Top 20 Cool Cars That Will Become Future Classics
These cars are cool today or 30 years in the future
Published January 18, 2018
New cool cars! They come in all shapes and sizes. As ever, some are deemed cooler than others and usually, the coolness factor is decided based on their street cred, looks, engine power, and heritage. We gathered 20 cool cars and trucks currently available for sale in the US. Some are mass-produced machines, other incredibly capable trucks and some are simply insane creations of the supercar world of today. All of them will most definitely be cool in the 2030s as well.
As the best selling vehicle in the US for ages, the most extreme modern version of the Ford F-150 is cool. Heck, more than cool. It’s the epitome of what an American truck is or can be. The latest 2018 Ford F-150 did not receive many changes compared with the 2017 Raptor. It only gained a somewhat changed rear end. That is beside the point here as the car in question actually sports a twin-turbocharged V6 with 450 hp.
Channeling the power to all four wheels suspended on a really advanced off-road suspension, the car manages to do 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. Super fast for a truck of this size. If you need a car for fast stints in the desert, this definitely is the one to pick. Can’t go madder. On the other hand, wide hips (its aluminum body has been widened) and massive size could make it a bit challenging to navigate the city streets.
It is not as big, nor as stylistically impressive as the Ford Raptor, but the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is everything you want from a compact truck. Off-road gear which includes additional suspension upgrades, exterior off-road touches and the possibility of ordering it with the Duramax diesel engine, make the Colorado ZR2 as appealing as it gets.
Two versions available – one with the petrol V6 engine developing quite raspy 308hp and 275 lb-ft of torque and the 2.8-liter turbodiesel I-4 is with 191hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.
The petrol one is faster, but we need to be reasonable, I don’t see anyone taking the Colorado ZR2 on the drag strip. Smashing a massive tow trailer behind? Yes! For that, both versions have 5,000-pound towing capacity.
Modern hot rod? This may be it. As an Australian produced sedan with a massive V8 in front, the Chevrolet SS proved to be unlike any other machine available in the US. It was, in some sense, the flagship of Chevrolet American offering. Sure, it deserved to be called that thanks to its racing pedigree and, more importantly, really loud 6.3 liter V8 with 415hp and 405 lb-ft of torque.
Available only with a six-speed automatic transmission, the car is more than capable to justify the prospects of a super saloon. Unfortunately, in January 2017 Chevrolet decided to end the production of the SS. After all, they closed their Holden factories where the car was produced. Now, try to find one that is left in a dealership or zoom through the used car market.
Do not be mad at us for including this car on the list. After all, among 20 cool cars, a two-door front engined, RWD Japanese coupe is simply mandatory. If it exists of course. And, we are lucky it does. Toyota 86 or the Subaru BRZ (same cars), uses a two-liter naturally aspirated motor developing around 200hp (205 for the latest year).
More important than that, the 2018 Toyota 86 and the 2018 Subaru BRZ are fun. A lot of fun due to their low center of gravity, fine suspension setup and engaging driving characteristics. Apparently, it is really really easy to drift them. Expensive? Not really!
Ever since Ken Block revealed this car drifting madly during the official presentation, the Ford Focus RS became an instant cool car. 2.3-liter EcoBoost, known from the Mustang EcoBoost, graces the engine bay with more than 350hp in its latest form. All the kinks and mashups were polished since its first appearance in 2015. Now, the 2018 Ford Focus RS comes with a limited slip differential (LSD), the RS2 Package (leather Recaro seats, voice-activated navigation and more), 19-inch premium forged alloy wheels, carbon fiber interior trim and a black roof.
- 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds
- Top speed of 165 mph.
Latest 2018 Ram 2500 Power Wagon may look much the same as before, but in reality, it became even cooler. Entering our 20 cool cars and trucks list is the latest version which was seriously improved by getting reinforced ladder frame chassis, a new five-link rear axle and rear coil springs, as well as full off-road equipment complementing 14.5 inches of clearance. Tires?
- 32-inch BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO.
The meat under the bonnet is of the best kind. 6.2-liter V8 with 410hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. Huge, almost Raptor-worthy power. Four-wheel drive comes as standard with a massive maximum towing capacity of 10,030 pounds.
