A friend is trying to choose a new car. She is a surgeon and wants a once in a lifetime car. The problem is she lives in a city with VERY cold winters and a fair bit of snow and this will be her daily driver. Think Minnesota-like winters.
Suggest a car for her. Here are some criteria:
1) You can spend up to about $130K
2) She likes sports cars. Had her eye on a Maserati Gran Turismo but figures it won't be good in the snow. She's also considered a Fisker Karma.
3) Doesn't like Porsche and didn't really care for the service at her local BMW dealer (last car)
4) Her husband's car is practical (SUV)
5) They don't have kids
Audi S7. 420 horses. AWD. Probably goes like stink.
Jaguar F-Type V8S. New for 2013. Probably goes like stink. My guess is warm weather only.
Porsche. AWD. Goes like stink. A piece of perfection. What's not to like?
I would be all over one of the nicer AWD Audis--sporty, fun to drive, decent reliability.
I think I would pick the A6 over the A8...
Last edited by paredown; 11-25-2012 at 05:25 PM.
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I live in Minneapolis and have 2 cars. You can do nothing to prevent some speedy jackass from sliding 200 feet right into your car.
Perfection car: 1995 Porsche 928 (1 of 50 left out of 104 made that last year). Actually goes UP in value. It is going to the climate-controlled, secure garage under the Central Medical Building on Black Friday and comes out after May 1.
Winter car. 2001 Jeep Grand Charokee 4WD. Runs, runs, runs, and runs. Snow up to 18" is no problem. It's like a heated snowmobile. In Minnesota no one judges you by your winter car. I know 5 multimillionaires. 3 drive a beater in the winter. An old AWD M-B, an AWD BMW, and a FWD Ford. 1 walks thru the Skyway to the office. 1 is chauffered in a company SUV.
She should definitely look at some of the Audis, all of them are all-wheel drive. I currently have an A7 which is one of my all-time favorite cars. But I'm intrigued by the big new performance sedan, the S8.
R8 4.2 - V8, 430 hp, 316 lb-ft, 0-60 in 4.4, starts around $115K
R8 5.2 - V10, 525 hp, 391 lb-ft, 0-60 in 3.7, starts at $150K
A7 3.0 - V6, supercharged, 310 hp, 325 lb-ft, 0-60 in 5.4, around $70K
S7 4.2 - V8, turbocharged, 420 hp, 405 lb-ft, 0-60 in 4.5, around $85K
A8 - probably not exciting enough for her, but one of the best of the German luxo barges.
S8 - the new high performance version of the A8, 4.0 liter, V8, 520 hp, 481 lb-ft, 0-60 in 3.9, around $130K
I've driven an R8 in Chicago winters and it was fine, except front spoiler clearance when the snow was deep.
The A7 is a great value and a really handsome job. It's also a hatchback. I can fold the rear seats down and lay two road bikes flat back there with a moving blanket between them and without removing their wheels.
The S8 is a big luxury sedan with supercar performance stats.
Well, she could get a fully tricked out Subaru rally car that is barely street legal.
Once in a lifetime car + full winter of driving = once for a year car. It seems to me the best solution is two cars. Buy the superdoopercar, buy another one with 4wd for winter. Having the superdoopercar stored for at least 3 months will save a HUGE amount on insurance (and nerves trying to drive the thing on icy streets and through snow drifts). The money might not matter, but the nerves will.
Any of the german sports cars. But she must, MUST invest in a set of performance snow tires on their own set of rims.
I live in Iowa and my wife hates driving in the snow. We started putting on snow tires three cars ago and I can tell you that her cars, Acura RSX Type S and TSX have better control and traction in the snow than my 4 x 4 Explorer with regular tires.
Just because you won't listen to reason does not mean I have to listen to idiocy.
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Nissan GT-R beautiful body style but not so good in inclement weather Audi R8 zero in the snow
Audi TT-RS = pure sex, very inexpensive, great upgrades, low cost of insurance, nice balance. With an APR Stage 3 you can achieve 600 hp and 0-60 in 2.8 seconds. You'll still pull mid 20's city and mid 30's highway.
All have AWD but you would still need to put snow tires on them
I'd go with the GT-R; the platform allows for insanity on top of already amazing performance. But I gotta ask... What's her current car? The low ride height/clearance of most sports cars sounds like a bad idea in areas that see a lot of snow.
And why someone would subject their "once in a lifetime" car to the foulness that winter can bring is beyond me. But it's not me,and more importantly, it's not my money.
I'm with an earlier poster, have her go test drive a 911 4S. They are phenomenal cars and all she'd need is a second set of tires for the winter. If after driving one she is still not on board with it then I'd say look at the GTR. Third option would be Audi S5.
Personally I'd avoid the Maserati.
I'm with an earlier poster, have her go test drive a 911 4S. They are phenomenal cars ...
Oddly, the Porsche happens to be the second most reliable car out there too. You'll get 200,000 to 300,000 out of a drive-train. Perfect balance. I think q_and_a owned one before he bought his Merc a couple years back. We both followed the same pattern of evolution through Audi to Porsche.
All in all, I'd still be driven' an F150 4x4 to get to my beepers in the mid-night oil. Tall, thin tires and careful. The other three seasons? Do what ever I can to get there on pair of Conti 4000 S and good chain lube. Cars are soooo over rated.