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Street racing is considered as a fundamental part of motorsport. For as long as the automobile has existed, there have been races. Even before the concept of race tracks have been created, people have been racing in the streets. This is where the concept of street racing is born. A track is literally built on the street, which makes it appealing to old-school racers and speed junkies. However, the appeal of street races is also arguably its biggest flaw. Street races are among the most dangerous sporting events in the world. This article will highlight 10 of the most dangerous street races the world has ever seen.
10 Safari Rally
The Safari Rally is known as one of the most prestigious rally races in the world. First ran in 1953, it is highly reputed as the toughest special-stage rally race in the world. Held at different locations in Kenya, it is highly known as more of a battle of endurance rather than a battle of outright speed. It is a daunting test for both man and machine, as only the toughest are able to finish the race, let alone win it.
The Safari Rally was first run in 1953 as a celebration to commemorate the crowning of Queen Elizabeth II. At first, it was named as the East African Coronation Rally. The name was switched to East African Safari Rally in 1960, and then renamed once again to the Safari Rally in 1974. At first, it was a simple road race, similar to how rallies such as the Dakar Rally are held. However, the format was changed to a “special stage” rally in 1996, owing to the ridiculous amount of attrition brought about by the race. The Safari Rally used to be one of the premiere events in the World Rally Championship (WRC), but it was written off the competition calendar since 2003 due to lack of organization.
There are many things that attract rally fans to the Safari Rally. There is the festive atmosphere associated with the race. Kenyans are very proud of their race, with senior government officials among the regular spectators yearly. Rally racers hold the race in high esteem, knowing the long and colorful history associated with the race itself. You get to see here weekend warriors compete with established works teams. Last but definitely not least, competitors are attracted to what the track will dish out to them.
The Safari Rally is known for its diverse and unpredictable driving conditions. There are a lot of high-speed areas and rough-terrain trails. Even cars that retire due to mechanical failures and accidents can become obstacles. Weather is also known to change from day-to-day. In some days, heavy rains and the subsequent mud and water puddles make driving treacherous. On others, the sun can be very hot, making it a taxing experience for the drivers. The rally pushes both car and driver to the limit, and going beyond that limit causes accidents to happen from time to time.
But beyond the trail itself, there are also other dangers to watch out for in the Safari Rally. There are a number of incidents wherein racers and even safety crew hit unsuspecting traffic, causing a number of injuries and casualties. The race course is also situated at the heart of game country, with animals such as lions and elephants presenting threats. There are even spectators that exhibit dangerous behavior during the race, ranging from being too close to the track to throwing objects to the racers.
The roughness and dangers of the Safari Rally adds to its appeal. Still, there’s no denying that the hazards associated with this race is real. This is why the Safari Rally is one of the most dangerous street races in the world.
9. Circuit de Monaco (Monte Carlo)
Monaco is known for the high life. A territory situated between France and Italy, this is known as a city where the rich and famous mingle and show off their awesomeness. However, for motorsports fans, this is the home for one of the most prestigious – and one of the most dangerous – street racing tracks on the planet. This is none other than Circuit de Monaco, home for the world-famous Monaco Grand Prix.
First instituted in 1929, it is literally a race track within the city. Setting up the race track for a race takes approximately 6 weeks, and dismantling it takes about 3 weeks. It is an incredibly demanding race track, with its wealth of sharp turns and elevation shifts. However, the lasting impression this track makes is that it is incredibly narrow. Because of these characteristics, it is considered as one of the most demanding tracks to drive in. It takes a high amount of skill for the driver to win in this race, no matter what kind of machine he/she uses.
Most of the dangers associated with racing at Monaco are correlated to the narrowness of the road. With track width only good for 2 cars, executing overtaking maneuvers in most parts of the track is difficult, if not almost-impossible. Any driver lapse can easily result into a crash, and each crash can easily turn into a pileup due to the aforementioned narrowness of the track. Race car drivers have different ways of describing the experience of driving in Monte Carlo. Nelson Piquet compared it to “riding a bicycle around your living room”.
However, there are other things that make this track very risky for racers. The variation of corners (there are high-speed and low-speed corners all over the track) puts an unusual strain on the brakes. And it doesn’t take a genius to conclude that once the brakes give out, it can get very dangerous for the driver. Given that the track is constructed as it is, diminished brake power makes drivers a sitting duck in accidents. Also, some details on the track are potentially troublesome. Take for example the tunnel section at Fairmont Hotel. The change in light, at one of the fastest parts of the track no less, can temporarily blind drivers and may result into accidents.
The parameters of the Circuit de Monaco makes it one of the most dangerous street races in the world, especially given that fast cars such as Formula 1 racers routinely run laps around this track. A high amount of retirements are observed in this track, a testament on the sheer difficulty of navigating this track. The only thing that keeps Monte Carlo low in this ranking is that for all its accident potential, only 4 fatalities are recorded to happen here since the track’s inauguration, with the last one happening way back in 1967.
8. Macau GP
Just like Monte Carlo, the track in which the Macau Grand Prix is held is built directly into the road. It is known as the only street racing circuit that allows both cars and motorcycles are raced regularly. The Macau Grand Prix is held in November, and the competitors range from touring cars and sport bikes to Formula 3 machines and cup cars. Some of the best race car drivers in history made their name here, from Senna to Schumacher, and that certainly adds to the glamour of this race.
Just like most race tracks built around cities, there are all kinds of obstacles to be faced on this race track. There are long straights that test the maximum quickness of each contending machine, and then there are highly technical corners that will require the driver to navigate with surgical precision. And just like the case in most city race tracks, crashing is an unforgiving experience. Due to the tight spaces, there is barely a semblance of runoff corners or tire barriers. All you have is unforgiving crash barriers, which can make for some spectacular wrecks and potentially deadly injuries for participants.
Historically, the Macau Grand Prix has always been the home for some of the most harrowing accidents in motorsport. The high speed race machines are able to attain around the track, combined with minimal crash protection from the track, makes this track a magnet for serious injuries. The first fatality of the race happened in 1967, when two-time Macau GP champion Dodjie Laurel, in an attempt to avoid crashing into the crowd, went straight into the wall. His car exploded, killing him instantly. More casualties added over the years. The latest one happened in the 2012 edition of the race, where 2 drivers competing in 2 different competitions died in 2 different accidents.
In spite of the massive criticism from those demanding safety standards to be improved, there’s no intention for organizers to suspend or stop the race from being held. The Macau Grand Prix is turning 60 in 2014, and is considered as one of the institutions of street racing. Racers, aware of the massive history of this race, will keep flocking to Macau to compete, raise their stock, and hope to make it in the history books. But make no mistake about it. The Macau Grand Prix is one of the deadliest street racing competitions in the world, and it seems that things will remain the same for years to come.
