James has an order for the all-new Corvette C8. He rethinks his decision, however, and not sure if the new Vette is really worth it. He wants something fun, but special, and can spend up to $ 60,000. Which car should he buy?
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Here is the scenario:
I put a deposit on a C8, but I’m wondering if I really want to spend that much money. I saved a decent amount of money and want to reward myself with something fun and cool. It won’t be the main car in the house, so it doesn’t have to be perfect, but I don’t want something miserable to just become a garage queen. I like the C8 because it’s 100% usable, but maybe there’s something better.
I want something fun, but usable as a daily driver, and I would like something “special”. It must also be automatic. It doesn’t have to be a sports car, it can be a coupe, sedan, or station wagon.
Budget: Up at $ 60,000
Daily driver: Kind of
Site: Orlando, Florida
Wants: Fun, usable, special
Will not : A financial pit
Expert 1: Tom McParland – Fun, usable and Special
Maybe you’re not quite ready to be the Florida man behind the wheel of the Vette, and that’s okay. You certainly don’t have to buy your C8 now. In a few years, you will be able to find on the second-hand market deprecated units, probably with very low mileage, at slightly more attractive prices. Now is the time to get something that will be harder to find on the road.
With criteria of special, usable and fun, you land on the V60 Polestar. Now the current generation (although now discontinued) T8 Polestar is fantastic, these cost well over $ 70,000 and you might not want to deal with a plug-in hybrid. However, there are a handful of previous generation Polestar wagons out there and you should definitely get one in Cyan Racing Blue. These wagons are certainly special with only 1500 produced, about 200 of them came to America. It has 360 horsepower, which doesn’t give it the performance of the Vette, but it’s a fun car to launch with a much more usable body style. Carvana has an example that looks appealing and here is another one a blue one with some mileage sold by a dealer with “guaranteed credit approval”
Expert 2: Steve DaSilva – Comment AT endhe More Sspecial?
I’ll never belittle a Polestar wagon, but you’re in the market for a Corvette – I guess your practical concerns are closer to the classic “two golf bag” test. With that in mind, there is a special and fun lift that might be right for you: the Toyota Supra 2021.
I’ve had the pleasure of driving a new Supra 21 and I’ve never seen a car turn heads like any other. Everyone’s seen a Corvette, but the Supra inspires onlookers like nothing else under six figures does. Ffrom kids on bikes to lawyers in their Cadillacs, everyone wants to take a look. It’s about as special as what you get without an Italian badge on the front, and without all the headache that comes with it. When it comes to fun, you’ll be seated directly between a turbocharged six-cylinder and the two high-grip rear wheels it propels. There is no better place to be in this world. While the 382 CV of the Supra may not look like a Corvette fighter on paper, owners who took their cars to the bench think Toyota hid a few more ponies under that long hood. Here’s one for sale in Tampa, brand new, for $ 57,637. Google Maps tells me it’s a 1.5 hour drive from Orlando, and I bet you’ll be smiling all the time.
Expert 3: José Rodríguez Jr. – Long live the sports sedan
A coupe, a sedan or a wagon. One of these is clearly the most usable, but Tom has already recommended the wagon, and Steve came with the coupe. So I’m going with the other very usable body style, the sedan! The fast four-door hasn’t performed well lately, but that’s about to change. Cadillac damn sure, and the same goes Acura. This is why I will recommend the 2021 TLX Type S.
The TLX is in your budget, starting at around $ 53,000, and is probably the most fun you can have in anything Honda made on this side of a Grom – or the NSX, Besides.
Even with something as “incident-free” as the V6, the regular TLX is an extremely capable car. When you add all of the S-Type’s equipment, like all-wheel drive and torque vectoring, on top of the twin-scroll turbo V6, you’ve got a winner. It also happens to have a pretty good stereo. This sports car is fast. It’s funny. The four doors are just the icing on the cake.
Expert 4: Lawrence Hodge – What about the new and the special?
This one is unique because it is not yet on sale. Scheduled to go on sale this fall, I would go with the Lexus IS500 F Sport Performance. Get it before it’s gone because with the electric future we’re heading into, you’ll never see anything like it again. Seriously. Where else will you experience a 472 HP 5.0-liter V8 fitted into a Japanese RWD sports sedan? It’s a recipe for fun, and you have legendary Toyota / Lexus reliability you can count on, so it won’t be a drain on your money.
There is still a downside. While the starting MSRP of $ 56,500 will fit your budget well, you can’t really count on dealerships to have them for that price when they start rolling in.
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