You simply cannot have a list of cool cars and trucks without the Japanese sweetheart. After all, it is the best selling Japanese sports car of all time – the MX-5. 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata takes the small RWD roadster idea to a whole another level with an extremely stiff chassis, fantastic RWD setup, manual transmission and two-liter naturally aspirated motor developing just a shy of 160hp. Plus, it looks kinda beautiful compared to the previous iterations.
Did I mention it is lighter – by a freaking 220 lbs compared with the model of before. While the bigger engine is the one you should aim for, Mazda offers a 1.5-liter 129hp motor for it as well. This is a cool car, no matter how truck-lowing you may be.
Now, the Nissan GT-R R35 is not a new car. Heck, first 485hp versions of it had been revealed in 2007. More than 10 years ago. Nevertheless, sheer speed and street cred the Nissan GT-R R35 has gives the car that coolness factor that will definitely last long into 2030’s. Latest version – especially the Nissan GT-R Nismo – broke the 600hp mark and finally moved the Nissan GT-R into the scope of supercar world. With some suspension and aerodynamic updates, the Nissan GT-R Nismo is faster around the track as well.
Coolness factor, however, comes from the sheerly incredible quickness. The Nissan GT-R Nismo can catch 60mph in 2.7 seconds. This is almost hypercar quick. No wonder, this will be quick in 2030’s, 2040’s and 2050’s.
This may well be the best version of the Corvette C7. Called the Corvette Grand Sport, this machine gives you a unique near race-car experience when pushed to the limit. It is a car which takes some of the hardware from a Corvette Z06 and uses it without the supercharged motor, but with a seven-speed manual transmission. This one has a rev-match capability!
It is the purest and most engaging experience you may imagine with your ‘Vette.
- Power: 460hp
- Acceleration to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds
- Quarter of a mile time in 11.8 seconds
Not Z06 numbers, but the race-car experience is what counts the most.
Do I really have to explain why this is a cool car? Everything about it is over the top. Engine – V10 with more than 8 liters of capacity, rear wheels so wide (355/30 ZR19) they look like freaking rollers and that well-earned attitude of a widowmaker.
Although Dodge stopped the production, the last versions of the Viper sold like hotcakes. Now, you can find this cool car only in a dealership unsold car lot (not many) or on the used car markets.
Devastating 645hp power of the V10 engine was enough to make the Viper break 13 track records. Even on the tracks where it competed with the hypercar holy trinity.
While not as mechanically insane as the Ford Raptor, or even the Colorado ZR2, the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro proved to be quite an astonishing off-roading asset. With a powerful cult following it, I am inclined to include this famous car on the list of 20 cool cars and trucks. Available only as a Double Cab Off-Road 4×4, the Tacoma TRD Pro mates 3.5-liter 278hp engine with an automatic transmission and a formidable amount of off-roading gear.
Sure, the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro had a five-speed manual option, but that was discontinued for the new model. 2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, on the other hand, makes use of the Toyota Safety Sense-P. This introduces a number of active safety equipment for the car – forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, automatic high-beams, and adaptive cruise control.
Trying to outdo the likes of the Mercedes-AMG C63 and the BMW M3, Cadillac crafted an entry-level performance executive sedan. With a 3.6-liter turbocharged V6, fantastic Tremec 6-speed manual transmission and sports tuned suspension it really can compete with the Germans. Plus, admit it, it does not look that bad. It is sharp, modern, full of useful gadgets for today and if you aren’t exactly into changing gears yourself go for the 8 speed automatic. This all equals to what we call cool.
– 464hp and 445 lb-ft of torque
- 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds
- the top speed of 189mph
The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 may well be the most appealing Mustang of all time. Not only does it come with a hardcore track-focused suspension and driving equipment to match the best from Europe, but it also sports a fantastically loud 5.2-liter flat plane crank motor capable of delivering 520+hp. With 305/35ZR19 rear tires, this Shelby does not play any games. It can achieve what only a handful of other muscle cars can touch – it is more than track capable. It’s simply a furious pony car.
It will do 60 in 4.3 seconds which is not as mad as the Camaro ZL1 or the Hellcat, but this is a bit different kind of an animal altogether. Now, if the GT350 isn’t hardcore enough, one may go a step further – with the 2018 GT350R. This one does not have to have rear seats. But, believe us when we say the 20118 GT350 is cool enough.
