Car Reviews

Four is Better Than Two

Whether they have additional doors or an extra row of seating, these high-speed machines prove that you can never have too much of a good thing.

By SékouWrites

Aston Martin Rapide

The Rapide marks Aston’s return to the world of four doors, with all the amenities of a luxury vehicle and the extra space you’ll need to cart the kids to lacrosse practice. T he hand-built V-12 engine will get you there fast. The optional rear entertainment system has in-headrest flat screens on which the kids can watch highlights from last week’s game. In addition, the 1,000-watt audio system that detects the number of people in the car and adjusts sound accordingly will keep everyone happy. MPG: 12 city/19 hwy. Top speed: 188 mph. Price: $199,950

Lotus Evora

When it debuted this year, the Lotus Evora became the world’s first (and only) mid-engine sports car with a backseat. For 60 years, Lotus has specialized in light, maneuverable vehicles, and auto enthusiasts are thrilled to have all that performance and room for two more passengers. Plus, the Evora is just plain pretty. From the aluminum center console and ultralightweight magnesium steering wheel to the adjustable Recaro leather seats and 20 exterior paint options, it’s a study in minimalist luxe. MPG: 19 city/30 hwy. Top speed: 162 mph. Price: Starts at $73,500

Porsche Panamera Gran Turismo

Known for building some of the sleekest street rockets around, Porsche raised eyebrows when it announced it had created a four-door version of its signature shape. The naysayers needn’t have worried: T he Panamera is just as sleek as you’d expect, with two full-size backseats offering top-notch comfort and adjustability for rear passengers. Those aren’t the only new additions. A green-inspired engine start/stop system reduces emissions by shutting off the engine when it’s not needed, such as when you sit at a red light. This amenity keeps more gas in your car and money in your pocket.  MPG: 16 city/24 hwy. Top speed: 175 mph. Price: Starts at $89,800

Tesla Model S

Named for the famed electrical inventor Nikola Tesla, this car company has become the manufacturer of choice for eco-minded speed demons. Sporty enough to attract stares while operating on 100 percent electric energy, T esla’s two-door coupes have been slowly changing the industry. T he Model S represents the company’s inaugural four-door vehicle (five if you count the hatchback), and the results are spectacular: It’s roomy, rechargeable from any AC outlet in 45 minutes, and can travel 160, 230, or 300 miles with the three different battery-pack options. We’re not suprised that at press time the Model S already had 2,000 presales in the bag. MPC: 160–300. Top speed: 130 mph. Price: $49,900 (after federal tax credit of $7,500)

(also printed in UPTOWN Magazine)


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