7. Mille Miglia
The Mille Miglia is one of the first and one of the most important road races created. First started in 1927, this race virtually gave birth to grand touring, a completely different brand of sports car. A road race that traverses from Brescia to Rome then back to Brescia again, the entire race has a total distance of a thousand miles, hence the name Mille Miglia. However, behind the glamour and the legend is a road racing event that is as deadly as they come.
The race was first started in 1927. The man behind this event is Aymo Maggi, a Brescia-based count who was disappointed by the transferring of the Italian Grand Prix from Brescia to Monza. Together with his associates, they made a figure-of-eight race course that spans the Route from Brescia to Rome and then back. 77 racers took part on the first Mille Miglia, with Giuseppe Morandi winning that event by averaging a speed of 78 kilometers per hour in his OM. He completed the thousand-mile course within 21 hours and 5 minutes.
While the Italians dominated participation and overall wins in Mille Miglia, the rest of the world eventually discovered the appeal of actually competing there. Brands such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Porsche sent their machines there and made such an impression there. At the same time, legendary Italian brands such as Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati made their names by competing in the Mille Miglia. Legendary racers such as Stirling Moss and Juan Manuel Fangio made their appearance in this race, too. The deep roster of constructors and drivers made it the biggest race of its time.
Behind the glitz and glamour of one of the pioneering events of endurance racing is a trail of death and carnage that made it one of the most dangerous events ever seen in motorsport. The fact that the race is driven on public roads made it such a dangerous race to take part in. What’s more, considering that racers travel at an average of 80-150 kilometers per hour, accidents tend to happen because of a combination of recklessness and lack of safety for spectators. Over the years that the Mille Miglia is held, hundreds of drivers, co-drivers, and spectators lost their lives. Eventually, this lack of safety caused the eventual demise of the Mille Miglia in 1957.
Today, the Mille Miglia exists as a heritage race for cars that are manufactured in 1957 or earlier. Compared from before, today’s Mille Miglia is much safer, as all kinds of safety measures have been created to prevent the loss of life. The race today exists more as a salute to the glorious past of motorsport and the legendary vehicles and drivers who took part in them. Still, there is no denying that the original Mille Miglia is still one of the most dangerous street races ever created.
6. Pikes Peak Hill Climb
This is considered as the ultimate hill climb race. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, also called as the “Race to the Clouds”, is a race that takes racers on a 20-kilometer trail towards the summit of Pikes Peak, a mountain located at Colorado, USA. The entire track consists of 156 turns, and will involve a climb of 1440 meters. It is recognized by the FIA as a special event, and is considered as the second-oldest motorsport event in the USA. Every year, around 150 contestants, with vehicles ranging from motorcycles to purpose-built rally race cars, traverse this mountain trail to have the right to be called the “King of the Hill”.
As strange as it may sound, but the Pikes Peak Hill Climb was created mainly as a tourism promotion. Spencer Penrose created the race in 1916 in the hope that such a race will encourage tourists to visit Pikes Peak. Over the years, the Hill Climb has become a very competitive race, with some of the best race car drivers piloting souped-up cars to the top of the hill. Some of the big names that competed in Pikes Peak include the likes of Mario Andretti, Ari Vatanen, the Unser family, Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima, Rhys Millen, and Sebastian Loeb. There used to be a time when the rally is composed of gravel and tarmac sections, but the entire trail was fully paved starting in 2011.
When you think about it, racing on a mountain’s edge has to be a very dangerous proposition, right? The Pikes Peak Hill Climb is still among the most dangerous racing events in the world. The incredible speed of the participating machines, combined with the sheer difficulty of the race course, makes it such a huge magnet for accidents. It is not all that uncommon for multiple crashes to occur over the course during race day. Incredibly, only 2 fatalities were ever recorded over the long history of the race.
Another thing that makes the race more dangerous is the move to fully pave the race course in 2011. By paving the track, it means vehicles, already as high-powered as they are, will be more capable of running faster. This was evident early on as most speed and time records were broken in the 2012 edition of the race. This means vehicles are indeed traveling much faster. With faster rides, the probability of a major accident happening becomes exponentially increased. Also, with more competitors registering (probably due to the fully-paved surface), there is less practice time available for racers. Less familiarity of the notoriously difficult Pikes Peak Course, combined with higher speeds, is making racers second-guess their commitment to the race.
Although casualty rates for both racers and spectators are relatively low, the potential of having more casualties down the road makes the Pikes Peak Hill Climb among the most dangerous events of its kind. Due to the potential of casualties increasing moving forward, the “Race to the Clouds” goes higher on this “most dangerous street races” list.
5. Dakar Rally
The Dakar Rally is widely considered as the world’s premiere rally raid event. An off-road endurance race sponsored by the Amaury Sport Organisation, it is a race that goes across Europe to Africa. However, due to security threats, the rally has been ran in South America since 2009. This endurance race is considered as the best and most prestigious of its kind, and it attracts some of the best drivers and the biggest constructors to compete in this diverse and treacherous race.
The Dakar Rally was conceptualized by Thierry Sabine in 1978. While competing in the Abidjan-Nice rally, he found himself lost in the Tenere Desert. Sabine thought that holding a race in the middle of the desert should be a good idea. The first Paris-Dakar Rally was inaugurated in 1979, with 182 vehicles registering for the 10000-kilometer journey from France to Senegal. Only 74 were able to complete the 1st Dakar Rally, setting the tone for years to come. Because of the intriguing challenge it offers for racers, the Dakar Rally attracted some of the biggest names in motorsport, ranging from Cyril Neveu and Hubert Auriol to Jacky Ickx and Henri Pescarolo. Other legends who competed and won this event include Juha Kankkunen, Ari Vatanen, Carlos Sainz, and Stephane Peterhansel.
The prestige of the event made racers and constructors desire to compete in this event. However, other than the level of competition, it is the dangers that made the Dakar Rally very notable. Because of the sheer attrition found on the road, both man and machine can find themselves compromised, becoming prone to major accidents. The sheer complexity of trails, combined with the high speed in which racers travel, makes accidents a somewhat common occurrence. To make matters worse, some of these accidents are known to have been fatal. Since 1979, it has been estimated that 48 competitors, 27 of them being drivers, have been killed while participating in the rally.
