Automakers build all sorts of crazy concepts showing off future design features and upcoming tech. But a lot of the time, the cool mockups we see on the auto show floor never actually make it into the automaker's production lineup. If there's one car I wish an automaker would've produced, it'd be the 1995 Ford GT90. Equipped with a quad-turbo V12 making 720 horsepower and more triangle design cues than you can count, it was truly something to behold. The polarizing looks were incredibly cool, and the interior was an electric shade of blue-purple I've never seen anywhere else. The GT90 concept seems like a spaceship compared to the 2005 Ford GT, which went on sale a decade later. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Now we want to know: Which concept car do you wish was put into production? It doesn't have to have been a sports car, or even a pretty car. It just has to be a concept that you think should've been built. Let us know in the comments below. … [Read more...] about Which Concept Cars Do You Wish Made it to Production?
The Jaguar XK straight-six is one of the finest of the type, making its debut in 1949 and staying in production until the early 1990s. It powered the C- and D-Types that gave Jaguar six wins at Le Mans in the 1950s, and found a home in the gorgeous E-Type, too. It also sounds, as a Brit might say, the business. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Here, we hear it in a Lister-Jaguar Coupe, which used the same 3.4-liter XK straight-six as the D-Type. At Le Mans Classic in 2013 with Chris Harris at the wheel, getting all sorts of sideways, it rips. Welcome to Better Than Coffee, your daily dose of car sounds designed to help you kick that caffeine habit. … [Read more...] about A Lister-Jaguar Makes a Straight-Six Noise to Die For
The Dodge Viper ACR came with a massive 645 horsepower from the factory. For most people, that's enough. But the owner of this Competition Blue car wasn't satisfied. This car has a custom twin-turbo system that puts out an otherworldly 1500 horsepower. And just because all that power's going to the rear wheels doesn't mean it can't hook up. We've seen it put down sub 10-second quarter-mile runs in the past. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below And unlike most modern turbocharged cars, it still sounds wonderful. Listen for yourself. Welcome to Better Than Coffee, your daily dose of car sounds designed to help you kick that caffeine habit. … [Read more...] about Here’s What a Viper ACR Sounds Like With Two Turbos Attached
Nowadays you can't get into a new mid-engine sports car for less than $55,000. That's a lot of money. If you don't want to spend such a large sum on a car, but still want the pleasure that comes from a mid-ship layout, don't worry—there's a ton of great choices on the used market. If you want something really cheap, but still want to stand out, I suggest the Honda Beat. It's a Japan-market convertible Kei car equipped with a high-revving three-cylinder engine mounted directly behind the driver. It only makes around 64 horsepower, but because it's so light, there's endless fun to be had. The best part? Imported examples can be had for around $5000. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Now we want to know: Which cheap mid-engine car do you think is the best? It doesn't have to be insanely cheap (think under $20,000), and it doesn't even have to be particularly popular. Let us know in the comments below. … [Read more...] about What’s the Best Cheap Mid-Engine Sports Car?
Great Britain is famous for making fun-to-drive sports cars. Some of the most fantastic-driving coupes and convertibles around have been built by British companies, giving the car world years of enjoyment behind the wheel. I'm partial to the Lotus Elise. Not the supercharged one either, just the base, naturally aspirated version. It's not complex or hard to understand—it's just a tiny mid-engine car with a Toyota engine in the back. It's not extremely fast, but once you take a turn for the first time, you'll understand why the market for the Elise has remained steady for all these years. Hopefully once the new one arrives stateside, prices will finally start to come down. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Now we want to know: What's your favorite British sports car? It doesn't have to be specifically new or old, or even known for being fun. It just has to be a fun British sport car you enjoy. Let us know in the comments below. … [Read more...] about What’s the Best British Sports Car?