Yeah, I just mentioned this gem in that article about the GT350. Now, the 2018 Camaro ZL1 shares similar track habits with its Shelby counterpart, but it drizzles it all with a 650hp supercharged 6.2-liter V8. You may have heard about this engine before. It is the one from the freaking Corvette Z06. Featuring electronic limited-slip differential, six-speed manual transmission (yes, manual, but you can opt for the 10-speed automatic), the Camaro ZL1 is as incredible as modern muscle cars go.
You know what, I’d have it in black. All black, without any chrome touches and maybe a bit of carbon. A mean and devious looking car deserves it.
- 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds
- Top speed of 190 mph
No, no one can forget to include this one in a list of 20 cool cars and trucks. The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat rewrote the rules of muscle cars. Actually, it returned the muscle car pedigree to where it had been in the Sixties. See, the whole idea of a muscle car is to be fairly affordable, relatively simple and supercar powerful. Enter the Hellcat! It is all of it then some.
And one can choose between a number of versions one of which is a Hellcat Widebody. Regardless of the version, drivers can enjoy a six-speed manual or rather advanced eight-speed automatic. While some did criticize its handling capabilities compared with the likes of Camaro and Mustang, the truth is that the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is best for the drag strips. Cool? Hell yea!
- 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds,
- Top speed of 200+mph
The first time US customers could buy a US version of the Honda Civic Type R was on June 14, 2017. Yes, recently. For the US, Honda crafted possibly the greatest FWD car of our time.
Its two-liter turbocharged engine produces 310 hp, and sports 245/30 R20 high-performance tires. All the power and tire size isn’t in vain. See, chasing the record for the FWD production cars on the Nurburgring, the 2018 Honda Civic Type R managed to cover the track in 7:43.80 minutes. Seriously quick. Just to showcase how quick it is let me tell you that the Honda Civic Type R is faster than the mid-engine Audi R8 Coupé 5.2 FSI quattro from 2009.
Cool car? Obviously! Amazing actually.
Not The Jaguar F-Type may be considered the perfect revitalization of the E-Type sporty character for the world of today. Although lacking some exotic engine placement or retro design, the Jaguar F-Type definitely is a proper contender for the Porsche 911. And Jaguar did a fantastic job nearing the car for all kinds of drivers.
Jaguar F-Type is available with a four-cylinder engine, six cylinder engine and eight-cylinder engine. All of them turbocharged. The power ranges from 300hp to 575hp (for the SVR). Depending on the version, one may order an AWD, manual transmission or automatic transmission and buyers can even opt for a mechanical limited-slip differential on the V6 S and an electronic limited-slip differential on the V8. Cool enough for the 2030s? Definitely!
Long awaited new generation of the Ford GT broke free earlier in 2017 with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. No V8 now. Apart from gaining a new engine, the car seems to have slightly changed the focus. Now, it is a lightweight supercar with super advanced active aerodynamics and enough advanced tech to compete with the likes of modern Ferrari, McLaren and Lambo cars.
650hp machine propels the 2018 Ford GT to 216 mph. Acceleration? We are really not sure about the acceleration yet, but it is a safe bet, the Ford GT will do 60 in 3 seconds (or less).
While some didn’t like the fact that the new Ford GT lacks the classic V8 power plant under the rear hatch, this new EcoBoost is definitely equally impressive. It may not sound mad as a V8, but it has some serious power.
It has been in production forever, but after numerous facelifts and re-engineering which made it accept the latest tech, the G-class still rocks hard. new model surfaced at the 2018 NAIAS, but the sheer spectacle the Gelandewagen still instills in anyone on the streets simply makes it a must on this list of 20 cool cars and trucks.
In the last few years, Mercedes unveiled a number of extraordinary G-class trucks including the 6×6, G5004x42, the Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet and others. Heck, it is available with the V12 after all. Can’t go further than that! Despite new G-class, the latest versions of the one originally designed almost 50 years ago will be gold for sure.
The Ford Fiesta ST is the last entry on this list. It deserves to be called cool. The new model, only in Europe for now, went far to get the 1.5-liter three-cylinder with 197hp. The one which was available here for years uses a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with approximately the same power output (in latter versions that is).
The Fiesta ST is light, small, has a manual, it is grippy and go-kart precise. It is a cool car and the one to conclude our list.
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