Cars are, by definition, cool and exciting. You’re strapped to a seat in a metal box, traveling at speeds that would make a woman lose her uterus — and that’s just to get to the store for a loaf of bread and a bottle of milk. Aside from the complexities of the mechanics and the automobile’s habit of constantly pushing the boundaries of engineering, car designers enjoy having fun with the overall design.
Fan-powered cars have broken hill-climb records, jet-powered dragsters have broken land speed records, and mechanics have built road-legal motorized sofas in their spare time. For decades, teenage boys have adorned their walls with images of sleek Italian models such as Maseratis, Ferraris, and Lamborghinis. The rugged grunt of vehicles like the jeep aided in the victory of major international conflicts. Vehicles such as the Dodge Charger, 1968 Ford Mustang, and Pontiac Trans Am were arguably bigger stars than the actors who drove them. Cars are incredibly cool, and even the existence of abominations like the Fiat Multipla cannot change that.
Slashbeats polled 621 car enthusiasts in the United States to find out which luxury vehicle manufacturer makes the coolest cars. Bentley, Audi, Rolls-Royce, and Bugatti were among the notable omissions. The shortlist also lacks any American vehicles, so Cadillac and Lincoln fans should probably prepare themselves before continuing.
The Germans bag two podiums
Just over a quarter (25.44%) of the 621 petrolheads polled named Mercedes as the luxury car manufacturer with the coolest vehicles. The SLR series and the luxury S class range are among the highlights of the German manufacturer. Mercedes-Benz also sells the most expensive car ever sold. Jaguar is a close second with 25.12% of the vote, with only two votes separating the two. Jaguar created icons such as the E-Type, the gangster-style Mark 2, and a couple of models that have appeared in James Bond films.
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BMW, a second German manufacturer, comes in third with 20.29% of the vote. Despite finishing second, BMW has a plethora of exciting vehicles; the M series is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary. The series has a strong racing pedigree, with the CSL, a car that dominated the European Touring Car circuit in the 1970s, standing out. Lexus, which, to quote Alan Partridge, is essentially the Japanese Mercedes, is in fourth place with 17.71%. Land Rover, which used to make serious off-road vehicles for farmers but now makes luxury four-wheel drive family cars for the rich and famous, comes in last.