5 Cars We’re Thankful For in 2014
With Thanksgiving just a day away, families across the US of A are preparing to come together and share a table, some food, a few fine beverages, but most importantly – share the company of their loved ones. Gobble gobble. And that’s wonderful. So we thought it only pertinent to display our thanks for what we love most, aside from our families of course – the automobile. 2014 hath supplied us with bounties of tantalizing cars and trucks, frankly too many to count, but we weeded out the list and these five special autos made the cut. Be sure to let us know which wheels you’re thankful for in the comments below. BMW i3
Wait, surely you mean the i8? No, no. We realize the BMW i8 is the one that everybody wants, but not everyone has the disposable income to afford a $135,000 hybrid sports car. At just $42,000, the much more affordable BMW i3 allows you access into the very-real and very-imminent future of EV motoring at a fraction of the price.
And you know what? The future is bright. Mash the throttle in the i3 and you’ll soon find yourself quite far away from where you began.
PHOTOS: Take a closer look inside the all-new BMW i3
Volkswagen Golf R 400
If this is cheating, then so be it. Just a few days ago, Volkswagen debuted the stunning Golf R 400 concept for the first time in America … and we don’t exactly want to watch it go. Sure, it’s still just a concept, but judging by its production-ready looks and some compelling whispers in the night – this thing could be on the production docket for next year.
Just a reminder as to why that’s a very good thing – the Golf R 4000 shuttles 394 horsepower to all four wheels and is based on technology gleaned from Volkswagen’s WRC rally team. Any takers for a production-ready Golf rally car? Raise those hands high.
RELATED: The VW Golf R 400 Concept brings a touch of lunacy back to the hot hatchbacks
Even to the unfamiliar eye, the popular Lamborghini Gallardo had begun to look a bit long in the tooth by today’s standards. But how does one replace Sant’Agata Bolognese’s greatest hit?
By being very particular. The all-new 2015 Lamborghini Huracán merely evolves the Gallardo’s striking features, drivability and power. Zero to 60 mph is dispatched in around three seconds and at full tilt you’ll be going over 202 mph. It’s part encore presentation, part big-budget remake, and we like all of it.
RELATED: The 2015 Lamborghini Huracan will set you back around $240,000
Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Cue the Motley Crue music. With 707 horsepower on tap, we’re thankful that the Charger and Challenger Hellcat simply even exist. The epic Hellcat duo have not only stolen the muscle car crown away from the all-new Ford Mustang, but frankly stolen the spotlight from every single other car this year.
It came as no surprise that when we asked all of you to name the ‘Boldest Ride of the Year’, you responded rather emphatically – Charger Hellcat. And with the first batch of Hellcats making their way to dealerships now, some of you might even have one.
PHOTOS: Take a closer look at the all-new Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
The prospect of daily driving a classic car brings with it a few risks – old drivetrains, poor efficiency, and high upkeep costs to name a few – but San Diego’s Zelectric Motors has ratcheted down those pitfalls with an electric take on the classic Volkswagen Beetle.
The resultant Zelectric Bug EV zips around like a sports car, packs an electric motor expected to last 160,000 miles, and can juice up for just a couple dollars in your garage. It’s a 21st century approach to a 20th century marvel, and we’re just thankful to see more of these plucky VWs still on the road.
What autos are you thankful for this year? Keep the conversation going in the comments below!
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