The Coolest Cars in the World
Here’s a list of some of the coolest cars of 2021by Sidd Dhimaan, on LISTEN 21:10
If you are in the market for a car, you will be surprised at the number of offerings you get in every single segment. Right from your Nissan Versa to a Ferrari F8 Tributo; there is competition in every segment. Whether you’re into classic cars, imported models or luxury items, you will be spoilt for choices. But, not every car you see is a cool one. There are a number of factors in determining whether a car is cool or not. There’s the exterior, the interior, the performance, and most importantly, it’s every individual’s opinion. You may or may not agree with some of the entries here, but here’s a look at the coolest cars of 2021.
The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera came in as a replacement for the Vanquish S. The company’s latest flagship tourer has featured as James Bond’s ride as well. In fact, a special 007 Edition was also launched in 2020. The sexy beast is inspired by the DB11’s design and has sporty haunches. It has a carbon-fiber body and comes with a lot of aero elements all around, including an F1-inspired diffuser that generates up to almost 400 pounds of downforce.
The DBS Superleggera is powered by a 5.2-liter, twin-turbo V-12 engine that puts out 715 ponies and 664 pound-feet of twist. An eight-speed ZF transmission routes all the power to the rear wheels exclusively. Courtesy of these specs, the supercar can sprint to 62 mph from a standstill in just 3.4 seconds! The top speed is rated at 211 mph.
With such mind-blowing specs and features and a crazy quotient of coolness factor, the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera has made the cut in our ‘coolest cars’ list. The DBS Superleggera starts at $304,995.
The controversial SSC Tuatara aside, the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ is the fastest car in the world, which automatically makes it one of the coolest cars of 2021. The supercar touched 304.8 mph in 2019. It is more than ‘just another version of the Chiron. The automaker paid special attention to the car’s aerodynamics. It features a longtail rear end, an aggressive diffuser, and not to mention, a naked carbon fiber body to keep that weight in check.
Powered by the familiar 8.0-liter, quad-turbo W-16 engine, the Chiron Super Sport 300+ makes 1,578 horses; 99 ponies more than the standard Chiron. While the car has officially breached the 300 mph mark, Bugatti has tamed the beast to not go beyond 273 mph in all the 30 customer cars that were produced and sold. Still pretty impressive, right? Oh, and did I mention the price? No? Well, the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport+ wore a price tag of €3.5 million, which roughly translated to $4 million ($3.98 million, to be precise) as per the exchange rates at the time of writing this article.
Another Bugatti to find a place on this list is the track-focused version of the Chiron called the Divo. The Divo market the revival of Bugatti’s coachbuilding tradition after seven long decades. It doesn’t look very similar to the standard Chiron. The Divo features new headlights, taillights, revised bumpers, bigger rear wing, side skirts, and so on that make it look like a new, different animal altogether.
The Divo isn’t as powerful or quick as the Super Sport 300+. It is powered by the 8.0-liter, quad-turbo W-16 engine, but puts out 1,479 horses and 1,180 pound-feet of torque; the same as the standard Chiron. However, it takes aerodynamics to the next level. There are several 3D-printed parts all around. Cool factor - 44 of these fins light up to form a pattern of the Divo. The wing that’s placed at the rear is 23-percent wider than the standard Chiron’s, too. Thanks to all these changes, the Divo produces 1,005 pounds of downforce! A true-blue track machine! Bugatti charged about $5.4 million a pop and limited the production to 40 examples only. If that’s not cool, we don’t know what is!
Let’s discuss about a fantastic sports car that’s a lot more affordable than the Bugattis and the Aston Martins – the Chevrolet C8 Corvette. The C8 came out a couple of years back and for the first time ever, it featured a mid-engine layout. The cool sports car drew some flak, but the overall responses were positive. The C8 is a new car from the ground up with some DNA of the previous generations. The signature nosy front end, the removable top, sporty diffuser, etc. made it one desirable product.
But the highlight is the new 6.2-liter V-8 engine. It puts out 495 ponies and 470 pound-feet of torque that help it sprint to 60 mph from rest in 2.9 seconds and go all the way up to 194 mph before losing breath. The only fly in the ointment in this coupe is the lack of a manual gearbox. But, as long as you aren’t biased towards the extra pedal, the dual-clutch automatic gearbox will keep you happy. This fun package can be yours for a shade under $60,000. The company even introduced the C8 Z06 not too long ago, but that’s for another time
When you’re talking about cool fast cars, how the “Hell” can we not talk about the beast incarnate known as the Dodge Charger? The muscle car has a myriad of models in its lineup. But, the one that’s got our attention for this list of the coolest cars is the SRT Hellcat Widebody. The car’s highlight is the supercharged beast that sits underneath the hood, but let’s not forget to talk about its look. Available in a ton of vibrant, eye-catching exterior shades, the Charger SRT Hellcat widebody is an absolute looker (No offense to the Ford Mustang fans out there). Raw, beasty, and handsome.
