I get a sick and twisted pleasure out of ugly cars, so it’s always exciting when a car is announced that has the potential to become one of the ugliest automobiles ever made.
Of course that distinguished list already includes the likes of the Ford Edsel, Pontiac Aztek, and the 2010 Mazda3. Of course I’d never own such an uncomely automobile, but it sure is fun to wonder why anyone would.
Today it’s my honor introduce a new candidate for the list, perhaps one that could even jump all the way to first place. To balance out the ugliness, I’ll also present two unofficial but potentially very fast American beauties. But first I give you…
The 2012 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet.
Your eyes don’t deceive you. What you are looking at is a convertible Murano. Seriously.
Set to debut at the 2010 L.A. Auto Show and go on sale early next year, Nissan calls this the world’s first all-wheel-drive crossover convertible. I call it the new world record holder for Ugliest Drop Top, snatching the title from the Chrysler PT Cruiser convertible (albeit barely). Feel free to discuss amongst yourselves, but I’m ready to leave this one alone and move on to the…
Ford GT successor!
The GT supercar was bestowed upon the world in 2003 and lasted until 2007. Featuring a supercharged V8, it could scoot to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and had a terminal velocity of 205 mph.
According to Motor Trend, another top-end supercar from the Blue Oval may be coming down the pipeline. It’s all rumor at this point, but indications are that if the GT is reborn, it could feature an electric drivetrain. I tend to prefer supercharged gas guzzlers over EV supercars, but I’m sure if Ford builds it, it’ll be amazing.
Finally, there’s some good non-hybrid news:
The boys at Camaro5, an online forum, have gotten their hands on some interesting photos showing the coming Chevy Camaro Z28 with the LSA engine shoehorned under the hood. What’s the LSA, you ask? It’s the 6.2-liter 556-hp engine found in the magnificent 2009 Cadillac CTS-V. There’s no guarantee that it’ll pump out that much juice in a Camaro application, but it’s sure to provide a major bump from the 425 hp found in the SS.
I foresee a great showdown in the near future between the Z28 and the Shelby GT500!
I think the Murano is one, but what other cars should never be made into convertibles?