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In case you were unaware, the Geneva International Motor Show this year was spectacular. In fact, we were so impressed we felt it necessary to add three extra slots to our normal top five entries for Best In Show. Unfortunately, this article will probably kill all those warm and fuzzy feelings you got going on right now. You see, nothing is perfect, and despite all the four-wheeled loveliness on display in Switzerland, there was plenty to gripe about as well. And you know us – we never miss an opportunity to gripe.
But hey, that’s why we’re here – to nitpick and criticize from the safety of our keyboards. And yeah, we read the comments, so we know you share our passion.
So come with us on a journey of cynicism and derision as we explore the worst of the worst from the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. By the way, since we did eight entries for Best In Show piece, we decided to throw in one more for the Worst In Show as well, bringing this list to six entries total. You know, just to even it out a little. One for the road couldn’t hurt, right?
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I don’t know about you, dear reader, but personally, I’m still catching my breath after all the awesomeness that was the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. Of course, GIMS has traditionally been the place where the bulk of annual vehicular hotness rolls out, but this year saw the debut of so many awesome autos, it’s a little hard to keep track of them all. But keep track we did, and the result is the following extended list of the brightest stars to shine in Switzerland.
Now, I say “extended” because this year was so jam-packed with top-notch debuts, we had to add additional slots to the list beyond our customary top five. And although there’s still a bit of debate amongst the staff as to which of the following cars deserve a mention (yes, Ciprian, I included the Ferrari!), we think you’ll agree – Geneva brought the goods this year in a big, big way.
So with that, let’s get to it. But one final thing – we wanna know which of the following debuts stands out as the best to you, dear reader. Alternatively, perhaps we included a debut that we shouldn’t have, or maybe your favorite went missing? Make sure to post your opinions in the comments section, and we’ll be happy to argue with you in a very public manner.
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If you just read our recently published Worst In Show piece from the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, then you’re probably thinking 1) we’re a bunch of trolls, and 2) CAS 2017 was a complete waste of time. And that’s simply not true, at least as far the second point is concerned. There were at least five really nice debuts that dropped in the Windy City this year, including a few SUV’s, a new sport compact, and a revamped muscle car. We even threw in a few special edition models because they were, you know, actually special.
In fact, looking over this list, it’s clear the 2017 Chicago Auto Show has a lot to offer. But we wanna know – what do you think were the best debuts at this year’s show? Did we get them all, or miss a few? Should a few of these entries go on the Worst In Show list instead? Tell us in the comments, and we’ll be happy to get into a big, public Internet fight with you.
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A quick glance across the room, a stolen wink of the eye, a casual brush of the hand – when you can’t have something, you want it even more. And while it’s true the U.S. automotive market has a whole to offer, there are more than a few highly desirable models out there that are only sold outside our borders. You lust after them, you need them. This is forbidden love, the cars you can’t have.
Maybe you read about it in an online review, or saw it in a video, or heard about it from some friends. Either way, you know it’s the right car for you. Sure, there are similar options on these shores, but none of them come close to the real thing.
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Creating a “Top Five” or “Top 10” list is always an exercise in caution because these rankings are largely of the subjective variety. One person can have a his top five on a specific topic only to see another person with a different top five of his own. In such instances, we usually rely on persons of authority to make these definitive calls. When it comes to making a legitimate top five list on the rarest Porsche factory models no person is better suited for the task than Dieter Landenberger, the manager of Porsche’s own Historical Archives.
The latest episode of Porsche’s always fun and informative “Top Five” series brings us to the Porsche Museum where Landenberger is its chief archivist. As somebody who knows pretty much knows as much about Porsche as anybody alive today, Landenberger is the perfect person to make a list of the rarest Porsche factory models in the world. The list itself is indicative of Porsche’s long and proud history and all the cars that Landenberger named each carried a storied history behind its exclusivity.
It’s fitting too that Landenberger’s choices come from a number of different Porsche generations spanning over 50 years of Stuttgart’s finest creations. Most of us probably know what the number one spot on this list is, but watching the episode and seeing Landenberg pull the sheets off of each of the cars that comprised the top five also made us realize just how awe-inspiring this museum is and just as important, how incredible Porsche’s history really is.
So without further adieu, check out the top 5 rarest Porsche factory models in the eyes and words of no less than Dieter Landenberger himself.
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The holidays have arrived, and that means it’s time to go out and scoop up some gifts for your loved ones. And sure, you could get them something they need (“Oh, a raincoat!”), but clearly, the better option is to get them something they want. But where to start? Don’t worry – if it’s a car lover you’re shopping for, we’ve got you covered.
Included in this list is a wide assortment of gift ideas that’s sure to accomodate just about any budget. We’ve got stuff for folks with predilections for the practical, digital entertainment, handsome desk ornaments, classic toys, and even a few high-end items for those boys and girls who’ve been extra good this year.
So lube up that credit card, and read on.