It is not only the participants that put their lives on the line during the event. Incidents where event organizers such as safety personnel got killed have been documented. However, it is the deaths of spectators that have always been immensely criticized in this race. The Dakar Rally features an unusually high death rate for spectators, making it classified as one of the more dangerous spectator events in the world. There are incidents wherein competitors, due to loss of control, hit onlookers off the track. There are also incidents wherein unsuspecting spectators and bystanders find themselves wandering on track, ending up getting ran over by oncoming racers. Due to its high rate of spectator casualties, many critics call for the end of the Dakar Rally.
The Dakar Rally is considered as a living treasure in the world of motorsport. Because of this, it is hard to see this event getting scrapped any time soon. However, the hazards associated in this event are very much real. In spite of massive improvements in safety equipment and crowd control, there are a lot of times when such systems can only do too much. The Dakar Rally is still one of the most dangerous road racing events in the world, and that fact is seen to not change any time soon.
4. Baja 1000
The Baja 1000 is one of the most notorious street races in the world. Just like the Dakar Rally, this race is a rally raid event that takes racers on a cross-country journey. The race is set on the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico, and a wide range of participants, ranging from dirt bikes to purpose-built race trucks, compete here. The race can be run in a loop (a 1-lap run where the finish line is located at the starting point) or it can be run as a point-to-point race. While the event is considered as one of the most prestigious motorsport events in the Americas, this race is as dangerous as it gets.
The race was first run in 1967, which was then organized by the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA). It got major attention when ABC’s Wide World of Sports covered the 1968 Baja 1000, then called the Mexican 1000 Rally. It got the likes of Parnelli Jones, James Garner, and Mickey Thompson to compete in later editions of the race. The race got temporarily scrapped in 1973 due to the oil crisis, but it made a comeback in 1975, and has remained an annual fixture ever since. It is now organized by the Southern California Off Road Enterprises (SCORE).
As the case in most rally raids, the Baja 1000 is ran in some of the more inhospitable terrains on Earth. The Baja Peninsula is known as one of the harshest terrains to race on, and it’s a constant challenge for both man and machine to overcome around a thousand miles of the untamed Baja. The sheer distance of the race, combined with the numerous obstacles that the track presents, make this race a virtual war of attrition for all participants.
Rally raid races have always been accident-prone, and the Baja 1000 is no exception. Driver misjudgments and mechanical failures are always a constant threat in this race, as the race is filled with blind corners, huge jumps, near-impassible trails, and potential crash points such as trees, cliffs, and boulders. However, something that adds a completely new degree of difficulty is spectator sabotage. Booby traps and other track alterations are traditionally created by spectators to add more difficulty to the race. While these traps are not created to cause accidents (the main motivation for spectators is to create entertaining race elements such as jumps), they still cause a number of accidents to participants.
Rally raids are very dangerous street races as it is, but the Baja 1000 is made much more dangerous by the spectators. It is one thing that there’s always the potential of spectators getting ran over by riders, but it is a completely different matter if these spectators do stuff that endanger the racers themselves. It has got so bad to the point that rival race teams work together to identify the presence of booby traps for the sake of their own safety, even if it may seem detrimental for race-day strategy. Because of this bizarre example of “fan participation”, the Baja 1000 earns number 4 in the list of the world’s most dangerous street races.
3. Circuit de la Sarthe (Le Mans)
Circuit de la Sarthe is one of the most revered race tracks in the world. Home of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, this has been the venue all kinds of competitions for almost a century. A huge percentage of the track’s components include portions of public roads that are being used for most parts of the year. With a lap around this course totaling more than 13.5 kilometers, it is one of the longest active race tracks in the world today. It is also one of the fastest tracks around. And somewhat dubiously, it is also one of the most dangerous race tracks in the world.
While all kinds of competitions are held in the Circuit de la Sarthe, it is most noted for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Considered as the pinnacle of endurance racing, the race has existed since 1923. This race is more than just a test of speed. It is a test of toughness of both man and machine. As the race is held for a full 24 hours, the physical and mental endurance of drivers, engineers, and other members of a racing team are all put to the test. The participating cars are also tested, with the race taking a massive toll on the car’s engine, brakes, tires, and other mechanical parts. It is also a test of efficiency. Pit stop management and how a drivers conserve their fuel, tires, and other expendable elements have a huge say on who’s going to win in the end.
Because of its reputation and the unique nature of the race, it’s a dream of racing enthusiasts to take part of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Some of the biggest names in the automotive industry such as Audi, Porsche, Ferrari, Ford, and Toyota made their name while competing in this event. Also, a number of privateers have made their name in motorsport by competing in this race. Also, some of the best drivers in history, regardless of specialty, regularly compete here. Some of them successfully cemented their names in motorsport history thanks to strong Le Mans performances. Among the big names that competed in Le Mans include Jacky Ickx, Henri Pescarolo, Tom Kristensen, AJ Foyt, Graham Hill, and Bruce McLaren.
As much as the race is noted for its competition and history, it is also noted for its epic dangers. Because of the incredible speeds participants are able to achieve around the track, accidents, freak or otherwise, are known to happen. To make matters worse, a lot of these accidents happen at extremely high speeds, with some of them happening in excess of 200 miles per hour. Injuries and fatalities have happened in this circuit over the years, with the most notable one being the 1955 Le Mans disaster. In what was considered as the worst motorsport accident in history, driver Pierre Levegh and 83 spectators died on the scene and hundreds more were injured.
Partly because of the inherent threats of racing around Le Mans, all kinds of safety modifications were undertaken by both racers and marshals. A lot of safety innovations used in different levels of motorsport is attributed to Le Mans. The Circuit de la Sarthe was also constantly modified in an effort to curtail racing disaster. Still, in spite of the best efforts from everyone involved, accidents still happen from time to time, with a lot of them enough to cause major concern from both fans and non-fans of motorsport. Due to the inherent nature of the race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, held at Circuit de la Sarthe, is still one of the most dangerous street races in the world.
The Nurburgring is arguably the most iconic race track in the world. Located at the German village of Nurburg, it is constructed as a response to the creation of other top race tracks such as AVUS and Monza in 1927. The Nordschleife (German for “North Loop”) stretches for more than 20 kilometers a lap, making it one of the longest race tracks in the world. Cars and motorcycles are known to race here, with a lot of aficionados and racers considering it as the most demanding of all road courses. It is the sheer difficulty associated with the Nurburgring that makes it arguably the most dangerous street racing facility in the world today.
