Author: Nate Chapnick
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Exotic Beauty: 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish
Aston Martin’s flagship supercar, the Vanquish, is a whole new animal for 2015. A revised 6.0-liter V12 engine puts out 568 horsepower, making this the most powerful GT production engine in Aston Martin’s history. A state-of-the-art Touchtronic III automatic transmission provides gearshifts that are faster and smoother than ever before, launching the Vanquish from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds on its way to an incredible 201 mph top speed. Inside, the hand-built Vanquish offers the finest in bespoke British luxury with over 100,000 potential interior specifications, while also showcasing the latest technology such as glass capacitive touch buttons. Exotic ingredients abound, from a crystal key fob to carbon fiber body panels and carbon ceramic brakes, making this Aston Martin one irresistible treat. Released just in time for the spring and summer driving seasons, the $284,995 2015 Vanquish can be found at your local Aston Martin dealer now.
Ultraluxury Sedan: 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600
Mercedes’ new ultra-luxury sedan, the 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600, brings a whole new level of decadence to the chauffeured set. Rear occupants are able to stretch out thanks to first-class seats that recline up to 43.5 degrees. A rear cooler keeps the Krug chilled to the perfect temperature, while silver Maybach-branded flutes with special spill-proof cup holders stand at the ready for your toast. A 6.0-liter biturbo V12 engine provides ample power to move the heavy luxury sedan from 0 to 60 mph in 5.0 seconds. The Mercedes-Maybach’s surreally smooth ride comes courtesy of its Magic Body Control technology, which uses cameras to scan the road ahead for bumps and then adjusts the suspension accordingly. All of this technology and luxury is available at a price that’s tens of thousands under the competition, making the $189,350 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 sound like a relative bargain for a chart-topping saloon.
Roadster: 2015 Ferrari 458 Spider
There’s nothing quite like the sound of a Ferrari screaming through a tunnel. The 2015 Ferrari 458 Spider is the ultimate roadster, transforming at the touch of a button from a two-door hardtop coupe to a convertible built for basking in the sun. A 4.5-liter naturally aspirated V8 pumps out 562 horsepower, good for a shocking 3.3-second blast from 0 to 60 mph. No matter the color, Ferrari’s 458 Spider draws looks and smiles from everyone who sees it, what with its striking LED headlamps and distinctive rear exhaust that features three circular tailpipes. And to make your ownership stress-free, Ferrari also throws in a whopping seven years of free scheduled maintenance, making this a roadster to hold on to for the long haul. Look for the $263,553 458 Spider at Ferrari dealerships now.
All-Wheel Drive Sports Car: 2015 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS
Neither coupe nor convertible, Porsche’s Targa is actually a bit of both, delivering the top-down freedom of a convertible with the stylish lines and performance of a hardtop coupe. For 2015, Porsche celebrates 50 years of Targa by introducing an exclusive high-performance version dubbed the Targa 4 GTS. The all-wheel drive GTS receives a more powerful version of Porsche’s venerable 3.8-liter boxer engine. With 430 horsepower on tap and Porsche’s sublime dual-clutch PDK transmission, the Targa 4 GTS sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. Spotting a Targa 4 GTS is easy: Just look for the satin black 20-inch rims, black air intakes and black GTS logos on the doors. Inside, black suede-like Alcantara seats weigh half as much as leather and sport unique GTS logos on the headrests. The $132,800 911 Targa 4 GTS is scheduled to arrive at Porsche dealers nationwide by the end of April.
Four-Door Luxury Sports Coupe: 2015 Audi RS 7
A supercar for everyday driving, the Audi RS 7 is a four-door luxury sports sedan that’s as fun to drive on the race track as it is to the office. Powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that generates 560 horsepower, the RS 7 leaps from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and comes equipped with Audi’s outstanding Quattro all-wheel-drive system, making it a true four-season chariot. A sophisticated cylinder deactivation system and an efficient eight-speed automatic transmission help the RS 7 register an incredible 27 mpg on the highway. From the outside, the RS 7 features a menacing blacked-out trapezoidal grille and smoked LED headlights, while the inside highlights intricate quilted leather seats and a head-up display to keep your eyes glued to the road. Starting at $106,500, the Audi RS 7 offers serious bang for your buck.
Seven-Passenger Luxury SUV: 2015 Cadillac Escalade
Big and bold, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade is American luxury at its finest. Plush front and rear bucket seats create a private-jet feel inside. Cadillac’s now familiar CUE infotainment system surprises with its breadth of capability, which now includes a new Qualcomm 4G LTE chipset to provide passengers with Wi-Fi on the go and smartphone integration to remotely start your vehicle from anywhere in the world. A powerful 6.2-liter V8 puts out 420 horsepower, propelling the Escalade from 0 to 60 mph in under 6.0 seconds. And thanks to Cadillac’s Magnetic Ride Control system, handling is more precise than ever before. Find the seven-passenger Escalade and its extended-length sibling, the Escalade ESV, at Cadillac dealers now, with a starting price of $72,970.
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