Final week we launched a brand new sequence to TTAC referred to as Purchase/Drive/Burn. A slightly complete set of directions (and an instance) was given with the intention to put together you for the upcoming entries into our new sport. For those who haven’t learn that primer, go achieve this now. This week is the primary actual entry for Purchase/Drive/Burn and, like the instance put up, we’re sticking with luxurious.
Your three choices to buy, borrow, and set on fireplace are all luxurious coupes costing over $100,000.
The genesis of right this moment’s subject was Chris Tonn’s evaluate of the brand new line-topping coupe from Lexus, the LC 500. Whereas it attracted a lot consideration from the locals on the 7-11, there are a pair different rivals in the identical value bracket which could rouse your luxurious wishes — or maybe ship you right into a rage of arson. Let’s get going.
Lexus LC 500
The primary V8 coupe from Lexus for the reason that long-departed SC400 within the early 2000s, the LC 500 is a love-or-hate proposition within the styling division. For an as-tested value of $100,720, the client will get an attention-grabbing physique, a 5.Zero-liter V8 engine with 471 horsepower, 10-speed computerized, and rear-wheel drive. Although it’s giant and in cost, and the correct wheels have the facility, conventional is one factor the LC isn’t. Does it go too far, to the purpose the place you attain on your Zippo?
Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe
In a brand new providing from Mercedes-Benz, the S-Class Coupe comes again into the fold after a substantial departure. Changing the unpopular CL, the S-Coupe trades on the extra acquainted and lengthy working premium nameplate from the three-point star. Customary energy is offered by a Four.7-liter biturbo V8 pumping out 449 horsepower. All-wheel drive in 4MATIC guise is customary. At practically 16.5 ft in size, it bests the LC by a few inches. It’s additionally a pillarless coupe, which is one thing not many (any?) different vehicles can declare right this moment. Beginning value is $123,475, and having Swarovski crystals within the headlamps is an non-compulsory additional.
Simply probably the most sporty choice of our giant coupe trio, BMW’s M6 mannequin is out there as coupe, Gran Coupe, or convertible, and with an computerized or (no-cost) guide transmission. Props to BMW for bringing decisions right here. At a base value of $113,700, the M6 is motivated by the acquainted BMW Four.Four-liter V8, and has a whopping 560 horsepower surging to the rear wheels. At simply 193 inches lengthy, it’s the smallest coupe of our group, which ought to lend itself to the aggressive, driver’s automobile picture BMW has traded on for therefore lengthy. Price noting, it appears the M6 coupe goes away after 2017, and for 2018 the Gran Coupe and Convertible soldier on alone.
Which of those is your keeper, which one do you simply borrow, and which burns to the bottom?
[Images: Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Chris Tonn/TTAC]