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2006 Sexy Car Buyer's Guide

2006 Sexy Car Buyer's Guide
by Martha Hindes

Warm weather can have a subtle way of revving up the senses. We take deeper, longer breaths of balmy air, stretch toward the sunlight with abandon. We skip mundane schedules for a few moments of pure indulgence, and relish the idea of pampering as a valid goal for the day.

This is the world where sexy cars belong, those lusty, often luxurious, inevitably tempting wheels that raise the bar from average to adventurous with style. They are the rejuvenators after a long dreary winter in North country, a dominator of sun baked roadways in the South. They meet an Eastern sunrise with a fresh, reviving perspective. They skirt Western coastal roads with crisp agility under the glow of a setting sun.

These head turners are instant celebrities in the world of autos that can ignore practicalities with impunity and deliver solely on their luscious looks. They nearly burst with the untamed potential of thunder-footed performance. When they go topless, as so many do this year, their temptation can be less brash and more suave, although many possess both talents. They eclipse even the magnetic attraction of the notable and deliciously naughty who own them - or are owned by them to be exact.

Whether they're priced at stellar six digit heights or more affordable range, we sometimes willingly sacrifice other treasured desires for the glory of ownership. In a realm where satisfaction can be measured in the way they make us feel, it takes very little to convince us they are worth every penny. For the curious or the truly captivated, we offer the following sensuous tour...