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The 35 Coolest Car Names Ever And Their Meanings

From A Bird of Prey’s Claw To a Mongoose

Published November 22, 2017

What is the biggest PR nightmare associated with cars?

Their names!

Naming a car adequately requires massive and in-depth research. Sometimes it does pay off, but sometimes, it’s just dumb. As with any other product, car manufacturers name their cars according to their nature on the market. Remember the Sixties and the Seventies? That was a time that gave us all those muscle car names like Mustang, Challenger, Charger, and Baracuda. See, every name there corresponds with the ferocious nature of these cars and with what they represent on the market.

Not every company is the same of course – some use numbers and letters, some name their cars after important people from the past, while some simply want to enrage others. For example, the name Mangusta means mongoose translated from Italian. Back when the De Tomaso Mangusta was revealed, the car aimed to take on the Shelby Cobra. And, as you may know, the mongoose (specifically the Indian Gray Mongoose) is an animal that enjoys preying on snakes – specifically, cobras.

Some of the names are just made up. Usually, in order to mark the coming of an all-new mass production model. Like the Mondeo – from Ford. In America, it is known as the Fusion, mind you. The name (Mondeo) itself is a derivative of the French word Le Monde – translated into English it means ‘the world’. Obviously, the car was a global effort and Ford needed a fitting name.

Regardless of all the hassle associated with naming cars, some really do resonate to this day. I bring you, with a little help from our friends at Road and Track, a list of 35 cars with some of the coolest names ever.

Aston Martin Vanquish

35 Coolest Car Names Aston Martin Vanquish

Can’t beat that. Almost literally. The Internet tells us the meaning of the word Vanquish and you won’t be disappointed.

Vanquish – to overcome in battle; subdue completely; to defeat in a conflict or contest; to gain mastery over. Aston knew what this car was here to do, and named it accordingly.

Dodge Demon

35 Coolest Car Names Dodge Demon

Do I really have to tell you why this one is simply a demonic name? The Dodge Demon appeared only a couple of months ago and it already stirred a lot of problems for everyone else. The name definitely fits its nature of insanity. With 840 hp and a 0-60 mph time of 2.3 seconds, we’d say this car is appropriately titled, wouldn’t you agree?

Lancia Stratos

35 Coolest Car Names Lancia Stratos

This one is good all the way. As with almost all Lancia names of the time, the name Stratos was sourced from Greek mythology. Stratos for “army”. Considering how successful the Stratos was, this name fits perfectly. However, some other definitions of the word suggest Stratos was a mythical creature – a tornado with arms, red eyes and red mouth. A physical expression of the storm – and what a storm it is.

Ferrari 812 Superfast

35 Coolest Car Names Ferrari 812 Superfast

Some may say that naming a car like this is a bit dull or even tacky. However, the name was revived. Back in the Sixties, Ferrari sold a car called the 500 Superfast. Although this isn’t its successor, it definitely represents a car worthy of the name Superfast. A sports car with the V12 developing 789 hp most definitely is super fast. The car is a successor to the equally stunning F12Berlinetta.

Ford Mustang

35 Coolest Car Names Ford Mustang

This one is a no-brainer. The Mustang is an icon unlike any other. First, it suits the car perfectly, but it does not, apparently, have links with the Mustang horse (it does a bit actually). The designer of the first Mustang, John Najjar, was a rather big fan of the WWII fighter plane P-51 Mustang. He proposed the name, and it’s stuck like glue every since.

Alfa Romeo Disco Volante

35 Coolest Car Names Alfa Romeo Disco Volante

If I were to translate this name into English it would sound something like the Alfa Romeo Flying Saucer. I am not joking – Disco Volante literally means flying saucer. It would not even sound bad if it were named in English, but the Italian gives some heft to it. The Alfa Romeo Disco Volante was an experimental racing car in 1952 and 1953 produced with the Milanese coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring.

