5 Fun Cars for Winter Driving
With winter upon most of the country, it seems the right time to make a list of the 5 best cars for winter driving. A list comprised of a few select cars able to brave the freezing temperatures and snowy hell that will undoubtedly befall great swaths of the country. From SUVs to sedans and even a few wildcards, these 5 cars will help you brave the winter weather all while having a good time doing it. 5. 2015 Subaru WRX STI
It’s a favorite for enthusiasts that live in an area that has the phrase Polar Vortex in the vocabulary. The WRX STI has remained the dominant winter car throughout its time here in the States.
Couple the rally heritage with interior space to fit your friends, and you’ve got the makings of one of the most perfect snow hooning machines on the planet. Add a set of snow tires and it’s a snow bound supercar!
RELATED: See more photos of the 2015 WRX here
4. 2015 GMC Yukon
This truck is your family hauler most days, which means it barely sees the mud-strewn areas that it can rightfully handle. We had it for a week and it just plowed through everything we could throw at it; including a 500-mile road trip that seemed like it only took ten minutes.
Couple that wonderful V8 to the incredible 4WD system, and this truck is one of the most capable snow conquerors around.
It’s most likely invincible. However, if you ever are stuck, an occurrence we highly doubt is possible, you can always just relax in the back and watch Empire Strikes Back! You don’t even have to slice open a Tauntaun because this big boy has seat warmers throughout the cabin.
RELATED: See more photos of the 2015 Yukon here
3. Mercedes-Benz G63 6x6 Brabus Edition
Whether you’re a oil sheik in the Middle East, a rich playboy in California, or a Russian oligarch, this is the ride for when you want off-roading performance, but want to stay classy. And show off how much cash you have to burn. The Mercedes-Benz G63 6x6 tuned by Brabus is possibly the most ostentatious automobile on the list.
It’s size could be compared to some small battleships and the interior is designed for someone with more money than taste. Nothing matters when you’re behind the wheel of this behemoth. Not sand, not snow, not the poor. Nothing. It will conquer all, and leave you with a satisfied look on your face while doing it. Polar Vortex be damned, nothing can stop this bruiser.
However, while its potent 700-horsepower engine can hit 60 in just 4.4 seconds, sometimes what you need is suspension travel. Something to help you go right over those snowplow made berms.
RELATED: See more photos of the Brabus G63 here
2. Local Motors Rally Fighter
This truck/Baja buggy is one of the most insane things we’ve ever been in. It’s just ridiculous in its entirety. And that’s why we love it. Because of its ridiculous stats and technical engineering, the Rally Fighter hits our #2 spot with all the force that LS motor can muster.
Take away the crowd-sourced body and that wonderful sounding LS motors, and you would think you were staring at something that was purposely built for off-road racing. Races like Baja, or Dakar. Not something that could take your kids to school in on a public road.
The Rally Fighter is just one of those Frankenstein’s monster kind of cars. It combines all the right ingredients and then throws the entire thing on its head for sheer lunacy. It’s one of the quintessential off-road machines. However, it doesn’t hit our top spot, because nothing can compete with the original hoon.
RELATED: See more photos of the Rally Fighter here
1. Ken Blocks Hoonicorn 1965 Mustang
If you haven’t seen this epically awesome, wonderfully insane, adjective inducing, KO punch to environmentalism, where have you been? Before it even debuted, spy shots had everyone talking about what a monster this next iteration of Gymkhana car would be. No one, though, expected what actually came out of Ken Block's insane mind.
845 horsepower comes from a Roush Yates 410 cubic inch Ford V8 out of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Car. That was then matted to a 6-speed Sadev sequential all-wheel drive transmission, which turned 720lb-ft of torque and a set of Pirelli Trofeo R tires to pure smoke.
Who needs suspension travel or snow tires when you have 845 horsepower powering all four wheels? It is the ultimate snow hooning machine. Nothing can compare.
RELATED: See more of the Hoonicorn here
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