What 2015 Car Do We Want For Christmas?
The North Pole is, like, really remote and isolated, but you just know Santa has one badass Internet connection. I mean, this is almost 2016 folks – how else is he gonna keep tabs on all of us and figure out if we were naughty or nice? With that in mind, we here at TopSpeed decided to put together a Christmas wish list to give the jolly ‘ole saint some direction before it’s time to load up his sleigh.
Of course, a new car is a pretty big ask as far as presents go, but hey – we’ve all been good this year. I’m pretty sure none of us committed any major felonies, and shoot, it’s not like we did anything outrageous, like cheat on emissions tests…
Right. So next to the sugarplums and candy canes, what sweet surprises are dancing through our heads?
Continue reading to learn what’s at the top of our wish list.
Jayk’s Wish List – Mazda MX-5
When daydreaming about what I want to see under the Christmas tree (or rather, in this case, next to it), my first inclination is obviously something exotic. You know, something with a price tag deep into six figures, the real bedroom poster types, like a Ferrari 488, or McLaren 675LT, or Lamborghini Aventador SV… But maybe that’s too ambitious. Maybe I’m pushing the limits of my rank on the “Nice” list if I go straight for the super heroes.
A better idea is to go with something easier on the budget, but heavy on the fun factor. I like a car that’s light, tossable, and communicative. I really don’t put much stock in outward appearances or comfort, just so long as I have a big stupid grin on my face. That’s why I’m going with the new Mazda MX-5. It’s lighter, shorter, and every bit as brilliant as its legendary predecessors, and maybe, just maybe, accessible enough to find its way down the chimney this year. Maybe?
Mark’s Wish-List – Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
As an automotive journalist, I have the great privilege of driving some of the latest and most exciting vehicles to hit showrooms. It ranges from bargain-basement economy cars to high-end limousines that cost more than my house. But it was one vehicle that stuck out to me most this past year. This one vehicle somehow combines the family-friendly aspects of a full-size sedan with the insanity of a 1960s muscle car with a burbling V-8. Of course, I’m talking about the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
With 707 horsepower on tap, the Charger Hellcat offers point-and-click speed. Want to be way over there? It’s no problem – as long as you can get the tires to hook up. On the other hand, having dialed back the powertrain via the “performance pages” within the infotainment system, the car drives like a normal sedan. It’s rather sedate, if you treat it right. Your mom could totally drive it to the store for milk and never know it’s literally the fastest production sedan on the planet.
What’s more, the Uconnect infotainment software is simply outstanding. It’s one of, if not the best, software in the industry. The seats are comfortable and there’s plenty of room for five people. The price tag of $68,000 isn’t that obscene either, considering its drivetrain and performance characteristics. For me, the Charger SRT Hellcat is what I’d want in my driveway for Christmas.
Robert’s Wish List – Jaguar F-Type R Coupe AWD
If there is any car out there I would love to find sitting in the garage with a big, fat bow on it, it would be the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, in all-wheel drive, of course. What’s not to want about the car? 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque from that supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8 is just what the doctor ordered for a fun spring next year. Plus, with the AWD system in the 2016 model, I can do what I really enjoy and push my car to the limit around every curve I encounter.
I’ve been known to be a highway warrior on my days away from the computer, so the interior of the F-Type will suit me just fine as well. That sporty flat-bottom steering wheel with paddle shifters, and that sunk-in infotainment screen will just increase the pleasure on my road trips. On top of all this, the distinct styling of the exterior, that aggressive front bumper, and those gorgeous body lines on the side mean I don’t have to worry about modifying the body too much.
I’ve been really good this year, so I don’t think the asking price of $103,600 is too much to ask, but I have one more request for Santa. Before he drops it off in my driveway, I would really like for it to be equipped with the Carbon Ceramic Matrix brakes and a couple other packages. It shouldn’t increase the price too much, maybe an extra $15,000 or $16,000. I just hope Santa’s elves don’t try to cut corners and steal me one instead. I’ve heard there a few with questionable judgement. (We’re looking at you, Will Ferrell!)
Kirby’s Wish List - Alfa Romeo 4C
I’ll make a confession: my first attempt at this wish list resulted with me asking Santa for three cars. It was only after finishing it that I realized that I may have asked for too much so I whittled it down to the one car that has had me smitten ever since I first saw it in prototype form back in 2011: the Alfa Romeo 4C.
I know it’s not ferocious as a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat or sexy to the bones like the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe AWD, but something about the 4C made my heart skip a beat the first time I saw it. Maybe it was the car’s dynamic front section, sleek roofline, and the shallow-raked rear glass. Maybe it was the non-traditional yet distinctive body lines. Or maybe it’s because the 4C is a hipster sports car that’s teeming with the right kind of spunk and aggressiveness. Maybe it’s all of it combined.
What I do know is that the 4C is a ball of fun to drive. That 1.75-liter turbo-jacked, four-cylinder engine makes a tidy 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. I do wish that it came with an AWD system, but even if all that power is sent only to the rear wheels, I know that I can rely on its launch control unit to keep me on my toes. For a car that looks this good with enough juice to give the Mazda MX-5 Miata a run for its money? I just hope that Santa noticed that I’ve been a really good boy this year. If it helps, I haven’t gotten a speeding ticket yet, Santa!
Ciprian’s Wish List - HSV GTS Maloo
I can’t say I’ve been outstandingly good this year, but if Volkswagen manages to get away with cheating on emissions tests, I definitely deserve a brand-new car this Christmas. At first I was going to ask for a McLaren P1 GTR, just to make sure I win next year’s TopSpeed Drag Race, but then I realized that in order to get one, I should’ve asked for the standard P1 last year. And I didn’t.
So I turned to my second choice, which is as ludicrous, but not because it’s an ultra-rare supecar that very few people have access too. The problem is the car I want next to my Christmas tree is only available in certain parts of the world, namely Australia and the U.K., and I live pretty far away from both of them. I case you haven’t figured it out yet, I need an HSV GTS Maloo in my life. That’s the Holden Ute’s angry, supercharged brother and the only high-performance coupe utility vehicle in production. I consider it to be the spiritual successor of the Chevy El Camino LS6 454, which I can’t ask for because of the silly rule that it has to be a 2015 car.
Why do I need a two-door with a bed? Well, I don’t have that much stuff to haul around to be honest, but it’s freakin’ cool and it has a supercharged LSA V-8 that cranks out 576 horsepower. I could use it to carry my guitar and amp to the studio, but heck, it’s Christmas and I don’t need a reason.
P.S.: I promise to help Santa deliver presents next year.
So what would you want Santa to park in your driveway this Christmas? Let us know in the comments below!