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Slideshow: Dream Cars of 2014

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Giving a "face" to speed
Charles Murray   3/13/2014 10:14:13 PM
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I like the way LEDs have enabled designers to give a "face" to some of these vehicles. The Lamborghini Huracan is a great example of that. The LEDs give it a little bit of a sinister look. Every 200-mph car should have a face.

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GTOlover   3/14/2014 9:37:14 AM
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I agree, except that last car is ugly and the LED lights do not help it at all! But being called the Ghost II is probably an indicator of its fate.

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Charles Murray   3/14/2014 7:10:13 PM
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I see what you mean, GTOLover. I'm sure that Rolls-Royce knows their owners' preferences. Maybe it just looks ugly to the rest of us.

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Looney128   3/14/2014 9:42:00 AM
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I also like the front end....very Styl'en

 

My big question for this article is.......   Why was Tesla not included?

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ChriSharek   3/14/2014 2:30:17 PM
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I agree!  Where is TESLA!?  

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   3/14/2014 6:48:50 PM
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Good point, ChriSharek and Looney128. The Tesla Model S is a glaring omission.

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ChriSharek   3/14/2014 8:18:56 PM
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Charles, I can't tell you how much I appreciate your columns and editorials. Thanks for all that you do!

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ChriSharek   3/14/2014 8:18:57 PM
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Charles, I can't tell you how much I appreciate your columns and editorials. Thanks for all that you do!

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Pretty cars.... BUT...
William K.   3/14/2014 7:28:26 PM
This certainly is a collection of pretty cars with quite high performance abilities, no doubt about that! But very far from my reality, for certain. The communities around hear would probably give them all speeding tickets even if they were parked. And while they are undoubtedly fantasic examples of great engineering, maintaining them would probably be a challenge. 

So seeing this lineup is a bit like seeing some other guy's beautiful wife: Nice to see, end of story. But thanks for the nice collection of pictures.

 

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ChriSharek   3/14/2014 8:16:18 PM
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You ignorant idiot (is that redundant?). The tesla is 100k and performs similar to these exotics.....

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William K.   3/14/2014 10:02:25 PM
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Perhaps the Tesla was left off the list because it is an electric vehicle, sort of a different class.

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Cadman-LT   3/15/2014 5:20:52 AM
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I think it was also missing a new Porsche hybrid...maybe it was because it catches fire.

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Nice show
Cadman-LT   3/15/2014 5:23:11 AM
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Nice slide show Charles! I'll take one of each. On second thought. Just write me up for a Hennessey. That should do me!

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Cadman-LT   3/15/2014 5:24:48 AM
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I may be wrong and usually am, but I thought they quit making the Viper?!

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Charles Murray   3/17/2014 5:14:14 PM
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Cadman-LT, you're actually not far off. Chrysler considered shelving the Viper in 2012 but decided to keep it. They showed it at this year's Detroit auto show, where they said the "Stryker Green color would be available starting in February, 2014 on the Viper GTS price class." So I guess the reports of its death were premature.  

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Charles Murray   3/19/2014 7:55:26 PM
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Wow, Caman-LT, I'm impressed. I thought of you when I read this morning's news about Chrysler, which had to suspend production of the Viper for two months because of slow sales. You were a day ahead of the news on this! See link below.

http://www.autonews.com/article/20140318/OEM01/140319833/chrysler-to-idle-viper-plant-for-two-months-on-slow-sales

 

 

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Cadman-LT   4/4/2014 12:44:24 PM
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Charles, wow finally I impressed you!!...lol I forgot to tell you I'm psychic!...lol

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William K.   3/15/2014 1:00:33 PM
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Cadman, the Hennessey is certainly a fast car, but the fuel consumption is probably quite serious. I have read that some of the faster dragsters go through well over a gallon for that quaerter mile blast, and while the car is not described as a dragster it would probably give a good showing at a lot of strips. 

It would have been interesting to see just what sort of milage is claimed for these cars, but I don't suppose that would matter to anyone who could afford to own one.

An interesting thought: just mention insuring one to an all-state insurance agent! Their expression would be entertaining, I would think.

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Charles Murray   3/17/2014 5:21:40 PM
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I've heard the same thing about quarter-mile fuel consumption, William K. To get a sense of what that means, fill a gallon milk jug with water, pour it out, and time it. It takes about 12-13 seconds. That's a lot more time than it takes some of these cars to do a quarter-mile and use more than a gallon of fuel.

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William K.   3/17/2014 9:34:57 PM
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Charles, I also got an explanation about why they run the engines so very rich, aside from the fact that it makes more power. It seems that if the engine ever goes lean at that speed and power level that detonation will occur and that usually destroys the engine by blasting it apart. At least that was the explanation that I got, which does make sense when I stop and think.

The next highest road vehicle fuel consumption is for a USMC vevicle with a twelve cylinder engine that burns over a gallon a minute at high output.Which vehicle nobody would say, it may be classified information. 

