Top 10 Cool 2000s Cars You Might Not Know Exist
You may not have heard of the following cars that were produced between 2000-2009 due to their limited production run, unavailability in your country or because you have been living under a rock. Some of these cars may not be brilliant but they are certainly interesting.
10. Cadillac Eldorado ETC
The 2002 model featured a 4.6L V8 that produced 300hp. The styling was quite mundane when it was first released, although, it's starting to look cool now. The interior is relatively nice too, covered in leather and wood. Although, I suspect reliability is why these cars sell for very little. on today's market.
9. Pontiac Solstice GXP
The 2007 model used a 2.0L turbocharged I4 that produced 260hp, which was quite decent at the time. The car was stylish, RWD and swift. Unfortunately, at the price point and lack of quality control, the Mazda MX-5 that Pontiac were trying to beat sold far better. The car has certainly aged very well, styling and performance wise; it was ahead of its time.
8. Saleen S281
Based on the Ford Mustang, the S2181 used a 4.6L V8 that could produce up to 550hp depending on the 'trim' level and the presence of a supercharger. You may recognise this car as Barricade from the first Transformers movie. Think of it as a tuned Mustang with a bodykit.
7. Chevrolet SSR
SSR stands for "super sport roadster" and the car was quite unusual. It's a muscle car, a convertible and a pickup truck. The 5.3L V8 produced 300hp and accelerated it to 60mph in 7.7s. The styling was very odd, even in today's world. It's not exactly quick or as practical as most pickup trucks/utes either.
6. Panoz AIV Roadster
The 2000 Signature Edition did 0-60mph in 4.3s, all courtesy of a 4.6L V8 and 5-speed manual. The body was composed of aluminium and it was simply a stunning sight on the road, especially in red or yellow. Not to mention, the exhaust note was incredible as the engine was by Ford.
5. Ford Thunderbird
The 11th generation used a 3.9L V8. This luxury cruiser did 0-60 in 7 seconds and featured "retrofuturistic" styling. The car was overall unsuccessful due to its absurd pricing. However, the car has still aged well in terms of design language and it simply looks cool. They're quite rare too, when was the last time you saw one?
4. TVR T350
Based on the TVR Tamora, it used a 350hp 3.6L I6. The car later laid the foundations for the TVR Sagaris, which is why it looks familiar. The front was more subtle with smaller side grilles, however the rear bumper was crazy and covered in holes, a clear way to distinguish the T350 from the Sagaris.
3. Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG
A 500hp minivan with less than 200 units sold worldwide, the R63 AMG is one of the rarest cars ever. It used a 6.2L V8 and did 0-60 in 4.4 seconds. Yes, it even had quad exhausts. Unlike some AMG cars of its time, the R63 did not compromise any form of luxury and practicality.
2. Bullet Roadster SS
Ever wanted a 4.0L V8 Mazda MX-5? Bullet recreated the MX-5 and gave it a widebody kit, Brembo brakes and thicker tyres. It supposedly handled very well due to its light weight and achieved 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds. It sounds and looks brilliant, like something out of GTA V.
1. VW Beetle RSi
A 3.2L V6 that produced 221hp and 320Nm was very impressive back in the day. The car sounded brilliant and was simply a very cool sight on the road, especially considering only 250 units were made. Whether you liked the Beetle or not, this one was certainly cool.
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