During the early years of its existence, both motorcycles and cars race around the Nurburgring. However, all racing activities were suspended when World War II erupted. Racing resumed in 1947, when the Nurburgring was named as the official venue of the German Grand Prix. Among the names that made their mark in this race track include Alberto Ascari, Stirling Moss, Jim Clark, Juan Manuel Fangio, and Jackie Stewart. However, the Nordschleife earned the reputation of perhaps being the most dangerous track on the Formula 1 calendar. In fact, it got to the point that drivers threatened to boycott the German Grand Prix if critical safety changes are not executed. This actually led to the transfer of the German Grand Prix to Hockenheim in 1970.
Formula 1 returned to the Nurburgring in 1971, with changes ranging from the removal of bumps and jumps to the widening of some sections. An era ended with Formula 1 officially leaving Nurburgring Nordschleife in 1976, but not before legendary race car driver and then-defending Formula 1 Champion Niki Lauda narrowly missed death due to a major crash. Over the years, almost all racing activities were transferred to the Hockenheim Circuit, and that marked the end of an era for the notorious Nordschleife. The Nurburgring Grand Prix Course, a track much shorter than the original Nurburgring and packed with safety features, was inaugurated in 1984.
There is a long list of accidents and fatalities directly linked to the Nurburgring race track. During the early days of the race track, no Armco railings or tire barriers are on sight, meaning everyone who missed a turn, especially on high speed, are going to crash and burn in a big way. Also, there are a lot of bumps and sudden jumps found on the surface on the track, which can cause drivers to lose control. Last but definitely not least, the sheer size of the track made it difficult for emergency personnel to reach anyone who gets involved in an accident, exponentially increasing the incidence of fatalities.
In the modern era of the Nurburgring’s existence, it can be said that racing there has become much safer than ever before. Because of this, the Nordschleife is once again serving as home for a number of sporting events, as well as the favorite testing ground for both car makers and weekend warriors. Still, accidents commonly happen here. The sheer size of the track makes it difficult for drivers to familiarize with the track, and lack of familiarity in the Nurburgring can turn out deadly in a hurry. This is the reason why the Nurburgring Nordschliefe is still arguably the world’s most feared street race track.
1. Isle of Man Tourist Trophy
The Isle of Man takes the distinction of being the most dangerous street race in the world. Virtually every list of its kind considers this event as the pinnacle of street racing danger. In fact, even some professional racers are reluctant in competing in the streets of Isle of Man, the home of the world-renowned race Tourist Trophy. There are many things that contribute to the high casualty rate of the Tourist Trophy, but the Isle of Man TT Course, also called as the “Snaefell Mountain Course”, has a huge say on this statistic.
The Snaefell Mountain Course was created by the Act of Tynwald, a permission that allowed racing at the Isle of Man. A lap around the race course takes about 60 kilometers, taking you around various roads that circle around the Isle of Man. While automobiles are also known to race here from time to time, it is mainly motorcycles that take the spotlight in this race course.
First ran in 1907, the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy is considered as one of the most prestigious motorcycle races in the world. Even up to this day, a lot of motorcycle racers compete in this race, recognizing both the history of the event and its potential to raise their profile as motorcycle racers. The race is performed in a time trial format, with the one who completes the lap the fastest being declared the winner. Today, racers complete a lap of the track at average speeds in the neighborhood of 200 kilometers per hour.
Ever since the early days of motorcycle racing, the Isle of Man street racing course is considered as one of the most dangerous of its kind. Even in the early days of the competition, accidents, some resulting to serious injury and death, happen at an unusually high rate. The level of casualty frequency is directly associated to the high speeds vehicles are able to attain around this course and the number of sharp turns found around the course. Worse, the roads are known to be notoriously narrow, further reducing the margin of error for racers. Since 1907, it is estimated that 240 racers have lost their lives while competing or practicing at the Snaefell Mountain Course.
While the Isle of Man TT has continued to exist up to this day, doubts are casted to its existence year after year. Its safety (or the lack of it) is always casted under the microscope every year. With motorcycle technology increasing with each passing year, there might come a day that Snaefell Mountain course will be deemed as a course too dangerous for racing. Due to a combination of high casualty rate, number of accident risks, and the course’s high level of difficulty the Isle of Man is almost unanimously considered as the most dangerous street race in the world, then and now.
The romance of the motorcycle is never deeper than on a warm, clear day in early summer. The summer months mean motorcycles and mopeds. It’s time to take care-free rides on long country roads, swap stories with other riders at events, and fall in love with your bike all over again. Dust her off, give the old girl a once over with some motorcycle touch up paint, and then rev up for a summer of nostalgic glory.
While routes that are close to home offer convenience, consider seeking out routes across the country to truly enjoy time with your bike. Our country never looks quite as good as it does riding down the highway on a motorcycle. From soaring mountain routes to coastal roads and everywhere in between, the United States offers a variety of roads well suited to a motorcycle adventure. Appreciate the mystic backroad scenery, local color, and lush greenery. Get a great view of majestic mountains, gorgeous forests, endless farmland, and epic coastlines.
Tracing the routes of America’s great roads makes for a great vacation. Whether you plan a solo ride or a trip with your lady, these are some of the best routes to follow:
1. The Pacific Coast Highway (PCH)
The Pacific Coast Highway stretches an unbelievably gorgeous 1700 miles from Astoria, OR down to San Jaun Capistrano, CA. The Pacific Coast Highway is built for road trips and the winding roads offer adventure and stunning scenery. Along the trip enjoy the redwood forests to Big Sur, sleepy beach towns and cities like San Francisco.
2. Beartooth Highway
The Beartooth Highway travels the highest road in the Northern Rockies for 68 miles through Yellowstone Park. Work your way up to 10,947 feet at Beartooth Pass, take in the serenity of the altitude and enjoy crystal clear views of the rugged terrain.
3. Coastal Highway 1
A trip down the Coastal Highway 1 is a great trip for a couple looking for a casual ride on the east coast. The ride is full of lighthouses and B&Bs. Enjoy time together in adorable New England town, chow down on fresh Maine lobster and chowder every night for supper, and fall in love all over again gazing out to sea from one of the state’s many rocky peninsulas.
4. Route 66
Immortalized in countless songs and movies, Route 66 is the grand daddy of all highways. Choose a segment from Chicago to Santa Monica, or opt to ride the whole classic road. Hit historic landmarks, enjoy time in big cities like St. Louis and Denver. Take in roadside attractions, kitschy museums, and several helpings of diner pie a la mode. See the country as it was meant to be seen, and–as they say–get your kicks on Route 66.
5. The Great River Road (HWY 61)
Bisect the country while following the path of the Mighty Mississippi from Itaska, MN all the way down to Jackson, LA, stopping in 10 states along the way. Enjoy the scenery stretching down through farmland to Cajun country.
The United States offers indefinite amounts of routes on which to enjoy a motorcycle tour, see the country, and feel the wind in your hair.
