What Automaker Makes The Best Two-Car Garage For Enthusiasts?

Having one performance-oriented car isn’t enough for the majority of enthusiasts. Like that old “We Want More” AT&T commercial, we always want more.

Luckily for us, automakers are covering all of the bases, offering all sorts of high-performance machines alongside track-oriented monsters. So if you had to choose two different types of vehicles from one automaker, which one would you go with?

Here’s a list of five automakers and the cars I would go with if it were up to me. The list isn’t in any particular order, besides the first pair, which is what I would probably go with.


Mercedes-AMG E 63 S / GT R

Mercedes-AMG GT R and E 63 S

I’m a sucker for high-powered wagons and the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S looks like it’s the king of the hill of when it comes to the current crop of wagons. Americans usually miss out on a lot of variants of the lengthy body style, so it’s nice to see AMG still offer the vehicle in our neck of the woods.

The AMG E 63 S wagon is powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that generates 604 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. That results in a zero to 62-mph time of just 3.5 seconds, which is downright frightening for a family hauler.

With the comfortable, daily driver chosen, the Mercedes-AMG GT R is the perfect vehicle for a canyon getaway or a track day. The coupe shares the same engine as the wagon, but in this application it produces 577 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Yes, that’s less, but it’s still quick enough to get around the Nurburgring in 7:10.92. And it’s not hardcore to the point where you’ll hate yourself for driving it.

 


Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R / Raptor

Ford F-150 Raptor and Mustang Shelby GT350R

The Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R is one of those rare machines that comes around every other blue moon. It’s got the glorious 5.2-liter flat-plane crankshaft V8 that makes 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. The sound of the engine when it’s being pushed is sublime and the way it handles on the track or a windy road is intoxicating.

While the GT350R is the ultimate affordable weekend car from Ford, the Raptor fits the bill for daily use. The pickup also happens to be amazing at off-roading. As a daily driver, it doesn’t get much better than the Raptor as it can get through inclement weather, can seat five passengers (in the right configuration), and has a bed that can fits loads of stuff.

 


Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 / Colorado ZR2

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Before the new Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 came out, this was kind of a toss up. Do you go with a Z06 or the ZL1? Well, the Corvette ZR1, with its 755-hp supercharged 6.2-liter V8 is the obvious choice. It can go 210 mph in a straight line, has roughly 950 pounds of downforce, sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer tires, and Magnetic Ride Control. All of this means that the ZR1 can put down a blistering lap at the track.

For the everyday machine, I had trouble deciding to be rational with the Bolt or Tahoe. But then I said heck with all of that and settled on the Colorado ZR2. The automaker’s midsize offering is perfectly sized for daily use and has the right goodies, like DSSV dampers, a two-suspension lift, 31-inch off-road tires, and modified bumpers to get dirty. It would make for one heck of a daily.

 


Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo / 911 GT2 RS

Porsche 911 GT2 RS and Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

Porsche may be the ultimate automaker in this hypothetical predicament. The brand’s high-performance vehicles are comfortable enough to use on a daily basis, but absolute monsters on the track. But when it comes to an actual daily driver that we’d love to get into and out of everyday that could handle mundane tasks, I give the nod to the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo.

 

The Sport Turismo is a hatchback wagon thing that just happens to have 550 hp. It’s got a sleek body style, a spacious cargo area, and happens to straddle the line between performance and usability extremely well.

On the flip side of the equation is Porsche’s latest and greatest supercar, the 911 GT2 RS. The supercar features a 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat six that pumps out 690 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. Getting to 62 mph takes just 2.8 seconds, while the vehicle has a top speed of 212 mph. Those are impressive figures for a track car that also doubles for canyon duty.


Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio / 4C Spider

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and 4C Spider

Alfa’s comeback in the United States has brought a lot of excitement to the auto industry. The Italian marque’s cars are flavorful, enjoyable to drive, and, somehow, maintain the weird quirks that made old Alfas special.

As far as a daily driver goes, we’d spring for the Giulia Quadrifoglio. With its Ferrari-derived twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 engine, the Giulia Quadrifoglio is more than just another high-performance sedan, it’s arguably the king of four-door vehicles. The thing about the Giulia Quadrifoglio, though, is that it has a lot to prove when it comes to reliability, but if you put that aside, t’s a masterpiece.

For the majority of drivers, the Giulia Quadrifoglio will be plenty of car on the track. But for pure enjoyment there’s a better option in Alfa’s lineup – the 4C Spider. The open top is practically a mid-engine supercar with its carbon-fiber chassis, lack of power steering, and revy 1.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It’s the kind of car you wouldn’t want to drive for more than a few hours away, which makes it the perfect second car.

Brand loyalty is an old concept that’s gone out of style, but there are still a lot of automakers out there that can be one-stop shops for enthusiasts. If you were building your ultimate, but somewhat realistic, two-car garage, which modern automaker would you go with?

  • MonkeyRider

    Shelby/Raptor please.

    • brn

      Yep. Ford wins this one. They got both ends covered.

      However, I’d go with GT/Raptor. WTF is the is the Mustang doing there, when there’s a (difficult to obtain) GT?

      • rodriguez256

        You could go with the GT350R / GT / Raptor and swap them out with each other and still be good. You can’t go wrong with either one.

