The Cars On Everyone’s Wish List This Holiday Season – Forbes
I thought the best way to uncover what cars are on people’s wish lists this holiday season is to simply ask them. So I put out the word to around 50 car enthusiasts, colleagues and friends in Europe, the U.S. and Japan and got the following mixed bag of replies. From sports cars to full-sized trucks to electric cars, I must say that some of the responses sent my eyebrows racing skywards. Are any of these vehicles on your Christmas wish-list?
1. Tesla Model S
Okay, let’s start with the most wished for car. Drum roll please. According to 15 respondents from three continents, the most desired vehicle is the Tesla Model S. Not surprising really. Several years ago, it was impossible to imagine that electric vehicles (EV) would gain the popularity and desirability they enjoy today.
Now while the Nissan Leaf is still the world’s biggest selling EV, the pure electric Tesla Model S is the EV that made “electric” cool. Its sleek good looks, lightning fast acceleration, sports car-like handling and genre-topping range basically dispelled every negative image the motoring public had felt about electric cars. Except price maybe. While the base 60 model starts at around $66,000, the car that everyone seems to want is the Bugatti Veyron-beating P100D, priced at $134,500. With its 0-60 mph sprint time of 2.5 seconds, the latest P100D is now the fastest production car in the world. So why wouldn’t you want one?
2. Mazda MX-5 RF
Popular with 8 colleagues and friends from Japan and the U.S., the new Mazda MX-5 RF (retractable fastback) won votes for its drop-dead gorgeousness, power retractable roof, perky 2.0-liter engine and sharp no-nonsense handling. Starting to appear in showrooms across the globe, the two-door’s targa-style roof elevates the appeal and street-cred of the already massively popular base MX-5 which captured the 2016 World Car of the Year award. The only reason it didn’t secure more votes, I am told, is because its sticker price starts at a hefty $32,300, or $6,600 more than the base softtop.
3. Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine
Picking up 7 votes, the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine (another way of saying plug-in hybrid) is a revelation. This is one of the best-proportioned, most exquisitely appointed SUVs you will find anywhere. The interior is, and I’m not joking, part Swedish high-end furniture store, part jewelry shop. It has a diamond-cut start button, a crystal glass gear lever and leather everywhere. Its powertrain is no less startling. There’s a 314 hp turbocharged and supercharged 2-litre petrol engine at the front driving the front wheels, and propelling the rear wheels is an 81 hp electric motor. It handles well for a weighty SUV and has excellent ride quality, but the regenerative brakes take a little getting used to.
4. BMW M2
With a healthy 5 votes from across the globe, the BMW M2 might be the smallest of the M badges, but it is by no means the least fun. With its low and wide stance, and signature M-badging, the M2 packs a firey 365 hp turbocharged 3.0-liter engine that comes with either an auto-blipping 6-speed manual gearbox or an optional seven-speed M DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission. For $52,000 all respondents said they could not think of a better sports car for the money.
5. Ford F-150
If this next car, oops, I mean truck was not on someone’s wish list, I’d have been surprised. Picking up 3 votes from American respondents, obviously, the truck’s credentials speak for themselves. As the world’s biggest selling vehicle, the Ford F-150 is a giant among trucks and wished for by many. Employing an aluminum-body, the F-150 is not only the most reliable in the full-sized truck segment but boasts best-in-class fuel economy, top-tier crash test results, an enormous and quiet cab, and plenty of clever features.
6. Aston Martin DB11
What better car to finish this piece with than the ultimate dream car priced at an eye-watering $214,000. Securing 3 votes as well, the revolutionary all-new Aston Martin DB11 seems to be generating a strong fanbase out there is motoring land. Seen as the most important Aston ever, the DB11 signals a rebirth for the brand that has supplied James Bond his wheels since the early 60s. Incorporating a fresh new look, the 2+2 grand tourer gets an aluminium chassis, new rear suspension, precise new electric steering, a smooth-as-silk 600hp twin turbo V12 with 8-speed flappy paddles, ultra-luxurious interior and a ride quality to make all other supercar makers envious.
As for me, my Christmas garage would house the new Tesla Model X (not S) with those inspired falcon-wing doors, a Mazda MX-5 RF and an Aston Martin DB11. Now all I have to do is win the lottery.