The holiday season is here! Just in case any of you were wondering what to get me, I came up with a list of The 4 cars that I would like to see under my Christmas tree topped off with a big red bow.
1. I’ve always wanted a Lexus, partially because of those commercials I see every year where the mom is led out to the driveway and gets surprised with a shiny new, Pearl White, expensive Toyota as her 2.3 kids jump up and down with glee. I’d like to have one of those Lexus Playstation cars, better known as the Lexus LFA. For $375,000 American dollars, you get a peppy 553 horsepower engine, technology galore and the thing is wrapped in enough carbon fibre to bankrupt the entire economy of the North Pole.
2. I’ve decided that because I’m getting older and shrinking, I need to own a real truck just once in my life so I can say “Watch out for the gun rack in the back window, kids.” A pickup truck that sits high in the sky to make me feel safe. A truck that makes me want to listen to country music. A truck that is faster than most sports cars. That means that there is only one truck for me: the Ford F150 Raptor. Ford stopped making them when they redesigned the F150 for 2015, so maybe you could find a bargain on a leftover 2014 at the dealer. I’d like the 4-door version because, you know… gotta cart the kids all over suburbia, plus it’s HUGE. I’d like it in Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat because if you’re going to drive one of these 411 horsepower race-trucks with 35 inch tires to the car line at middle school, your kid doesn’t want to be seen getting in to something subtle and sublime. Middle schoolers can be vicious animals.
3. I wouldn’t mind having another convertible because my hair is always a mess anyway, so I’d love to have a used 2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder. For your $213,000, you get three colors to pick from: Black, White and some weird Ice Blue color… and I really don’t care which you pick for me. It’s got a V-10 engine that was stolen from a Lamborghini and it makes pretty noises. There’s about 5 of them for sale in the whole country and hint hint: one of them is located right here in Pinellas county! It’s a bargain too.
4. Believe it or not, the car that I actually want more than any of the ones listed is a 4-door Chevy, sort of. The new 2015 Chevrolet SS isn’t really a Chevy at all. It’s made by General Motors in Australia where it’s known as the Holden Commodore SSV. It comes standard with a Corvette engine, the bulletproof 6.2 liter V8 LS3 and you can get it with either a boring automatic transmission with fancy paddle shifters that you’ll use twice or an honest-to-god 6-speed stick shift! It also shares the same fantastic Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension that the Corvette and Cadillac CTS-V come with. There are a bunch of weird colors to choose from too, such as Jungle Fever Green, Mystic Green, Regal Peacock, Perfect Blue and Alchemy Purple. I suppose the only car you can compare the SS to is the hemi engined Dodge Charger. For me, the inside of the car is what sells it and I’ve driven both the SS and Charger. The Dodge may be slightly faster, but there’s no stick shift option and the Charger’s cockpit reminds me of a DMV waiting room.
After re-reading my list, I stand by my insanity. The Chevrolet SS in Jungle Fever Green with a 6-speed is the one car out of The 4 that I would truly love to have under my Christmas tree. I’ll order the Holden emblems for the grille and trunk from eBay-Australia myself. Merry Holidays, mate!
Erica Habedank | CW44 Tampa Bay