DriveTribe Creators Awards 2019: Most surprising car
2019 was a year packed with many predictably good cars but there was also an impressive amount of surprises in the automotive world. Here are the nominations:
1. Opel/ Vauxhall Corsa
The Corsa was always a car for those that didn't want to be seen in a car. Bland and average it always came second best to class leaders like the Fiesta or the Polo. Thankfully, PSA's buyout of Opel/ Vauxhall gave the brands a new lease of life which shows in the crispness of the styling of the new Corsa. Finally a Corsa that can excite you instead of putting you to sleep. We live in exciting times..
2. Ginetta Akula
We know and love Ginetta for its outstanding race cars but this one is a road going animal and it shows. A top speed of 200 mph courtesy of a 6 l. engine, aerodynamics straight from LMP class racing and all of that in a carbon fibre body that weighs just north of one tonne. A real kick to the stomach of the establishment of certain prancing horses and raging bulls.
3. Porsche 911 Speedster
Porsche has been focused on the future for so long that they decided to return to the past, and you can't go more old school than the 911 Speedster. This limited edition 911 (only 1948 cars will be made) comes with a proper manual gearbox and distinctive styling that finds its roots back in 1954 and the legendary 356 Speedster. This one is already a classic.
4. Ford Ranger Raptor
As our very own Richard Hammond has shown, this pick-up truck is more than just an SUV with a bed and silly tyres. It's a weapon that can attack any terrain at any speed and still look menacing once everything is over. The Ranger Raptor is big and brutal and it was just what the public needed after Ford's recent streak of arguably forgettable SUVs. Well done Ford.
5. Jeep Gladiator
The Gladiator came as an unexpected hit from Jeep, in an age when even the Wrangler has gone soft. This pick-up truck though is a true Jeep. Bold and extremely capable off road it goes to show that the Jeep spirit is alive and well, even after the disappointments Jeep has been making for almost 20 years now.
6. BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe
Love it or hate it, BMW has never been ashamed of putting weird ideas into production. It all started with the X6 back in 2008 and now the newest part of the family is here, the 2 Series Gran Coupe. After the failure of the 3 Series GT, this car has the interesting looks and the engineering capabilities to battle the all conquering Mercedes CLA. Can this be the front line attack BMW has been looking for for so long?
7. Aston Martin Vantage AMR
Image: Aston Martin
The Vantage AMR is Aston Martin's gift to the car world before everything becomes electric. It has all the ingredients of the ultimate sports car. A manual gearbox? Check. Stunning looks? Check. Bone shattering power and speed? Definitely check. Catch it before it blasts past you.
8. Polestar 1
The Polestar 1 is a Volvo, we knew that already. But the Swedes just have a sixth sense on how to make something so understated look so crisp. The Polestar 1 signifies the return of the beloved coupe shape that's been missing from our roads, while with its almost 700 hp and 4.2 second 0-62 mph time it can obliterate anything else on the road, including conspicuous supercars and the egos of their drivers.
These cars then are the biggest surprises of the past year. But which one do you think was more surprising than the rest? Your opinion matters and this poll is proof!