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8 cars made cool by one feature.

13.11.2014

WE’VE all experienced this before - when looking at a particular vehicle we seem to notice one particular feature that made it unique, that feature that captured the imagination of enthusiasts everywhere. Here are eight cars that, with one feature in particular, that just became that much cooler than the rest.

 

 

Volvo 850R - Many will agree that the Volvo 850 estate wasn’t the coolest car on the block, however, with the addition of the ‘R’ logo as well as a big lump up front, made it seriously cool, to this day. The cars were insanely fast for their day; in 1996 a car that went from 0-100km/h in 6.5 seconds for the manual and 7.4 for the automatic variant was and still is considered fast. The heavy duty manual had things like viscous coupling and a Torsen LSD differential. Its 2.3-litre five-cylinder engine made 190kW/350Nm in manual guise and 180kW/300Nm for the automatic transmission.

Fiat Uno Turbo - The Uno wasn’t a cool car to begin with; it may have had a certain Italian charm but overall it was a cheap city car for the masses. However, in 1990 the addition of the Turbo variant to the range made it one of the coolest small cars on the road. With 84kW/161Nm powering such a light vehicle (845kg) it meant that the little pocket rocket could go from 0-100km/h in 8.3 seconds.

Fiat Stilo Abarth - The Fiat Stilo is the second Fiat on our list and while the Stilo wasn’t the greatest car around it certainly became cool with that little scorpion badge at the back and a five-pot motor up front. Here we had what was a C-Segment hatchback with a 124kW/221Nm 2.4-litre five-cylinder motor which made an epic sound and helped propel the Stilo to hot hatch status.

Citroën C4 Coupé (2004-2008) -This coupé was cool for one reason. Its fixed steering wheel hub meant you could turn the wheel and the steering controls while the Citroën badge would remain fixed. As if this weren’t Sci-Fi enough, the car also ushered in a lane departure warning system, directional headlights and a perfume dispenser integrated into the ventilation system.

BMW Z1 - The original BMW Z-car (Z for zukunft, which is German for future) was the Z1. Now the Z1 was many things to different people but we think that everyone would agree that the one feature that made the Z1 one of the coolest cars ever, were its doors. To open the door of a Z1 you’d press a button and then the window and door both fold down into the sill.

Bugatti Veyron - Not that one of the fastest cars ever produced, wouldn’t be considered cool, but to make the Veyron seriously awesome was the top speed key. Here we saw Bugatti include with the 400km/h+ hypercar a key that with a simple twist would lower the vehicle’s suspension and rear spoiler, while limiting steering inputs.

Mazda RX8 - You’re spoilt for choice when picking a feature that made this Wankel-powered sports car cool. Not only did it have that famous high-revving rotary motor upfront but also those awesome ‘suicide’ rear doors that opened the other way to allow for easier rear access.

Koenigsegg One:1 - To put it simply, there is possible not cooler programme ever envisioned  than Swedish supercar maker’s One:1 programme. The goal was to produce one horsepower per kilogram curb weight. This means that the cars make 1 000kW. Yes, you read correctly. That means 1 Megawatt and 1 371Nm of torque and if that’s not cool, we aren’t sure what is.

 

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