7 Not So "dad-wagons" We All Want to Drive
Goodbye wood-paneling hello swooping lines and gorgeous body curves.
If you have been reading anything at all about cars lately, you have probably noticed wagons are back. This late 20th century trend has been brought to life again, with long swooping rooflines capturing the hearts of automotive enthusiasts. This, however, does not mean that the stereotype for wagons being dad cars has gone away, but rather the love is now shared and appreciated by more, including adolescents like me. So, I am continuing the fad, and here I will write about wagons that I believe should be appreciated more. What is a wagon? Well there is a pretty fine line between wagon, sedan, hatchback, crossover, SUV, CUV, etc. Some of these you may not even classify as wagons, but call them whatever you want, they're beautiful.
1) Volvo V90
The Volvo V90 is the largest wagon that Volvo offers. It is powered by a Supercharged AND Turbocharged 2.0L i4, plus an electric motor, producing total of 400hp and 472lb/ft. of torque. You can also get this in a sedan, but just look at that back end!
2) Volkswagen Passat B8 Wagon
Now I know, they currently only offer the B7 Passat in the US, and the wagon variant was discontinued the previous B6 generation. But in other markets they already sell this beauty. It even comes with an option for the 6 speed manual. And you can still get the powerful 3.6L V6 if you buy the GT trim.
3) Porsche Panamera
The Porsche Panamera has, like every Porsche, been in the news a lot. But recently it is because the Germans decided to add a E Hybrid Sport Turismo trim. This leaves you with 680hp and 626lb/ft. of torque, derived from a twin turbo 4.0 V8 + electric motor power. This can hit a quarter mile faster than a Lamborghini Murcielago.
4) Audi RS6 Avant
Not offered in the US, the RS6 Avant is everything anyone could want in a car. The closest audi offers in the states is the Audi Allroad, but it is not powered by their famous Twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8. It puts out 553bhp and 516lb/ft. of torque. Paired with quattro, I'm absolutely positive this thing flies like no other Audi 6 series. Simply put; I. Want.
5) Corvette C7 Shooting Brake
Ok, ok ok… I know this is very questionable to include, but COME ON. Hear me out, this is actually a customization package offered by "Callaway Aerowagen" and they classify it as a "shooting brake" which is like somewhere in between a fastback and a wagon, therefore I have an excuse to talk about this one here. So for an extra $15k, you get a hatch assembly, upper spoiler, halo bar, tempered glass, rear spoiler, and Aerowagen badging. Oh, did I mention it comes with a more powerful supercharger than the zo6? Well it does. Buy it now.
6) Mercedes E 63 AMG
Mercedes has a good reputation for strong wagons, but never before had they made anything like this. Continuing their affair with AMG, they made this. The AMG wagon. Not only is it gorgeous from every angle, but it hits 0-60 in 3.4 seconds. This is due to the 4.0L 603hp V8 under the elongated hood. Pretty awesome.
7) Buick Regal GS TourX
When most of us think of Buick Wagons, we think of the cruise ship that was the RoadMaster. That in fact is probably the first picture that comes to mind when you think of the word wagon. This however, is not powered by an LS, unfortunately. But it does have good ground clearance. It is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged i4. But in modern times, this is plenty, producing 260hp and 282lb/ft. of torque. If this is not enough for you, Upgrade to the GS trim and get a 3.6L V6 and get Brembo brakes. And I think it looks pretty good... for a Buick.
I couldn't Think of any honorable mentions, what do you guys think I missed? Leave a comment and share!