Here's yet another car post (well, I haven't done too many about cars recently, so bear with me here).
Maybe one of these will become your favorite car; not that it matters, but this is one of the "non-intellectual" posts I'm writing before I get back to more serious stuff. So here are a few luxury vehicles in the roughly $40 - 60k-range.
1) Cadillac CTS-V sedan and coupe
This American car's supercharged LSA V8 is a detuned version of the Corvette ZR-1's LS9.
It produces 556 hp (as opposed to the LS9's 638). The CTS-V can accelerate from 0-60 in 3.9 seconds with the automatic.
2) BMW M3 sedan and coupe
The M3 is the favorite car of many people, and its reputation as a strong-performing luxury/sports car is well-established. The latest model comes in coupe, sedan, and convertible forms, and it has a 414 hp V8 (the next generation model will probably be a 6-cylinder) that can propel it to 60 in the low 4-second range.
I think the coupe and convertible are vastly better-looking than the sedan.
Here's the coupe.
-To be continued