What Car Should I Buy If Money Were No Object?

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This topic is actionable to me. What kind of car should I buy? Money really isn't an issue.

Here are the variables I am looking at:

1. Road conditions in the urban environment where I live are not the best. So, even if I wanted a low-slung 911 turbo, I'm not getting it because the ride will feel terrible. Same for other vehicles that only come in 21-inch wheels. Not prudent with potholes a common sight.

2. Not attracting too much attention. Yes, I'd like to drive a nice-looking car, but no way am I tooling around in a Rolls or Bentley. Way too attention-grabbing. Just not my style.

3. High quality, great looks, and high performance are important.

Thanks for your thoughts.
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So many choices. How about a Cayenne Turbo? You can spec it without the "turbo" insignia if you think that lowers the profile. Cayennes and Macans are common in most major cities. Not sure any SUV is "great looking," though.
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I bought a Rivian R1T. Super car acceleration with 15 inches of ground clearance and 43 inches of water fording. For my needs, I can’t think of a better vehicle at any price.
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texascrane wrote: Sat Jul 29, 2023 6:27 pm I bought a Rivian R1T. Super car acceleration with 15 inches of ground clearance and 43 inches of water fording. For my needs, I can’t think of a better vehicle at any price.
For an urban environment?
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How about a Genesis GV70 Electrified? Fast, very quiet and smooth, looks great inside and out. It also doesn't scream EV as its looks are just about identical to the ICE version.

If you wanted an ICE vehicle, I'd say Porsche Macan, but it's similar money to the GV70 Electrified, a LOT slower, and - this being a German car - get ready to pay up for options!
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hm
so you want performance, yet a comfortable ride over rough roads, and nothing rare enough to stand out.
i think you want a bmw. maybe lexus has something, i am not as familiar with them.
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Lexus RX350 has everything you need.
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Cruise wrote: Sat Jul 29, 2023 6:04 pm This topic is actionable to me. What kind of car should I buy? Money really isn't an issue.

Here are the variables I am looking at:

1. Road conditions in the urban environment where I live are not the best. So, even if I wanted a low-slung 911 turbo, I'm not getting it because the ride will feel terrible. Same for other vehicles that only come in 21-inch wheels. Not prudent with potholes a common sight.

2. Not attracting too much attention. Yes, I'd like to drive a nice-looking car, but no way am I tooling around in a Rolls or Bentley. Way too attention-grabbing. Just not my style.

3. High quality, great looks, and high performance are important.

Thanks for your thoughts.
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If the car must be new, I’d just go to the local Lexus dealership and pick something from their offerings.
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cranberrycrash wrote: Sat Jul 29, 2023 6:34 pm
texascrane wrote: Sat Jul 29, 2023 6:27 pm I bought a Rivian R1T. Super car acceleration with 15 inches of ground clearance and 43 inches of water fording. For my needs, I can’t think of a better vehicle at any price.
For an urban environment?
Yes. As far as trucks go, it’s mid-sized. It has excellent suspension (effectively borrowed from McLaren) that will perform extremely well on potholed roads. It’s faster from stoplight to stoplight than almost anything else on the road. It’s got plenty of cargo space. You also have a truck bed for hauling larger items like TVs home from the store. And it looks cool.
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I’d get a Wrangler 392 or a Ram TRX. For SUVs, I would get a Porsche Cayenne Turbo or the Macan as someone mentioned earlier. I’m not sure if this car meets your criteria, but I would get a Nissan GTR.
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Porsche Macan S (you can do badge-delete and get a conservative color like Dolomite Silver or Volcano Grey if you want to go unnoticed. 20 inch wheels with high enough profile tires. Drives well on so so roads. Upgrade to an air suspension.

If you want something slightly bigger, the new Cayenne S Coupe will make a great daily driver. Lots of option choices to make it specials for you without too much bling. Again, "spring" for an air suspension.

Spend some time here and build your dream car: https://www.porsche.com/usa/modelstart/all/
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A long time ago, I would have said a Land Rover, but now they all look like Ford Explorers.
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Toyota Highlander.
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hotajax wrote: Sat Jul 29, 2023 6:52 pm Audi A6.
Almost correct. 🤪

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For me, given your goals, the answer would absolutely a Volvo v90.
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Chv396 wrote: Sat Jul 29, 2023 8:08 pm Toyota Highlander.
Honda Pilot?
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Cruise wrote: Sat Jul 29, 2023 6:04 pm This topic is actionable to me. What kind of car should I buy? Money really isn't an issue.

