Something to get you from A to ‘Whee!’

Ferrari’s 488 Pista is fitted with the most powerful V8 engine in the company’s history.

Ferrari’s 488 Pista is fitted with the most powerful V8 engine in the company’s history.

If that old clunker of yours is on its last legs and you’re in the market for a new set of wheels, you could always trawl through the used-car yards or jump online and try to find a tidy little runabout to get you to the shops and back. You might even consider splashing out on a new model, fresh off the showroom floor and still exuding that delicious new-car aroma.

Or then again, you might want to cast your eyes over this — Elite Traveler’s top 14 premium cars of 2019. The US lifestyle magazine’s motoring writer, Alexandra Cheney, has compiled a list of the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous hypercars and luxury sedans that are guaranteed to get your motor well and truly running — and give your bank manager serious heart palpitations at the same time. As the magazine points out: “With an average price tag of $434,000, only those with the deepest pockets can buy one.”

The selection totals more than $US6 million, with the $US3.2 million Aston Martin Valkyrie commanding the lion’s share. A hybrid hypercar powered by a naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 hybrid engine producing 1160hp, the Valkyrie requires buyers to undergo a total 3D body scan for the custom-yet-fixed driver’s seat. 

No.1 on Alexandra’s list is McLaren’s 720S Spider, priced from $US315,000 — “easily one of the most exceptional vehicles the company has ever put into production”. As well as an M840T twin-turbo V8 engine, the Spider comes with an optional electrochromic glass roof that “turns from clear to a deep cerulean in order to offset glare and reduce UV exposure”. Just what you need on a blindingly bright Peninsula summer’s day.

It’s followed by the Valkyrie, then the Maserati Levante Trofeo, from $US170,000; the Ferrari 488 Pista (from $US349,050); and the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet (from $US133,400). British manufacturers dominate the list with seven cars, but Lamborghini, BMW and Mercedes also feature.

“Each vehicle in this list provides perspicacity into its respective automaker, from naturally aspirated, rumbling swan songs to visionary electrifications,” Alexandra writes. “But cars do more than merely shuttle us from one place to another; they move us. (These) automobiles also seduce, dazzle and inspire — and could potentially even transport those searching for new wheels.”

Check out the complete list, the specs and the price tags at www.elitetraveler.com/luxury-transport/automotive/the-best-luxury-cars-of-2019, and start dreaming.


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