• That One New Car We Wanna See Under The Tree This Year

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Hey, Santa – we’ve been good this year, right? We wrote the words, covered the news, reviewed the cars, showed off the pictures, and featured the videos. Sure, it was fun, but it was also a lot of hard work, and I think we deserve something special for Christmas. You know, with four wheels and an engine and all that other good stuff. Of course, this year brought all kinds of amazing new metal to market, so just in case you’re pulling a blank on what exactly to stuff down the chimney this year, we decided to highlight that one special ride we wanna see under the tree for 2016.

But of course, no two TopSpeed staff members are the same, so we asked each of our writers to put together a little something on their own personal pick. It’s a diverse list, but hey, you’ve got an army of magic elves on your side. Shouldn’t be a problem, right?

But how about you, dearest reader? What are you wishing for this year? Let us know in the comments.

Continue reading to learn about that one new car we wanna see under the tree this year.

That One New Car We Wanna See Under The Tree This Year

Mark’s Pick – Jeep CJ66 Concept

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There are a handful of vehicles I’d love Santa to bring this year, but no other elicits such an emotional “heck yeah!” as Jeep’s custom-built CJ66 concept. It was built for the 2016 SEMA show to demonstrate several Jeep and Mopar parts and accessories available from the automaker. This one-off rig features the body of a 1966 CJ with the frame from a Jeep TJ. Under the heat-reduction hood sits a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 backed by a six-speed manual transmission. Dana 44 axles hold the massive BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain tires in place while a two-inch suspension lift gives ample ground clearance. Wrangler JK bumpers and a Warn winch finish off the build. Oh, and I can’t forget about the racing seats borrowed from the Viper! Adding a second-row bench seat and extending the roll cage is about the only thing I’d do differently. This thing is beautiful!

Read the full review here.

Jonathan’s Pick – Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

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I’ll just come out and admit it right now – I was mighty jealous when I learned Mark was getting Alfa’s new four-door beauty delivered direct to his front door for a week of fun behind the wheel (check out his complete Driven review by clicking here. This thing meets each of my criteria for a daily driver. First up, the styling – well, just look at it. It’s aggressive but not overly shouty, with muscle-bound poise and curves in just the right places. Then there’s the engine – 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque from a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6, courtesy of Ferrari. Yes, yes, and yes please. It’s enough to net a sub-four-second 0-to-60 mph time, and a top speed that’s quickly approaching 200 mph. The only real drawback is the transmission – Alfa isn’t offering the Giulia Quadrifoglio with a manual transmission in the States, which is a real bummer if you ask me. But even so, the eight-speed autobox should still make this thing one helluva daily driver. I’ll take mine in red. Please.

Read the full review here.

Robert’s Pick – Godzilla

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I’ve always been into fast cars and tuners, and there are a number of keys I’d love to find hiding in a box under the TopSpeed Christmas tree with my name on them, but I’d love for Santa to bring me a Nissan GT-R for Christmas. It’s beautiful on the outside, luxurious on the inside, and powered by a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo, V-6 with 565 horsepower and 467 pound-feet of torque. That’s not a bad starting point when it comes to tuning. I’d still rather have a good ‘ol six-speed manual, but I’m sure I could get used to the six-speed, dual-clutch transmission that comes with the new GT-R. While I don’t need another daily driver, I’m sure I’d probably find myself selecting this beast over everything else in my garage most of the time. Complete with supportive seats, a powerful engine, and a you-can’t-catch-me attitude, the GT-R is the perfect ride for me. Of course, I always like to go with the absolute best, so I’m wondering if I should just be asking Santa for a GT-R Nismo instead. After all, it gets a bump in power output to 600 ponies and 481 pound-feet, a NISMO body kit, NISMO-tuned suspension, and NISMO super-lightweight wheels. Then again, I might be getting greedy. I’m sure Santa can manage a $110,000 GT-R, but bringing me a $175,000 GT-R Nismo might be too much – I don’t want to force him to sell off his elves into slavery.

Read the full review here.

Ciprian’s Pick – Caterham Seven Sprint

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I know lists like these usually include supercars, beefed-up sedans, fancy SUVs, and all sorts of expensive vehicles, but this year I’m going to settle for the Caterham Seven Sprint. Why a relatively affordable sports car based on a vintage design and not a Ferrari? Well, the main reason is that I think Caterham is one of the very few carmarkers that continues to build sports cars as they should. It’s lightweight, it comes in a no-nonsense package technology-wise, and it’s pretty quick for a car that has only 80 horsepower coming from a 660cc engine. Granted, a 6.9-second 0-to-62 mph sprint isn’t exactly mind-boggling, but it’s not like I’m running the quarter-mile on a daily basis. I also like the classic design of the original Lotus Seven, which inspired the Caterham Seven Sprint, and I’m a big fan of Colin Chapman, the man who invented this car and revolutionized the sports car market through his "simplify, then add lightness" philosophy. Another reason why I want the Seven Sprint under the Christmas tree is because all 60 units were sold in just one week. If Santa can’t do it, I can settle for a Morgan 3-Wheeler.

Read the full review here.

Kirby’s Pick – BMW M2

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I’d be lying if I said that the first car that popped into my head was the Bugatti Chiron. But the more I thought about asking Santa for a car that costs more than $2.5 million, I started feeling bad for the world’s children, a lot of whom might end up getting toothpaste because St. Nick ended up burning all his holiday funds on my Chiron. So I “settled” for a car that’s just as potent on the street and track relative to its size and costs just a little over $50,000: the BMW M2. Cheap plastics in the interior notwithstanding, the M2 is arguably BMW’s most important release in a long time. It looks like a proper M performance car and it most definitely performs like one too, thanks in large part to a 3.0-liter turbo six engine that pumps out 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque, good enough to hit 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. I know there are sexier and more powerful cars out there, but all I want for Christmas is the M2. Pretty please, Santa?

Read the full review here.

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