10 Things on the TopSpeed Christmas List
Lets face it, for Christmas we would like nothing more than a a house in the Hamptons, a trip around the world — or more recently to the moon — one of the most expensive car in the world or a large sack stuffed with $100 bills. But lets face it, the economy has hit Santa pretty hard this year, so we had to make some mild revisions to our Christmas list.
This doesn’t mean that we asked for nothing but socks this year, as we still think Saint Nick’s pockets are deep enough for a supercar or two. Being car addicts, there are many gifts to shoose from: an all-new gaming console, a new racing game, a car-themed chair or anything else inspired by the automotive world.
Only the sky is the limit!
With Christmas just a few days away, we though it was appropriate to release our 10-item list, and give Santa the weekend to get it all together.
Click past the jump to see what we would like to get for Christmas.
The new Xbox One is one of the coolest gadgets launched this year. Microsoft designed it to be the most advanced gaming console ever, and the best entertainment piece in your living room. It features a very cool "cloud" storing capacity that allows you to store details on your races and all your other important information on the "cloud." This means no more lugging your hard drive to your friends house.
On top of that, you can run your television through it and snap back and forth between the latest road race and Forza 5 with ease.
The Xbox One is priced at $499, and it is slowly making its way back into stock at some retailers. Don’t go wasting your time (and money) buying a standard edition on Ebay for $700. Simply sign up for an in-stock monitoring site, like Wii Alerts, and snag one up for the actual retail price when it becomes available — there’s typically hundreds that become available each day.
This years we’ve seen lots of cool racing games launched on the market, and the new Forza Motorsport 5 is one of our favorites. It was specially developed for Xbox One and includes a new feature "Drivatar" that stores details on how you behave behind the wheel.
The new Forza Motorsport 5 is available now and is priced at $59.99.
To be honest with you, some of the coolest office swag we’ve seen this year was launched by Porsche. The list includes a 911 Carrera sport seat for $5,690, a wall shelfconstructed from the rear spoiler of a 911 GT3 Cup Race car for $4,230 and a 1:18 scale version of the recently launched Porsche 918 Spyder for just $430..
Since we cannot decide which one of these we prefer, we’ll simply take them all, please...
For any car enthusiast out there a cool scale cars collection is a must, so make sure this is one of the things you will ask from Santa. We don’t want just any old die=cast model; we need one that looks as realistic as possible. Something like this 1:8 scale replica of a Ferrari 458 Italia priced at £3875.00 ($6,300). would work.
We’re not too sure what Santa’s budget is this year, but a racing simulator is also on our list. We have this one offered by Neiman Marcus and priced at $90k, but we’re sure you can find another models on the market.
We are not sure when the new 4C will be finally offered on the U.S. market, but we’re sure Santa can pull some strings to get one over here.
The 4C is powered by a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with an output of 240 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque delivered between 2,100 and 4,000 rpm. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 160 mph.
We have our cool little sports car in the 4C, but we still need the monster car, and what better monster than Godzilla himself on steroids.
The new GT-R Nismo is the most powerful GT-R version ever offered by Nissan and of course our favorite. The model is powered by an updated version of the 3.8-liter, twin-boosted V-6 engine which now delivers a total of 600 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque.
When it comes to sports cars, coupe or roadsters, the new Jaguar F-Type is one that simply blew our minds.
The F-Type is offered in three engine configurations, so we’re sure Santa can find some way to fit at least one of them in his budget.
Sports car: check. Supercar: check. Luxury sports car: check. Now what else do we need? Oh, that’s right, something to haul the kiddies around in. How about the CLA 45 AMG?
You already know that the new Mercedes CLA is enjoying huge success, but the company did not revealed how many of the units ordered are AMG versions. The CLA 45 AMG is powered by a 2.0-liter, turbo engine that delivers a total of 360 horsepower and a peak torque of 331 pound-feet.
At just $48,375, it is a relative bargain.
This is more like a wish, as we hope Santa will convince Honda to finally offer the Civic Type R in the U.S. Please Santa, pull out the old "Saint Nick" card and talk Honda into shipping this hopped up econo-rig over here. We have been watching it from the other side of the Atlantic for way too long.
The Civic Type R will be powered by a direct-injected, turbocharged 2-liter engine that will deliver about 280 horsepower.