Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Ten Hottest Cars from the 90s

Many people who are not familiar with cars won't even know that these cars are actually more than 10 years old! For their time, these cars surpass the styling criterion of their time.Today, they can be regarded as timeless classics. From a survey done by http://jalopnik.com , they have narrowed down the top ten cars of the 90s. 

Number.10: Toyota Supra

"Three words. Hollow. Carpet. Fibers. In Toyota's quest for awesomeness, they went so far as to make the hood, targa roof panel, and suspension components out of aluminum, and hollow out the fibers in the carpet. Crazy? Sure. Obsessive? Absolutely. Brilliant? Indubitably. Those whacked-out engineers ended up shaving a full 200 pounds off the car compared to the previous generation. Unfortunately, if you lived in California, New Jersey, New York or Massachusetts, you had to wait to get your hands on a Turbo model, as their tighter emissions regs wouldn't clear the car for sale" (Jalopnik, 2010).

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Number.9: Jaguar XJ220

"There was quite a bit of debate here at the Jalopnik home office over whether to include the XJ220 or the Bugatti EB110SS. Eventually, the Jag won out over the Bug, mostly because it looks so much cooler. The Jaguar XJ220 screams supercar: it's low, wide, curvy, and ridiculously quick, especially when you note its power comes from a 3.5 liter V-6 (with twin turbos). For a time it was the fastest production car in the world with a top speed of 217 mph, until a certain McLaren showed up to take the crown" (Jalopnik, 2010).

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Number.8: Mazda RX-7

"The RX of dreams. There have been many before, and many after, but the most glorious rotary of them all is the FD RX-7. A delightfully pure and strange sports car, it looked like a mini Viper (both the car and the snake) and offered performance on a different plane from other cars of the era. Anytime one graced the cover of a car magazine, that car magazine was quickly purchased" (Jalopnik, 2010).

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Number.7: McLaren F1

"Exactly how many times are we going to have to explain why the F1 is great? You can have your Bugattis and Zondas and Webers, there's no supercar with quite the panache of a McLaren F1. When camera crews setup races between Veyrons and F1s they often have to do multiple passes to get the F1 to lose" (Jalopnik, 2010).

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Number.6: Ford Taurus SHO (Super High Output)

0-100km in 6.6 seconds

"Our favorite 90's sleeper, the SHO was a great car for those folks that wanted to go fast, but stay discrete. Who would think a four door Taurus would be anything special? Not the cops, that's for sure. Or the punk kid next to you at the light revving his hopped up Golf. The SHO may have lost a little of its bite in its most recent iteration, but the original 1st and 2nd generation SHO was a damn cool car"  (Jalopnik, 2010).

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BMW M Coupe

"You mean you need another reason to love the M Coupe, other than its striking resemblance to a clown's shoe? How about being 2.7 times stiffer than the Z3 convertible it's based on? That's not doing it for you? Ok. The car shares an engine with the E36 M3 of the same era. Feeling a little better about the car now? Who says awkward-looking can't be fast?" (Jalopnik, 2010).

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Number.4: Dodge Viper

"The award for coolest car powered by a truck engine has to go to the Viper. Featured in more 90's video games and bedroom posters than nearly anything else of the era, the Viper has a special place in the hearts of so many that grew up then" (Jalopnik, 2010).

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Number.3: E39 M5

"BMW's don't burble. Except for one: the last-generation M5. The instant you fire-up the previous gen Bavarian four-door (codenamed E39), its powerplant burbles with all the subdued menace of a late 60's muscle car" (Jalopnik, 2010).

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Number.2: Buick Roadmaster Station Wagon

"The Caprice/Roadmaster/Fleetwood/Impala body style is so '90s, ven if it's only because GM used it for every one of their many, many brands. Much as we do love an Impala SS, though, the Roadmaster may be the pinnacle of 90s big-body, RWD cruisers. With wood-trim, giant sunroofs, and a wheelbase long enough to stick a couple of Smarts in between the axles, it was a comfortable ride. But the best part? A slightly de-tuned Corvette LT1 engine good for a reported 260 hp. With a few bolt-on modifications it could be a real burnout machine" (Jalopnik, 2010).

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Number.1: Honda/Acura NSX

"As with the McLaren F1, you sort of start running out of amazing things to say about the Acura NSX. With its straight edge, we-have-really-good-computers-now styling and Senna-tuned handling it's already a beast. It's the dream car of the era and, because it wore a Honda badge in Japan, it seemed almost attainable. The best thing we can say about it? When Gordon Murray drove the car he knew he wanted to build a car with the same spirit and so he designed the F1 around similar principles" (Jalopnik, 2010).

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Original Article: Jalopnik.com "The Ten Most Bitchin' Cars Of The '90s"