If you’ve got a nice car, you don’t have just a bigger monthly loan payment. Chances are, that nice ride comes with added attention. While some people don’t like that, you do. If you’re looking to add another car to your garage, or you just want to gawk at a few that always turn heads, here are some ideas for you:
The Acura NSX
It’s a classic, and it’s one of the most affordable exotic cars on the market. The old Acura NSX was in production from 1991 to 2005. Each year the car looked more stunning. Even today, those old models look futuristic and they always turn heads. Is it a Ferrari? A Maserati? Who makes that? Believe it or not, it’s a Honda. Yes, Acura is owned by Honda.
Don’t let the name fool you though. The NSX is an all-aluminum body, 6-cylinder monster, generating 270 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque from the factory. It accomplishes this feat by implementing Honda’s variable valve timing technology called “VTEC.”
At low RPM, the vehicle conserves gasoline. At high RPM, fuel efficiency is thrown out the window, and a high-lobe cam profile takes over – giving the NSX the performance features found on only the most expensive exotic production vehicles. Because of its aluminum body, it resists rusting and it extremely lightweight given its size. This, along with the VTEC engine, gives the vehicle an excellent power-to-weight ratio and an exhaust note that will definitely turn heads.
A real American muscle car. It’s a V-10 made by Dodge, and it isn’t a family vehicle. No, the Viper is 640 horses of raw power. With 600 lb-ft of torque at just 4,950 RPM, it’s one of the fastest production cars off the line. Even though the Viper is thought of as a newer vehicle, it’s actually quite old. Dating back to the late 1980s, official approval for production was given by Lee Iacocca. From there, the vehicle has gone on to become a major success.
Because of the size of the engine, and the fact that it’s a rear-wheel drive car, the vehicle has a rather long hood and front-end. This gives the car an exotic look, and you can’t mistake the rumbling of the Viper’s engine with an import.
If you have a family, practical concerns quickly take over. Still, you may want a vehicle that turns heads when you’re out and about – even if it’s just to the grocery store. Enter the BMW M5. The M5 is one of a few manual transmission sedans boasting over 500 brake horse power.
The 2013 model boasts an impressive 0-60mph time of just 3.7 seconds and a 1/4 mile time of under 12 seconds. While this car might be a head-turner, it might not. After all, when you’re going that fast, people might not even see you.
Still, BMW is known for its exceptional fit and finish on the M-series, along with its color scheme, so you don’t have to feel ashamed about slowing it down a bit.
Gillian Kearney has a penchant for flashy cars. Her articles mainly appear in automotive blogs. Visit Monkey to learn more about car insurance.