Ten Cars That Will Make You Cool
Italian cars are cool--but not just any Italian car. It's got to be something special.
"There's something about the design language of Italian supercars and sports cars that just exudes coolness," says Ray Wert, editor-in-chief of the car blog Jalopnik. "An Alfa Romeo 8C? Sex on wheels. Maserati? Gorgeous. Basically any Italian car will make you cool--with the exception of a Ferrari or a Lamborghini. Those brands are so overplayed. "
How do we know these cars will make you cool? Just look at them and try to deny it.
10 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport
Price: $2.5 million (the tires alone cost $38,000)
Claim to fame: With a top speed of 268 mph, this is the world's fastest production car (62 mph arriving in 2.5 seconds; 124 mph in 7.3 seconds). It has 1,200 horsepower and has a lateral acceleration of 1.4Gs. That's all on a 16-cylindar engine. The skin is made entirely of carbon-fiber composites; it's also available in 100% clear-lacquered exposed carbon upon request. Most distinctive are its two NACA air ducts set into the roof, rather than from scoops above the engine. Only 30 will be built.
9 Koenigsegg Agera R
Price: $1.6 million
Claim to fame: Carbon fiber monocoque, Vortex Generating Rim wheels with spokes that act as turbine vanes, a movable rear wing. Oh, and a 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 1,115 horsepower and 885 pound-feet of torque. It runs on E85 and E100 biofuel.
8 Pagani Huayra
Price: $1.5 million
Claim to fame: This is a relatively new addition to a world with old brands like Ferrari and Lamborghini (Pagani was founded in 1992). But Pagani's latest offering is no slouch--the Huayra has 700 horsepower with 730 pound-feet of torque.
7 GTA Spano
Claim to fame: It's a V10 820-horsepower coupe limited to only 99 units worldwide. It goes zero to 60 in under 3 seconds, with a top speed of 217 mph. The panoramic sunroof and luggage compartment make it feasible as a weekend driver.
6 Gumpert Tornante by Touring Superleggera
Claim to fame: The Audi-made V8 engine boasts 700 horsepower, and the car weighs only 3,000 pounds. Its composite body panels over a light chrome-molybdenum steel space frame with carbon fiber monocoque make it incredibly light but stiff, just like the original Superleggera construction method patented by Touring in 1936.
Price: TBA; likely around $300,000
Claim to fame: This is the first Ferrari with all-wheel drive--it also has four seats, hence the "FF" moniker. The 12-cylinder concept was designed by Pininfarina and is expected to hit production next year. Early estimates place it at 660 horsepower with zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 208 mph.
5 Spyker C8 Aileron
Price: $272,000 (for automatic transmission)
Claim to fame: This 400-horsepower V8 has a zero-to-60 mph speed of 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of 187 mph. Its body is made entirely of aluminum, including an air diffuser and rear spoiler. Turbine air inlets resemble jet engines.
4 Aston Martin Virage
Claim to fame: The hand-assembled 6.0-litre V12 is combined with a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shifters. It gives 490 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mounted far back in the chassis (though it's still a front-mid-engined configuration), which gives it an advantage in both ride and handling. Zero to 50 mph in 4.6 seconds, with a top speed of 186 mph.
3 Audi R8 5.2
Claim to fame: It has a 5.2-liter, 525-horsepower V10 engine that goes zero to 60 in 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 196 mph. It comes with a standard six-speed manual transmission (automatic transmission available), with full LED headlights and taillights, heated leather sport seats and carbon fiber inlays. A carbon-fiber exterior package is available.
2 Jaguar XKR-S
Claim to fame: The supercharged 5.0-liter V8 can deliver 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. It'll go zero to 60 in 4.2 seconds, with a top speed of 186 mph--numbers good enough to make it the fastest production XK to date. It'll hit dealers this fall as a 2012 model.
1 Alfa Romeo 4C (and its predecessor, the 8C)
Price: TBA; likely around $60,000
Claim to fame: Admittedly this is currently a concept, but it's not likely to change much when it comes to market next year. It follows the 8C Competizione as a smaller, more compact model. It's shorter than 8 feet long and, made of carbon fiber and aluminum construction, weighs just 1,873 pounds. That's good for a top speed of 250 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km in less than 5 seconds.