I just arrived from a great trip to Florida where I visited a good number of the best places the state has to offer. I will spare you the boring details other than the food was good, even a Mexican can get a sunburn and there are more pharmacies than anyone would deem reasonable. Now, on to cars!
I took my Sony A6000 with me the most times I could to snatch up any interesting car that would be worth showing to you. The spotting began in Mexico city, where I decided to spare a few hours in a lifted glass bridge above the entrance. This is what I saw:
Avenger on police duty.
Why own a Raptor in one of the most congested, maniacal cities? Because Raptor.
A very clean VW Fox? I am not sure.
The new Charger in Federales duty is extremely cool.
Awesome Passat wagon.
Peugeot 406 sedan, hadn’t seen those in ages!
We arrived in Miami at around 8 PM, exhausted from the flights but I was more than excited for the car we would be renting. My father had made the reservation for a “Premium” class car in Enterprise which meant we would get a 300 or something similar. I was adamant we would end up in a Fusion, which I was not unhappy about, but the car we ended up in was so much better. The guys from Enterprise were great, the service was excellent but I was even more happy we chose them when the employee took us to the lot and said “You can have anything you want here”.
The convertible Camaro was my go-to choice since this was Florida after all, but the need for legroom and trunk space dictated otherwise. There was a tempting Infiniti Q50, but still it wouldn’t be too commodious and I really dislike Infiniti. There was the venerable LS rental spec Suburban which I was curious to check out, but when I saw the final vehicle right at the corner of the lot I couldn’t resist. “We’ll take that one”.
Why did I chose a Navigator? First of all, it is the most comfortable/premium vehicle we could have got which would be important due to all the trips we would make throughout the trip. Second, we own a 2007 Expedition EL with the old V8 and comparing the new Ecoboost was too enticing. Our bright red Lincoln was an absolutely excellent companion and I wouldn’t want anything else after our trip.
We arrived to the hotel exhausted but ready for the long stretch tomorrow to the southernmost point in the US, Key West. It was a 4 hour drive and what a drive it was. I wasn’t going terribly fast, but the views were great and the places around the several “keys” were always charming. The Ecoboost engine was a peach, always being extremely responsive and averaging 26 MPG throughout the whole leg. Try doing that in the older Mustang V8!
Key west is a wonderful place, sort of like a town where they test nuclear weapons before they nuke it. Everything is sedate, people are friendly and the vibe is of complete hospitality. Another bonus from this place is that I learned to drive a scooter, which was very amusing. Now, on to the cars:
First P85D without a condescending number plate!
Spyder, which I wouldn’t buy since the engine isn’t under a glass cover for the world to admire.
This M4 seriously caught me by surprise in a very unassuming alley.
Pretty much the official car of Florida.
A cheeky NA!
A gorgeous 911 Turbo.
And another Porsche!
All flavors of roadsters!
Yeah, this happened.
After 3 days in Key West we ate a great breakfast to sustain the six and a half hour trip to Captiva Island and Sanibel Island which were on the complete opposite side of the peninsula. On the way there I saw what seemed to be a Lamborghini club with all sorts of colorful beasts belting and wailing in the other side of traffic which meant I couldn’t snatch any pictures. Again, I drove every mile in the Navigator and as I got more familiar with it my love toward it grew and grew. My average speed was about 80 mph and the average MPG was 22 which is not bad for a red dinosaur with THX surround sound.
This is what I call a rest stop:
More family! The place even had dummies inside dressed as gas station attendants. Now that I think about it, it’s pretty creepy.
Captiva Island was something I would have never expected, it’s sort of like a secret resort that not much people know about where anyone can hide and enjoy scallops all day long. Sadly, there weren’t much cars here, but after 3 days we would be in Miami where the real spotting would commence.
The two and a half hour trip back to Miami was quicker, averaging 80 and overtaking to see what the Lincoln could do. It never skipped a beat. The most interesting thing I saw on the way there was a V10 TDI Touareg with 2 Kayaks on the roof and 3 bikes at the back, belting at 83. When we reached Miami I took the camera out and started shooting, this was the result:
A nice Cruiser.
It looks like a bug but sounds like a lion.
Another NA rolling about in Ocean Drive. Weird why the top isn’t down.
The sounds, te looks, the presence. It’s all sorts of majestic.
This is where new M BMW’s feel most at home. Cruising and posing down busy streets.
Just a Golf.
7 passenger Charger.
Just a dignified Range Rover.
Just a C7.
Duo of Panameras.
Second Ferrari I saw, the sound didn’t disapoint.
Nice GTS, the lines of this car are gorgeous.
This is the best way to cruise here.
I can’t believe this is 10 years old.
A Mercedes that will be missed.
An insane GLA45
I am starting to like Bangle.
Obviously I saw hundreds of these.
We should have renter either of these.
Happy to see a lot of Ghibli’s.
I don’t know why, but this old Boxster just looks right.
Matte Maserati with a tag for disabled person?!
E39 M5, Aston V8 Vantage. Nice pair.
This deserves to be on a track.
A wagon for Oppo.
A stately looking Bentley
What a great trip this was, and part of it was thanks to the car that carried us around. The Navigator is an underdog in it’s class, but its performance, technology, presence and comfort are extremely good to make it a fantastic overall package. Hope you enjoyed it!