Look, it happens to all of us – there’s no shame in it. Your waistline starts keeping pace with your age, you can’t find your hairline without two mirrors and some complicated yoga-esque bending, your face becomes one big wrinkle. Sooner or later middle-age backhands us all upside the head.
But we have good news, friends. Existential doubt, concerns over your own mortality, questioning your path in life – these are all fantastic excuses to go out and blow a ton of cash on an absurdly expensive motor. In fact, for most of us, it’s our only real chance to do so.
So, to help those of you currently struggling with your own middle age malaise, we’ve compiled a list of the very best cars to help you cope with this crisis. Simply scan through, pick out the one that suits you best, and go spend your hard-earned savings. After all, you can’t take it with you!
10. Alfa Romeo 4C
There are few things as satisfying as driving a car that has no doubts about its purpose. The Alfa Romeo 4C is a race car made for the track lover who would prefer not to haul the car to the track on a trailer. It is, in short, a street-legal track car. It knows this and revels in it.
9. Ford Raptor
Ford calls the new Raptor its “toughest, smartest, and most capable F-150 Raptor ever,” and the scarce details are still able to back up such claims. The truck sports a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine that will provide more horsepower and torque than the last Raptor, which boasted 411-hp and 434-lb.-ft. of torque. Perhaps the craziest number of all is that the 2017 Raptor will come in 500 pounds less than the last thanks to high-strength, military grade, aluminum alloy. Or maybe it just laid off the carbs, we’re not positive.
8. BMW Z4 Roadster
The BMW Z4 is more stylish cruiser than high-performance sports car, heavier and less athletic than the redesigned Porsche Boxster.It’s a rear-wheel-drive roadster with retractable hardtop roof: quick, pleasant and civilized.It’s built for looks and comfort as much as speed.With its hottest engine it can do zero to sixty in 4.8 seconds, which is very quick by anyone’s stopwatch.
7. Dodge Viper ACR
The Dodge Viper is tamer but still faster than it has ever been, and if you want one you had better place your order: Production of this all-American sports car is expected to end sometime in 2017. The Viper once had a reputation for brutish unpredictability, and it is still the wildest car in the segment, but the current-generation Viper is easier to manage than the original version.All are two-door coupes with rear-wheel drive and 8.4-liter V10 engine.
6. Nissan 370Z
Sexy and sinful, Nissan’s 370Z remains an affordable alternative to the Euro-dominated sports coupes and roadsters that cater to the extraordinarily well-heeled. This Asian athlete returns for the 2016 model year in traditional 3-door hatchback coupe and 2-door roadster (convertible) configurations, with both iterations offering intimate seating for 2, but little in the way of practicality. However, for some comparatively low-cost driving fun, this midsize warm-weather commuter scooter remains a distinct frontrunner./p>
5. Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is proof that four-door cars can be every bit as bad-ass as their two-doored brethren. It’s not only the strongest production sedan to ever hit the road, it’s also the most advanced, making it the ultimate combination of brains and brawn.
4. Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited
The Jeep Wrangler is authentic and unique, with capability that keeps getting enhanced at the same time this intentionally crude vehicle gets more comfortable and civilized. By intentionally crude, we point to the wonderfully exposed hinges on the removable doors and a windshield that flips down for a less-impeded view off road. After all these years, the Wrangler can still make you feel like General Patton. And this is not an outdated product.
3. Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
The word “epic” is often thrown around loosely. But the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang truly defines the term. It’s a car that ensures every fiber in your body tingles before you’ve even turned it on. And when you do, grown adults giggle like pre-pubescent youths, its 526 horsepower, 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V-8 gurgling and popping like a tectonic shift capable of demolishing an entire continent.
2. Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
In Americana, few things are as iconic as is the Chevrolet Corvette. From the concepts of the 1950s to the current generation, they are universally loved as collectible works of automotive beauty. For the sports car industry, the ‘Vette pioneered the “Coke bottle” design concept, brought advanced lightweight body work to the masses, and has crafted seven generations of a model name synonymous with classy American style.
1. Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS
Porsche doesn’t make any bad cars, even any mediocre cars. It’s only a matter of good, better or best. And the 911 Targa 4 GTS is assuredly among the best all-around cars Porsche makes. Sporty, stylish and super-fast, it handles like a dream and is as competent in a sharp switchback as it is comfortable on a long-haul drive.