Halloween Special – “Costumed” Cars
These rides aren’t what they seem…by Jonathan Lopez, on
I don’t think I’m alone in recognizing Halloween as one of the best holidays ever. In addition to pumpkin carving and excessive amounts of candy consumption, it’s an excuse to dress up in costume, giving us one day out of the year to become whoever (or whatever) we want. Of course, sometimes, this charade continues regardless of what the calendar says, even in the automotive world. Indeed, there are many cars out there right now masquerading as something other than what they really are. For whatever reason, these cars are draped in a costume that hides what they truly are underneath.
Carmakers do this for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, it’s because two car companies collaborate on a project and create something together. Sometimes, one car company adopts the bones of another brand’s car and slaps on new badges. Whatever the case, we’ve assembled here a list of dressed-up cars to keep you from getting tricked, no matter how sweet the treat might be. Read on to learn more, and don’t hesitate to provide your own examples of “Costumed” cars in the comments!
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Continue reading to learn more about a few “Costumed” Cars.
Subaru BRZ And Toyota 86
This one should be pretty obvious. Developed as a joint venture between Subaru and Toyota, the BRZ and 86 are practically identical, with just a few minor differences to tell them apart. Outside, there are several small cosmetic alterations and slightly different headlights, while inside, the trim and equipment varies a bit between the two models. The suspension tuning is also slightly different.
The rest of it, however, is the same. That includes all the important stuff, like the platform, the engine, and the transmission options. Basically, everywhere it matters, these two are the same.
Upon its release for the 2017 model year, the Fiat 124 Spider was hailed as the glorious return of the small Italian roadster, a topless homage to the brilliance of Fiat’s past and the possibilities of its future. However, there was just one problem – it wasn’t a Fiat. It was a Mazda.
Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement, especially considering the similarities seen between the above-featured Subaru and Toyota. After all, the Fiat does get a good deal of unique gear to call its own. The suspension is new, as is the turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder under the hood. The exterior styling is totally different as well. What’s more, buyers can upgrade to the even-sportier Abarth edition if so inclined, gaining a new limited-slip differential and a throatier exhaust.
Still, the 124 uses the Mazda’s platform and several of its minor components, and even gets built in the same factory as the MX-5. All told, the bones of this Italian are Japanese.
Less you think its just $30,000 sports cars that can play this costume game, we had to throw in this pair as well. Here’s the deal – Lamborghini likes to tout itself as a preeminent supercar brand rocking a long history of making incredible performance machines with few to no rivals. And that’s true. It’s just that since 1998, the Raging Bull has operated under the Volkswagen Group umbrella, which means brands like Audi can now say the same thing.
Take the Huracan and R8. Both get over 600 horsepower from a mid-mounted 5.2-liter V-10, routing power through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Both also get the same low-weight, high-rigidity chassis. But sure, the Lambo is the one to get if being noticed is a top priority… but either way, you don’t have to dig deep to see it’s basically a disguised Audi.