The $500,000 Cars-In-Your-Garage Game

Here at Topspeed, we love to keep our readers as involved in our pieces as possible and we figured there was no better way to do that than by engaging in a good ’ol hypothetical game of "Car-In-Your-Garage." Okay, so the game is completely made up, but it’s still something that gets us in the mood to think of five cars we’d love to have in our garages. As with any other game of this magnitude, though, there are some rules that we need to follow:

First, the price total of all five cars combined should not exceed $500,000.
Second, at most you can only pick up to two supercars. Third, you need to have FIVE cars on your list in the interest of variety and back-and-forth discussion. Fourth, you don’t have to hit the $500,000 limit exactly. If you’re happy with $300,000 worth, then that’s your call. You’ll be wasting $200 grand in fake money, but who’s really counting, right?

Once you’ve figured out your list, indulge all of us and put it down in the comments section below. If you feel the need to explain why you picked the car, feel free to elaborate.

Happy fake car shopping everyone!

Check out my list after the jump.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage (Price: $180,000)

The $500,000 Cars-In-Your-Garage Game

It’s easy to pick a Ferrari or a Lamborghini for your supercar because, well, they’re Ferraris and Lamborghinis. But in my case, I’ll trade those two Italian stallions for this Aston Martin V12 Vantage any day of the week.

It’s classy, sexy, sporty, and powerful at the same time. Plus, it makes me feel like a British spy/debonair. The car’s 6.0-liter 510-horsepower engine and 190-mph top speed is plenty enough for me to satiate my speed fix.

Above all else, though, is that there’s something about sitting behind the wheel of an Aston Martin that makes you feel like you’re driving the very best of what British automotive has to offer.

Chevrolet Camaro SS (Price: $31,000)

The $500,000 Cars-In-Your-Garage Game

My list should have one muscle car on it. After all, it’s my list. While it’s extremely tempting to pick a Ford Mustang in this spot, I instead chose the Camaro SS because it looks great and at this price, the car’s 6.2-liter V8 engine with 426 horsepower and 420 lb/ft of torque is a pretty good bargain.

Sure, the Ford Mustang GT 5.0 is a little cheaper ($29,995) than the Camaro SS, but with such a slight difference in sticker price, it becomes a matter of preference.

Aesthetics and performance aside, the Camaro SS also offers plenty to play around with as far as upgrades are concerned. And just to be clear: Even if Bumblebee turned out to be a Mustang instead of a Camaro, I’m still sticking with the Chevrolet muscle.

Jaguar XJL Supersport (Price $113,00)

The $500,000 Cars-In-Your-Garage Game

Complementing my choice of the V12 Vantage and the Camaro SS is another British import: the Jaguar XJ .

If I had played this game a few years earlier, Jaguar wouldn’t be anywhere on my list, but ever since they went on a different design direction, the British Cat has become the fierce feline I hoped it would be.

While a base model is a tempting choice because it saves some cash, what’s the point of owning a luxury car if you don’t go all-out on the luxury? So with that in mind, I opted for the tricked-out, all-options-included Supersport version, one that hits a price of $113,200 while coming with a 5.0-liter V8 supercharged engine that produces 510 horsepower and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

And hey, if this car can have all that and still offer plenty of luxury amenities, then sign me up.

Porsche Cayenne Turbo ($104,000)

The $500,000 Cars-In-Your-Garage Game

Isn’t it obvious by now that my garage has imposed a "no wimps allowed" sign?

The trend continues with my SUV choice, the smooth yet imposing Porsche Cayenne Turbo . For the weekend treks to the country with the family, this 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 with 500 horsepower and 516 lb/ft torque and a top speed of 172 mph is the answer. I could have opted for something like the beastly Audi Q7 V12 TDI, but there’s a certain limit to bulkiness and the Audi SUV is just way too big to fit in my garage. While it does offer a higher peak torque than the Cayenne Turbo, it’s not lost on me that I can have the Porsche SUV at a significantly lower cost than the price of owning the most powerful Q7 ($160,000) on the market.

Mercedes C63 AMG (Price $58,000)

The $500,000 Cars-In-Your-Garage Game

This German testament to power and ingenuity is my everyday car. Yeah, it’s a Mercedes C63 AMG and I’m head-over-heels in love with one. The fact that it has a price of only $58,000 makes me love it even more.

It combines the unmistakable Mercedes stamp of sporty luxury with an AMG-sourced 6.3-liter V8 engine that produces 451 horsepower and 443 lb/ft of torque with a top speed of 155 mph. Top quality German design and engineering to go with a powerful engine.

Yeah, what’s not to love?

TOTAL AMOUNT: $486,000.


1. Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 ($110,300)
2. Ford GT ($174,980)
3. Cadillac CTS-V Sedan ($63,660)
4. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 ($47,000)
5. 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8 ($46,000)
Total: $441,940

2012 Lexus LF-A: Who says luxury, performance, and value cant all live in peace? ($275,000)

2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: For those days when driving on paved road is just not enough. ($50,000)

2012 BMW M5: My daily driver infused with some power to beat the rush our traffic. (that is when I get a job and a house smiley ($64,000)

2012 Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca: You’ve gotta have a muscle car on your list right? So why not the most exclusive one on the market? ($48,000)

2012 Mazda RX-8 R3: And lastly, a car to just go out and have fun with. And with the extra money left over, customizing this car should be fun. ($32,000)

For Business and Specail Occasions
Mercedes Benz S63

For some Weekends and Special Occasions
Audi R8 5.2 V10

For Inclement Weather Days
Land Rover Range Rover SC $95,815.00

Daily Driver

Weekend Fun Car
Ford Shelby GT500

Total = $499,965.00

Change = $35.00, keep the change...

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe Black Diamond Edition- 68,615
2011 Audi Q7 Mr. Car Design- (72,000)
Audi S8- (95,000)
Maserati MC Stradale- 205,000
2012 Camaro ZL1 (50,000)

Why do I only see one other guy with the CTS-V on their list?

Nissan R35 GT-R ($95,000)- Be the fastest guy on the road and daily use.

Maserati GranCabrio Sport ($150,000)- A topless is simply to show off when going to club or attending parties.

Porsche Cayenne Turbo ($105,000)- A powerfull SUV, just in case need some large volume vehicle, or a getaway car when there is zombie break-outs(LOL)

Lexus IS-F ($78,400)- A sedan for the fiance or wife, fast but wont exotic, avoid reckless lady destroy some cars.

Dodge Ram 3500 Mega Cab ($52,000)- A pickup truck, same purpose but more hardcore as the Cayenne Turbo.

Total $480,400 Reminder 19600

1. BMW 2012 M3 COUPE $65,000 Just cant get a better Drivers Car
2. MERCEDES 2012 CLS-63 $95,000 Looks amazing
3. Mustang Shelby 2012 GT500 $60,000 Need muscle in my life and its the best option!!
4. 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo SUPERLEGGERA - $230,000 Italian Bull car says it all
5. Custom Mini john Cooper Works $46,000 always wanted one
Total: $496,000

Ferrari 458 Italia ($270,000)
Maserati GranTurismo S ($122,500)
Infiniti G37S Convertible ($49,995)
Fiat 500 ($19,500)
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited ($34,800)




— MB SLK 350 ($65375) FOR WIFE!


— $376646 TOTAL


2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560 - $220,000

2011 Ford Shelby GT500 - $50,000

2011 Dodge Viper SRT 10 ACR- $100,000

2008 Porsche Cayman S - $46,100

Audi Q7 by MR Car Design - $75,674

Total Price - $483,774

Left Over - $16,226

2012 nissan gtr black edition (95,100)
2012 mercedes cls 63 amg (100,000)
2006 hennessy dodge viper 1000 (225,000)
2012 nissan 370z Nismo (40,000)
2011 mustang gt (30,150)

leftover about 9750 smiley

08’ Lamborghini Gallrdo Superleggera ($160,000)

Ford GT ($150,000)

Chevrolet Corvette ZO6 ($70,000)

Cadillac CTS-V ($60,000)

Jeep SRT8 ($50,000)

Total - $490,000

Audi R8 Spyder $162,700 - for those long summer drives

Cadillac CTS-V Coupe $63,600 - because i saw one the other days and i decided is time to kill for one

Honda CR-Z $19,345 - because they want us to drive "eco"

Nissan GT-R $89,950 - because i do not like Porsche and want to make their fans go crazy

Jaguar XKR-S $132,000 - isn’t this obvious?

Total: $467,595. And i still have some money left for the gas :P

2011 Nissan Nismo 370Z ($39,990)
900Hp GT Malan ($117,000)
2011 Vauxhall VXR8 ($80,091)
Fiat 500 Cabrio ($23,500)
Ferrari 458 Italia ($225,325)


haha. What is this inspired with what Jay Leno’s garage? I have to admit that those cars that listed above have an impressive performance and they don’t come in cheap price!@mopar39426, I think your list cost less and that’s great!

I do this, too, when talking about cars, but I refer to it as my Million Dollar Garage. "Those are nice cars; I’ve have one in my million dollar garage, but it wouldn’t be my first choie," is how I refer to it.

Sticking to your rules, though, you’ll find my list rather modest (and nostalgic).

1. Lamborghini Countach ( $100,000)
2. 2012 Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible, customized ( $100,000)
3. 2009 Porsche 911 ( $75,000)
4. Lincoln MKZ hybrid ( $65,000) (daily driver)
5. 1966 Mustang GT Fastback restomod ( $100,000 after restoration/customization)

- Dodge Challenger SRT-8 392 ($43,780)
- Chrysler 200S ($26,240)
- Audi TT Coupe ($44,400)
- Aston Martin DBS ($268,660)
- Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG ($92,590)
— Total-$475,670
— Remainder-$24,330

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