The challenge? Choose seven cars from seven different countries to complete a dream garage.
Car enthusiasts love putting together dream garages with certain restrictions such as a small budget, single manufacturer, or a single country. For our latest virtual garage, we wanted to focus only on new cars that could be purchased today, choosing a single car from each of the countries that sell in the US. We've chosen seven cars from Germany, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Sweden, the UK and the US that would suit all of our needs for one all-encompassing dream garage.
The supercar category was the one that we wanted to fill right away. For that, we have chosen a car from the UK, the McLaren 720S. It would be hard for us to find any other supercar that sold today that is better than the 720S. This car is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 710 hp. The 720S is so fast that it can even match the old hybrid hypercar Holy Trinity in a drag race. Not only is the McLaren fast, it's also very comfortable so we'd be happy driving it around whenever we got the chance.
With the supercar sorted, we turned our attention to a track car. This category is more about finding something that will put up with constant abuse and come out unscathed. That is why we chose a German car, the Porsche 911 GT3. Specifically, we'd get our 991.2 GT3 with the optional six-speed manual transmission. The manual may be slower than the PDK, but the GT3 is still plenty fast thanks to its 4.0-liter flat-six engine with 500 hp. We'd gladly trade in a few tenths off our lap times for the pleasure of rowing our own gears with that amazing flat-six soundtrack.
Our next challenge was to find a grand tourer. This a sporty car that places an emphasis on comfort that we can take on long business trips and vacations without arriving tired on the other end. Interestingly, we chose an Italian car for this job, the Ferrari GTC4Lusso. The GTC4Lusso is the replacement for the old FF and it is the strangest model in the Ferrari lineup. We'd opt for the 680-hp 6.3-liter V12 model. The GTC4Lusso comes with four comfortable seats and an AWD system that would allow us to take it to places with snowy climates.
With our more impractical cars out of the way, we can start talking about some of our more reasonable choices. Even in this dream scenario where we own seven cars, we are going to assume that we may have kids to haul around. That is why we have turned to Sweden with the Volvo XC90. Volvo's recent crop of SUVs has been fantastic and the XC90 is the flagship. We chose the largest Volvo SUV because it has three rows to haul more passengers. Of course, we'd opt for the most powerful T8 variant that comes with a 2.0-liter twin-charged engine mated to a hybrid system. Total output is 400 hp without sacrificing fuel economy.
When we aren't hauling the kids around, we wanted a sport sedan that would be comfortable and still fun on a back road. Unfortunately, we've already used up our car from Germany, a county that has been known to dominate this segment. Luckily, South Korea has a new sport sedan that we like even more than the German models. The Kia Stinger may not have the same brand recognition as the BMW 3 Series, but it does have a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 with 365 hp. When we don't feel like drawing attention in our 720S, 911 GT3 or GTC4Lusso, the Stinger will be our daily driving companion.
We have already picked cars that can take on our daily duties, but we wanted to make sure that we had a car that could handle some of the tougher tasks that may come up in life. We had to turn to the US, because we could think of no better car for this duty than the Ford F-150 Raptor. The F-150 Raptor is powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 with 450 hp. The Raptor will not only be able to haul huge loads in the bed, but it will also be perfect for when the weather gets really nasty or the pavement disappears.
We knew that we wanted to have a hot hatchback on this list so we turned to Japan for the Honda Civic Type R. The Civic Type R is one of our favorite cars in the hot hatch segment because of how insane it looks on the outside. In our dream scenario, one of our children is likely to have a driver's license and may want to drive one of the family cars. Instead of giving them the keys to the McLaren or the Ferrari, we thought that the Civic Type R would be a reliable car that they could learn to drive manual on. 306 hp from a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is more than enough for a first time driver, and they'll likely get in less trouble with a FWD car.