2017 TopSpeed Christmas Wishlist
Is the fat man listening?by Robert Moore, on
Christmas 2017 is upon us, and Santa is surely busy making his list and checking it twice. Of course, here at TopSpeed haven’t exactly been good, but that hasn’t stopped us from sending out our wishes. Naturally, as a group of car guys (we do have a few women working behind the scenes, but as you might expect, they were too stubborn to get in on the fun) we all wish for the one special car that sticks in our mind. Some of us are hoping to find that old-school muscle in our driveway Christmas morning, one of us is looking for a new Porsche, and of course, we’ve got the Jeep guy too. Oh, and let’s not forget about Pops’ grumpy ass. He had to give his two cents as well. With that said, check out our wishes below then us know what car you want for Christmas.
Ciprian’s Christmas Wish
Like many of you, my automotive wish list is pretty long. But it seems Santa can only deliver one car, so I’m going to skip all the cool releases from 2017 and ask for a Chevrolet El Camino. But not just any model, I want a 1970 El Camino SS LS6. Yeah, its the one with the 454-cubic-inch (7.4-liter) V-8 engine, 450 horsepower, and 500 pound-feet of twist. Why do I want it? Isn’t it obvious, it’s the perfect combination of muscle car performance and pickup truck utility. I obviously don’t need the latter, but the El Camino is among my favorite muscle cars ever. It’s a tough decision against my other favorite, the 1970 Plymouth Cuda Hemi.
I’m also picking the El Camino to make up for our 2015 Christmas wish list that was restricted to new releases. Since I couldn’t pick the old El Camino then, I settled for its modern iteration, the HSV GTS Maloo. That was the beefed-up version of the Holden Commodore Ute, a car which, sadly, is no more with General Motors having shut down automobile production in Australia. So this is it, I want to add a 1970 El Camino SS LS6 next to the HSV GTS Maloo I got for Christmas in 2015. Old meets new, huh?
Kirby’s Christmas Wish
There’s always the temptation to go the easy way out with this list. I could put any one of this year’s hypercars and be done with it. But I’m not doing that because that’d be too easy. Instead, I’m picking a car that I chose as my favorite car from the Geneva Motor Show back in March. If Santa can be so kind, can I still get an Alpine A110?
Of all the cars that debuted this year, this one is still my favorite. I love the way it looks, particularly the nods to the original A110. I love that even if it’s compact, it still looks spirited, with hints of a mean streak wrapped in its tout body. I know that it’s not the most powerful car in its segment - the 350-horsepower Porsche 718 Cayman has it by the throat - but I don’t care. I’m not in the business of muscle-flexing, anyway. I want my car to have its own personality. I want it to stand out, even in the presence of faster and more powerful exotics. The Alpine A110 checks all those boxes, so much so that its 252-horsepower and 236-pound-foot output is just the icing on the cake.
Mark’s Christmas Wish
It probably comes as no surprise my automotive Christmas wish list has the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL written prominently at the top. And since we’re given free reign to wish big, I’d go with the Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. The harder choice would be deciding between the new six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmissions. More than likely, I’d save the $2,000 upgrade charge and stick with three pedals. The 3.6-liter V-6 will do as well, at least until the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 comes out in 2019.
I’d opt for the $595 Cold Weather Group, the $795 Trailer Tow and HD Electrical Group, and the rather pricey $1,295 Electronic Infotainment System Group that includes the 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system, navigation, HD and XM radio, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and the Roadside Assistance and 911 Call feature. I’d also wish for the $1,295 Steel Front Bumper package. The String Gray body color and black Sunrider soft top give the Jeep an industrial look. The optional $1,495 leather seats are a must, as is the $195 Trail Rail Management System.
Of course, all these options add up. My Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon would cost Santa $47,335 – ouch! But hey, a guy can dream big, right?
Jonathan’s Christmas Wish
Robert is giving us a lot of leeway with this list, so my first inclination is to go with the outrageously awesome Pagani Huayra, the Italian carbon fiber dream machine with an interior that looks like it sprang out of some much faster version of Narnia. But, as Kirby said, that would be a bit of a copout, because of course I’m wishing for a friggin’ Pagani, right?
So I’ll dial it back a bit and go with something slightly more down to Earth – unless there’s a crest nearby, that is. My pick for this year’s wishlist is a revamped new-gen Subaru WRX 22B STI. Something lightweight, two-door’d, and heavily turbocharged to give the Six Star brand a much-needed kick in the pants. Just knowing something like this actually exists in the world would be enough to make me happy, although I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing one in my driveway either…
Robert’s Christmas Wish
Of all the cars in the world, all of the high-performance supercars, all of the new-gen “muscle,” and here I am still thinking about “The Goat.” That’s right, as a Pontiac guy, my heart is predominantly owned by the 1969 GTO, more specifically, the Judge. But, not just any Judge. I want the GTO Judge with the Ram Air IV upgrade, four-speed manual, Warwick Blue exterior, and Black interior. Of course, I’m a hardtop guy, so mine wouldn’t be so rare, with nearly 7,000 built in hardtop specification, but I wouldn’t be opposed to getting one of the 108 convertible versions ever made. After all, those came standard with the Ram Air IV package as standard equipment, and there were oh so sexy.
And, for a metal bucket, in stock form, the GTO Judge was pretty damn fast. I wouldn’t even be that disappointed with the standard Ram Air III package. After all, it could hit 60 mph in 7.4 seconds and run the quarter mile in 14.1. That Ram Air IV upgrade, though. Man, that thing pushes the 60-mph sprint in 6.6 seconds with a quarter-mile coming in at 13.9 seconds with a speed of more than 100 mph. That’s pretty good for something that weighed much more than your modern-day car. It hit these numbers by pushing 366 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque from a 400-cubic-inch power plant. In Ram Air IV spec, horsepower jumped up to 370 ponies. Fuel delivery was handled by a single, four-barrel carb and, despite my desire for the four-speed manual, I would be more than have with the Turbo Hydra-Matic trans, four-speed close ratio manual, or even the three-speed manual – just bring me something Santa, please.
Pops’ Christmas Wish
Cars? I don’t want cars for Christmas. I have enough cars, including a 1970 Plymouth Cuda Hemi (wink wink). All I really want is for the station wagon to return to its former glory in the U.S. I want station wagons for everyone. Proper American stations wagons besides the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon and the BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon, the only grocery getters you can buy nowadays. Now, this would be a wonderful present from Santa. I want to see a modern Chevrolet Colorado, a Buick Roadmaster Estate, a Ford Country Squire, and even a Ford Torino Wagon. It’s probably a bit too much to ask from good old Santa, but it’s the best thing I can think of right now. The station wagon deserves another, and I bet they can survive alongside the booming crossover market. So how about it, sport? Would you make station wagons popular again?