There is a bucket list for destinations and vacation activities. As a tried and true gearhead, you know that while bungee-jumping off a bridge gives a nice rush, it doesn’t compare to the exhilaration behind the steering wheel of a finely tuned car. What are the five automobiles you should drive at least once?
James Bond made Aston Martin famous around the world. The Vanquish ensures that drivers across the continents pant for more. Driving the Vanquish feels like riding in an improved DBS, thanks to improved aerodynamics and a stronger engine. It’s also the first Aston Martin to use carbon fiber body panels. If you can find enough continuous asphalt to feed this beast, you may be able to experience the acceleration that propels you from zero to 60 miles per hour in about four seconds. The maximum speed is set at 183 miles per hour. Owning the Vanquish would set you back about $278,000.
What is there not to love about a Ferrari? The California 30 in particular seeks to recreate the 250 California from 1957. True to form, you see the handiwork of Pininfarina all around the vehicle's exterior. A new angling of the engine affects the injection, which results in even higher performance. This car is for the connoisseur who appreciates the subtleties in design. It gets to 60 mph in about 3.8 seconds, and has a base price of. The base price for this model is about $200,000.
This convertible can be a lot of fun on nicely paved, winding mountain roads. Starting at $128,400, it is almost affordable (if you don't mind cashing in your kids' college funds early). This is not the car to drive if you worry about gas mileage. With 11 miles to the gallon in the city, you may get to know your local gas station attendants on a first name basis. Of course, driving this V-8 engine -- with its 4.6-second acceleration from zero to 60 mph -- in the city is a bit of a waste. The top track speed of 186 miles an hour calls for a rented racetrack. You decide.
Starting at $181,100, the top track speed of this vehicle is 197 miles an hour. Acceleration offers a jaw-dropping 2.9 seconds to 60 miles an hour. Who can argue with six cylinders and 560 hp? Considering that this Turbo S is designed to be driven hard, the odds are good that you need a healthy gasoline budget to get the maximum enjoyment out of this vehicle.
This isn’t the fastest Mercedes you can find, but its 621-horsepower V-12 does 0 to 60 in 4.2 seconds. Even the top speed of 186 miles an hour makes it comparable to the other bucket list cars. That said, the Mercedes Benz S65 AMG should be driven for the sheer enjoyment of manipulating a refined piece of machinery that responds to the driver's commands on a visceral level. The sporty body structure and the well-designed interior do not urge you to push the limits. Rather, this car entices you to coax performance out of its engine on serpentine roads and straightaways.
Content by Sylvia Cochran.
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