2013 TopSpeed Automotive Draft

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With the 2013 NFL Draft set to start tomorrow evening and all of the best college players getting ready to become overnight millionaires, we decided to bring you our own form of the draft. Our draft differs in a few big ways. First of all, we don’t have millions of dollars to hand over to our No. 1 pick. Secondly, we don’t get to boss the likes of the 2014 LaFerrari or 2013 SRT Viper around and call them pansies in training camp. Thirdly, well, ours isn’t real…

Regardless of the small details, it’s still fun to really think about what cars we would take to round out our respective garages for the 2013 driving season. We also have to figure out who looks great on paper, but will ultimately not be worth a top pick. Additionally, we have to drill deep into the numbers to figure out what later-round prospects may end up surprising us.

In the spirit of the NFL Draft, we will keep our draft to only seven rounds where we will pick our favorite newcomers to the automotive world. By newcomers, we mean all-new models or fully redesigned models – no facelifts in this draft.

Click past the jump to see our seven picks for the 2013 Draft

1st Round – 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari

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This is really a no-brainer for our No. 1 pick in the draft. The LaFerrari is not only a sexy pick, but it has all of the tangible assets to go along with its sexiness. With its HY-KERS system, the LaFerrari is like a well-tuned wide receiver. Its 963-horsepower driveline gets it to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds and up to a top speed in excess of 217 mph. Add in its chiseled physique and you have all you need to make the LaFerrari our top pick. Its bust factor is pretty big, however, as the HY-KERS technology doesn’t have much public-road use, so there could be some big-time issues down the road with reliability.

2nd Round – 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

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Your second-round pick is always expected to be a little safer and more reliable, so we went with the Corvette Stingray. First of all, its all-new LT1, 6.2-liter V-8 engine is a godsend with an estimated 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. Plus, it will save you a little in the long run with its estimated 26 mpg highway. On top of all of that, it still has a great body that is almost supercar-like. the Corvette Stingray is certainly one that will perform reliably for years to come.

3rd round – 2013 Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ

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The third round is where you take a risk and we are doing so with the FR-S and BRZ twins. To us, they are not all that great with only 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque, and a 0-to-60 time that nears the 7-second mark. However, these cars have what we call “game speed.” Sure, they may not burn anyone in a straight-line race, but they will run circles around most cars in their price range. Every garage needs a car that heads where you point it and the ScioBuru twins do just that.

4th Round – 2014 Maserati Ghibli

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Every draft has its “projects” and the Ghibli is just that. With it packing up to 410 horsepower from a 3.0-liter V-6 engine, we see tons of potential in the future of this model. Add in the fact that this 5 Series fighter is a downright stunner and we are willing to give it a shot. We wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Maserati release a higher-performance model to take on the M5 at some point. In fact, we are banking on that happening by tossing our fourth pick at it.

5th Round – 2014 Camaro Z/28

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We know that the Z/28 doesn’t have the power of its big brother, the ZL1, but on the track it is a faster car. Plus, we love the fact that GM really continued to push the Mustang to its breaking point, despite the fact that the Shelby GT500 kills the entire lineup in overall speed. This sheer desire to be as good as it possibly can be is why we’ll take a shot at the Z/28 in the fifth round.

6th Round – 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport

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The CTS Vsport and its 420-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V-6 engine is a thing of beauty, but you cannot always judge these things on paper. There are no real performance numbers to speak of and Cadillac has kept its development under tight lock and key. This is the only reason that it fell so low. Otherwise, it would have easily made it into the second or third round. If all goes as it seems right now, this is a steal in the sixth, like future Hall of Fame QB Tom Brady.

7th Round – Detroit Electric SP:01

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The seventh round is always a good place to find relative unknowns that happen to pan out into superstars. With this, we introduce our relative unknown pick: the Detroit Electric SP:01. Based on the Lotus Exige, the SP:01 features a 201-horsepower electric motor that zips this sports car to 60 mph in only 3.7 seconds and to a top speed of 155 mph. This makes it faster than the famed and very expensive Tesla Roadster. Plus it charges nearly as fast as a cell phone and can travel 190 miles between charges. for what you get, the SP:01 is relatively cheap, coming in at $135,000. This could end up being a throw-away pick, but it could also end up being the greatest pick ever. We’ll see how it pans out.

Justin Cupler
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