Riding routes across the country offer exposure to the rich tapestry of the American landscape from sea to shining sea. These are some of our favorite rides, but your favorite might be right outside your back door.
No matter where you head on your bike this summer, may the roads be smooth.
Even if station wagons are now history in America, this does not mean that overseas they do not have a strong following. The most admired ones are high-performance wagons. They are the perfect combination between a sedan and a SUV and they are extremely versatile.
Our first suggestion is represented by the new E63 AMG sedan Mercedes Benz. Its engine is a very powerful one, a 5.5 liter twin turbo V8, which makes it the perfect car for someone who wants to drive a vehicle with more than 518 horsepower. The model is a four doors one and the car is extremely spacious.
Audi RS6 Avant has a 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 with 560 horsepower and it offers you the possibility to reach 62 mph is just 4 seconds. Its top speed is somewhere around 190 mph and its adaptive air suspension and the carbon ceramic brakes make it extremely easy to drive. It can be the perfect car for someone who needs a big car with a powerful engine.
Cadillac also offers you the possibility to own a spectacular wagon which is even more powerful than the ones before it: 6.2 liter supercharged V8 with 556 horsepower. The car is available with a six speed manual transmission but it also has a magnetic suspension and Brembo brakes. It is a pity that it did not garn enough sales in its home market and its production was stopped.
Dodge Magnum is considered one of Americans’ favorite cars, especially the SRT-8 version. It has a 6.1 liter Hemi V8 and 425 horsepower. Taking into consideration the fact that this car first appeared eight years ago I am sure you are going to agree with me that it is a very powerful machine. Unfortunately the sales have decreased a lot in the last few years.
The last car from our top is an Australian one: Commodore. The engine is a 5.7 liter V8 one and it allows you to use 580 horsepower. It is definitely the most powerful vehicle that Holden ever produced. You are free to choose if you want to have this car in a sedan model, a wagon one or even a pickup form.
These are the most popular wagons in the world but this does not mean that you cannot choose anything else according to your budget and preferences. You can find a lot of information online and you can be sure that you are going to find the car of your dreams.
Who would not love to make a grand entrance stepping out of a world class cars as heads turn and the party stops to admire the amazing set of wheels that you have arrived in? While all of us would love to around in a luxury car that defines style, panache and sophistication, few actually get a chance to do so on a regular basis. Yet, you can always treat yourself to an amazing joy ride that will make your holiday extra special or impress your big clients at the next business meeting that tad bit more by renting one of these lavish and outright exotic cars.
Here are 12 of the world’s very best in terms of scintillating style, outrageous power and exquisite opulence on the road and we have picked one from each iconic stable so that every renowned manufacturer makes his presence felt. Just remember though that these dream cars do not come cheap, even for as rentals!
Let us kick start our list with one of the dream machines on the planet- the Bugatti Veyron. If you wish to parade around in an evening of sheer splendor or maybe have just hit the jackpot in one of Vegas’ big casinos (that is the only way we are paying even for the rent on this thing), then this is the car that will announce your arrival to the world in the best possible manner.
One of the most expensive cars on the planet at $1.5 million and powered by a four-turbocharged, 8-litre, 16-cylinder engine, this baby tops off at a blurring 408 km/h. It would take both an open stretch of road and some steady hands to test out its full pace; not to mention deep pockets and nerves of steel!
Rental Rate: Anywhere between $26,000 and $40,000/day depending on the day and the city
Renting a Lamborghini is in itself going to light up your evening beyond your wildest dreams, how about taking it a notch higher by riding in the car that is touted by the company as its flagship vehicle for the current decade. The Lamborghini Aventador not only looks uber-cool thanks to its awesome design, but the 6.5 liter V12 engine under its hood can help it race from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds and will ensure that you hit a top speed of 350 km/h, if you have the heart to step on the gas, that is!
Rental Rate: $5000- $6000/day if you’re lucky!
Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe
There is very little in the world of cars that matches the sheer extravagance and the sense of ‘royalty’ that is brought in by the Rolls-Royce. He car led into the open wind by the indomitable ‘spirit of ecstasy’ truly represents the very best in auto indulgence and whether you are considering renting an extraordinary set of wheels for a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ evening or wish to dazzle others by simply stepping out of the very best, there is very little that competes with the Phantom Drophead Coupe.
No matter whether others drive in to the evening party in a Ferrari or a BMW, exclusive attention is sure to be bestowed your way thanks to this handmade British convertible. Add to all that style a silent 453hp V-12 engine and the world is truly at your feet.
Rental Rate: $4,000/day
Aston Martin One-77
Most of us have driven the Aston Martin One-77 — in Need for Speed and Asphalt game scenarios that is. But did you ever dream of turning into ‘Her majesty’s best secret service agent’ yourself as you drove around the vibrant Italian coastline or sped away on the highway in California? Renting an Aston Martin One-77 is the ultimate high that will bring this fantasy to life.
The 7.3 liter V12 engine with 750 hp engine under the hood that helps it race to a top speed of 320 km/h is only a trivial detail as the sheer sight of this audacious vehicle will bring the world around you to a sand still. As Aston Martin promises, it does bring with it power, beauty and soul and even renting one is not the easiest thing you will ever do.
Rental Rate: Available only on personal request (with only 77 of these around that makes sense)
Ferrari 458 Spider
For many auto enthusiasts, there is really only one luxury car around and that is the Ferrari. The prancing horses from Italy are the symbol of the spectacular and the stunning and you get all that and a whole lot more in the 2012 Ferrari 458 Spider. The V8 engine inside this beauty will help you cruise easily up to speeds of 325 Km/h, while the retractable roof on top brings the fun factor to the table.
Cruising around in one of these will not just put the wind in your hair, but does so with immaculate charm and all the aura that comes along with the name and the logo ‘Ferrari’.
Rental Rate: $2,000/day
Pagani Zonda F
Sporting a 7.3 Liter AMG V12 engine, the limited edition Zonda F looks more like a space-age car that fell into the present by accident. While some of the early models of Zonda were designed by the F1 legend Juan Manuel Fangio himself and with an ability to race from 0-60 in just 3.6 seconds, this car brings to the table both style and speed.
Rental Rate: $4,000/day on weekdays to $11,500/day on weekends
Porsche 911 Carrera 4S
The 911 Carrera 4S might not sound like an appealing drive after the star-studded list of cars that have just preceded it, but in case you wanted to specifically lease a Porsche and if you wish to rent a luxury set of wheels for the entire weekend that not only makes you look ‘uber-cool’, but does so without ripping your bank account to shreds, then the 911 re-invented Carrera 4S is an ideal option.