Here are the variables I am looking at:

1. Road conditions in the urban environment where I live are not the best. So, even if I wanted a low-slung 911 turbo, I'm not getting it because the ride will feel terrible. Same for other vehicles that only come in 21-inch wheels. Not prudent with potholes a common sight.

2. Not attracting too much attention. Yes, I'd like to drive a nice-looking car, but no way am I tooling around in a Rolls or Bentley. Way too attention-grabbing. Just not my style.

3. High quality, great looks, and high performance are important.

Thanks for your thoughts.
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snackdog wrote: Sat Jul 29, 2023 7:01 pm Lexus RX350 has everything you need.
Other than even the slightest hint of driving excitement.
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Cruise wrote: Sat Jul 29, 2023 6:04 pm ..the urban environment where I live...
You might want to add being easy to park to your list of requirements if you live in an urban area.

Different brands call it different names but the birds eye view camera where it gives you a overhead view of the area around the car would be something I would want.
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Lucid Air?
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Cruise wrote: Sat Jul 29, 2023 6:04 pm This topic is actionable to me. What kind of car should I buy? Money really isn't an issue.

Here are the variables I am looking at:

1. Road conditions in the urban environment where I live are not the best. So, even if I wanted a low-slung 911 turbo, I'm not getting it because the ride will feel terrible. Same for other vehicles that only come in 21-inch wheels. Not prudent with potholes a common sight.

2. Not attracting too much attention. Yes, I'd like to drive a nice-looking car, but no way am I tooling around in a Rolls or Bentley. Way too attention-grabbing. Just not my style.

3. High quality, great looks, and high performance are important.

Thanks for your thoughts.
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Cayenne Turbo GT. Its base form is common enough that people will think you’re just a poser trying to look rich. No one will know you’re a boglehead.
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Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo
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PTCGeorge wrote: Sat Jul 29, 2023 7:56 pm Porsche Macan S (you can do badge-delete and get a conservative color like Dolomite Silver or Volcano Grey if you want to go unnoticed. 20 inch wheels with high enough profile tires. Drives well on so so roads. Upgrade to an air suspension.

If you want something slightly bigger, the new Cayenne S Coupe will make a great daily driver. Lots of option choices to make it specials for you without too much bling. Again, "spring" for an air suspension.

Spend some time here and build your dream car: https://www.porsche.com/usa/modelstart/all/
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Sandtrap wrote: Sat Jul 29, 2023 8:44 pm
Cruise wrote: Sat Jul 29, 2023 6:04 pm This topic is actionable to me. What kind of car should I buy? Money really isn't an issue.

Here are the variables I am looking at:

1. Road conditions in the urban environment where I live are not the best. So, even if I wanted a low-slung 911 turbo, I'm not getting it because the ride will feel terrible. Same for other vehicles that only come in 21-inch wheels. Not prudent with potholes a common sight.

2. Not attracting too much attention. Yes, I'd like to drive a nice-looking car, but no way am I tooling around in a Rolls or Bentley. Way too attention-grabbing. Just not my style.

3. High quality, great looks, and high performance are important.

Thanks for your thoughts.
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Aston.

Looks great but dignified and understated. Most people won’t know what it is whereas they’ll think you’re rich if you drive a Porsche. Plus I want one but I can’t pull the trigger on it bec I feel guilty spending that much mo eye on one so you can tell me how great it is and I can live vicariously through you. Maintenance is supposed to be not terrible.

I’m also intermittently looking at Lexus lc but I drive an IS and it’s not at all exciting to drive and I read that the lc while fast is not an athletic car.
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Rivian R1S. The SUV, not the truck.
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Cruise wrote: Sat Jul 29, 2023 6:04 pm

1. Road conditions in the urban environment where I live are not the best. So, even if I wanted a low-slung 911 turbo, I'm not getting it because the ride will feel terrible. Same for other vehicles that only come in 21-inch wheels. Not prudent with potholes a common sight.
Run flats are no good (think BMWs), better with big tires (think 4WD trucks)
2. Not attracting too much attention. Yes, I'd like to drive a nice-looking car, but no way am I tooling around in a Rolls or Bentley. Way too attention-grabbing. Just not my style.
Depends where you are, South Beach / Miami or any farm town USA?
3. High quality, great looks, and high performance are important.
Too vague: Anything from a Ferrari 250 GTO to a Ford F250 FX4 will fit those descriptions
Thanks for your thoughts.