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bob from maine   3/25/2014 3:18:16 PM
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I really don't think fuel consumption is an issue on the dragsters. The engine life expectancy is roughly 12 seconds at full throttle, they get entirely rebuilt at least every second run, typically develop 1600-2400 horsepower and cost over 50 grand. The supercars demonstrated on the show Top-Gear typically only run 3-5 miles per gallon during their track tests, though on the road many of them exceed 20 MPG. I'm not surprised the Tesla wasn't shown considering it was the Geneva show; not normally a show featuring American iron. Nice slide-show! The 454 in my boat sucks up 28 gallons per hour developing only 300HP, but in my truck towing it gets 18 MPG (sometimes!). I could probably turbo-charge either (or both) and decrease my fuel mileage significantly - but oh what a wonderful noise they would make!

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Cadman-LT   4/4/2014 12:40:34 PM
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William K., I have no doubt if you could actually afford one that gas mileage would be an issue! Plus, you probably live in Hollywood and don't drive far anyways!...lol

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Cadman-LT   4/4/2014 12:50:12 PM
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William K., when I was saying "you" I didn't mean YOU. I meant anyone that would have the money for that car....just wanted to clarify.

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William K.   4/4/2014 10:34:25 PM
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Cadman, No, I don't live in hollywood, but rather in southeastern Michigan, just south of Automation Alley. And it would bug me a lot to even ride in a car that cost that much. One uninsured homeless drunk in a $50 car could destry that milion dollar roadster in just two seconds. Besides that, we have a whole lot of just plain bad drivers around here. 

Besides all of that, my taste in cars is different. My favorite was a 1965 Barracuda, which i purchased fourth hand for $75, with a blown engine in a basket. That car had been set up for circle track racing. I dropped in a slantSix with a torquflite and with a bit of suspension work it was a great handling car that had just the right amount of oversteer. Really not a car for grandmother to drive. It could drift through a cloverleaf at 65mph going just where I aimed it, which most current cars would be way off in the grass hitting an exit at that speed. Unfortunately the highly corrosive salt used on Michigan roads destroys most cars in a hurry, and it did get that one after a few years. 

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Cadman-LT   4/4/2014 12:54:05 PM
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William K. About the fuel consumption. So I guess you COULD outrun the cops, but then get caught cause you ran out of gas!...lol

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Cadman-LT   4/4/2014 1:01:09 PM
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One last comment. The people who can afford the $1 million cars...what do they do? Not that you become an engineer for the money...not saying that. It's just...what do they do?.....remember a few lines for a tv show or movie.....make a basket.......catch a football?   Just makes me think is all.

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Cadman-LT   4/4/2014 1:02:53 PM
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Ok one more. If it wasn't for us....those cars wouldn't exist!

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Cadman-LT   4/7/2014 6:59:02 AM
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William, very true. I think though, if you own a $1 million car...you have to insure it for just such a thing. Which would mean the insurance would be more than most of us spend on our house payment.

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Cadman-LT   4/7/2014 7:01:53 AM
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It's basically just one of those things. If you can afford it....then you can afford all the stuff that comes with it. It's not like the car is $250k..ok....but then everything else that comes with it. 

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Al Klu   4/24/2014 10:15:56 AM
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Ho Hum.   Looks like a bunch of Hot Wheels I can buy at Wal-Mart.  Now, if they can make a sexy car that is reasonably priced, performs reasonably, and doesn't drink gasoline like the Indy winner drinks milk.....then I would get excited. 

Remember the AMC Javelin with the coke bottle fenders?  The Mustang Mach? The Datsun 240?  Even the GM H body 3-door hatchbacks (Buick Skyhawk, Chevy Monza, Pontiac Sunbird, Olds Starfire) had personality and driveability, and were affordable to purchase.

We need more of those, but with affordable performance and fuel economy.

 

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Cabe Atwell   4/25/2014 5:04:24 PM
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Am I the only one who still thinks old cars like the Bugatti Type 57 still look way better than the sports cars being produced today? Granted, the engineering that it took to design the new vehicles is incredible but they don't seem too different from one another in terms of style.

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shrimper53   5/14/2014 12:10:28 PM
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Cabe....... I could not agree more...

In fact it seems like this "design trend" is pretty much everywhere in automobile design; with all the aerodynamic and other similar factors that  influence shape.... it seems that you come out with the same basic thing every time....

Oh, for the good old days of real uniqueness in style and shape....

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Maserati
Cadman-LT   3/15/2014 5:33:54 AM
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Back in 78' Joe Walsh's Maserati did 185! lol Ahh, maybe it just looked like that to him!

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DREAM CARS
bobjengr   5/17/2014 12:38:14 PM
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I think "DREAM" is the operative word here.  Good word.  I certainly could never afford one of these--probably just as well because I could not afford the gas at almost $4.00 + per gallon needed to run one.  I will say this, the Targa has for most of my life been my car of choice.  When I win the lottery, I will have a Targa.  That's definitely on my bucket list.  Great post and it's always good to see how the other 5 % live. 

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