Friday, January 15, 2016


Automotive history is littered with great cars. They’re the ones that make us say “they don’t make ’em like they used to,” and trick us into thinking that the automotive equivalent of the “good old days” has somehow passed us by. While legendary nameplates like Mustang and Corvette have never left us, and others like Continental and NSX are on their way back, there are plenty of cars that disappeared into the ether that we need now more than ever.Today, cars have never been safer. Gas and horsepower both come relatively cheap, and the ascendency of Hybrids and EVs all contribute to one of the most exciting and rewarding eras of automotive history. But nostalgia aside, there are plenty of older cars that met an untimely end and frankly deserved better. From supercars to pickup trucks, cars of every shape and size have left unexpected gaps in today’s automotive market, and new versions would make this golden era even greater.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Like many classics, the third-generation Mazda RX-7 didn’t get the love it deserved the first time around, and was pulled from the American market it 1995. History has been kind to Mazda’s twin-turbo rotary-powered rocket though, and it has become one of the most desirable sports cars of the ’90s.Its spiritual successor, the 2004-2012 RX-8 had some undeniable bright moments (near 50/50 weight distribution, great handling, high-revving rotary engine), but its atrocious reliability issues have turned it into a lemon in the used-car market. Mazda’s lineup my be one of the best in the world right now, but we can’t help but drool over the prospect of a new range-topping RX-7 shaking up the sports car world.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Cadillac Cien (pictured above) never went into production, but its muscular good looks and mid-mounted V12 still seem like a good idea 13 years after it debuted as a concept. With the Ford GT getting ready to hit street and racetracks, it seems like a perfect time for GM to develop its own mid-engined world-beater to take on its crosstown rival.

Earlier this year, spy photos taken at the GM proving ground showed a mid-engined test mule being put through its paces on a track. Rumors started swirling that a mid-engined Corvette was coming, but Automobile Magazine Executive Editor Todd Lassa  made the case that the car wasn’t a Corvette at all – it was a Cadillac. Adding fuel to the fire, Cadillac chief Johan de Nysschen spoke with the magazine and talked about his desire for one or two “very prestigious, very high-performance but luxury cars” to serve as flagship models. The Ford GT will undoubtedly be a fantastic car, but it would be that much sweeter if it had a little hometown competition to keep it on its game.

As exciting as the automotive landscape is today, these eight models prove that there is still much to be desired. None of these cars may be as good, safe, or efficient as a new car, but their features and what they represent would make future models that much better.                                                                                                                                                                                   Superior wagons never truly got on in the U.S. — however there was a brief sparkling minute when they seemed as though they could have. Between this present reality pulling capacities of the Dodge Magnum SRT8, the 577 strength European franticness of the Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S Wagon, and the 556 drive Cadillac CTS-V Wagon, there was an embarrassment of riches in the segment.

Today, the Mercedes might be the last super wagon standing, however nothing beats the general silliness of the CTS-V wagon. It was the first wagon Cadillac formally fabricated, and they made the most of it. It was seemingly the most sudden auto ever to originate from the brand, and it put Cadillac's V-Sport execution division on the guide. With the all-new 640 strength CTS-V vehicle coming in the not so distant future, we can't resist the urge to envision how it would look with a long rooftop.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Chevrolet SS is the best open mystery in the execution auto world. With its full-size figure, 415 torque Corvette motor, and extreme sleeper auto looks, it's a return to the days when muscle autos didn't need only two entryways. Shockingly, it's a touch of a gooney bird; excessively coarse to keep running with the BMW M5 and Cadillac CTS-V, and excessively costly (at $45,735) to tackle the Ford Taurus SHO (at $40,195). 

In spite of the fact that the SS hasn't precisely been a business achievement, we would love to see Ford venture up and offer a distinct option for the huge Chevy. The old full-size Panther stage (which supported the Mercury Marauder, presented above) might be gone, yet Ford has another full-size stage in transit for the new Lincoln Continental, and the thought about the Shelby GT350's 5.2 liter V8 in a major vehicle makes for an incredible imagine a scenario in which.

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