Since you mentioned 911 and that money is not a problem, I'd ask Rob Dickinson (Singer Vehicle Design) to make you a 911 Dakar edition, patina it like it's a rust bucket.

Or get yourself one of these, have MAACO paint it some ugly dull color and drive the hell out of it.


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Seriously, what's your budget? Sounds like it's going to be a real fun car to fit those description.

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Lexus IS500 F Sport

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Looks part of a typical Lexus lineup so it should meet your looks criteria

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392 wrangler or maybe TRX ram. A ford raptor is a bit on the wide side where parking and a car wash could be a big issue. Anyhow, a big concern of yours was bad roads/potholes…anything with a low profile tire is a big no no for this. I think many that have responded must be from the west coast. 😃
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If “money no object” extends to not mattering if the manufacturer goes out of business, I’d get a high end Lucid.

I’d give strong consideration to Rivian SUV or pickup.
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Lease a new Range Rover every 3 years.
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What does high performance mean to you?
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Not sure what class of auto you're looking into.
car meaning: sedan? coupe? sport? truck? SUV? wagon? formula-1?

I've taken a liking to the new 4x4 6-speed manual trans jeep gladiator. Purchase options can be outfit for tow-load capacity like a typical truck or offroad like a wrangler. Price starts around 40k base. Nothing too flashy, but it's so much fun to drive. It gives you passenger space, convertible doors/roof, and a bed to haul stuff around with. I'm in the northeast, so I have the same concerns regarding potholes that you do. Whenever you're out with friends/family, they will want you to drive....especially the kids. It gives you tremendous flexibility with respectable gas mileage and it suits a range of conditions.

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Harmanic wrote: Sat Jul 29, 2023 8:07 pm A long time ago, I would have said a Land Rover, but now they all look like Ford Explorers.
You mean a Ford Explorer now looks like a Land Rover, don't you? ;-).

Sad to say for a British-built car, but they have one of the worst reliability records of any make. They depreciate quite fast.

Ineos has relaunched the baseline Land Rover (the African safari, farm in the Scottish Highlands-type) as the Grenadier.

https://ineosgrenadier.com/en/gb/

They are very popular - to the point of a nearly-new one selling for more than a new one (due to the waiting list).

They may not be available in the USA. Built in France.
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We previously owned a Honda Pilot, very reliable SUV.


radiowave wrote: Sat Jul 29, 2023 8:41 pm
Chv396 wrote: Sat Jul 29, 2023 8:08 pm Toyota Highlander.
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How about 1000HP Hennessey Dodge Charger Hellcat H1000 Redeye when 800HP isnt enough. :twisted:
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Classic Ferrari. Just as much a piece of industrial art as a car.
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I see a lot of people driving Range Rovers in those environments.
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I personally buy the Acura mdx
It’s sort of the cheapest of the luxury suvs and is more of a highway /city suv then off road. It just runs without the issues and that matters a lot to me. I personally don’t find any of the other luxury suvs more enjoyable but people do claim differently. I can also more frequently get a new one if desired bc of the cost savings with less guilt.
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Lexus LS500 with the caveat that I am not a fan of the luxury SUV class of vehicles. (LS is a sedan)
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Cruise wrote: Sat Jul 29, 2023 6:04 pm This topic is actionable to me. What kind of car should I buy? Money really isn't an issue.

Here are the variables I am looking at:

1. Road conditions in the urban environment where I live are not the best. So, even if I wanted a low-slung 911 turbo, I'm not getting it because the ride will feel terrible. Same for other vehicles that only come in 21-inch wheels. Not prudent with potholes a common sight.

2. Not attracting too much attention. Yes, I'd like to drive a nice-looking car, but no way am I tooling around in a Rolls or Bentley. Way too attention-grabbing. Just not my style.

3. High quality, great looks, and high performance are important.

Thanks for your thoughts.
What is the objective? 2 and 3 read like objectives, but a bit vague, and somewhat counter to each other.
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You've not described the use cases or given examples of vehicles, so I am going to assume you need to get the Rezvani Vengeance. It sticks out a bit, but at $300k who cares?

For more realistic options, you may seriously want to consider a high-end minivan, at maximum trim they're very nice and capable vehicles, and the Kia Carnival doesn't even really look like one.
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I’d get a perfectly restored pickup from the mid 80s. Ford Ranger or a Toyota. Manual transmission, manual windows, standard cab, tape deck. If money was really no object I would buy two.
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