MV Agusta F4 AUTO VISION

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MV Agusta F4 100 CC

MY TOP TEN CARS

As an avid car nut the question I get asked the most is “If you were rich what car would you drive?” This question always sets me in a head spin as I think of all the vehicles I like. The truth of the matter is, if I was rich I couldn’t own one car! So I sat down and thought of the 10 vehicles I’d love to own. They are in no particular order. I’ve been specific about the year of certain cars and displayed engine specs.

Price is not listed (because if you need to ask……..) but I’m sure you can Google it. Enjoy.

1. Lamborghini Diablo VT -(1993-2000) 5.7L V12 – 485-530HP 428-446 lbs/ft torque

Lamborghini was my first choice. If you read my about  then you know that Lambo was my first love. Ironically I would not want a new one.

The Aventador and the Gallardo are beautiful vehicles with crazy power and presence but they lack the Italian exotic style of their ancestors. Blame it on their German ownership (VW), but the new Lambos are too sharp-edged for my liking.

The Diablo is the last model from Lamborghini that I lusted for. It is the last curvy model from Sant’Agata Bolognese. Italy. It is simply beautiful, powerful, and exotic.

The VT had all wheel drive but any Diablo would suit me just fine.

2. Ferrari California – (2008-Now) 4.3L V8 – 460HP 357 lbs/ft torque

Typically you’re a Lamborghini or Ferrari  guy. It’s like GM vs. Ford, or BMW vs. Mercedes. But for me it’s impossible not to look at the new Ferrari’s. First there are more models. Then there is the difference in styling. Much more Italian, much more technology. The California is a fun choice. It is a hard top convertible so you can have fun in the sun and snow. It has four seats (OK you’re right those back seats are really storage racks). It’s more of a GT car.

A car you can take for a weekend and drive up and down the coast or through the Keys in Florida.

The California represents a number of firsts for Ferrari:

The first front engined Ferrari with a V8

The first to feature a 7-speed dual clutch transmission

The first with a folding metal roof.

For me it would be the first choice for taking the top down and letting the wind blow through my hair.

3. McLaren F1 – (1992-1998) 6.1L V12 – 618HP 480 lbs/ft torque

This separates the men from the boys. The McLaren F1 is one of the rarest cars in the world. It was designed by Gordon Murray (among others). Gordon is one of the worlds most well-known car guys. Imagine a goal to create the best exotic sports car in the world.

Imagine using a 3 seat configuration with the driver’s seat being smack in the middle of the car. Imagine doors that swing up and forward. Cap it off with a BMW V12 engine sitting behind the passengers surrounded in Gold (yes really!!).

The F1 is the pinnacle of supercars. Only about 100 where made in the 90′s. It is pure Supercar and has set a few records that it still may hold. It’s not as outlandishly fast as a Bugatti, but I know I’d prefer this car on a track!

I think to top it off I’d like an afternoon ride with Gordon so he can tell me all that went into creating this masterpiece!

4. McLaren MP4-12C – (2012 – Now) 3.8L Turbo V8 – 592HP 443 lbs/ft torque

More than a decade later McLaren has decided to create its own car company. If you don’t know McLaren check out Formula 1 racing. You will see their name right beside Ferrari in the winner circles. Now McLaren wants to compete against Ferrari on the street.

The MP4-12C (odd name) is their first car. And what a car! Two seats, mid-engine, and doors that swing up and forward ala the F1.

This car specs very closely to the king of this segment the Ferrari 458 Italia. Both are beautiful cars. Both are based on Formula 1 racing technology. They differ in building materials. The McLaren uses Carbon Fiber. while Ferrari  sticks with Aluminum.

I could talk about all the engineering and technology, but the truth is I picked this car over the Italia for one reason.

No one knows the McLaren. Once again we separate the men from the boys. This is the car you drive up in and when you get out people ask 2 questions. “Who is he?” and “What is he driving?”

5. Audi R8 4.2  – (2006 – Now) 4.2L V8 – 430HP 316 lbs/ft torque

By this point you may be asking “How many mid engine exotic cars is this guy gonna have?” Well this is the last one. Let me explain. The Diablo and McLaren F1 are more collectible items.

For me they are like art. Drive them a few times and then let them sit. The California is like a vacation car. The wife and I take a nice road trip.

The MP4-12C is my “I think I’m Tony Stark” car. Flashy but on the weekend I would take it to a track and see what it can do.

The Audi R8 is my everyday Supercar. It’s the one I’d let the wife drive. The one I may hop into to pick up milk. You know, take the kids to school and then head to my job.

Audi hit this one out of the park. Their rivals Mercedes and BMW have nothing to compete against it. Thanks to their VW parent company they get access to their sibling company Lamborghini.

As much as Audi may deny it this car must have a lot of Lamborghini Gallardo in it. Ironically the R8 is a better looking car (in my humble opinion).

The lines and curves are smooth, classic even.The multi colored changeable panels on the side are genius and unique. Plus as an Audi the interior is remarkable.

I don’t even care about power in this car (obviously I already have enough). I just want to hop in and ride.

6. Jaguar XJ (X351) – (2011 – Now) 5.0L V8 Supercharged – 470HP 424 lbs/ft torque

This may seem out of no where. How did Jaguar get in with all these exotics and why their biggest car? Well Jaguar has rejuvenated since being sold by Ford to Tata. I had the opportunity to test drive the new Jaguars (with the exception of this model). I loved what I drove.

Their cars are true luxury performance cars.

