Automotive.com's Wholly Unreasonable and Absolutely Awesome 2013 Christmas Wishlist
We're a pragmatic sort. Let's face it, we cover the heart of the market, providing you with the ins and outs of what to look at in the market for normal-people money. But we do have our wants and desires, too. When we go to auto shows, we may be looking at Honda Civics and cars that ought to sell well like the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, but that doesn't keep us from gawking at the obscenely fast and expensive, longing for the day that we'll be able to pilot those high-performance beasts. Yesterday, we compiled a quick list of what we'd get for reasonable cash. Today, we're not limiting our options. From the insane to the...insane-er....here's what we'd get if Santa were being incredibly generous to us, or if we just won the Mega Millions.I've had the unique opportunity to drive some fantastic supercars this past year, but for me, nothing is still as alluring as the 2014 Audi R8. I had the chance to drive six different models, and it almost doesn't matter if I was piloting the V-8, V-10, or top of the range, Audi R8 V10 Plus. Six-speed manual transmission with that glorious shift gate? Sign me up. Dual-clutch paddle shifters? Fine by me. It seems that with the R8, there was a constant grin on my face. While Audi's supercar has been around for a handful of years now, the appeal and allure is still there. Gorgeous from any angle, with a gratifying, sonorous exhaust that one simply cannot tire of, grip and traction that give you confidence beyond your abilities, the R8 is tops on my wishlist.Yesterday, I called myself a practical sport who wouldn't buy an unreasonably expensive new car in most situations. I'd say that even approaching $200,000, that still applies. The most extreme new Porsche that can be had is the 918 Spyder for just shy of $1 million. Still-enthusiastic track-drivers can get a 911 GT3. Me? I'd get a 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S. With 560 horsepower and all-wheel drive, it's still outrageously fast. But it also has a back seat, is more comfortable than it has any reason to be, and has more luxury amenities than you'd expect. Once, I rode in the previous-generation 911 Turbo S and distinctly remember having a headache for the rest of the day after being thrust into my seatback on a terrifyingly quick acceleration run. I'd put up with that every day of the year if it meant I could keep it in my garage. What a car.Outrageous doesn't even begin to describe the $3.9 million Lamborghini Veneno. This car is downright otherworldly, putting even a $2.4 million Veyron to shame. Essentially, the Veneno is a 'roided out Aventador with larger air intakes, modified exhaust system, and crazy sculpted lines. Its carbon fiber, lightweight design contributes to its exceptional performance. The true beauty in the beast is under the hood. Packed with an angry 6.5-liter V-12 engine, the car pounds out 740 horsepower. Zero to 60 is as effortless as 2.8 seconds. The Veneno's aura is only enhanced by its exclusivity. And it's not just the price tag that contributes to this feel: The Veneno coupe was limited to three customers. Sadly, all Venenos have been accounted for, including six roadster versions. Perhaps new special edition versions will come out to further whet our appetites.Ever since I watched Michael Schumacher race for Ferrari in Formula 1 when I was younger, I couldn't get the prancing pony out of my mind. The Ferrari 458 Spider has long been my all-time dream car, as I can actually afford to buy one down the line. But after the debut of the LaFerrari, that model was stuck in my head. Although they've all been sold at prices around $1.4 million, I can't help but put this on my outlandish wish list. This was one of the first hybrid supercars I've seen, and with the stunning exterior design and legendary performance, it's hard not to be in awe of this model. The LaFerrari boasts around 950 horsepower, and when it was taken out on the Nurburgring, it beat the iconic Ferrari Enzo's lap time. If I found this parked outside my house this holiday season, you can bet I'll have a smile on my face a mile long.
What would we like under our trees in the car world? Here are our picks.