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10. Honda Integra Type-R
Forget the 12 days of Christmas. This is the seven days of dream garages.
Trading partridges in pear trees for horsepower in sexy sheetmetal, starting today each AutoGuide editor will reveal their list of the 10 cars we’ll be asking Santa for this year, giving a little insight into our automotive preferences.
Now 10 may seem like a lot to have in a dream garage, but narrowing down the list is harder than you think. When you’re dreaming, you want to dream big – but when it comes down to it, you start to think hard about which cars you realistically want to have.
So to kick things off, my list starts off with a Japan-spec Honda Integra Type-R. I can already hear what you’re thinking, “Wait, what? A dream car list and one of them is a Honda?”
Well, you know the saying: You never forget your first love.
Powered by a high-revving 1.8-liter B-series engine, the Type-R is one of the most balanced, best-handling front-wheel drive cars ever made. Its rarity in America has turned it into a collectible, and finding a mint condition one in today’s market is nearly impossible.
In fact, finding a low mileage Type-R will cost you nearly what the vehicle’s MSRP was when it first came out – if not more. So why not the Acura model? Well, I’ve always had a soft spot for the design on the Japan-only front end on the Integra, it’s simply a design that can hold its own even with today’s modern cars.
A car, unlike a house, is not an investment. It’s a pit that your pour money into over time, especially when you take into account interest rates on loans and depreciation. That is, unless you just so happen to have bought, say, a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO back in the era of flower power and decided to sell it now – with one such vehicle recently hitting a record $18 million dollars at auction.
But how can you know what cars will be worth purchasing as an investment? Ask an expert.
That’s what the folks at Yahoo Autos did, speaking with McKeel Hagerty of Hagerty Insurance, the world’s largest insurer of pricey classic and antique vehicles. Hagerty broke down his list of the top five models of the last 20 years that are expected to become top collectors items – and the Veyron (above) isn’t one of them.
Hit the jump for the list and give us our feedback
Porsche‘s 918 Spyder hybrid supercar may be close to production after the automaker revealed it had approximately 900 people who are interested in buying it.
Wolfgang Duerheimer, development chief for Porsche, said that 1,000 interested parties were needed before Porsche could green-light the eco-friendly sports car, which uses a 500 horsepower V8 and an electric motor to help deliver a claimed 78 mpg fuel economy rating.
Porsche has a history of building ultra-exclusive low volume models, like the Carrera GT and the historic 959, but the 918 Spyder would be the first road-going supercar that also uses hybrid technology. The 918 is also part of Porsche’s new long-term strategy to add more models to its range, although no specifics have been revealed.
There isn’t a lot new (or a lot know) about this “new” Carbon Edition of Gemballa’s Mirage GT, but it sure is nice to look at.
What we do know is that Gemballa is claiming an output of 670hp, which us up 58 ponies over the stock 612hp output. That is enough says Gemballa to get the supercar to 62 mph in just 3.7 seconds – 0.2 seconds faster than stock. It’s also 0.2 seconds faster to 125 mph, at just 9.7 seconds. Top speed is rated at an impressive 208 mph!
As this is the Carbon Edition, we expect the vehicle to come with carbon aero bits, including a carbon fiber front splitter, carbon rear spoiler and diffuser and even a carbon fiber air intake tunnel and roof.
As with the other Mirage GT models, performance mods will include a Gemballa exhaust system and the car will also use Gemballa’s own 19-inch center-locking wheels.
We’ve loved almost every version of the Carrera GT that has come out and it’s impressive when you consider Porsche only produced 1,270 Carrera GTs, that so many Gemballa versions have been produced.
For more Mirage GT’s in all sorts of colors, visit the Gemballa site here: