We all want an exotic car — a car that just screams, “You’ve never seen a car like this and you’ll never see it again if you’re not coming home with me tonight.” Normally, cars such as this require a ton of dough — but not anymore. The 2006 Lotus Elise (starts around $43,000) brings exotic car cred to your garage without completely breaking the bank, and has numbers like 0-60 in 4.9 seconds to back-up the “My car is cooler than yours” looks.
While there was no mention of U.S. availability in the announcement this week, the Volkswagen Golf R32 (starting at €32,200) is simply too awesome not to cover. The R32 has a 250-hp 3.2-liter V6 engine, 4MOTION four-wheel drive, and comes either with either a manual 6-speed or an optional dual clutch gearbox (DSG). On the outside, the top of the line Golf gets gets the aluminum treatment on the front bumper, a subtle hatch spoiler, dual polished stainless steel tailpipes, and 20-spoke 18-inch wheels with huge blue brake calipers hiding behind them. The R32 has sleek sports seats, aluminum pedals, six airbags, and much more inside. The car goes on sale in Germany next month. [via Jalopnik]
Yes, "Grab life by the horns" is a stupid slogan. But this beast makes up for it. The 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8 ($39,000 est.) is a true muscle car. It boasts a 425-horsepower 6.1-liter HEMI V8 engine good enough for 0-60 in about 5 seconds and a quarter-mile time in the 13-second range. The Charger offers 20-inch aluminum wheels with high-performance F1 Goodyears, a functional hood scoop, dual 3.5-inch exhaust tips, and your youth.