• ETC
  • Sep 29, 2012
As automotive writers, we're always asked what our favorite cars are or which cars we would buy if we had the money. To answer the latter query, Vanity Fair writer Brett Berk polled 13 scribes to see what they'd pick for under $100,000. An interesting mix of vehicles ensues. Some of the choices stretched the imaginary budget to its max while others went all bang-for-the-buck on us, but what's most surprising about the list is that more than half the cars on it are not available with a manual transmission.

Of course cars like the Porsche 911, Ford Mustang and a couple of Mercedes-Benz AMG cars make the cut, but there were also a handful of choices that caught us off guard. Jonny Lieberman of Motor Trend chose the Subaru BRZ, Autoblog weekend editor Alex Nunez would love commuting in a brown Tesla Model S Performance, and Jake Fisher of Consumer Reports picked the Hyundai Veloster... non-turbo!

Here's the full list of what these 13 auto writers would take home if given a sub-$100,000 car:
So what do you say? If you could buy ANY new car priced under $100,000, which would you choose? Let us know in the comments below.


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      PeterScott
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can only assume from the low buck choices that you get to keep the change on the 100K.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @PeterScott
        I guess that's the incentive of the Veloster choice. That and the guy's from Consumer Report.
      Karfreek
      • 2 Years Ago
      CTS-V Wagon, stick shift.
      cruizin03
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd go with a CTS-V wagon or SRT8 JGC
      btulliani
      • 2 Years Ago
      For best out of the box.........Corvette ZO6/7
      NinetySixVert
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jag F-Type. Definitely like the AMG CLS63 & Carrera S though. Unsure of the new Viper's MSRP; it used to be upper $90's, so that's on the list, too, if it's still sub-100.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NinetySixVert
        A no option SRT will set you back $99,390, but the gas guzzler tax would technically disqualify it.
      purrpullberra
      • 2 Years Ago
      Today I'd put money down on a Tesla ModelS performance, 85kWh White. In a year+ a Tesla ModelX AWD performance. Firetruck red. Not sure that's gonna come in under 100k though. Brave and intelligent choice Alex Nunez, but brown? It's not as nice as Mercedes' version. I liked the blue too.
      ucvideo
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love seeing the Lotus Evora anywhere, that car is just so hot in its element. Overall, not a bad list.
      RHG357
      • 2 Years Ago
      Purchased 2012 Boss 302 new june 2012. Was 44k and competes with cars 20k more. It is a better driver and more fun then my GT-500Shelby. 44k is a long way from 100k.
      QCRamAir
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hmm, if I were given $100K to spend on automotive exotica, I believe my top choices would be either an early Lamborghini Diablo, or a Ferrari F355 Berlinetta + a '94-'95 Dodge Viper RT/10.
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      My choice, if no maintenance, insurance costs and someone was going to give me $100k to be spent just on a brand new car, might be a Cayman R or 991S (but sucks to not have any $$ leftover for vital options). If someone gave me $100k, I'd pay off some of my student loan in advance then use the rest on a Miata, preferably with a 400+hp LS V8 transplant
      Aryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Used Maserati Granturismo. Nothing sounds/looks better at that price.
      Lankysean
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't know maybe I'm getting old but I'd probably get a Volvo S60 with all the options. As much as I'd like some kinda crazy sports car I just really don't want to pay the insurance or maintenance. Then again... a Subaru WRX is pretty tempting.
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