In light of the new Aston Martin Valhalla finally being named (a few months ago), I have been inspired to try and come up with a list (in no particular order) of some of the best, and worst, car names of all time.
I am not the all knowing god of car names, so I might miss some stuff. That's what the comment section is for!
Good: Aston Martin Vanquish
Aston Martin is the king of cool car names. Whether it is the Valkyrie or the new Valhalla, Aston Martin always seems to be able to instill excitement even before you see the car.
Bad: McLaren MP4-12C
As was said on Top Gear, the MP4-12C has the name of a fax machine. Number names usually aren't all that bad, but I think the hyphen is what sets this name apart. Having to say "MP4 "dash" 12C" is a little pit of a mouth full for a car. I think McLaren would have been better off if they just called it the MP4.
Good: Lamborghini Diablo
The Lamborghini Diablo's name perfectly matches the car. It looks demonic and the name reflects that. Lamborghini is another company that has an impressive track record of naming cars. Lamborghini Huracàn Performante is one of my favorites. It just rolls off the tongue.
Bad: Bentley Mulsanne
I'm probably gonna get beef for this one. The Mulsanne is named after a famous straight at Le Mans, so I like the history and the meaning. The name just does not roll off the tongue. It is like the word is made out of molasses and just crawls out of your mouth. No bueno.
Good: Rolls Royce's Entire Lineup
Rolls Royce has an interesting thing going on. Most of their cars are words that mean some kind of ghost or specter. Wraith, Ghost, and Phantom are all words for spooky specters. Also, strangely enough, Rolls Royce's names also line up with the Covenant from the Halo video games. Wraith is a big alien tank. Dawn is also a nice name. I think Cullinan is the weakest name, but I like that it is a reference to the largest diamond.
Bad: Buick Rendezvous
Why is this car called a rendezvous? I don't think anyone plans to meet around this car. Also the word rendezvous is horrible. I hate how it looks, I hate it's stupid silent z.
Good: Pagani Huayra
This one could be controversial, because the names was once picked on by Jeremy Clarkson for being "all vowels." Once you figure out how it is pronounced, however, it really rolls off the tongue. It is one of those names like Chiron, that makes you seem worldly and sophisticated for even knowing how to pronounce it. Also the name is a reference to Quechua god of wind, Huayra-tata, which fits the car quite well. Also, you can feel cool for actually knowing how to pronounce it.
Worst: Ford Probe
The Probe is well known as being one of, if not the, most unfortunately named cars to ever exist. Ford really did this car dirty with it's name. I really don't need to explain much else about the travesty that is the name of the Probe.
Thanks for reading!
Remember these are my opinions, and I'd love to hear yours!