — (top of page) just recently announced, Tesla is advertising the new Roadster as “the quickest car in the world.” The all-electric (of course!) four-seater (yes, four!) is said to have a top speed of “over 250 mph,” and a zero-to-sixty time of 1.9 seconds (I can’t even say it that fast!). And to top it all off, Tesla tells us the Roadster will have a range of 620 miles before it needs a charge. If you want one, you’ll need to make a $50,000 reservation commitment. Base price will be $200,000 when it’s as-yet-announced production date comes around.
That being said, there are two or three cars on this list which I’d gladly take if someone were to drop one in my lap. Barring that (ya think?) I wouldn’t mind wrangling up a test drive in one of these exotic cars some day soon.
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