The 2010 Paris Auto Show may be consigned to the annals of history, but many of the show’s vehicle debuts are likely to have a lasting impact, such as the trail-blazing diesel-electric Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4, the mass-market Volkswagen Passat, or the myriad of electric vehicles shown by various automakers. But auto shows aren’t all about eco-friendly concepts and profitable mass-market automotive appliances. With that in mind, let us take a look at the five coolest cars of the 2010 Paris Auto Show: 1. Lamborghini Sesto Elemente: This is a car that only Lamborghini could create. Were any other automaker to show a car like the gloriously vulgar and obscene Sesto Elemente, it would be safe to assume that its designers had completely lost the plot and had penned the car from padded cells. Not only that, but the executives who approved the car would be accused of dereliction of their fiduciary duty and summarily fired and possibly sued by shareholders. The shape of the car … [Read more...] about 2010 Paris: The 5 Coolest Cars of the Show
The saying, “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence,” often applies when you’re talking about cars. We probably all remember our Top Ramen-eating college days driving the hand-me-down family wagon, looking wistfully at a new Mustang GT or BMW M3. Maybe you’re at the point in your life where you are “that other guy” and finally own the dream car you always wanted. Either way, chances are, there’s a rare, unusual, or desirable car that prowls the streets of your neighborhood. Is there a certain car that you always see cruise up and down your street that you can’t help but just drool over? Maybe you’re always staring in the distance at your neighbor working on a classic or truck that you just wish was yours? Or do you peek out the window to catch a glimpse of your neighbor’s exotic every time you hear it purr down the street? For our TOTD, QRK5001 asks, what’s the coolest car your neighbor owns? … [Read more...] about Thread of the Day: What Are the Coolest Cars Your Neighbors Drive?
Recently the gearheads at Hennessey Performance Engineering hosted an open house to celebrate the opening of their new shop in Orange County, California. John Hennessey and his team have made their name tuning cars following the Texas mentality: bigger is always better, or in Hennessey’s case – the more horsepower the better. The Hennessey open house attracted all types of cars to their new shop. Everything from classics like the DeTomaso Pantera to Hennessey’s extreme Corvette/Lotus hybrid, the Venom GT, could be found at Saturday’s open house. In fact there were so many cool cars at Hennessey, we decided it was worthy of a Top Five list. So here are the Top 5 Coolest Cars at Hennessey’s Southern California Open House. 1) Hennessey Venom GT Following the formula set back in 1961 when Carroll Shelby created the Cobra, John Hennessey mated an American engine to a British body and chassis. In the Hennessey Venom GT’s case, that means a Lotus … [Read more...] about Top 5 Coolest Cars at Hennessey’s Southern California Opening
While most of my colleagues were out today looking at expensive cars parked on expensive lawns, I went on over to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to check out qualifying for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Not only were these multi-million dollar cars being driven in anger, but they were being pushed to the limits during practice and qualifying sessions. Frankly, there’s nothing more satisfying than watching priceless classic racecars being driven as their creators intended. The field was diverse, containing everything from a 1924 Duesenberg, to a John Player Special Formula 1 car, to a Paul Newman-owned Oldsmobile race car. Here are a few of the coolest cars I saw today at the track. … [Read more...] about 10 of the Coolest Cars from the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
No doubt we get to drive some pretty cool cars working at Motor Trend. We’re not even a full month into 2014 and already we’ve driven things like the Nissan IDx concept, the Maserati Ghibli and Quattroporte, and the BMW M235i. While that’s all well and good, what we care most about today are the cool cars you guys get to drive. For today’s Thread of the Day ChaiLatte kicks us off by bragging about the new Porsche Cayenne GTS he just drove, “The Cayenne was just bonkers,” he wrote, “The exhaust was intoxicating.” Hangerchief one-ups him (and all of us, really) by bragging a bit about the twin-turbo Ford GT he took out for a spin on a closed runway. Kcconnolly’s coolest was the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, “Back when I thought I wanted to be a part of the auto industry and not just sit back and enjoy it, I interned for the old GM in a test group and got to do repeated quarter miles in a Corvette ZR1 with a full roll cage,” he … [Read more...] about TOTD: What’s The Coolest Car You’ve Ever Driven?
