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AUDI A8 Priced from $70,000 to $130,000, with all-wheel drive, a long body, if needed, 350-450 horsepower, and a drive that is buttery -- in a good way. My favorite in this rarefied air (if money is no object).

LEXUS LS SERIES Nice buy in this neighborhood. For less than $70,000, you can cruise in class with just under 400 horsepower. Nobody else is packaging so much quality and elegance at these prices.

BMW 7 SERIES The look is still provocative and it still works. Available with 360 to well over 400 horsepower, and a six-speed automatic transmission. Priced from $75,000 to $125,000.

VOLVO S80 I'm not kidding. Why not look in the low 40s? More than 300 horsepower, a superb interior, and great safety features. Add all-wheel drive and you're cruising in New England.

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