This may come as a surprise, but the Acura TL is actually a fantastic car. While most people assume this large luxury car is quite expensive, there are actually plenty of models as new as 2012 that are going for less than $12,000. What you get for your money is essentially a gussied-up Honda Accord that makes 305 hp in the SH-AWD model thanks to a 3.7L VTEC V6.
One thing used engines from Subarus were practically made to do is power Volkswagens. Beetles, Westphalias, buses, Transporter trucks, even Synchros can adapt 2.5 Subaru used engines with ease. The original mills had well under half the power of even a stock EJ, and most people report an increase in gas mileage as well. Subaru reliability, classic Volkswagen style, what’s not to love?
These cars are not your average fuel-sipping sedans and reliable Hondas, though. What we’re looking for here is a list of cars that have unique characteristics, or are far cheaper than people expect them to be, or even surprisingly cheap for what they are. Expect to find ravenous V8s, surprisingly bulletproof off-roaders, and some serious sleepers that will smoke a whole host of cars off the line.
Maybach built the Exelero as a one-off concept car in 2005. It swiftly became the most expensive car sold, garnering $8 million(U.S.). The Exelero is powered by a 5.9L twin turbo V12 engine. Output is a proven 690 hp and 752 ft-lb of torque. It has a top speed of 218 mph and a 0 to 60 mph time of 4.3 seconds. Power aside, the design is awe-inspiring. Where other hot cars will turn a few heads, the Exelero will stop traffic anywhere.
The Volkswagen Golf GTI has always been and continues to be the definition of a hot hatch. Prior to the upcoming debut of the eighth-generation Golf for MY 2020, the iconic compact will put on the Golf 7 moniker one last time. The 2019 Volkswagen Golf will hence arrive unchanged, but all-time-favorite GTI models have already been updated recently.
The new car will be slightly longer and wider, and it’ll sport an entirely new interior something past generations have struggled with. What’s more, the Blue Oval will source the hatchback from their new assembly in China instead of building it in Mexico as was originally intended. The current Ford Focus is still being built in Wayne, Michigan.
The Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio is a Ferrari 458 Spider with a whole other body. Designed to honor the memory of Sergio Pininfarina, the car embodies the uniqueness and artistic nature of its namesake. None of the other hot cars on our list are built sans windshield or feature aerodynamic headrests which are attached to the roll bar. This Ferrari also features the powerful personality of Sergio Pininfarina in the guise of a 4.5L engine that is capable of 562 hp and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds.
Apart from offering a great amount of cargo space and good fuel economy figures, the 2019 Hyundai Elantra might just offer the first all-electric version of the compact car. A zero-noise and zero-emission Elantra has apparently already been caught testing, although in a more popular sedan form. It’ll almost certainly share all of its electric components with the Ioniq and Kona EVs, which promise between 200 and 250 miles of range. Whether the hatchback Elantra GT is going to receive this all-electric powertrain like the sedan apparently will is still open for a debate. Furthermore, the electric Elantra might not even make it to the U.S. market. Regardless, the possibility itself is rather intriguing.
The tricky thing about the Grand National, though, is that it was seemingly improved upon every year. It started with 200 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque in ’84, and by ’87 it was pushing 245 hp and 355 lb-ft.
Powered by an updated version of the 8.0L W16 found in the Veyron. The Chiron features four turbochargers and is capable of 1,479 hp and 1,180 lb-ft of torque. Peak torque is available at 2,000 rpm, helping the Chiron achieve a 0 to 60 mph time of just 2.4 seconds. In tests, the Chiron has hit 250 mph in 32.6 seconds. While the top speed is electronically limited to 261 mph, Bugatti believes an unfettered Chiron can reach 288 mph.
That is basically it, and in our experience, there were no more than 48 hours between application and our first drive for both Uber and Lyft, making it a very enticing option if you’re in need of quick work. As it is rather easy to set up your driving job with Uber and Lyft, you probably want to know how much can be earned!?
And then, daddy came home. In the final year of production, Buick gave us a car that history will never forget: The GNX (Grand National Experimental). While Buick marketed this car with 276 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque, it actually produced 300 hp and 420 lb-ft. These cars are rare and expensive, so don’t bother looking for one unless you’ve got the budget.
That’s right, this AWD 250 hp and 236 lb-ft hot hatch makes do with a 3.2L V6 in place of the standard 4-cylinder. The power gains aren’t that impressive, but the AWD system and V6 engine certainly make this car a whole other beast.