Whats Your Choice?

My friends and I love cars. They are all that we talk about and now I would like some input from you. Last year the model that many of our conversations revolved around was the Mercedes SLS. If you don’t know about the SLS then here is some information for you. The SLS was based on the classic 300sl, which was in production from 1954 – 1963. The 300sl is a car that most car enthusiasts know about and respect. It was a racecar for the streets. Fast forward to 2010 and the modern version of the 300sl is in production under the SLS AMG model. It has the gullwing style doors that are very reminiscent of the 300sl. Photo courtesy of http://www.topgear.com/car-news/amg-300sl-vs-sls-black-series

The SLS came out in 2010 and the MSRP was about $230,000. The vehicle has very respectable numbers and is one that most people would die for. Me, I’m a numbers guy. If the numbers don’t make sense then the vehicle isn’t for me. Lets take a look at the numbers before talking about the debate. The SLS at its peak was able to cover 0-60 in just 3.3 seconds at its best. It rocked a 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V-8 and had a sound that could make your heart skip a beat. This vehicle was a beast. Did I mention that it produced some 583 HP? What is not to love about such a packages except for its price.

Its price is the thing that I kept getting hung up on when talking about cars with my buddies. They talked about how quick it was and how fast it was and how good it looked. They always avoided mentioning its price. So one day while we are talking I turn to them and tell them enough, the car is nice but I can think of some other things I would do with $230,000. No I don’t mean other things I would buy, just different makes and models or combinations of vehicles. They always told me I was crazy for the mixture of vehicles that I choose, every time. I would like to know what you think.

There are two vehicles that I would buy for a collective price of about $230,000. Let me draw you in before I say what the vehicles are. The first vehicle has had my complete attention for a few years now. It sports a 5.5-liter twin turbo V8. This engine is pushing 577 HP to all 4 tires and launches with about 590 lb-ft of torque. It has a sophisticated all wheel drive system that handles all this torque and all this horsepower to make for some amazing times and speeds. It can get up to 60 mph in all of 3.3 seconds and can cover the quarter mile in 11.75 seconds at over 120 mph. the MSRP for the base model of this vehicle is $101,700. This vehicle hails all the way from Germany. It is the Mercedes Benz E-63s AMG 4matic.

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Up next is an equally competent coupe rocking nothing more than a 3.8L twin turbo V-6. This vehicle has been an iconic vehicle in the tuner scene for almost 59 years. It started its life as a 1.5-liter luxury vehicle capable of creating an amazing 60hp. These days it is known as a supercar killer and creates over 545 horsepower. It sports a top of the line all wheel drive system and launch system to put down some very impressive numbers. It is able to get to 60 in just 2.7 seconds and can cover the quarter mile in as little as 10.8 seconds. This is the Nissan GT-R. It comes in at $101,770.

Picture Courtesy of http://www.nissanusa.com/sportscars/gt-r/colors-photos#_exterior

In total my two options come in at $203,470. That is about $27,000 less than the Mercedes Benz SLS. That being said, I have not compromised on luxury or performance. I think that this is the best option. What would you buy for vehicles if you were given a goal of luxury and performance and a budget of $230,000?