In addition to finally pulling the wraps off its all-new Giulia sport sedan, Alfa Romeo also opened the doors to its refreshed museum in Arese, Italy that had been closed since 2011. The museum features more than 200 cars, including rare concepts and famous race cars such as the 159 F1 car in which Juan Manuel Fangio won his first world championship. Keep reading to explore 10 of the coolest cars at Alfa Romeo‘s revamped museum. A.L.F.A’s (later Alfa Romeo) first car was produced in 1910 by Giuseppe Merosi. The car was used for racing in 1911 in the Targa Florio, and by 1913, 200 24 HPs had been made. Super limited production meant only 500 coupes and 500 convertibles were made. The stunning carbon-fiber body was motivated by a Maserati/Ferrari-derived 4.7-liter V-8, and the chassis was borrowed from the Maserati GranTurismo. It was also the first car officially sold Stateside after Alfa’s departure in 1995. Based on the 40/60 HP road/race car, the Aerodinamica was … [Read more...] about The 10 Coolest Cars at Alfa Romeo’s Revamped Museum
In the new edition of TopGear magazine, we’ve brought together the indisputable 149 coolest cars of all time. Yep, 149. Precisely. Featuring everything from the BMW’s brand-new ultra-cool Hommage R to the fearsome Pagani Zonda LM, the list includes hypercars, supercars, real-world cars, racing cars, off-roaders, land-speed record-holders, concepts and one-offs. Free in the October issue: a very cool pull-out poster with illustrations of our coolest cars. Plus your chance to win a Citroen C4 Cactus, worth over £18,000! So how did we whittle down our definitive, entirely unarguable list? A combination of science and shouting. In the TG office, there was much exchanging of insults, but we did manage to come up with our definitive top ten. We also spoke to the new face of TGTV, Chris Evans, who whittled down his dream garage to just ten. Our followers on TopGear.com also voted to give us their top ten. Unsurprisingly no one seemed to agree on … [Read more...] about New Top Gear magazine names the coolest cars ever
Whether you love it or hate it, you can always count on the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas for some wacky automotive sights and sounds. This year was no exception, and we picked out some of our favorite cars that we saw in Las Vegas. Check out the 10 coolest cars we saw at SEMA 2015. Mazda MX-5 Speedster and Spyder concepts You already know how much we love the Mazda MX-5 Miata. But Mazda really piqued our interest with its two Miata SEMA concepts, both of which focus on lightness above all. The silver Spyder, which is meant to evoke the look of a vintage roadster, wears a tan bikini top designed by American Sunroof Corporation. The blue Speedster is a bit more extreme, and does away with the windshield and the roof altogether. The result? A sparse curb weight of only 2,080 pounds, 250 pounds less than a standard 2016 Miata. Vaughn Gittin Jr. Ford Mustang RTR We’ve seen drift king Vaughn Gittin Jr and his modified Mustang RTR in action before, but that doesn’t mean this mean … [Read more...] about The 10 Coolest Cars We Saw at the 2015 SEMA Show
What if you learned that there was a car that debuted in the 1960s with front-wheel drive, a supercharged V-8, chrome-plated side-exhaust pipes, hidden headlights, and a disappearing convertible top?And what if you then learned that this car in fact was introduced not in the 1960s, but a full three decades earlier, in the 1930s? We’re referring here to the revolutionary Cord. No, not a Ford—or an Accord—but a Cord: quite possibly the coolest car you’ve never heard of. And it all began 85 years ago, in the town of Auburn, Indiana, about 140 miles northeast of Indianapolis…As 1929 approached, things were looking good for Errett Lobban Cord and the empire he had created. The portfolio of his Cord Corporation included flashy Auburn automobiles, Lycoming engines, Stinson aircraft, Checker taxicabs, and even the mighty Duesenberg among its offerings, but Cord was an auto manufacturer without a namesake marque.He rectified the situation in June 1929 with the … [Read more...] about A Brief History of the Cord Automobile: The Coolest Car You Never Knew Existed
In September, click-hungry Kelley Blue Book celebrated its “10 coolest cars under $12,000” (With click-triggering gallery!) Two months later, rampant inflation sets in. Now, it’s the “10 coolest cars under $25,000.” Necessarily, the September choices were a bit low rent. Let’s see what you get when you double your budget. All 10 of them. With pictures. And then, we’ll take revenge on Kelley and crown our own super cool car. 10th Place: 2013 Dodge DartThe car sitting on the tried & true Alfa Romeo Giulietta platform can be made even cooler with a 160-horsepower MultiAir turbocharged engine. In SXT trim, the car was test driven and reviewed by Michael Karesh. 9th Place: 2012 Prius cFor people who think gas stations are not cool, Toyota’s hybrid gives city fuel economy of 53 mpg, for (not much) less than $20,000. The Prius c was fussed over by Bertel even before the car was born, it was driven through Tokyo, and reviewed by Alex Dykes. … [Read more...] about Now You Pick The Coolest Car For Under $25,000