    • Merc1

      Yes, perfect. Swap out the GT350 for the new GT500 next year.

      M

  • ace_9

    Neither of the mentioned choices makes sense to me. Having a very fast sporty 4/5 door car and a very fast sports car? Not that much of a difference in real life to pay for two expensive cars… And pickup + sports car might be reasonably good, although having high performance offroad oriented truck also does not seem to be the best choice for everyday usage and for europeans like me, it is completely pointless to buy such a car. I guess something comfortable and also practical (either SUV or combi, hatchback, sedan) plus a sports car would be the best choice for everyone.

    • Totally agree, especially if you live in let’s say Europe, you are bound to need hatchback or electric car.

  • LWOAP

    It’s obviously Chrysler. The only models they have in their lineup is the Pacifica and the 300 so it’s not that hard when you think about it.

  • MultiKdizzle

    BMW: 440i/X3

    Lexus: RC F Sport/NX

    Audi: S5/Q3

    And so on.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    alfa and porsche

    • You need glasses or something? “What AUTOMAKER Makes The Best Two-Car Garage”

      • YUDHA BAGASKARA

        f u

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    Mind I say
    Nissan Z / GT-R
    Toyota MR / Supra
    Lexus LFA / GS-F

  • ctk4949

    Nissan GTR / Infiniti Q50S Red Sport
    BMW i8 / BMW M5
    Alfa Giulia Quad / Alfa Stelvio Quad
    918 Spyder / Panamera Turbo S

  • Bananarama

    Porsche. The Panamera is sublime and beautiful now. The G911 can be had in any configuration you like. Perfection.

  • An Existing Person

    Porsche without a doubt for enthusiasts. However, there are plenty of viable options from other manufacturers as well.

    • For the enthusiasts, wholeheartedly agree! For the everyday man, I’d say Mazda: MX-5 and 6 Tourer (in manual also. Oh and brown because wagon).

  • The short answer is most German manufacturer has that covered for you.

    Can I stretch this out into one automaker family like JLR?

    That would be Range Rover/Jaguar i-Pace

    Citroen/DS: C4 Cactus/DS7 Crossback

  • Brian Brown

    I dig the Alfa duo with one change….Replace the 4C with the SUV and I think you got something

  • Merc1

    Good list. Where is Acura, Lincoln, Infiniti? Oh wait…….

    M

    • lagunas3ca

      Wow no Chevrolet Tahoe smh.

  • Andrew Riles

    For the offroaders amongst us, where both vehicles need to work off the bitumen:

    Jeep: Grand Cherokee Overland and SWB Wrangler (preferably with V8 conversion)
    JLR: Discovery SVX (assuming it makes production) and Evoque
    MB: GLS with offroad options, your choice of Gelandewagen….I’d probably go for a military spec one…
    Lambo: LM002 x 2 🙂

  • HG504

    Porsche easy. Panamera Sport Turismo as a daily and a GT3/GT3 RS for the weekend.

  • Bob

    Volvo could have been viable with the Polestar 1 and, say, an XC90 T8 SUV.

    I like Alfa but I’m biased about anything Alfa lately so there is that. Honestly, if I could pick from only one stable, it would have to be between Porsche and Mercedes-Benz.

  • Charles Lane

    wtf is this shit….it is Ferrari with the GT4 Lusso and F12 Superfast

  • OptixGuru
  • Shahul Usman

    AMG GTR track weapon and E63 AMG all wheel 603hp station wagon (with drift mode)..ftw..

  • Phillip Jones

    Audi doesn’t make an overlanding rig. Even if they did, I’d stick w/ Toyota. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cc7a790976587e6204d8d608e3f87e0f935957d7c391ad74fe58451cbb2300ea.jpg

  • Stealth333

    For me it would be Subaru. The WRX STI is a great family car for all weather and for enthusiasts since it comes in Manual. The 2018 BRZ TS would be an awesome weekend summer/track car and also comes in Manual.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Shelby GT 350 / Raptor
    X5 M / M2
    S-class coupe / G-wagon 4×4^2
    F-type R / F-pace
    Range Rover Coupe / Defender
    Continental GT / Bentayga

  • Year 2001 garage…
    Opel Omega 3.2
    Opel Speedster 2.2

    Year 1991 garage…
    Opel Omega Lotus
    Opel Omega Lotus

    🙂

    (What was and what will never be again… Yes, I am a fan.)

    Today, I don’t really know, all the big car makers cover pretty much everything (Mercedes probably being the “gamma width leader”), but nothing really excites me, everything seems too perfect and shiny… though Alfa is pretty close with the Giulia/4C combo.

  • Vassilis

    Probably the Porsche combo.

  • lmagri

    Will take the 2 Alfa just with one difference stelvio instead of the gulia

  • Oliver Moore

    I’d go with Porsche, while I would go for both practical and sports vehicles from different companies, I think Porsche does it best as a combo.

  • Carmelo Van Cabboi

    Alfa!

  • Nordschleife

    I am going with Mercedes-AMG because they present the least compromise to the comfort and convenience that I ultimately desire.

  • Larry Qualls

    Giulia Quad/Stelvia Quad

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