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Joe and his wife are recently empty nesters looking for a high-end car for long trips and road rallies. They’ve signed up for the Dustball Rally and want to use something more unique than their BMW 3 Series. Which car should you buy?

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Here is the scenario –

My wife and I will soon be “empty nests” looking for an interesting car for road trips, cruises and rallies. We’ve signed up for the 2023 Dustball Rally and while we could take my 335 Daily Driver with us, I’d like something a little more exotic for the trip. I’m not looking for a combination of a cruiser and a racing car, as I would rather buy a special sports car for it. I’m looking for a car that we can drive 5 to 800 miles on freeways and back roads and that doesn’t leave us feeling exhausted.

In summary, I’m aiming for 2 doors, exotic styling, road trip comfort with a max budget of around $120,000

I don’t mind maintenance, I have an elevator and can do most of the essential services. This car would not be a daily driver.

Fast Facts:

Budget: up to $120,000

Daily driver: no

Location: St.Louis, MO

Want: Exotic looks, two doors, long-distance comfort

Do not want: 4 doors, all with standard “engine off” service items

Expert 1: Tom McParland – Cruising in style

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Joe, that sounds like an excellent opportunity now that the kids are out, enjoying the sights, and befriending a cool car. Of course, you need to choose the right car. If you drive too sporty, those long drives become tiring, too much luxury and you lose excitement.

Luckily, Aston Martin has been building some of the best cars for the task for quite some time. Unlike some other high-end brands, most Astons have a ‘timeless’ design and cars that are 10 years old still look amazing today. Take this 2012 Aston Martin Virage Coupe, for example. It’s just sporty enough with the excellent V12 under the hood, combined with a comfortable interior and a fairly generous trunk. Of course, the maintenance schedule on Astons isn’t as carefree as it is on a Camry, but with only 23,000 miles, you should avoid a major headache for a while.

Expert 2: Andy Kalmowitz – Marvel movies are so hot right now, and so are you

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Joe, you seem like a really cool guy. Because of this, I won’t steer you (like my co-experts) down a wrong and terrible path. Instead I tell you the vehicle you use to need to buy. The Audi R8 V10 convertible. Joe, my friend, look at it. It ticks all your boxes: it’s exotic. It has two doors and is comfortable for the long haul. Also, the frunk is big enough to hold all your childless shit. It’s perfect for you.

Well I think I found a good one for you but there are so many other options in Audi R8s. Don’t want a convertible? No problem, there are enough coupés. want a manual you are all good Audi built one of the worst gated shifters ever.

That being said, you should definitely get a convertible. Top-down driving is better driving. I don’t make the rules here. Hear the V10 roar when you think about how your kids are all out of your hair.

Anyway, you don’t need to look any further than this entry as it is the best. If it’s good enough for Iron Man, it’s good enough for you.

Expert 3: Steve DaSilva – A real grand tourer

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Joe, I’ll grant you something: I’m not going to propose my first choice here. When you say you want a reliable, yet exotic-looking coupe that will gobble up hundreds of miles, my first thought is the Toyota Supra – the most exotic vehicle in six numbers, yet one that still handles bumpy roads perfectly. Just for fun, Here’s one near you.

But your budget is in the six figures and you want something more. I get it. Instead of giving you my choice, I’ll instead propose you the objectively correct answer: The Lexus LC 500. It’s perfectly comfortable and composed, an absolute beauty to behold, and equipped with every amenity you could possibly want for a long road trip . What’s not to love?

Ideally, I’d suggest you buy a convertible, but there doesn’t seem to be one anywhere near St. Louis. It’s a shame, but you did Say you want a coupe. With that in mind, here’s one white LC 500 direct in Ballwin, MO, just waiting for you to pick it up. Just go with the right answer and find yourself lucky.

Expert 4: Owen Bellwood – fancy something exotic?

A photo of a dark green Morgan Plus 8 sports car with the roof down.

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Joe, you sound like a man of taste. So no doubt Tom and Andy’s suggestions would suit you down to the last detail. But you want something exotic and exciting. Something that stands out from the crowd. You want a Morgan.

This quirky British marque has been producing some truly wonderful cars for over 100 years and is one of the few companies left using real wood to build his cars. Exotic.

Despite its longevity, not many Morgans have made it to the States, so you’ll be in an exclusive club if you head down this route. The car I originally wanted to propose to you – the exquisite Morgan Aeromax – here in America there are only seven examples. So if you want to import something excellent, try the size.

But if you don’t want the chatter of an import, there are some great Morgans out there today. you could risk it this beautiful green and cream colored Aero 8 with his distinctive cross-eyed styling. Or opt for one of the brand’s more iconic models, like this slightly overpriced Plus 4.

Personally I would choose this cute plus 8. At a touch under $80,000, this 2003 Morgan ticks all the right boxes: exotic looks, two doors, comfort, and it’s got damn wire wheels! What more do you want?

Expert 5: Kyle Hyatt – The Gold Standard GT

Silver coupé on a coast road, casually breaking the laws of physics.

Nothing in the world will cover the ground like a Porsche 911 Turbo.
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Don’t let these other jokers fool you. Sure, an Aston Martin or a GranTurismo might seem like a great place to while away time, but are you prepared for the soul-wrenching pain that ownership will entail? no I can almost guarantee you are not. So skip the hassle and get your hands on arguably the greatest GT car ever conceived by man: the Porsche 911 Turbo S.

Well, I’ll grant you that it could look like easy less exotic than some of the other proposals, but the huge, bulging hips and massive intakes paired with the active rear spoiler speak for themselves. Also, no car is as capable of defying the laws of physics as a 911 Turbo.

The 991.1 Turbo S came from the factory with a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo boxer engine that produces 552 horsepower and up to 553 pound-feet of torque on overboost. It was only offered with Porsche’s excellent all-wheel drive system and relentlessly efficient PDK gearbox. With Launch Control, the car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds, and unlike some of those other fragile Yahoos, the nine-eleven will do this over and over again (and again and again) without complaint.

The 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo | road & track

If you opt for the Turbo S over the more pedestrian-friendly Turbo model, you get (aside from the extra power and torque) some other radical features, namely Porsche’s standard carbon-ceramic brakes. As long as you stay away from a race track, they should last for eons and offer unwavering stopping power.

When it comes to service, running costs and general build quality, nothing compares to a 911 either. The platform is proven, the turbo engine is rock solid, and unlike Morgan or Aston Martin, Porsche dealers and independent garages are rife wherever you are.

Finally, for the touring portion of the grand touring, the 911 offers heaps of practicality in the form of a great big trunk that offers a lot more room than you’d expect, as well as a rear seat slot that can easily hold luggage or small people, if necessary.

I mean, I don’t want to say that the 911 is a perfect car, but it kind of is and you’d be crazy not to get stuck this example for under your $120,000 budget.

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