AMC Javelin

35 Coolest Car Names AMC Javelin

It is a spear, and the AMC Javelin definitely was one. Possibly the best muscle car name landed on a car sporting 343 ci and 390 ci V8 engines. The Javelin is easily one of the best-looking muscle cars of the time. It took the prospects of a pony car and improved on it. It had a mission to draw younger buyers and it did that fantastically well. The average Javelin buyer was 10 years younger compared to any other AMC car buyers.

Buick Roadmaster

35 Coolest Car Names Buick Roadmaster

Simply put, it is a master of the roads. One has to grow a serious pair of balls to call itself that. The name dates back to 1938 when Buick introduced the Series 80 Roadmaster. All other cars with the name, more or less, fit the bill of being advanced luxury cruisers. Buick called the name back in the 90s for another run of the Roadmaster, but that version didn’t have nearly as much character as the original. 

Chevrolet Corvette

35 Coolest Car Names Chevrolet Corvette

Cheap, but offers serious speed! That is what was important with the Corvette. Now, the name was, most likely, sourced from navy nomenclature. Corvettes are small army warships. The Corvette, considering its angry and animalistic nature, certainly fits the bill.

With seven generations under the Corvette belt, its name has never been as sound as today.

De Tomaso Mangusta

35 Coolest Car Names De Tomaso Mangusta

I mentioned it above. Mangusta – Italian for mongoose is the name best describing a car that should have been the Shelby Cobra killer. Although designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and engineered to be a proper sports car, the Mangusta in the US had an engine developing only 221 hp thanks to the Ford 302 Ci V8. The Europeans got a much cooler version that developed 306 hp.

Dodge Magnum

35 Coolest Car Names Dodge Magnum

Some may not like the car, but the name was a win. Magnum is an instant cool. Derived from the best known American pistol Magnum .44, the name stayed on the Dodge car for three generations. While the name is cool, the only version that really deserved its namesake was the SRT8 version, which featured a 6.1L V8 good for 425 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. Talk about recoil.

Dodge Rampage

35 Coolest Car Names Dodge Rampage

The name is an awesome one. However, considering that the Dodge Rampage was based on top of unibody subcompact architecture, it did not actually bring the hardware to justify the name. With a four-cylinder under the bonnet and not exactly an overwhelming size, the car lacked some heft. Yet, the name.

Better than El Camino or Ranchero for sure.

Dodge Viper

A venomous snake. It’s the best possible description of the Dodge Viper – a car so mad even some pros were scared to drive it.

35 Coolest Car Names Dodge Viper

Honestly, I think that this name and the car are best-suited for one another. The Viper will bite – both the animal and the car.

Eagle Talon

I totally forgot this car existed. It was a rebadged Mitsubishi Eclipse, but with a far better name. The word Talon represents a claw of a bird of prey. See what they did here. Eagle – bird of prey; Talon – its claw. It’s almost too good.

35 Coolest Car Names Eagle Talon

Just FYI, the most powerful engine for the Talon was the two-liter Mitsubishi turbo unit with 210 hp. Coupled with AWD, it made the 2+2 coupe quite raspy.

Ferrari Testarossa

The redhead. I mean, it’s an absolutely gorgeous name for an exciting, yet exceptionally elegant car. The Testarossa name Ferrari used for their famed model was actually sourced from the Ferrari 500 TR from 1956.

35 Coolest Car Names Ferrari Testarossa

Italian words definitely sound powerful and emotional when heard in English speaking countries. The Testarossa may well be one of the most seductive names we’ve heard ’round this parts and leaves us looking forward to every new Ferrari.

Hudson Hornet

The Hudson Hornet was a massive full-size sedan. Measuring about 210 inches in length one would think the name Hornet wouldn’t be a good match. Yet, with its NASCAR racing history, the name of the vicious insect definitely was a good fit for the car.

35 Coolest Car Names Hudson Hornet

The Hudson Hornet saw two generations and it was produced as a coupe, sedan, hardtop, and convertible.

