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What do you want for Christmas (part two)?

By Steven S. Brooks Published: December 22, 2009

OK, now that I've narrowed down my wish for an old car, it's time to move on to a different category. Let's go with a new car wish today.

While most people know what their new dream car is, it is very difficult for me.  Although I love the technology of new cars, I'm more of an old car buff. Playing the cat and mouse game with some new car dealers is also something I don't love. As a result, buying a new car has always been a bit of a chore for me. But, we're just wishing here, so let's put the worries aside.

The stipulations I've made for today's wish is that the car must be in current production and must be available through an authorized dealer in the United States. That quickly eliminated a lot of the cool European and Japanese stuff that we don't see over here. Effectively, that eliminates any small sports car that would interest me. Although trucks are our national vehicle, the only truck I would ever drive would be an honest beater of a work truck. In my book, the only convertibles to drive would be at least forty years old so you can truly enjoy a hint of uncatalyzed exhaust. Finally, even though I love our Suburban (and our daughter keeps asking for a G-Wagen), no SUV should ever be anyone's dream car.

That leaves me with wishing for a (gasp)sedan. If you think of it, today's sedans have probably seen the greatest level of improvement of any market segment in the auto industry. Imagine the BMW M Type, Cadillac V, S Class AMG Mercedes and Audi A8. Even the Ford Taurus and Chevy Malibu are head and shoulders over what they were just ten years ago. But, to me, one sedan stands out among the crowd; the Porsche Panamera Turbo. A true ultra luxury four door sedan with 500 horsepower, a top speed of 188 mph and a sub-four second 0-60 time. I don't know if I've been good enough this year for Santa to spring for the nearly $133,000 price tag but, again, that's what Christmas is for! What new car are you wishing for this holiday?

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