Vote for the Boldest Car of 2014
Here at BoldRide, we know there’s more to a car than just a means between point A and point B. Good vehicles should tug at your heartstrings. They should beckon to be enjoyed, grant excitement and deliver in passion. In essence, the best cars have personalities. The best cars are bold. So we’ve laid out 10 of our top picks for the Boldest Ride of 2014, and we want you to help us decide the winner. Take a peek below for the full list of our contenders, the reasoning between each bold ride, and to submit your vote at the bottom of the page. The candidates span all shades of the automotive spectrum, from midsize SUVs to barnstorming supercars, with the only restrictions being: (a) new or significantly different for 2014/15, and of course (b) bold by our standards.
Italian sports cars live and die by two criteria: "Are they visually striking?" and "Are they a bit mad?" The Lamborghini Huracan is both. The 2015 replacement for the venerable Gallardo lends significant driveability and leisure to the Lamborghini range; all the while its striking features and breakneck speed remind you that you’re in Sant’Agata Bolognese’s 600 horsepower monster.
RELATED: See More Photos of the Lamborghini Huracan
Lexus has long been the conservative luxury arm of Toyota. Then in 2007, the brand’s ‘F marque’ appeared and proved to the world that Lexus could do performance too … and do it quite well. The 2015 RC F is effectively the tip of Lexus’ performance spear. It’s got two doors, it’s a bit risky, but it has bold lines and strong potential to be a classic.
RELATED: See More Photos of the Lexus RC F
You might have overlooked the old Hyundai Genesis sedan, but with its new-for-2015 makeover, that missed gaze isn’t likely to happen again. Inside and out, the newest Genesis is a bold departure and big improvement on the previous model, packed with enough advanced technology to make competitive German sedans nervous.
RELATED: See More of the Hyundai Genesis Sedan
As soon as the Challenger Hellcat broke cover, muscle car fans the world over instantaneously thought two things. One, “What? 707 horsepower!” And two, “I hope they make a Charger Hellcat.” Well, they did. It’s slightly more expensive. Just as belligerent. And has room to terrify three more of your friends. Quite the bold statement, eh?
PHOTOS: See More of the 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat
America’s favorite pony car gets a revamp for 2015. It gets an independent rear suspension, striking good looks and the mid-range model even nets a turbo four-cylinder to play with. But this one is the GT. It’s a burly-chested man's car, and after driving it, we’ve truly fallen in love.
RELATED: See More of the 2015 Ford Mustang GT
A reasonably priced midsize sedan? Are you kidding? No, we’re not. While you might not have fond memories of the previous 200 or its Sebring grandpa, simply forget them. The 200 is all-new for 2015. It drives incredibly well, sounds brilliant in V6 trim, and you’ve got to admit – it looks quite pretty.
RELATED: See Photos of the Chrysler 200
If the styling of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee isn’t considered bold, then really … what is? The new Jeep polarized the public when it debuted, but beyond its restyled looks lies a competent five-seat SUV with extensive capability both on-road and off. It's a deserving successor to the Cherokee nameplate.
RELATED: See Photos of the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
Remember the calls of heresy when Porsche rolled out the Cayenne? “Porsche doesn’t build SUVs!” Well, they’ve given it another slightly smaller go now, and the results, quite frankly, are outstanding. The all-new Macan feels like a proper luxury SUV should and drives like a Boxster with room for five.
PHOTOS: See More of the All-New Porsche Macan
Do you have a pair of eyes? Use them. The BMW i8 is both a splendor of automotive design and fuel efficiency done right. With its techy three-cylinder engine and electric motors, the i8 furthers the idea that hybrids are in fact cool … and potentially quite fast. This one might just get the "Changes the Playing Field" award.
PHOTOS: See More of the BMW i8
Chevrolet is billing this new Z06 Corvette as a supercar. When it arrives, it indeed might be deserving of that title. With looks not far removed from its race-ready C7.R cousin, and an equally impressive zero to 60mph performance to the tune of 2.9 seconds, the Z06 is that quintessential bold statement before a bar fight ensues.
Any rides that we forgot? Keep the discussion going in the comments section below. And vote here for your 2014 bold ride of the year. Polls close Sunday, November 2nd.
RELATED: See More of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06