Cars I'm Thankful For: 2015 Edition

Thanksgiving is a day centered around thankfulness, obviously. Forget the modern trends of celebrating gluttony and watching football, let's focus on something we're thankful for. Last year, we posted a couple of articles involving some cars we were thankful for, and this year we're doing pretty much the same thing, albeit with one bit of criteria. It has to be a car that has been revealed to the public for the first time in 2015. So, what cars have us Oh So Lofty writers feeling thankful for their existence this year? Time to find out.

Let's kick things off with the car that was revealed first among the three I've chosen. Early in the year, Porsche took the covers off its GT division's latest track-focused creation, the Cayman GT4. The GT4 is, as its name suggests, the most focused, high-performing Cayman Porsche has ever offered. It comes packing the 3.8 liter engine from the 911, a wonderfully old-school manual transmission, and a number of suspension components from the 911 GT3. The GT4 also stays planted to the track with the help of a new wing that helps to give the car a much more aggressive look. I'm thankful for the Cayman GT4 because Porsche finally fulfilled its customers' desires of a more hardcore mid-engined sports car. They set out to make a car dedicated to delivering a pure driving experience, and oh did they succeed.

Later in the year, Alfa Romeo brought out another car I'm thankful for, the Giulia Quadrifoglio. This sedan was designed to rival the BMW M3, but with a bit more Italian flair. Side note: I feel obligated to drop a coin into the Top Gear Italian car swear jar James May utilized a few years ago. Anyways, the Giulia is powered by a 3 liter, twin-turbocharged V6 sending upwards of 500 horsepower to the rear wheels. The Giulia also has a perfect 50:50 weight distribution, active aero on the front splitter (it's the only sedan in the world that can say that), and gorgeous styling. So thank you, Alfa, for creating a tempting alternative to the group of German performance sedans.

Finally, I'm very thankful for Lamborghini's most recent iteration of its flagship model, the Aventador LP750-4 SV Roadster. The first roadster to bear the SV badge in the brand's history represents more than just what makes Lamborghini great, but also what won't be around for much longer. In a world of engine downsizing and turbocharging, the SV Roadster is propelled by a modern masterpiece of a V12. This engine, in its 6.5 liter, naturally-aspirated glory, is as much of a middle finger to Greenpeace as it is a celebration of what makes Lamborghini special. The huge engine produces 740 horsepower as it absolutely screams towards its redline, providing one of the best soundtracks of any car you can buy today. Add to that the intimidating, angular styling that sets Lambos apart from anything else and you've got, for me, one of the most desirable cars you can buy today. The ability to take the roof off makes it even better, as you can enjoy all the noise, drama, and adrenaline with the wind flowing through your hair. So bravo, Lamborghini, for continuing to make cars that not only make incredible bedroom posters, but also remind me why I love cars.

So that's that. 2015 is starting to wind down, and I'm able to look back and recognize these three cars for the wonderful creations they are. Each is special in their own way, and each makes the automotive world a better place because of its existence. What car are you most thankful for in 2015? Let me know in the comments below, and, in tune with the spirit of today, thanks for reading!