This past year brought no shortage of excellent vehicles to pick from. 2015 has introduced a variety of new players in all fields, and seen old ones step up their games. As the holiday season fast approaches, is already here in fact, people of all ages begin to prepare their wish lists. In this spirit, let’s take a look at the vehicles which should top every enthusiasts’ wish list.
Electronic hybrid car: Porsche 918 Spyder ($845,000 USD, and up)
There are some new players in the hybrid market, some from companies who you’d never expect to see. Many drivers would intentionally leave hybrids off their list. In doing so, they would be omitting the fastest and most technologically advanced super cars currently available for purchase. Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche all have full on hybrid electric super cars, all of which have better mileage, in eco mode, than the dreadfully boring Prius. They even feature very limited all electric range.
Porsche’s 918 Spyder is arguably the most attractive and technologically advanced of the trio. While this supercar contains many of the traditional supercar elements, 608 bhp 4.6L V8, 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds, but some not, like 12 miles all electric range and 78 MPG mileage. Nothing gives you green and track supremacy all at once like the Porsche 918 Spyder, making it the ultimate hybrid of choice.
Pickup Truck: Ford F150 King Ranch ($50,995 USD, and up)
There is an increasing demand in the full sized pickup market for a luxury entry. While each manufacturer has always had one on offer, increasing sales volumes has translated into a big increase in the technology found in these trucks. GM has Denali, Dodge has Longhorn Limited and Toyota has the Tundra 1794 edition.
There is one which, for decades now, has been the bestselling truck in North America. In fact, it’s the bestselling vehicle in North America. Ford redesigned their legendary F150 for the 2015 model year, and introduced many segment exclusive(http://www.ford.com/trucks/f150/2015/) items like adaptive cruise control, 360 degree cameras and automatic parking. Combined with European sedan-like comfort and finish, the F150 King Ranch is currently the pinnacle in luxury pickups.
SUV: Range Rover ($85,000 USD, and up)
SUVs are quickly becoming the family vehicle of choice. People are fleeing from minivans in favor of something with more style and power. With all the options and variations out there, picking the ultimate should prove difficult. It’s not.
Nothing in the market has the heritage, the legend or the trial proven capability of the Range Rover. Ask any off road enthusiast which is the ultimate off road SUV, they would answer some version of the Range Rover. Very few high end SUVs offer as much staggering luxury matched to unbreakable capability like the Range Rover. From the plains of Africa to the urban jungles of London, when it comes to the ultimate SUV, it’s Range Rover.
Car: Mercedes Maybach S600 ($189,000 USD, and up)
High end saloon cars typically fall to German made manufacturers, and few excel in combining technology and luxury like Mercedes. New this year, the Maybach S600 takes Mercedes best car and makes it much, much better. Featuring full reclining seats, aircraft style tray tables, dozens of seat controls, along with LED lighting inside and out, this car has a demanding presence
Not content to pack their car with just technology, Mercedes has fit the S600 with a 6L twin turbo engine producing 523 bhp, propelling all that metal and technology to 60mph in 5 seconds flat. This car is so much fun to drive, it may be hard to let the chauffer drive at all.
MiniVan: Mercedes Benz V Class ($58,000 USD, and up)
Yes, there is a minivan suitable of an ultimate driver’s list. Naturally, it comes from the same folks as the Maybach above, and actually features many of the same seating and technology Mercedes uses in their S Class sedans.
Featuring a Bluetech diesel engine, something long needed in the minivan market, albeit slow, boasts fuel mileage unheard of for minivans. Impressive interior space is highlighted by a unique seating arrangement. In some configurations rear passengers sit in captain’s chairs facing each other. Seating can accommodate up to 8 people. While not quite available in North America, its coming is likely inevitable.
All-Electric: Tesla Model P85D ($128,500 USD, and up)
This is still a small market dominated by one player: Tesla. While there are some real challengers for Tesla on the horizon, Audi and Fereday Future, both teasing impressive all electric vehicles, little currently seems to compete with the draw of Tesla. Their most recent all-wheel drive sports sedan, the P85D is Tesla’s current bread and butter. Having broken several score records from Consumer Reports, demand for Tesla’s sedan has led to constant waiting lists.
With impressive 253 miles of range, 3.1 seconds to 60mph and “ludicrous” mode on option, this remains the all-electric car to have.