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Everyone knows that if you put racing stripes on your hood and flame decals behind your wheels, you cut at least a half second from your 0-to-60 mph time and pad your top speed by at least 10 mph. That’s just a scientific fact. But beyond the obvious boost to perceived performance, the color of a fast car (especially if it’s of the racing variety) can be hugely important. That’s why we see the same shades used time and again throughout automotive history. So to celebrate these velocity-inducing hues, we’ve collected our top five picks right here in the following list.
While compiling the following five entries, we looked into time-honored racing color traditions from across the globe and took inspiration from some of the most famous cars to ever turn a wheel in anger. Europe, the U.K., Japan, and of course, the United States are all represented.
So with that, break out the swatch, get those settings on your monitor just right, and read on.
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The ‘90s were a special time. The Sega Genesis wowed gamers with 16 bits of raw processing power, Seinfeld was the funniest thing on cable television, and the Internet still promised enlightenment and the free exchange of information, rather than a tsunami of celebrity social media rants. But without a doubt, some of the greatest things about the ‘90s were the cars, specifically those sporty offerings hailing from The Land of the Rising Sun. The decade produced a huge number of exciting, fun-to-drive Japanese imports, and truly defined the “tuner culture” we know and love today. As such, we’ve collected five classics from the era for your nostalgia-filled reading pleasure.
Picking just five ‘90s-era Japanese imports wasn’t easy, and we’re quite certain more than a few of you readers out there will feel snubbed by the fact your favorite wasn’t included. Hell, even some of the staff are a little miffed (sorry Robert, no Acura Legend this time!). If that’s the case, post your pick in the comments so we can all get in on the feels.
So with that, grab your K&N air filter, break out your Video Option tape, and keep on reading.
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The cold season is now upon us, and per tradition, the frosty weather arrives with plenty of opportunities to go dashing through the snow. But as you might imagine, one-horse open sleighs don’t quite meet our standards around here at TopSpeed. Rather, we prefer many horses… in fact, ditch the sleigh altogether. Give us big rubber tracks instead, something to churn the powder and propel us through the frostbitten woods in a flurry of internal-combustion glory. We want snowmobiles, but not just any snowmobiles – we want cars equipped to be tackle the worst of the white stuff that Mother Nature has to throw at us. These are our picks for the Top 5 Cars-Turned-Snowmobiles.
Each of the following machines is based on a production vehicle, but was specially modified for snow duty using upgraded suspension components, new running gear, and whatever else was needed to make the most of a frozen playground. So grab a thermos filled with piping-hot caffeine, crank up the defroster, and read on.
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If you’re like me, you’re probably just coming around from your annual post-Thanksgiving tryptophan-induced coma, and paired with your newfound consciousness is a renewed hunger for all those delicious dishes chilling out in the fridge. As long it’s properly stored, the extra turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and gravy will last for a while – kinda like a well maintained used car. So in that spirit, we’ve put together a list of five older enthusiast cars ready for Round Two.
As you might suspect, we’ve focused primarily on performance and fun factor behind the wheel for this list, but daily drivability, reliability, and cost to own were also factored in.
So then – are you picking through the automotive cupboard looking for something to satisfy? If you answered “yes,” then consider the following tasty possibilities…
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Most folks don’t get it, but enthusiasts will understand. Sometimes, there’s a car that’s so memorable, so special, and so evocative, that just looking at it will transport you to another place and time. Maybe you first saw it in a magazine, or maybe it was bootlegged videocassette. Maybe you heard it blast by at full throttle at some far-flung car show. Maybe someone close to you let you sit in the driver’s seat. However or wherever, the memories are there, and while most associate the collector car market with muscle cars and old Ferraris, the past decade or so has shown steadily growing interest in sheet metal wrought in the Land of the Rising Sun.
But this article isn’t about auction prices or market shifts. This article is about five of the greatest classic Japanese sports cars ever produced. Choosing just five examples was tough, but hey, that’s why we get paid the big bucks.
Keep reading, and let us know which of these rides get your juices flowing.
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When it comes to major auctions, it’s pretty common to find various Ferrari models at the top of the list. This year, the auctions taking place during Monterey Car Week were wild as usual. Mecum auctions turned out some amazing vehicles with the top 10 cars pulling in nearly $20 million, but that’s nowhere near the kind of numbers we saw at the Gooding & Company auction. In fact, Gooding’s number for the top five cars was more than double that of Mecum’s top 10 – pretty wild right?
Gooding had a lot of cars listed, and 160 of those lots actually sold. Some of the lower-priced cars include models like a 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 C Coupe for $412,500, a 1988 Porsche 959 Comfort for $1,320,000, a 1954 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN1 Le Mans for $143,000, a 1928 Morris Oxford for just $49,400, and there was even a 1968 Iso Grifo 7 Litri that sold for $682,000. Okay, so some of those numbers might night be “low” for some of us, but in the grand scheme of things, none of them are much when you consider the most expensive car sold at Gooding this year commanded just of $18 million. More about that later, but I’ll give you a hint: It’s a Ferrari. Shocker, right?
Well, with that said, let’s take a good look at Gooding’s top five from this year at Monterey and talk a little about them. There’s just something about these high-dollar collectibles that really gets the blood flowing, isn’t there?
