1. Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ Sedan
For over five generations the Mercedes-AMG E-Class has been a standard-bearer within the executive car market. Born in the 1950s, the E-Class has consistently garnered the attention of critics and connoisseurs and set the pace for competitors. But as with all things Mercedes-AMG, it’s designers are never satisfied, never settled, and never will concede they’ve built the best version of its class.
Welcome to the 2021 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ sedan.
The iconic luxury sedan has an ever so subtle update for the latest of its generation. Its facelift includes, “a restyled front section that features a striking flap in high-gloss black that extends across the entire front apron, and continues into the outer edge of the jet-wing, rounding off outwards towards the sides.” As standard, the E 63 S 4MATIC+ sedan catches the attention and envy of drivers with its, “aerodynamically optimized 20-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels.” Plus its “Hey Mercedes!” smart technology welcomes drivers to the latest in responsive artificial intelligence.
But at its core is still the automobile that Mercedes-AMG drivers have come to love and cherish. Managed by the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-Speed transmission, specially crafted to control and complement the premier sedan in its class. The V8 biturbo engine promises 603 horsepower at 5,750-6,500 rpm, powering the E 63 S 4MATIC+ sedan from 0-100 kilometres-an-hour in just 3.5 seconds and reaching speeds of 300 kilometres-an-hour. In fact, the German automotive giant boasts, “With a handcrafted 603-hp and variable-torque AMG Performance 4MATIC+, the E 63 S Sedan is among the quickest in the Mercedes-AMG family. It’s also one of the most rewarding and luxurious sedans ever to take track technology to the road.” We tend to agree. Blink and you’ll miss perfection.
2. Porsche 944 Turbo
Mankind has forever wrestled with the dream of a time machine. From HG Wells to Marty McFly, the fantasy of revisiting and reviving the past or stealing a sneak-peek into the future has been prevalent not just in our art and imaginations, but our automotive industry. Nowhere, perhaps, is our obsession with the future more pervasive than in our vehicle design and aspirations. Our automobiles can literally and figuratively take us to the future, but what about the past?
The term “luxury automobile” suggests the next best thing, concept cars, and auto show coming-out parties. But a truly well-built car lasts a lifetime, both in our driveways and collective memories. While Porsche has much to offer in 2021 – the all-electric Taycan, for example – many collectors and connoisseurs are looking to the past to quench their thirst for the future.
Prepare to travel back in time.
No car embodies the spirit of time travel like the Porsche 944. From its inception in 1982 through its final run in 1991, the 944 was everything an aficionado would expect from a luxury automobile. In 1986, the 944 Turbo became the crown jewel of the line and market, with a turbocharged and inter-cooled engine boasting 217 horsepower at 6,000 rpm powering it from 0-100 kilometres an hour in less than 6 seconds. But beyond its power was its sleek design, a windswept arching cabin preceded by an elongated curved body – it truly looked like it was not only from the future, but could get you there as well.
The Porsche 944 Turbo is the ultimate collector’s choice, and when restored and refined to its vintage by experts like those at Porsche Centre Oakville, time travel is no longer a dream—it’s the reality of a truly unique accomplishment in automotive design and history. It will take you to yesterday and tomorrow today.
3. Maserati Ghibli
Close your eyes. Feel the Saharan wind – from which the car borrows its name – warm and welcome in the distance. Picture your dream car, not just the F1 speedster from your childhood reverie but the one you crave today. Imagine a sedan with the mind of a sport coupe and the technology of a concept car. Imagine the unfettered power, the sleek lines, the smart tech, and unparalleled comfort. Imagine the possibilities.
Open your eyes. This is the 2020 Maserati Ghibli.
Since 1914, Maserati has been redefining the dreams of drivers. Their cars are finely crafted, an intersection of auto-racing, design, and Italian style. When it comes to luxury, there is truly nothing in the world like a Maserati. In setting a new standard for its class, the 2020 Ghibli takes the executive sedan to the places we’ve only dreamed of: 345-horsepower powering a twin-turbocharged V6 – built at the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy – from 0-to-100 kilometres an hour in just five-and-a-half seconds, reaching speeds of 267 kilometres an hour.
Feel that wind now?
In a world where we are conscious of our environmental tire print, the 2020 Maserati Ghibli treats every road on the globe with equal respect, offering an emissions output of just 255 grams-per-kilometre. A hybrid version of the 2020 Ghibli boasts a 2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine complemented by a 48-volt electric supercharger and battery – an industry-defining “e-Booster” promising 330 horsepower and a top speed of 255 kilometres-an-hour and acceleration bursting from 0-to-100 kilometres-an-hour in 5.7 seconds.
Inside your ride is an interior like no other manufacturer offers: Ermenegildo Zegna silk upholstery, Maserati Touch Control Plus 8.4-inch multi-touchscreen display, and a 10-speaker, 900-watt Harman Kardon premium audio system. And Maserati keeps its drivers not just happy and impressed, but safe with class-defining safety and security features, adaptive cruise control, and active blindspot, lane-keeping, and highway driving assist.
4. Mercedes-Benz C Class
The Mercedes-Benz C Class sport sedan is the iconic automotive giant’s top-selling model, and for good reason. Since 1993, the envy of sedans around the world has been providing discerning drivers with a stylish, stately, and sophisticated ride.
Its numerous iterations have adapted to the market, social change and drivers’ desires from the sedan, sport sedan, liftback, station wagon, coupe, to the cabriolet. The Mercedes-Benz C Class has prided itself on being a trendsetter and market leader in the executive sedan class. And 2021 promises to be no different. Once again, the Mercedes-Benz C Class will set the pace.
Boasting no less than a dozen models, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz C Class offers their discerning drivers a multitude of luxury choices to fulfill every need, whim, and wish to fit their lifestyles and lives. Redesigned and reimagined in order to attend to its legacy, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz C Class maintains the style and poise with which it has become synonymous.
Depending on the model and package, drivers will notice a new grille and apron design, as well as a new rear diffuser insert. There’s an increase in horsepower as well, and options to take the iconic sedan from 255 hp all the way up to 285 hp powered by a 3.0L twin-turbo V6. Beyond its peerless power, the Mercedes-Benz C Class adapts to the age by innovation: driver assist, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto with wireless charging, in-car WiFi, 64 colours of LED cabin lighting, multiple interchangeable driving modes, industry-defining 9G-TRONIC transmission, and so much more that by the time we listed them all, the 2021 model would be rolling off the line, again redefining the executive sedan.
The choice for a luxury sedan has always been decided by Mercedes-Benz’s innovation and enduring legacy. This year is no different. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C Class isn’t just a line of cars, it’s a lineage of perfection.