No.1 Bugatti Veyron 16.4
Forget top 5 French cars, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is among the best cars from anywhere. It’s overkill in every possible respect, and we are completely taken by it. And for once, let’s not regurgitate the Veyron’s stats. We all know what it can do, how it does it and its cost. What’s most noteworthy is how the Bugatti embodies exclusivity, performance, style, and technology. Take a good look, because after the Veyron, we’ll never again see a car this extreme.
No.2 Citroen 2CV
If you’re unfamiliar, the Citroen 2CV is to France what the original VW Beetle is to Germany, with a universal cult following to match. Ever the ugly duck, the Citroen 2CV delivers in character what it lacks in performance (which, in both respects, is considerable). The 2CV seems to have approximately 12 moving parts, including the wheels and engine. Drag racing anything faster than a glacier is not recommended. On the other hand, you’ll never have so much fun going slow as you will in this top 10 French car.
No.3 Venturi Fetish
America has the Tesla Roadster, but France has the Venturi Fetish. We trust having “France” and “Fetish” in the same sentence caught your undivided attention, and driving the electric sports car would probably give you the equatorial “tinglies” too. We say probably, as we haven’t personally tested any of the planned 25 hand-built examples of the $427,000 Fetish to confirm. It’s probably a moot point, since the Tesla is presumably a better car in every way, but we maintain “Fetish” is a helluva lot hotter than “Roadster” (just not $300,000 and change hotter).
No.4 Bugatti EB110
The Bugatti marque’s brief 1987 resurrection may have had an Italian accent, but the EB110 produced between 1991and 1995 was fully French in spirit and paved the way for much better things in the Veyron we know and lust after today. Like the Veyron, the EB110 was all about extremes: A mid-mounted, quad-turbo V-12 with up to 592 horsepower; a 0-60 of as little as 3.2 seconds; and, a top speed of up to 216 mph. Even now, after almost 20 years, few cars touch the numbers achieved by Michael Schumacher’s onetime daily driver.
No.5 Renault Sport Spider
Renault hasn’t been missed after leaving North America over 20 years ago, thanks to the bitter aftertaste of models like the 12, Le Car and Alliance. In the years since, Renault has come back from the brink (thanks in no small part to Carlos Ghosn) and produced cars like the Sport Spider. Built in seriously limited numbers between 1996 and 1999, the mid-engine Spider was a lot like the Lotus Elise in the way it was engineered to maximize the driving experience without being dulled by creature comforts.
How many hours does it take to turn a 1955 Chevy Nomad into the award-winning Chevy “Newmad”? 22,000 hours. Yes, you read that correctly. One Newmad equals 84 Rolls-Royce Phantoms.
The Newmad began its life as the first generation Nomad, the halo model wagon derived from the Motorama Corvette of 1953-54. Whizbang hotrod designer Chris Ito was commissioned by a Phoenix couple to pen the redesign, and after fixing the shape, the aforementioned 22,000 hours of elbow grease were put in at Steve’s Auto Restorations in Portland, Oregon. The word “custom” barely begins to describe it. The chassis was created specifically for the car, the suspension is from a 2000 Corvette, the body’s been lengthened, the sheet metal was created by hand, and all of the glass is one-off. Read the rest of this entry »
A nova S10 é um dos carros mais esperados de todos os lançamentos previstos para o ano de 2011, a nova S10 vai ser uma grande revolução no setor automotivo com cabines ela é inovadora desde o design até preço, a S10 2011, terá cabine dupla e uma suspensão totalmente moderna para o tipo de carro que se encaixa.
A nova S10 é uma mistura de estrada com asfalto, mas, é muito mais competente quando falamos em estrada de terra onde seu desempenho é utilizado ao maximo e assim mostrando todo o conforto que foi lhe dado nesta versão 2011, para que seja eleita o melhor automóvel com cabine dupla do mercado automobilistico atual. Read the rest of this entry »