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Mecum is a pretty big auction house. It averages more than one auction per month, often ranging anywhere between 700 lots and 3,000 lots, with a general average of at least 20,000 lots per year. Every year, Monterey Car Week serves as a big venue for Mecum and normally accounts for a large volume of car sales. This year was no different, with Mecum pulling in $19,470,000 from the top ten cars that went under the hammer. Of course, Mecum wasn’t the venue that saw the first Shelby Cobra – the CSX 2000 – sell for a record-breaking $13.25 million, but its top 10 didn’t pull in peanuts either.
Of course, the top 10 list is littered with beautiful examples from Ferrari, McLaren, and Porsche, but there was a 1965 Shelby Cobra and a Bugatti Veyron that held their own pretty well and landed in big seller’s circle. The biggest seller at Mecum’s auction last week was a 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari, which was one of three made in its respective color and had very low mileage, selling for a whopping $4.7 million. But, before I go too far into specifics here, let’s dive on in and look at all of the top 10, starting with a 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO that took 10th place.
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According to the internet, some little outfit called “Autotrader” just released its list of the best cars for dog owners. There was a Volvo and an Audi. Not too bad. Then a Honda minivan, and a couple of soft-UVs. And of course, the inimitable Kia Soul. Good enough.
If you’re feeling a little more…exuberant…Gayoh.com suggests a Mazda Miata, which is somehow both wrong, and completely contextually correct. But somehow a bit less so than the Nissan Juke Autotrader recommended. Huh.
Autotrader’s criteria included a low ride height, rear lift-gate for doggy entry, a rear cargo area, fold-flat rear seats and a few others we’ll get into shortly. Ours are more along the lines of rubber carpet for easy clean-up after slalom maneuvers, Alcantara inserts to keep Schnauzer from the glove compartment under braking, and enough power to pin Scooby to his seat while accelerating into the carpool lane. Consumer Reports, we ain’t.
Because at the end of the day, the real best vehicle for dogs will always be a 1976 Ford van. Anything other than that is a compromise. So, since we’re compromising anyway, might as well do it in the name of fun for driver and dog alike.
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Before I start, let me admit one thing: there are no really bad cars anymore. The era of the true crapcan went out around 10 years ago, and any new car or truck you can buy these days is, at heart, a decent vehicle. It may not always seem like it, but we’re currently in the middle of an automotive renaissance of sorts. Like most other categories of cars, it’s been evolve or die for SUVs and crossovers. The competition is stiffer than ever, and that has driven dramatic improvements in the power, handling, ride, design and capability of these vehicles.
That doesn’t mean that some vehicles aren’t behind the curve, of course. And in some cases, they’re way behind the curve.
So why do some SUVs fall short? Sometimes it’s a matter of taste. Consumer desires can shift practically overnight, and it’s easy for a manufacturer to get caught out. When gas prices spiked a couple of years ago, large, V-8-powered sport utes became overnight liabilities. Similarly, the rollover controversy that struck the Ford Explorer in the late 1990s was bad news for tall, body-on-frame sport-utes. In recent years, consumer preference has turned toward more car-like crossover vehicles that split the difference between SUVs and cars, offering the best of both worlds — a move that must have folks at Suzuki and Isuzu (who attempted similar vehicles before it was popular) shaking their heads.
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Okay, haters, as it turns out, the worst examples of “luxobarge” are not all Lincolns. Not to be an apologist for the brand started by Henry M. Leland (who also founded Cadillac) in 1917; Lincoln has definitely had its share of missteps and stupid ideas. But there are worse things out there than the 1958 Lincoln Premiere. Shut up, yes there are, I absolutely love the ’58-’60 Lincolns and I won’t hear your whining about how oversized, overstyled and underhwelming they were. There’s a ’59 Lincoln in my dreamfleet, and there’s no ’59 Cadillac, and that should tell you something.
If nothing else, it should tell you that I’m uniquely qualified to pick out the worst and most ridiculous luxury cars in automotive history. I have looked into the grinning grilles of the most wretched examples of excess vomited forth by the pens of American designers, and found beauty. What you really want to find are the big, sloppy land yachts that even I can’t bring myself to love.
(That’s actually not true. I love these monsters as well, in a way. Even if they are stupid, ridiculous wastes of sheet metal.)
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If you live here in America, then it’s time to celebrate your independence with the traditional combination of beer, pounds of meat grilled in the open air, and highly dangerous explosives. After all, it’s tradition. To supplement this time-honored ritual, we’ve assembled a list of some of the things that make this country so damn great.
Included are the requisite clouds of tire smoke, news of red-white-and-blue conquest overseas, new and upcoming vehicles of freedom, excessive horsepower, and videos of victory over foreign oppressors.
So grab your can of domestic, throw on another round of burgers, unfurl the star spangled, and get ready because we’re about to kick the tires and light the fires, big daddy. We promise it’ll be more patriotic than George Washington riding a giant bald eagle and firing an M16 over Mount Rushmore.
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