Jensen Interceptor

35 Coolest Car Names Jensen Interceptor

As one of only a few non-American muscle cars, the Jensen Interceptor definitely nailed it with the “muscle-car-name”. A car produced in Great Britain from 1966 to 1976 had a number of proper American virtues. After all, it employed massive engines – 360Ci, 383Ci, and 440Ci motors. The most powerful car to ever bear the name Interceptor features a 440 Mopar machine “Six Pack” with 390 hp. Six Pack for “three 2-barrel configuration” carburetors.

Lamborghini Countach

Translated from Italian, the word Countach roughly means “Oh my!”. That is a polite term to define the word. More precisely, the term has been slang for something amazing in Piedmonte region in Italy for generations now. While some may translate it from Piedmonte as a “wow!” you are closer to its meaning with the English term “holy shit!”

35 Coolest Car Names Lamborghini Countach

The Lamborghini Countach is definitely the only car in the world with a name like that. Neat.

Lamborghini Diablo

35 Coolest Car Names Lamborghini Diablo

While the Dodge Demon definitely sounds cool as hell (see what I did there), the Diablo sounds even meaner. Carrying the name of the devil, the Diablo was a fantastic successor to the Lamborghini Countach. Although Lambo names their cars quite viciously even today, the Countach and the Diablo are definitely the meanest.

Land Rover Defender

35 Coolest Car Names Land Rover Defender

As one of the best off-roaders in the world, the Land Rover Defender certainly bears a name representing the honesty, honor, and capabilities of the machine. Although Land Rover ceased production months ago, the whole motoring world awaits the arrival of a new generation. It will be different for sure – but it will be even more capable.

Mercury Marauder

35 Coolest Car Names Mercury Marauder

It is a raider, a bandit, a rustler. A short Google search about the Marauder meaning will reveal this. Now, whether the Mercury Marauder was that vicious, dangerous or rebellious is open for debate, but the truth is that the name is awesome. If you are in a market for the last Marauder out there, go for the black one. It’s a surprsingly capable ‘old man sedan’ that can lay down rubber at a moment’s notice.

Mitsubishi Raider

35 Coolest Car Names Mitsubishi Raider

Unfortunately, a name as cool as Raider ended up on a Mitsubishi truck without soul and the proper grunt to carry it proudly. As Road and Track suggests, the Raider would be best suited for a muscle car with a massive V8. From the Sixties. Dreams, dreams.

Oldsmobile Cutlass

35 Coolest Car Names Oldsmobile Cutlass

A Cutlass is a sword used by pirates. It is also a car made by Oldsmobile. A short sword with a curved blade isn’t something one would expect to find on the rear end of a car measuring more than 200 inches in length. Yet, the Cutlass became an iconic machine sought after by enthusiasts even today. Its name definitely had a lot to do with it.

Oldsmobile Toronado

Another Oldsmobile, another great name – the Toronado – this time from 1965. As a massive luxury coupe, the Toronado was at the high-end of the Oldsmobile offering. The car features a massive 455Ci engine and a special transmission setup differing it from all other cars out there.

35 Coolest Car Names Oldsmobile ToronadoThe name, however, was of no meaning apparently. It was envisioned for the Chevy show car a few years before the Oldsmobile Toronado was revealed.

Panoz Esperante

Google tells us this – “Esperanto is a constructed international auxiliary language. With an estimated two million speakers worldwide, it is the most widely spoken constructed language in the world.”

35 Coolest Car Names Panoz Esperante

But there is a car called the Esperanto as well. Made in Georgia by a small car manufacturer called Panoz. This car features a slightly modified Ford engine with 320 hp. FYI – 0-62 mph in 4.9 seconds.

Plymouth Prowler

35 Coolest Car Names Plymouth Prowler

Yes, it is here. The car isn’t actually a good one. Not as a retro machine, not as a sports car and not as a daily driver. However, it is a fine curiosity with a name embedded in criminal terminology. And that alone makes the Prowler a fine addition to this list.

