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Take a drive in one of our luxury car selections, and your right foot won't ever be able to readjust to a regular gas pedal.

By Amanda Keeley-Thurman and Caitlin AdamsPublished: November 01, 2008 09:20 AM

Lexus Coupe SC09
By Amanda Keeley-Thurman

If you want to be hotter than Southern California weather, take a ride in the latest Lexus Coupe SC 09.

Starting at $66,805, this ride comes in a variety of colors such as Mercury Metallic, Starfire Pearl, Golden Almond Metallic, Matador Red Mica, Tigereye Mica, Black Sapphire Pearl, Smoking Granite Mica and Obsidian. The automobile has all the latest features like voice-activated navigation and Bluetooth technology.

Not only is the exterior of the Lexus Coupe SC 09 chic, but it's safe, as well. The heated outside mirrors and water-repellent windows allow for visibility during bad weather, and the adaptive front lighting pivots toward turns to illuminate more of the road. And the aerodynamic design and rear wind deflectors will have you cruising with the top down. But you won't mess up your hair – the wind deflectors shield any pesky wind.

The Lexus Coupe SC 09 has interior hand-stitched leather seating, warm woods and a seat memory system. This is more than a car – it's a lifestyle.

The Bentley 2009 Continental Flying Spur Speed
By Caitlin Adams

There's no doubt the Bentley is special. Bentley Motors was founded in 1919 and continues to be a must-have ride. But what has kept Bentley on top is the automobile manufacturer doesn't follow time-conforming trends.

And the 2009 Continental Flying Spur Speed is no different. Starting at $198,500, this is a Grand Tourer in the grand manner. The four-door saloon – a British-style sedan – is both spacious and powerful, with a top speed of 200 mph. Its twin turbochargers boost power output to 600 bhp, and the compact 12-cylinder, 6-liter engine is capable of doing 0-60mph in just 4.9 seconds.

The exterior design has noise-absorbent functions, such as acoustic glazing and a tri-laminate body; the new rear bumper delivers an aggressive and smooth silhouette. It also has an adaptive cruise control system, which monitors traffic and manages the breaks to maintain a time gap the driver sets up.

Features also include lowered ride height, multi-spoke alloy wheels that handle the road completely and custom modeling, but those are just a few of the many enhancements from Bentley's infamous model.

The 911 Porsche Carrera
By Amanda Keeley-Thurman

Efficiency, power and sportiness. These words best describe the new 911 Porsche Carrera. The luxury auto has a direct fuel injection engine: It's a 3.6-liter, 6-cylinder boxer engine positioned low in the rear of the chassis to allow you to go 180 mph in 0-60 miles per hour. And the two single tailpipes give it that unmistakable Porsche sound.

The 911 Porsche Carrera also has a signature double-clutch transmission, which allows for quick shifting and phenomenal performance.

And the inside of the car? It's just as good as the outside. It has a Porsche Communication Management touch screen, which features Bluetooth interface, XM NavTraffic, XM satellite radio and an iPod dock. This elegant ride starts at $75,600.

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