With a top speed of 189mph, the 4S might not set the world ablaze like a Bugatti Veyron, but it still gives you ample speed and great safety at a cool price. So if you don’t want to go with more down-to-earth models, and you want to impress on a business weekend in a city like New York or London, the 911 Carrera 4S has what it takes.
Rental Rate: $1,000/day
Bentley Continental GT Convertible
If Bentley is your thing, then the Continental GT Convertible brings together a touch of class and a sense of blurring speed together, even as you pull down its hood to enjoy a bit of fresh air. The interiors of the car are laced in lavishness as the leather surfaces pamper you endlessly, while the 552hp, 12-cylinders W12 engine unleashes enough force to propel you to a top speed of 318 km/h. Perfect for a fun day out, the Continental GTC is all about arriving in pomp.
Rental Rate: $1,100/day
Tesla Roadster Full Electric
Designed for those with the welfare of the planet at their heart, the Tesla Roadster is an all-electric vehicle and is perfect in case you not just wish to make a style statement that lasts, but also a statement in favor of a cleaner and greener tomorrow! With going green being the ‘in’ thing, renting one of these might help you score some brownie points with everyone around and with its 375 volt AC induction air-cooled electric motor and a top speed of 201 km/h, the Full Electric Tesla Roadster sets you apart from the pack.
Rental Rate: $900/day
Mercedes SLR McLaren AMG
Combining the style and the luxury of Mercedes Benz with the Formula1 technology and cutting-edge innovation from McLaren, this beauty is the perfect amalgamation of Mercedes quality with the speed and the racing experience brought in by their long term partners McLaren. The car is placed by the experts in the class of Aston Martin DBS V12 and rightly so since its supercharged V8 engine ensures you hit a top speed of 350 km/h when you sit behind its wheel.
Its stunning aerodynamic design and amazing interiors should bring you the very best from the renowned stables of Mercedes and its new-age look also gives it the ‘sports car’ appeal that you normally associate with the more flamboyant auto makers.
Rental Rate: $2,500/day
BMW M6 Convertible
There might be bigger and brighter vehicles that rolled out of the BMW factory, but the BMW M6 Convertible with 4.4 liter V8 engine and a top speed of 155 mph is one of the very best that you can opt for when it comes to comfort and opulent interiors. The roof of the Convertible can simply slide down offering you complete freedom and great driving pleasure, while cruising around in the exclusive carbon fiber interior trim surrounded by its sophisticated controls, is an experience in itself.
But in case you feel that the M6 Convertible is tugging a bit too tightly on your purse strings and wish to rent something similar, then the 5 Series M Sport Saloons offered by car rental firms should satisfy tour zest for sporting the BMW badge without having to spend a whole lot on it.
Rental Rate: $1,500/day
The Saleen S7 might not be as renowned globally as many of the other cars on the list here, but it is far more expensive than most and definitely makes its way into the list of the 10 most expensive cars on the planet. The unique car is pretty easily distinguishable thanks to its extravagant aerodynamic features and its interiors appear to be a leather-covered heaven for auto enthusiasts.
The California-made Saleen S7 is a limited production that sports rear-view camera, LCD monitor and can top off at 24o mph thanks to the impressive engine under the hood.
Rental Rate: $3,000/Day
Established in 1990 MTM (Motoren Technik Mayer) managed over the years to evolve quite well. An evolution so good that now the company delivers aftermarket packages for VW, Bentley Lamborghini, Ferrari McLaren and KTM. Audi remains however the favorite brand of the company, models of this company are always in attention MTM. So, are you ready to kick some asses and chew bubble gum? Wait, that line is from elsewhere. Gah, just read this article: 5 Audi’s modified by MTM.
This tiny punk was tempting even stock. Crafted by MTM, A1 has become a punk with even more guts. 18-inch Bimoto alloys wrapped in Conti Sport Contact 2 performance tires, brand new paint job, 493hp, 442 lb-ft of torque, front-wheel drive and six-speed manual transmission with limited-slip differential. 0-62 mph in just 4.5 seconds and top speed of 201 mph. Just wow, wow, wow.
3.0-liter biturbo diesel engine tuned in two stages. 309 horsepower for stage one and 381hp and 575lb-ft for stage two. In addition to the recipe we have two sets of aftermarket brakes to handle that extra power, rims from 18 to 20 inches, a revised air suspension and of course extra speed. The ideal car for wives always on the run i guess..
RS R 6
Badass family car! 759hp and 673lb-ft of torque and 216 mph. Stainless-steel exhaust with twin adjustable pipes and race catalyst, 20-inch ET29 rims, ceramic braking system, matt blue metallic foil wrap, carbon front lip and rear diffuser. With something like this my dreams went to war or at least should go.
Always room for more. More madness, more power, more wow effect. That piece of red sexy car..i love it!. MTM remapped the ECU unit, added a new stainless-steel sports exhaust and the result: 606 hp and 413 lb-ft. 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds, 201 mph top speed. Not bad at all. Other goodies include the Recaro carbon-fiber race-style seats, adjustable coilover suspension from KW, 20-inch alloys rims, new aero body kit and MTM Decal. Psst..Red Riding Hood is it you?
555 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, 181 mph top speed, Bimoto alloy wheels, F-Cantronic lowering module, twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 with RS6 skills and a lot of black menace. Obama dear with something like this I’d love to see you. As a matter of fact..with something like this I want to see myself in the near future.
If you think about the future, if you are passionate about cars and among others you are a passionate collector full of money maybe you should take into account current cars with a good chance of reaching the collector cars status. Time passes quickly as we all know. It is never too late to think of the future. I’ve sparked your interest? Throw your eyes on this top and maybe you will find something to your taste.
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible
Not ranked first, it is true. But look at it a bit and hear the engine purr and roar. Aspect of modern punk, delicious aggressive lines, lot of history hidden behind the name and above all an american car, which revived from the ashes the name Camaro. It is the most powerful convertible produced by Chevrolet. At a price of just under $60k, you will receive a huge 6.2-liter 580 horsepower supercharged V8 drop-top ZL1 engine and an american legend. This car has real chances to become a true classic. If the standard version was the explosion the convertible version is the shock wave.
Porsche Cayman S
Better known as the younger brother of 911. The 2013 model evolved to being more efficient and lighter than all previous models. For $63,800 you get luxury, performance and elegance. Engine? 3.4-liter 325-hp flat-six engine paired with 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds. A wolf disguised as a lamb right? The chances to become a true classic are high, with history confirming the potential of these cars to achieve fabulous amounts of money and special places in collectors garages.