The car comes with the mighty 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 ‘Hellcat’ engine that makes 707 ponies and 650 pound-feet of oomph. All the power is channeled to the rear wheels exclusively via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Getting this beast off the line might be a scary affair, but once it’s gripped the tarmac, it explodes to 60 mph from rest in just 3.6 seconds. Keep the A-pedal floored and your screams will continue till the car touches 196 mph and takes away your soul. This Demon (pun unintended) is not to be tamed. The Charger range starts in the mid-30s, but the SRT Hellcat Widebody model will set you back by over 70 grand.
How can we make a list of cool cars and not have the Civic Type-R in it, right? The Civic Type-R is one of the hottest budget hatches that money can buy you today. The practical urban commuter has enough oomph – 306 ponies and 295 pound-feet of torque – to fulfill your adrenaline rush whenever needed. To icing on the cake is the six-speed manual transmission that the car comes with. It routes the front wheels, which isn’t a bad thing honestly.
The overboard sporty appearance may draw polarizing opinions, but once you look past it, the car is a decent package. You get enough tech on the inside for the price you’re paying and a decent second row to take more than one passenger along with you. The exhaust note is also a little disappointing for the power and the explosive acceleration this car offers, but it would be a sin to expect anything more for a car that starts at under $40,000. The new Civic Type-R is on the way and we’ll have to see how that turns out!
If your kid is asking for a new car and you want a win-win situation, the Hyundai Veloster should be your pick. The Korean hatch is light on the pocket, but a cool car for the teenagers. Also, the base model comes with a 2.0-liter, four-pot engine that makes 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. So, you won’t be worried about the kid ripping the streets.
Kid angle aside, the Veloster is a sweet hatch that has something for every customer on a budget. If you need something with a little more pizzazz than the base model and puny power outputs, you can get yourself the model with the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. It puts out 201 horses and 195 pound-feet of torque. You can pair it with either a six-speed manual, a six-speed auto, or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The pricing, you ask? Starts at under $20,00, making it one of the cheapest cool cars, and tops out at under $30,000. It is for this all-roundedness that the Veloster finds a spot on the list.
Let’s jump into the luxury segment, shall we? Hyundai’s premium brand, Genesis, is rising up the ranks and is proving to be a strong rival to the German trio. The G80 is one of the most potent products in the company’s arsenal at the moment. Surprisingly, it is better loaded than the bigger G90 and comes with better tech features, too.
There are two engine options on offer – a 2.5-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and a 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V-6. Our pick, of course, is the latter. An eight-speed automatic routes 375 horses to all four wheels that help it sprint to 60 mph in under five seconds! The sporty nature aside, the car is plush on the inside and looks its part on the outside as well. Stuff like a 14.5-inch touchscreen system only the G80 a complete package. A car that looks smart, is loaded to the gills, feels luxurious on the inside, and has a potent engine deserves to be on the list of the coolest cars.
Touted as the MC12’s spiritual successor, the MC20 is Maserati’s first supercar in nearly 15 years. It goes up against the likes of the Lamborghini Huracan Evo, the Ferrari F8 Tributo, etc., but is nowhere close as radical and bold as them. It has a neat, clean design. To make up for that, Maserati has equipped it with butterfly doors. Also, the body is composed of carbon fiber. If you like understated designs, then this is arguably one of the best-looking cars.
For a supercar that’s well into six figures, the MC20 comes with a small engine – a 3.0-liter V-6. However, this mill is paired with a couple of turbos and puts out 621 horses and 538 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission powers the wheels. It can sprint to 62 mph from a standstill in 2.9 seconds and breaches the 200 mph mark to record its top speed. With an estimated price tag of over $200,000, the MC20 could be the legacy-defining car for Maserati.
The Mazda Miata needs no introduction. The retro moniker has been around for nearly three decades and is engrained in every automotive enthusiast’s mind. The little convertible car loves to be thrown around, thanks to a well-balanced chassis. The car can be had either with a soft-top or a hardtop.
In 2019, the automaker introduced a more powerful 2.0-liter engine that made 181 horses and 151 pound-feet of torque. Couple that some of the best driving dynamics you can have in a car and you’ve got yourself a drive that can plaster wide grins on your face every time you get behind the steering wheel. If you want to extract more out of it, there’s a Brembo package on offer that tweaks the suspension setup. The Japanese car starts at around 27,000 bucks and stretches up to $35,000. That said, the Mazda Miata is not a practical car really, but it is was never about ferrying four people and their luggage. This driver’s car is an attention seeker even today, and that has prompted us to have it on our list of the coolest cars. Moving forward, the Mazda MX-5 Miata will be electrified.
The S-Class is the flagship model in the German’s lineup and it is treated the right way. This model has been the epitome of luxuriousness and high-tech features and it just keeps getting better with every passing year. The 2021 S-Class comes with a 12.8-inch OLED tilted touchscreen on the center console and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. You can also have two 11.6-inch screens for the rear passengers along with a seven-inch infotainment tablet. These screens have replaced a lot of buttons and knobs inside the cabin, lending a clean look in here.