I choose the XJ as my family car or an elegant night out with my wife and friends. For a big car this cat looks lean and sexy. Its roomy and if you ever sat in one full of luxury.

I guess once again this is me going against the flow of the norm.

Most people look at the Mercedes Benz S-Class or BMW 7 series maybe even the Audi A8. In the Jaguar you have the same performance and luxury with a sense of uniqueness.

I’m a BMW fan. I’ve owned way too many and will probably own more. If you locked me down to a single car this would be it. The M5 is the absolute best sports sedan period. It has room for 5, tons of horsepower, a magic carpet ride that somehow offers comfortable luxury and sports car driving ability.

It is as close to perfection in a car as I’ve driven. It’s one of those special cars. Are there other choices? Sure but most of them started because of the M5.

The hard part is which one to choose. I’ve driven and I’m fond of the E39 chassis. Last model year 2003 -4.9L V8 with 394 HP and 368 lbs/ft torque.

Now there is a new one 2012 – 4.4L Turbo V8 with 560 HP and 501lbs/ft Torque.

It will be more luxurious and roomy than before with better styling than the Bangle era BMWs. Actually it looks like my decision is clear!

8. BMW 6 series Gran Coupe  (2012 – Now) 3.0L Turbo I6 – 315HP 332 lbs/ft torque

What’s better than one BMW…..2 BMWs. You know how I feel on the M5 but I must admit the styling does not make you turn your head. Enter the 6 Series Gran Coupe !

This is BMW’s competitor for the Mercedes-Benz CLS. The new 4 door coupe class. I must admit I find this class silly.

MV Agusta F4 100 CC
MV Agusta F4 100 CC

The Germans take their mid-sized cars and add more style to them and then take away the rear middle seat making them absolute four seater cars.

Then they  call them coupes which is so wrong since a coupe is defined as having two doors.

But hey I guess it works! I can see myself driving this car everyday. This is my executive transport. Once again the classy unique choice.

9. Dodge Durango R/T – (2012) 5.7 L Hemi V8 – 360HP 390 lbs/ft torque

WTH. How does a Durango fit in with all this other eye candy. Well first let me say I wish I had more American cars on here. Of course the Durango is not a car but a truck or SUV. I have a wife and 3 kids and we need a big 3 row vehicle for trips etc.

Now I’m not a big Escalade or Navigator fan. I guess I could get a fancy Mercedes-Benz or even an Infiniti. But there is something about the new Durango and others in its class that I like.

The Durango has more or a masculine look and the interior and spacing is top-notch.

Looking at the different trim levels I would choose the R/T and trick it into an SRT version (come on Ralph just do it!). Chrysler has done a great job with their vehicles and they have always strived to be different. In a sea of front wheel drive SUVs Dodge builds a hammer in rear wheel drive.

 I can see the kids in the back seat now smiling and cheering as we take a fast corner!

10. MV Agusta F4 – (2006) 1078cc I4 engine –  200HP 92 lbs/ft torque

And last but not least the MV Agusta F4. What kind of car is that? It’s not a car it’s a motorcycle.

Yes a motorcycle. I love motorcycles and dream of riding again. Forget that Harley or Honda cruiser once again I choose a piece of art that exudes exotic, power, elegance, and sport. Of course it’s Italian.

But that’s not what’s important. What is important is that this motorcycle will stop you in your tracks and cause you to stare. It is that beautiful.

Just look at the four tail pipes following under the seat!

The bike I’d really want is a special edition dedicated to company managing director Claudio Castiglioni. It was called the F4 1000 CC. I say ride nothing but the best!

Second Thoughts

This process was both fun and hard for me. I probably could have a top 20 or even 30 cars. So here is a quick list of cars that did not make the cut but I think are worth mentioning.

Acura NSX – Affordable exotic mid-engine car. Almost an impossible dream but Acura pulled it off two decades ago and the vehicle is still attractive. It looks like they might try again. See New NSX Concept .

Audi S5/A5 – I love coupes and this one is beautiful. This might have replaced the California if money was an issue.

Audi S8 – Audi makes beautiful cars and the 8 is the alternative to a 7 Series or S Class.

BMW 3 series – M3, 335, 330 or 328 doesn’t matter this is consistently one of BMW’s best cars. The next version will have better materials inside and more space. There is a lot to love about this car.

Chrysler 300 / Dodge Charger – My two American big body rear drive adrenaline junkies. These cars are like Linebackers, fast strong, and in your face. Again if money was a consideration this is the first place I would look.

Ferrari 458 Italia (Spider) – Only someone who does not own a Ferrari would dare say that it is not exclusive enough (see McLaren). This car is simply a masterpiece and it has gathered rave reviews. I just happen to dream as a big money snob and wanted something that the average person wouldn’t even recognize.

Mercedes-Benz SL (2007) – I’ve driven this car and there is something about it that is perfect. Luxury (check), Speed (check), retractable hard top to enjoy the sun or keep out the harshest weather (check, check, check). All this in a seductive body (note the particular year I’m attracted too).

Nissan GT-R – Faster than all but the fastest Porsche 911. Able to beat world-class cars on the track. With Godzilla as a nickname, and a fanatic speed racer following, the GT-R is more of a myth than a car. Starting price for Supercar performance.

Under $100K. This would be the stealth choice if I cared about being stealth.

MV Agusta F4 100 CC
MV Agusta F4 100 CC
MV Agusta F4 100 CC
MV Agusta F4 100 CC
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