Perhaps the only car from the top that combines space and performance so good. Large enough that you can still take friends with you, fast enough that you can take it to the track with your kids. Sober yet elegant, still has that special air that lets you know who you are dealing with. Devoid of exaggerated elements the RS5 relies on a more tasteful minimal design. That does not mean that you will be ashamed if you put it to run. A 4.2-liter V8 with 450 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque will engraft a big smile on your face and if you’re brave enough you can disconnect the driving assistance systems for more adrenaline. It may seem boring for a teenager but for an adult it may be the ideal mix of elegance and sportiness.
Corvette Convertible 427
A true classic over the years, a true classic today. Visually has not suffered major changes over time. Recognizable in a glance it was the childhood dream for many of us. Only overshadowed by the new Corvette Stingray’s styling, this car is even now a living classic. With 7.0-liter V8 monster engine, the 505-hp 427 special edition is the last C6. The 2013 model marks the 60 year history of Corvette brand. The amount of $75,925 brings beside the car itself the status of “fastest and most capable Corvette convertible yet”.
640hp, 600lb-ft and 8.4-liter V10 engine. Enough engine to fold every piece of asphalt right? The statement which says “the most torque of any naturally aspirated engine currently produced” seems valid now. $97,395 for a true legend car which in its latest incarnation has received only praise and drolling eyes. Since leaving the factory gates this car has a good chance of becoming a classic.
Now count your money, be ready to banish your wife if you will argue for what you plan to do and..grab one of these.
Each company has its admirers, each product finds enthusiastic users. BMW manufactures special machines that we all know renowned for performance and technology. Today’s article will deal with 5 specimens modified by BMW’s brand dedicated tuner G-Power. If you are a fan of the brand or if you are curious how much a car can be improved, follow this top and find out.
Yes, big??, bad, with a herd of horses under the hood and a look that would make Ares the god of war jealous. Boys from G-Power optimized the 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8. The result? From 553 horsepower and 501 lb-ft of torque to 631 hp and 568 lb-ft, just like that. For more flavor and performance this M6 has received 21-inch wheels (pretty ugly in my opinion), quad-tipped titanium exhaust, coilover suspension and carbon brakes. A Kratos of the streets indeed. Enough space for at least 2 girls and you, aspect that does not go unnoticed, power and performance. What more could you ask for?
1 Series M
The rebel teen of BMW. Small but full of nerve and surprises. Even though it was removed from production remains one of the most crazy and entertaining piece of car. But it seems that there is still good news for this model: magicians of G-Power did some tricks. What tricks? Well..an ECU remap for 435 horsepower and 435 lb-ft of torque, the stock exhaust system was replaced with a titanium unit that’s 44 lbs. lighter, white painted wheels, and white paint with orange graphics for the body. This car reminds me of my childhood: bold and prone to dangerous stuff, just like that 1 Series M.
Another model that made ??history passed through the hands of G-Power. Maybe you do not like the color but you will love all 830 horsepower under the hood. This monster with a strange color was equipped with a BI-Kompressor system, two ASA T1-313 superchargers 830 monster-horsepower and 575 lb-ft of torque. From 0-62 mph in 4.3 seconds (faster than I think sometimes), to 124 mph in 9.1 seconds and 186 mph in 25.2 seconds. Damn this car gives lessons of speed to speed itself. Top speed is 231 mph and we probably see, the fastest sedan on the planet.
Strange and half useless. Either way, it was room for more and better. So G-Power’s Bi-Tronik V3 Performance Kit and 725 horsepower (656 lb-ft of torque), twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8, widebody kit, larger air intakes, high-level tailgate spoiler, carbon-fiber rear wing and sill extensions. I do not know about you, but after this treatment, is still ugly and half useless for me.
My favorite car! Boys from G-Power have paid special attention to this model, rebuilding its V8 engine with a new crankshaft and Mahle pistons. Also, displacement was raised to 4.6-liters, a new supercharger system was added along with a carbon-fiber air box and titanium exhaust with carbon tips. This baby is now 720 horsepower stronger and 205.5 mph faster. For even more dramatic look, we have an adjustable coilover suspension, 20-inch Silverstone Diamond alloy wheels, lower front spoiler and new hood and trunk lid made from carbon. fiber. Hurray!! Now all I have to do is to win the lottery..
I have been talking about cars. All types of cars, from sports cars to family cars. I planned a top German cars but I realized that would be the ideal time to discuss some of the most expensive cars auctioned in 2012. RM Auctions and Gooding managed the sales, and some lucky bastards took home these jewels on four wheels.
Averaging $10 million apiece these cars are probably collector’s dream, and some important pieces of automotive history. So here are, in all their splendor with many zeros, 5 car auctions top of the year. I do not know why people complained about crisis and poverty.
1955 Ferrari 410 S Berlinetta
Sold for $8,250,000 at RM Auctions Monterey in August 2012. Ultra-rare and expensive. From what I know it was a fierce battle and many numbers were thrown in the fight.I understand now why. 340-horsepower 4.9-liter V12 Superamerica engine (rather than horses, this engine should have lionpower), Scaglietti Berlinetta coachwork, Marylin Monroe resemblance, and a large collection value (given the fact it hadn’t hit the market for a decade). Judging by appearance, I envy the person who managed to buy that car. .
1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder
Wow, wow and again wow. I was and I still am in love with this car. It is simply gorgeous ! This car is hotter than California, sexier than Madonna, and more tempting than a pact with the devil. There is no detail that has not shout “hey sexy, you wann’a ride me?”. Well..yes i do !! Just 100 examples made between 1958 and 1963, Pininfarina-designed and Scaglietti-coachbuilt.
In its time and even now, California Spyder still remains a car that you can fall in love irrevocably. Sold for $8,580,000 it is one of just 100 pieces made between 1958 and 1963 (another rare kind) and and one of just 37 short-wheelbase versions with the coveted covered headlights.
1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage Coupe
Sold for $11,000,000 at RM Monterey in August 2012. Beast designed by Ford to beat the Ferrari horse. That car has a good pedigree and is the only american car arrived at the top. Expensive in the past, currently expensive and probably increasingly expensive from now on. An uncivilized beast cornered between two bohemian models (Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder and Ferrari 250 GT California LWB Competizione Spyder), even more attractive as it is one of the top bad guy.
Ferrari 250 GT California LWB Competizione Spyder
Sold for $11,275,000, Ferrari 250 GT California LWB Competizione Spyder is another extremely rare model from the italian manufacturer. Long wheelbase model built by Scaglietti, TR engine, alloy body and an extreme rarity (only nine models built for competitions). One of the most beautiful models, was for a long time over our heads in a poster from our room. This LWB Competizione Spyder, was part of the collection belonging to Sherman M. Wolf since 1979, and was last sold publicly in 1962.