It is no slouch either. You can get yourself a six-pot or a V-8 engine under the hood. The 3.0-liter, inline-six mill makes 429 horses, whereas the bigger V-8 that displaces four liters churns out 496 ponies. A nine-speed automatic gearbox and an all-wheel-drive system are standard. The only thing that we can point out here are its looks. For a flagship model that starts at over $110,000, the S-Class is a little too sober. But, looks are subjective, so you be the judge. Either way, the S-Class finds its way on our list here.
The Subaru BRZ sure is cool, but it gets even cooler in the tS form. The BRZ tS came out for the 2020 model year and was limited to just 300 examples. The difference between the standard model and tS is the way the car handles. The BRZ tS features Sachs dampers and coil springs with an STI tuning. The company also equipped it with a flexible V-brace in the engine bay, draw stiffeners on the chassis and sub-frame for sharper steering response, and Brembo four-piston brake calipers at the front two-piston calipers at the back. A 2.0-liter, four-cylinder Boxer engine powers the car and it churns out 205 horses. It is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, and Subaru has also thrown in a limited-slip differential at the rear for better traction.
To differentiate it from the standard BRZs, the tS was sold only in the Ceramic White shade with red accents on the grille and bumper. A rear wing and 18-inch matte bronze wheels were some other exclusives here. Inside the cabin, you would find materials like black leather and Alcantara with red accents on the steering wheel, gearshifter, seat bolsters, seatbelts, etc. While the standard 2020 Subaru BRZ started at a shade under $30,000 with a destination fee included, the BRZ tS charged a premium of around $2,500. Is the worth the extra money? Of course. Does it make it a cool fast car? Oh, hell yeah!
The Tesla Model 3 is the entry-level model in the company’s lineup and has been around for a very long time, but it is one of the coolest cars one can buy today. If you’re looking for your first EV that won’t burn a hole in your pocket, the Tesla Model 3 should be one of your top pics. It is offered in three trims, one of which is a single-motor setup and the other two dual-motor configurations. Even in the cheapest Model 3, which will set you back by around $45,000, you get specs like 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds, top speed of 140 mph, and a range of 267 miles on a full charge.
Opt for the Performance model and you’ll get yourself an EV that will zoom to 60 mph from rest in 3.1 seconds, has a top speed of 162 mph, and a range of 315 miles. All this for under $60,000. Yes, the Model 3 has been too long in the tooth now, and yes, Tesla is infamous for its quality issues. But, everything said and done, this is a tech-heavy four-door EV that can serve as a faithful daily ride and as a fun weekend car at the same time. The car starts at around $45,000 and tops out under 60Gs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Year Were Cars Invented?
Cars were invented in 1886. The first car was invented by Karl Benz in 1886. However, cars became more accessible to the masses in the 20th century, starting with the 1908 Ford Model T.
What’s The Coolest Car In 2021?
The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is our coolest car of 2021. It is powered by a 5.2-liter, twin-turbo V-12 engine that makes 715 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. It can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of 211 mph. It has a carbon-fiber body and is one of James Bond’s rides. The DBS Superleggera starts at a little over $300,000.
What Are The Coolest Cars You Can Buy?
Some of the coolest cars that you can buy are:
- Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
- Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+
- Bugatti Divo
- Chevrolet Corvette
- Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody
- Honda Civic Type R
- Hyundai Veloster
- Genesis G80
- Maserati MC20
- Mazda Miata
- Mercedes-Benz S-Class
- Subaru BRZ tS
- Tesla Model 3
What Are Some Badass Cars?
Some of the most badass cars ever built are:
- Dodge Charger R/T
- Boss 429
- Shelby Mustang
- Ford Mustang Mach 1
- Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454
- Plymouth Road Runner
- Pontiac GTO
- Plymouth AAR-Cud
What Are The Top 10 Best Looking Cars?
Here are the top 10 best looking cars of 2021:
- Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
- Audi RS6 Avant
- Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
- Bugatti Chiron
- Chevrolet C8 Corvette
- Kia K5
- Lexus LC
- Maserati MC20
- Mazda 3
- Porsche 911 Carrera S
It was a tough call to pick just 10 of them. Also, we’ve kept it in alphabetical order to avoid any rumbles!
What Is The Most Sought After Muscle Car?
The Dodge Charger is the most sought-after muscle car. The Charger has got the looks and it plays the part well, too. In the top-spec model, it makes close to 800 horsepower! With all of them channeled to the rear wheels only, the Dodge Charger is one of the scariest muscle cars out there, and we love it!
What Is The Coolest Car Ever Made?
The Lamborghini Miura is the coolest car ever made! Designed by the legend Marcello Gandini, the Miura is the first mid-engined ‘supercar’ to be produced (although the 1962 René Bonnet Djet is the first production mid-engined car) and also the first Lamborghini to wear the bull badge. It was powered by a V-12 mill that made 345 horses in earlier iterations and 380 horsepower in SV models. Three examples of the sportier version of the Miura called the Miura SVJ were also produced after some public backlash. It’s been more than five decades since the Miura came out, but it is one of the most desirable cars even today.
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