TOP 5

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Dream drives

This is not your or­di­nary Top 5. After some head scratch­ing, con­tem­plat­ing, de­lib­er­at­ing, and more scratch­ing of heads, we de­cided that this month would be some­what… dif­fer­ent. No bud­get(y) ve­hi­cles with in­ter­est­ing names, nor tax-friendly ve­hi­cles with tur­bos can be found on these pages. There’s also no acronymic safety gib­ber­ish, so don’t ex­pect to hear the usual rhyme of ABS, EBD, or BAS. And, how about fuel con­sump­tion? No way. So, you might ask, if not con­sumer savvy ad­vice, what then?

This month, we opted to com­pile a list of our favourite cars that we can’t have. The cri­te­ria? Well, sim­ple re­ally; if it can drive, and has all the nec­es­sary wheels, and we can see it as a bed­room poster for our younger selves, it made the list. It’s that sim­ple. Feast your eyes on some of the au­to­mo­tive world’s most beau­ti­ful beasts.

Sure, the cham­pagne colour of this spe­cific DB11 might not tickle ev­ery­one’s palate, but the au­di­ble sen­sa­tions courtesy of the AMG-sourced 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 en­gine will un­de­ni­ably put a ridicu­lous smirk on your face. See, As­ton’s DB range is not made for zero to hold-on-to-your-hair times, nor is it truly great at be­ing thrown into an apex. In­stead, these GT cars are made for the open road where the en­gine bur­ble can be ap­pre­ci­ated to its fullest, and the scenery serves to com­ple­ment the sweep­ing lines on the body­work. Add an open-top ex­pe­ri­ence, though, and it sud­denly be­comes the holy grail of driv­ing. It’s a pity that FCA’s Dodge brand has shelved plans for a right-hook ver­sion of its Chal­lenger throw­back pony­car. This means that we’re not likely to see the hell-rais­ing 2019 de­riv­a­tives of the SRT name­plate. This in­cludes the Chal­lenger SRT Hell­cat Red­eye, de­scribed by Dodge as both its ‘quick­est and most pow­er­ful pro­duc­tion mus­cle car’. That’s be­side the lim­ited-edi­tion De­mon, of course… The su­per­charged 6.2-litre Hemi V8 in the flag­ship Hell­cat Red­eye de­liv­ers 594 kW and 959 Nm of torque, giv­ing it a zero to 100 km/h sprint abil­ity of just 3.4 sec­onds. Mated to a TorqueFlite 8HP90 eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, the Hell­cat Red­eye runs a 400 me­tre-time of 10.8 sec­onds (at 209.2 km/h) and can at­tain a top speed of 326.7 km/h. That’s su­per­car quick, and with the fi­nal De­mon pro­duced, it makes the Hell­cat Red­eye Wide­body a very de­sir­able piece of au­to­mo­tive kit. Fifty is a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber, by any mea­sure. So, when Nis­san cel­e­brates 50 years of its GT-R in 2019, and it calls in the au­to­mo­tive dream fac­tory oth­er­wise known as Italde­sign – that also hap­pens to cel­e­brate 50 years – you can only imag­ine the re­sult. This fig­ment of the imag­i­na­tion is known as the GT-R50 and just look­ing at it we can tell that it in­cor­po­rates ev­ery­thing we love about the GT-R name­plate, with some added al­lure, thanks to a lib­eral help­ing of pen­cil magic from the Ital­ian de­sign house. Ca­su­ally men­tion­ing the 530-kilo­watt sav­agery of the GT-R, the Ja­pa­nese car­maker hinted at a lim­ited num­ber of hand­crafted GT-Rs that will be crafted us­ing the 50 as a blue­print.

MCLAREN 600LT

It’s back, and it is blis­ter­ingly quick. It’s the lat­est McLaren to wear the Long­tail badge and only the fourth in more than two decades. The F1 GTR ‘Long­tail’ was the first in the line of the LT lin­eage when the 675LT res­ur­rected the revered name. And like these ti­tans, the 600LT is built to ex­cel on both roads and race cir­cuits alike. It has all the hall­marks of a true ‘Long­tail’, in­clud­ing a 74 mm longer sil­hou­ette, an ex­tended front split­ter, length­ened rear dif­fuser and fixed rear wing. With a light­weight car­bon fi­bre mono­coque chas­sis and car­bon fi­bre body­work, the ve­hi­cle’s weight is low­ered by 96 kg. Pow­ered by a V8 twin-turbo 3.8-litre en­gine with an up­rated cool­ing sys­tem and re­duced ex­haust back pres­sure, peak power out­put is 441 kW with max­i­mum torque of 620 Nm, giv­ing it a power-to-weight ra­tio at a light­est dry weight of 354 kW/tonne.

pA­GANI HUAYRA

This is as good as it gets for any petrol head. Named after the In­can god of wind, the Pa­gani Huayra (Hoi-ra) is the amass­ing re­sult of Pa­gani founder, Ho­ra­cio Pa­gani’s vast ex­per­tise in en­gi­neer­ing cou­pled to one of the most bru­tal pow­er­trains around.

The Huayra, as it’s com­monly re­ferred to, is pow­ered by a Mer­cedes-AMG V12 twin­turbo 6.0-litre en­gine that pro­duces more than 500 kW and 1,000 Nm of torque. Power out­put, and specif­i­cally that of the Huayra, is only one side of the coin though. It also cuts through the air us­ing aero­dy­namic com­po­nents that con­tin­u­ously change based on down­force and drag re­quire­ments, at­test­ing to the en­gi­neer­ing and aero­dy­namic marvel that is this hypercar.

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