Don't you hate it when you see an "old guy" driving the car of your dreams, or at least a car you lust? Well, guess what? I'm almost that old guy. I don't feel like it inside, but all of a sudden bills are going away, pay is going up, and it won't be too long before a brand new sports car is on my horizon. I'm not thinking about any old cars, because I want it to become an old car under my stewardship.

The candidates: The number one candidate is an M4. I like BMWs and own 2 now and others in my past. I think it's pretty exciting, yet very practical. I've also driven a Jaguar F-Type Coupe and found it intoxicating. Wow. But, not so practical. I've been also considering the Porsche offerings in Cayman and 911 forms. I haven't driven them yet, so my interest in them has only been based on what I've read about them. Just like you. But I watched a video by Steve Sutcliffe of Autoweek and I thought it might be worth looking at.

http://youtu.be/oKmfUVZxB1g?li…

I tried out Aston Martin's configurator. The price runs right around $100k. That's way on the north end of what I think I'll be able to spend, but it's hard to say how well they'll move. I decided on "Skyfall Grey" with a light interior, red stitch, and carbon fibre. You'll note there is no manual shifter. I have a slight injury in my leg which makes driving a manual pretty difficult for me. By the way, I would delete all the graphics, etc... They take away from the car's beautiful lines.

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As far as performance, it's really not super great.

Most of the cars I'm looking at will beat it to 60. The top end is really academic. Even on a track it's not likely to be attained in the US. As we know, this can bring big trouble.

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The pros are definitely the name. Aston Martin. I can imagine driving it for a very long time and it seems like it would hold its looks. Astons are beautiful, but early DB7 interiors are awful, will I think it's still elegant in 2025?

What do you think?