25 Best Cars of the Decade: Prologue

Since it is the end of the decade, I feel it was appropriate to make a list of what I think are the 25 best cars of the past decade. Basically, I have ranked cars based on looks, performance, affordability, and how well they’ll be remembered, among other factors. It’ll become simpler once the list unfolds, since I’ll be explaining every car’s reason for being in that spot. Before that, I’m going to mention a few cars that didn’t make the list.

The first ten cars on the list will be posted on Tuesday (since I aim to bring you a Slap Chop review on Monday), but this should give you an idea of what I’m looking for.

Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione

If the list were based on beauty alone, this car would be second on the list. The car has the perfect curves, and from any angle, looks amazing. It isn’t a shouty car like many sports cars, but rather, a car of class. It also sounds natural. Essentially, everyone can agree that it is nearly a perfect image.

It really ends there though. For all the sport pieces that are put into this car; the 450 hp 4.8L V8, the limited slip differential, the stiffened suspension, nothing really works on this car when it hits the track. Yeah, a car like this doesn’t need to work on the track. But it doesn’t really work on the road as well. The gearbox isn’t good, your foot can easily be caught under the brake, etcetera.

So while this car is a thing of beauty, and continues the Alfa tradition of passion, it really doesn’t make this list because it costs too much for looks alone. The $200 000 U.S. price tag, as well as the limited number means it won’t really be remembered in the mainstream, sadly.

SSC Ultimate Aero TT

Before I begin, I’m going to post a quote:

“A close look at their Ultimate Aero TT shows how serious the brand is, making few concessions to luxury or convention in order to claim the highest top speed.”

Speed is good and all, but it doesn’t make a car great. It looks ugly, and the interior really leaves a lot to the imagination (as most features such as a CD player or air conditioning are optional on the Ultimate Aero). As well, because it hasn’t been used on the track, we really don’t know how it’ll do in the corners. They did say they were going to try to put a racing version on the track, but due to FIA GT rules, I’d imagine that it wouldn’t be so extrordinary anymore (due to engine regulations in FIA GT rules).

So where does that leave it? Well, it is the fastest production car in the world, and that’s basically it. It’s less practical than an average super car, and, while flashy, still won’t win looks over a Lamborghini.

Rolls-Royce Phantom

While it is a great car, it’s not a car you should drive. No, this car is a car you buy because you can afford to have a chauffeur drive you around, so you can enjoy all the luxuries in the back. It is the ultimate in luxury vehicles, and while Rolls-Royce has done things to make driving this car more enjoyable, it’s still hard to ignore the fact that it’s better to be sitting in the back rather than in the front.

While I may not be agreed with, this is more of a vague method of transportation than a car. And at that, it’s the best method of transportation you can roll into anywhere in. But basically, it’s another car that’s limited to the rich. It’s worth all $440 000 that Rolls-Royce charges, but it’s really inaccessible.

Caterham Seven R500 Superlight

At first sight, it looks like a children’s toy car. But in reality, it’s a road-legal performance beast. It’s very quick, going 0-60 in 2.9 seconds, basically a blink. It can max out at 150 MPH. These numbers are great, and in fact, it does work on the track, and is faster around the track (at least the Top Gear Test Track) than the Bugatti Veyron. And seeing how it costs $61 000, it’s a steal, right?

Well, if all you care about is performance, then by all means, this is the car for you. But if you showed up on a date with this car, what do you think would happen? It looks fun, but makes you look like a ten year old. Girls may not mind immaturity, but as long as you don’t embarrass them with it. And while the small size may be functional in a city, the rest isn’t. No windshield, and no option for a roof.

Basically, while it’s fun for a while, it would be hard to live with. Compare it to a large go-kart, and that’s about all that it is.

Go to Part One!

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~ by The Slurpee Man on December 13, 2009.

One Response to “25 Best Cars of the Decade: Prologue”

  1. Dude, the SSC Ultimate Aero TT looks AWESOME. Not that I give a shit about cars or anything but woah! Do want.

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