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster
Sold for $11,770,000, this Mercedes is king of kings. The pinnacle of luxury in 1936, 540K Special Roadster is the most expensive Mercedes of all time. It was so special in his youth that only 26 models were built. All the more now, when only three are known to exist. The kind of car that reminds me of Al Capone, jazz, champagne, petrol, cigars, ladies dressed in funny outfits with feathers and beads, smiling in silent movies. The kind of car for which I would sell a kidney. Where are the good old days? Where?
Trademarked in 1937 the Mopar brand is nowadays part of the american cult for modified cars with lots of power, and bling bling. Last year Mopar celebrated its 75th anniversary with a myriad of models revealed and plans to do the same thing in 2013. It seems to be the ideal time to analyze 5 most appealing cars modified by MOPAR.
Seen for the first time in 2011 at Frankfurt Motor Show, will turn you into a pirate captain instantly. The only missing thing? The crossbones flag. Otherwise we have it all: front and rear off-road bumpers, tail lamp guards, rock rails, grab-handles with coat hook (nice), synthetic winch line, slush mats and tonneau covers for the rear cargo. A bad boy useful for expeditions in places where no one has gone before.
Dodge Charger “Redline”
Presented at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, seemed to be one of the Transformers and for a while I was convinced that it is so. Mopar added almost everything you could want: an aerodynamic carbon-fiber body kit with tri-coat paint, two-piece grille and a chin spoiler. A three-piece Mopar carbon fiber rear spoiler for additional down force, a vinyl roof graphic in matte black, an serious infusion of performance parts and attitude. I love it ! Who said that earthlings can not have their own UFO’s ?
Jeep Compass “True North”
I do not know how it looks the Fake North but certainly know what I like at True North. Is it paint? It it the way it looks? Yup, here we have a true adventurer. 16-inch alloys and a 2-inch lift kit for more courage in rough terrain, matte black paint for the roof, wheel flares, grille and light surrounds and some gadgets inside. There you will find audio components from Kicker, pitch and roll inclinometer gauges, and balls for exploring the wilderness.
He will make an offer you can not refuse: 363hp 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine, high-performance brake pads, a firmer suspension, Goodyear Eagle F1 rubbers, gloss black 20-inch forged-aluminum wheels, a machine gun in the trunk and impressions of Mafia. Dangerous aspect, you will feel a Soprano while driving. Blacked-out exterior, for more dangerous and chic appearance and a sudden need for money when you see it. If you see one you want one, I would say that they have done the job very well. Who needs a Batmobile? We have Chrysler 300. Batman? do not be jealous..
Will be displayed at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. Gloss-black with a pair of car-length Mopar Blue stripes for exterior, 1.4-liter turbo MultiAir under the hood, front-chin spoiler, rear diffuser, one-piece deck-lid spoiler, 18-inch alloys and a lowered suspension. This car is probably expected by many. When you see it, you understand why. Has everything missing on European cars: masculine and dangerous appearance. Yes, we are men and elegance leaves us cold sometimes. We want bad cars looking poisonous and deadly. And this Dodge Dart seems to be one of the solutions. I think it would be the perfect car of a young Sith lord (hehe..).
You discovered oil in the backyard? You won the jackpot in lottery? Your career acts like a rocket taking off into the sky? Or maybe you’re just lucky and spoiled and want more? Your wife left you, you start doing baldness or belly? Too much silence around or too much stress? For all this we have the solution below: a top of relatively cheap cars but not too cheap; this keeps them away from common car class, and let us hope that with a little effort, we could afford one. So, let’s see what cars we have for the almost reach and almost poor class.
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
6.2-liter V8, 450 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. Wild, transformed almost completely in a good and mean way (yeah, lack of logic maybe, but who can blame me? That car is breathtaking), and almost in a bad way. Perhaps those who designed the rear, did this under torture or exhausted from too much porn. Otherwise I can not explain how did that ugly exhaust managed to get there.
With this exception, the car is beautiful and almost sexy. Futuristic influences, aggressive and harsh lines and absence of the iconic rounded taillights. These were replaced by a new visual language which began with the Camaro. The interior seems much better finished, and more space-ship like. Overall, a good investment, and a thorn in the European cars back.
Always young we could say. Almost unchanged, always different. Yes, a car that has preserved forms but sometimes changed heart. Today’s heart has, a 2.7-liter boxer and 275 horsepower. Among other goodies we have a six-speed manual or a dual-clutch gearbox, quality finishing, lots of technologies under the hood, refreshed look, and of course that strange but priceless moment, when friends envy you because you drive a Porsche. So if you do not like american cars (yup balls needed for an American sport car), you can try a more civilized European.
Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
Fast and dumb. As long as you go on straight roads without curves, everything will be fine. No activities that involve steering wheel ok? This is the typical american car. Fast, powerful and dumb. Difficult to control, hard to handle, hard to drive at high speeds and cursed with a back so unstable that sometimes you’ll miss all the fun. 5.8-liter V8, 662 horsepower and 631 lb-ft of torque. Minor design changes, just over $54,000, and some badass attitude. Yup, power, and..power. All seasoned with a bad boy look which is simply brilliant. American skin and german engineering; I would like a mustang like this. Bad and smart. Untill then..I still want a Mustang or Camaro.
One of the best all-wheel-drive systems in the world paired with a 2.0-liter TFSI engine, a six-speed automatic and Audi Magnetic Ride. Know what it meant? One of the best engineering sex. 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, brain ( yes, brain, this car can take corners without slipping immediately), a lowered suspension and a car that can be taken to extremes without throw you in extreme anger. Seen from the outside looks almost harmless, the kind of machine for short and shy students. But behind the wheel, this car can transform into the big bad wolf. I want it, and i hate it for being such a pussy from outside.
Infiniti IPL G
The guys at Nissan wanted a luxury division and they had it. I did not understand what they tried to define. If they wanted ugly and strange cars, at a time they were close to success. Fortunately the appearance of IPL performance division changed things for the better. The very better. So, based oonf the popular G Coupe, now we have the IPL G (I wonder how long it took to find the name). 3.7-liter V6 with 348 horsepower, a six-speed manual or seven-speed slushbox, improved design and bla bla bla. In brief: you have more money, you like costumes, fine fragrances and Wall Street? This car is for you. Aggressiveness mastered with elegance, unusual forms, power and speed, all peppered with mystery. Got it?