Back in the 1980s, a jet-black 635Csi coupe, with its unique front and rear sport buckets, was the ride high-rollers craved; a Gordon Gecko cruise-mobile that kept you looking good, even with SEC investigators and 60 Minutes hot on your tail. But the market for big-dollar coupes dipped along with the stock market and BMW canceled the old 6-Series, much to the disappointment of its many fervent admirers. Now that coupes are back, so is the 6-Series, only this time, the 2004 comes armed with a V8 that packs about 100 horsepower more than the old 635Csi's straight six. The latest generation of BMW's active-handling system will help keep you out of trouble on the road. It's up to you to stay out of trouble in the market.
Your Budget: $80K
Your Rig: Audi A8 L
Audi's next-generation A8 luxury sedan puts plenty of distance between itself and its high-end rivals - and not just because it packs a 450-horsepower punch. In addition to its 6-liter "W" 12-cylinder engine (a unique design that, in effect, fuses two V6 engines into a single unit), the 2005 A8 won't leave you spinning your wheels in wet or snowy weather - thanks to its standard full-time Quattro all-wheel-drive system. This is a feature you won't find on the rear-drive-only BMW 760Li, Mercedes S600, and other top-drawer luxo-cruisers that patrol the far left lane. Plus, its voluptuous aluminum body adds to the car's bounding athleticism - 0-60 in the 5-second range - and top speeds well into the call-your-lawyer realm. This is one immensely powerful machine that provides a cocoon of luxury and quiet The Donald would never wag his finger at and say, "You're fired!" Amenities include an adaptive-ride air suspension to buffer your buns from the outside world, a six-speed tiptronic transmission, state-of-the-art electronic navigation and stability aids, and leather as soft as a Vicuna's underbelly.