After conducting absolutely no actual market research and instead read all of your comments in oppositelock, the front page, and reading articles on the world wide web I, your humble correspondence, Raphmoe, has compiled a list of the Top 10 cars for true jalops that want to buy a new car that is one for one of us: a gearhead Jalop. This list is quite comprehensive and I hope you enjoy it, let me know what you think after the jump.
Model bloat at it's finest. The Dodge Hellcat is a fat pig of a car. It has no manual. It has an insanely bonkers engine with more HP/Pound than almost any other car on the market; 707 HP! That is a HUGE number. That's what makes it amazing! Even though it has subpar handling; it's a cool muscle car! That's fat. But it comes from Detroit, which makes it good. The best part is is that it only comes with an automatic transmission, so there's no need to worry about car control or soul, you can just plant your foot and go! The Hellcat is amazing because it comes from Mopar and does not have a manual transmission. What a bargain.
Ford really has outdone themselves this time. They've created a perfect track day weapon that we simply LUST after. It has a flat-plane V8, which is only awesome now because it is in a Ford, when it was in a Ferrari it was hilarious because that's why Ferraris light on fire; because they aren't from Detroit. Being that the GT350 is from Detroit it is truly a great car that we all should buy. The GT350 is amazing because it has a proper manual and not a shitty slush box like the hellcat; yeah, we know our reasoning doesn't make sense, but we are passionate about it.
Perfection in car form. Just look at that beautiful car. Flowing lines, expertly crafted door and body panel seams; tiny wheels that are light weight (simple and added lightness). Oh, and did I mention you can row your own? Yeah, we love it. It has a 3 cylinder engine that provides power to the wheels. You can chirp the tires and launch the car because the tires on it are really, really bad - but if we write about it some more you'll believe it's because it has power for a light weight car. This is a lie and we know it. But, it's an underdog. Underdogs are great and I love them. The interior panels rattle, road noise is atrocious, and if you get in to an accident you will die. But who cares? You didn't wast your money on a car from a beige Japanese manufacturer; you bought a Mitsubishi. What a properly brilliant car.
This is the go to for Jalops that want to spend money on a quick, fun to drive, even faster to depreciate, hatchback ball of hoonery. 6 Speed Manual, Recaros, Ford build quality: simply magnificent. It's almost as much fun to drive as the Mitsubishi Mirage and will always put a smile on your face. It has fail wheel drive but that doesn't matter because Subaru sucks and does not come from Detroit. Being from Detroit, the ST is a better car for your money.
5. 2015 Ford Fiesta ST ($23,000)
This is pretty much, the entry level Jalop car. It's fun, it's fast, it has a 6 speed manual and a proper third pedal. It's great. The best part about the Fiesta ST is it has identical performance and fun factor to the Focus ST but is in a smaller package. This is good because the two of them are competing with each other for the people that are actually just going to go and buy a Mustang when they're at a Ford dealership. Foolish! Mustangs are driven by sorority girls and trust fund babies (maybe, I don't really know) wheras if you work hard and have a lot of money yourself you can buy the Fiesta ST. The Smoking Tire bought one; so should you.
Model bloated, soft supple lines, an anemic engine, a mediocre transmission, a Mercedes interior, and an ipad sticking out of the dashboard like a 16 year old in shop class just completed his first "car stereo install". What a great cruiser for the money. Mercedes knocked this one out of the park, it's perfect for running errands, driving around town and providing transportation when you need it. That's what cars are for, right? I would buy one, if I had money. Which I don't, but this is a list for Jalops with money so you should buy it.
As we continue on the list we come to the answer to all questions which is of course "why buy a new car when you can buy a 20+ year old car?" Well, if it's new to you, it's a new car. Forget that it's been on the road longer than all Freshman in college have been alive because this car has two souls. One, that allows you to feel passion and wonderment while driving, and another that teaches you how to wrench. This car, is great. Manual transmission, overhead Cam shafts, oil to lubricate the engine, and 1.8L of pure Japanese muscle roadster delight. Rust is an issue, but deal with it later. You might ask yourself, Raphmoe, y u no list price? Because price is irrelevant to a car like this. The sky is the limit for driving pleasure, and if you really want to get pounded hard like two freshmen bumping uglies in the stairwell you have to keep spending money until it hurts.
Essentially a Baja Bug in a suit, I love the beetle. The VW Beetle is such a rare and cool car that you don't see them alot. Buying a new one is an investment because these cars are instant classics. The flower power good looks, the bulbous shape, it's brilliantly good. It has an engine and transmission that you can use to get you to and fro. I am saving up to buy one; if you have the money, buy one now.
9. Subaru BRZ Series.blue ($29,490)
The last real sports car available on the market. If you ignore anything from Lexus, Hyundai, Mazda, or Toyota, that is. The BRZ is the cream of the crop of great handling road cars. It's steering is communicative and precision. It has great looks and comfortable seats. The boxer rumble is there, but barely, It's a car. It drives, and is rear wheel drive and when you row down the road shifting gears you'll be happy you spent $30,000 on a $20,000 car because it FEELS good. Frankly, that's what matters. That's why these cars are great. They speak to us as jalops.
Topping off the list is the greatest car to ever be made. The BMW i8. It's fast. It's fun. It's a hybrid. It's an automatic. It's gorgeous. The sharp, crisp, smooth swooping lines are exceptional for an erudite jalop that prides themselves in getting the most performance for the dollar. The i8 does that. The future is now with this car; for Jalops with money, there is no better car than this.
Thanks for reading. What did I miss or get wrong?