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Midlife Crisis Cars

by Ashley Grashaw
Jan 17, 2008

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We're all familiar with the concept of the midlife crisis. It's a time when people try to recapture their youth and reintroduce a sense of fun into their daily diet. And no matter what age it hits you — 40, 50, 60 — it's accompanied by the feeling that "Life's short, so I might as well make the most of it!" For some people, the Midlife-C, as I've taken to calling it, manifests itself in a new haircut and wardrobe. For others, it's a different job or a renewed lust for travel and adventure. And yet still for others, it's all about The Car — fast, sexy and full of snazzy toys. Today, Dan Neil, LA Times Auto Critic and 2004 Pulitzer Prize Winner, talks to us about the cars that make it easier for mid-lifers to face that proverbial crisis. He'll also give us the skinny on the latest in automobile innovation,* debuting this weekend at the Detroit Auto Show. So tell us, what's your midlife crisis car?

* The Mazda Taiki, the Audi R8 V12 TDI and the Corvette ZR1 = muy delicioso!

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