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The latest luxury cars for a mid-life crisis

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Get your motor running, head out on the highway. If you’ve got giant pile of money lying around and want to impress your friends and relatives, then look no further! These joyous constructions of steel, glass and automotive excellence really are the best that money can buy.

So start planning – and saving – for one of these dream cars released this year.

2014_alfa_romeo_4c_MAINAlfa Romeo 4C

Release date: June/July
Price: $80,000 +
Motoring.com.au says: “Verve, spirit, character, crisp handling, sweet engines, snappy gearboxes and a feeling of light, sporty cohesion that shed years and worries every time you drove it to the shops, much less on a mountain road. Combine all of that and you have what a series of Alfas has failed to deliver.”

BMW-i8-1BMW I8

Release date: October
Price: $300,000+
Motoring.com.au says: “Deemed by BMW to be its most technically advanced car yet, the i8 combines a 170kW/320Nm 1.5-litre petrol three-cylinder engine and a 96kW/250Nm electric motor inside a super-light carbon-fibre body.”


 

2014_mercedes_benz_s_classMercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

Release date: Christmas
Price: $336,500+
Motoring.com.au says: “The vehicle leans into bends much like a motorcyclist, thereby reducing the lateral acceleration acting on the vehicle’s occupants. On country roads in particular, this means greater driving pleasure and ride comfort for our customers.”


 

2014_jaguar_f_typeJaguar F-Type Coupe

Release date: March
Price: $119,000 +
Motoring.com.au says: “Hoping to cut the Porsche 911’s lunch, Jaguar is packaging the base-model F-Type with plenty of standard features, such as leather sports seats with suede-cloth inserts, aluminium cabin highlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, steering wheel gear shift paddles and a sports exhaust system…”


 

2014-Lexus-RC-Coupe-3Lexus RC Coupe

Release date: December
Price: $130,000+
Motoring.com.au says: “Inside there is a purpose-developed lighting system, genuine wood highlights and a new Remote Touch Interface for control of navigation and audio. The RC is also the first Lexus to feature an improved Blind Spot Monitoring system which detects vehicles approaching from a higher speed and greater distance.”


 

lotusLotus Exige S Roadster

Release date: February
Price: $126,990+
Motoring.com.au says: “Lightweight, uncompromising and intensely quick, Lotus cars have always had a special aura about them – the Exige S Roadster is no different. Priced at $126,990, it’s not cheap, but few cars this fierce are.”


 

subaru_wrxSubaru WRX STI

Release date: April
Price: $55,000+
Motoring.com.au says: “In addition to lots of horsepower and ambitious handling (more on that soon), the new WRX STI comes with a scooped aluminium bonnet, a one-piece nose cone, LED low-beam headlights (which Subaru says are designed to evoke a raptor’s stare), and model-specific guards, doors, quarter-panels, bumpers and tail-lights.”

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