After the stellar success of Porsche Cayenne, the German automaker introduced a smaller SUV this year aiming to build on the popularity of its bigger sized sibling. Formally announced by Porsche in March 2011, the Macan was formally launched at both the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show and the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, with European sales commencing in spring 2014. At launch, three different models and engines were available, all being V6 format: a 3.0-litre Macan S with 340 PS, a 3.6-litre Macan Turbo with 400 PS and a 3.0-litre 258 PS diesel.
Why do we love it? It looks almost identical to the bigger sized Porsche Cayenne and though it’s not the most attractive compact SUV there is in the market, but it has the talent to comprehensively beat its competitors.
Price – The starting price of 2015 Porsche Macan is pegged at $55,725.
5. 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
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There is no doubt that Corvettes have always been one of the best bang-for-the-buck performance cars, but the latest 2015 Corvette Z06 is a lot more than that. The new Corvette Z06 is simply stunning and beyond its good looks, the Z06 is also capable of some wild performance figures that are good enough to challenge the best breed of supercars from Europe. The Corvette Z06 was unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in January this year and it is powered by a supercharged LT4 6.2-litre V8 that produces 625hp and a jaw dropping 635 lb.-ft. of torque.
Why do we love it? Just in terms of power, it has 100 more horsepower than the previous generation of Corvette Z06. It not only is one of the cheapest supercars out there, but looks stunning.
Price – the starting price of the Corvette Z06 is $78,995
Unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the new Rolls Royce Ghost Series II carries subtle upgrades that aren’t easily detectable. In fact, rarely does an automaker ever describe their new model as a ‘subtle redesign’ but that’s exactly how Rolls Royce chose to introduce the new Ghost Series II. As far as the engine is concerned, the Ghost Series II carries the same engine as the outgoing model and is powered by a 6.6-liter, twin-turbocharged V-12, which produces 563 horsepower and 575 lb-ft of torque.
Why do we love it? The Rolls Royce Ghost is one of our all time favorite cars and the upgrades has given the already impressive vehicle a bit more gravitas and more reasons to like it even more.
Price – The prices start at $286,750.