Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon
Ford F-150 Raptor
Tesla Model S
The benchmark of all performance sedans. Once you start reaching over the hill, it’s tempting to drop some cash and pick up a sporty convertible. But not everyone has the space for another car that only sees occasional use. If you want the performance chops but can’t really give up practicality, the M5 is one to consider. Every M5 has been consistently praised and the latest is certainly no exception. For those who don’t have a hip replacement on the horizon, BMW has offered the M5 to North America with an optional 6-speed manual.
Go back to your glory days burning rubber in between traffic lights. The Dodge Challenger is available in a wide variety of trim levels from the base V6 SXT all the way up to the menacing 700+ horsepower Hellcat. Of all the modern muscle cars on the market, the Challenger is arguably the most in touch with its late 60’s-mid 70’s ancestor in terms of aesthetics.
If muscle wasn’t your thing growing up, it’s likely you leaned towards the small European sports cars of yonder, like the Alfa-Romeo Spyder or the Triumph Spitfire. If this was you, then it’s likely you remember all too well being stranded on the roadside as the vehicle’s poor electronics failed yet again. By the time Mazda brought out the MX-5 Miata to save the sports car, you were too deep into adulthood and burdened with responsibility to justify buy one. Well, now’s your time to shine. The latest MX-5 drops the Miata moniker, and although it’s a little heavier than its predecessors, you’ll be having too much fun to notice or care.
Though you may be clinging to every little shred of youth you have left with the purchase of an exciting car, not everyone wants to be flashy. For those who want the power but prefer something far more understated, the E63 AMG Wagon gives you that pensioner look on the outside with the youthful vigor of leather, gadgets and 550+ horsepower on the inside. Or if you’re feeling more virile, try the Brabus-tuned version you see here with 850 horsepower.
For some people, driving a nice car on the roads is meaningless. The real fun is out in the wilderness, tackling tough terrain, deep crevasses and rocky roads. If your bald spot is growing and this idea sounds thrilling, the Jeep Wrangler is a solid choice. It’s versatile in all terrain types so you can cruise the roads when you need to, but take on mother nature when you want to let loose. What’s more, the top can fold down and the doors can be removed, giving you an experience almost like a dune buggy.
Go over the hill in more ways than one. Pickup trucks are great for work, but this one is also great for play. If you need a pickup truck for your professional life and you don’t want to switch cars every time you want to have some fun, the Raptor is the perfect truck to commemorate that bald spot that seems to grow as much as your inner child. Take it to work one day, jump it off some dirt hills the next.
Hippies and ham radio-turned-computer geeks rejoice. The car of your future is available today. Stick it to the man and avoid gasoline forever with the Tesla Model S. Even if that wasn’t your jive in your younger days, the thought of a gasoline free commute is pretty tempting these days and if Tesla has its way, it’ll be the future of driving. Whether or not that actually happens remains to be seen, but in the meantime, the Tesla is an electric car that you can actually use every day without looking ridiculous or compromising. Just don’t forget to charge it up.
While the Mazda MX-5 mentioned earlier is great open top fun, some people want something with a little more prestige to it. The Porsche Boxster is the answer, offering premium open top motoring without completely breaking the bank. Available with either the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic or a 6-speed manual, the Boxster can be had in a tamer base model, or the punchier “S” model which gives a 50 horsepower boost. OR, go all out and spring for the even more powerful GTS.
Sure, all these new cars are comfortable, reliable and safe, but nothing else can really remind you of your youth like the cars you might have lusted after back in the day. Going this route can either be the cheapest or most expensive option. Some classics have appreciated tremendously (i.e. the numbers matching, one of twelve in the world with this colour combo, etc. American performance classics) while others are still either waiting for their time to shine, or have begun their ascent into appreciation.
Still can’t decide what car to get? Why not build your own and customise it to your liking? Many companies around the world specialize in kits that let you create some of your favourite cars right in your driveway. The most popular kit car in the world is likely the Shelby Cobra. You can also find kits for cars like the Ford GT40, Porsche 550 Spyder and the Aston Martin DBR2. Several factors need to be considered, depending on the kit you buy and its price. Some might offer you a fiberglass body while others will do hand-shaped aluminium. Some might supply an engine and suspension, others will assume you can get all of that yourself.