Pontiac Firebird

35 Coolest Car Names Pontiac Firebird

It looked futuristic, muscular, badass, and definitely like something that could draw the buyers of muscle cars to itself. Four generations of the car proved it is a worthy competitor in the saturated market of sports cars. I am not certain, however, if we are to ever see a new one on the market. We definitely won’t under the Pontiac brand.

Porsche Carrera GT

35 Coolest Car Names Porsche Carrera GT

It just works – the Carrera GT. Sounds fast and it definitely fits a supercar. Translated from Spanish, Carrera means race. As many tech advancements of the Porsche Carrera GT were derived from race cars, it is hard to think of a better name for the car.

The 612 hp beast certainly deserves an iconic name.

Rolls-Royce Phantom

35 Coolest Car Names Rolls-Royce Phantom

Rolls-Royce is known for naming its cars as mysterious, devious, and vicious spiritual beings. The name Phantom appeared all the way back in 1925. To date, Rolls-Royce has produced eight generations of the Phantom. It is by far, the most luxurious car (and the best one by many) in the world. Having a ghostly name is just right.

AC Cobra

This is the car that the De Tomaso Mangusta wanted to devour. Of course, it did not, as the AC Cobra and the Shelby Cobra became one of the most astounding icons of the car world.

35 Coolest Car Names AC Cobra

While the Viper represents a venomous snake, the Cobra represents the most vicious snake of them all. With a lightweight design and more power than you could shake a stick at, it was certainly a force to be reckoned with.

Mercedes-Benz AMG Hammer

35 Coolest Car Names Mercedes-Benz AMG Hammer

The Germans know a thing or two about naming cars as well. The AMG Hammer – 1987 Mercedes W124 with cafe racer bodywork and a surprisingly low drag coefficient of just .25. Its 17-inch back wheels transfer 365 hp of V8 muscle to the ground giving the W124 quite remarkable performance – 0-62 mph in 5.3 seconds and a quarter mile pass in 13.5 seconds.

Vector

35 Coolest Car Names Vector

Its design inspired by fighter jets of the time, Vector was the supercar company producing interesting sports cars from 1989 to 1993. As Road and Track reports, “in physics, the vector means to have direction as well as magnitude”. While the car company had a rather fine name, its cars were unremarkably called the W2, the W8 and the WX-3.

Hennessey Venom GT

35 Coolest Car Names Hennessey Venom GT

With a top speed of 270 mph, the Hennessey Venom GT was the closest thing to a Veyron killer that ever existed. It was the fastest car on Earth at one time, unofficially beating the Veyron with 1451hp at its disposal. The name is a dangerous one, obviously. The Venom GT is a substance to harm or kill a living being. A substance to compete with the mighty Bugatti Veyron. Hennessey revealed one to tackle the Chiron as well, and combined the Venom namesake with the highest rating on the Fujita Tornado Scale. A wicked name for a wicked car.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

35 Coolest Car Names Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Yes, Corvette is a fine name for a car, but the Corvette Stingray is taking it all to DEFCON 3. The Stingray nameplate is of high value in the world of Corvette enthusiasts. For the C7 generation, Chevy finally brought it back. Even with a huge name to live up to, the C7 delivered with ease.

Ford F-150 SVT Lightning

35 Coolest Car Names Ford F-150 SVT Lightning

The Raptor replaced the Lightning. This one was a sweetheart of muscle truck enthusiasts back in the Nineties. Now, however, the Raptor took its place. Not that anyone is sad about it, but it would be nice to see the SVT Lightning badge make a comeback. Ford ceased its production in 2004. Granted, we have seen some special edition revamps come through the works lately.

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Safet Satara
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I do not have spare time. All there is is car time. 12 years and counting. I am a Central European gearhead, but you are probably thinking - aaa a disposable Borg drone! Well, actually, I like to dress up like James Bond too. The only thing I need to be him is an Aston Martin (and I love DBS more than DB5 because, reasons). That's something I guess.

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