What is new and exciting today is often forgotten by tomorrow. Even though this might be true for many things, cars don’t fall into that category. The most popular cars of today are often tomorrow’s classics. Not all cars will pass the test of time, of course. In fact, it takes a special blend of design, performance, and charm to make a car a true classic. Those cars that stand the test of time and earn a place in the hearts of car lovers everywhere have just the right amount of each. Below are five cars that just might be on their way to earning the special status of being a classic within 20 years.
Dodge ViperThe Dodge Viper is high on the list of dream cars for many people. It has been manufactured during the majority of years from 1992 to 2017. Some of the major changes throughout its life include a transition to sharp, angled bodywork, as well as increased horsepower thanks to its V10 engine, giving the car an extra boost to its performance. The exterior has a bold, powerful look thanks to a number of curves and angles as well as a long hood, and it’s available in a number of sharp colors. It boasts an 8.4-liter, 645-HP engine. The Viper sports a RWD and a six-speed manual transmission. Surprisingly, it is quite roomy with seats that are both comfortable and easily adjustable. Even the steering wheel and pedals can be adjusted to suit the comfort of the driver. The Viper is perfect for those who are looking for speed and performance. It is capable of going from 0-60 MPH in three seconds. Stability and traction control provide safety without sacrificing fun, and the steering is easy and smooth with or without these controls. Since Fiat Chrysler announced that 2017 would be the Viper’s last year, it will most definitely earn its classic status quickly.
Nissan 300ZX Twin TurboThis high-performance beast was sold in the United States from 1984-1996. It was produced in two generations known as the Z31 and the Z32. The Z32 model was considered a greatly improved version of Z31. It had a wider body, an increased drag coefficient. It was faster, more capable and more advanced overall. The 300ZX has a hatchback body style and a roof that can either be solid or have removable panels. Standard models have a 3.0-liter V6, 222-HP engine. The drivetrain is rear wheel, and most models have a five-speed manual transmission. The car features comfortable seating and controls that are easily within reach from the driver’s seat. The ride is slow at first, but then it quickly boosts to full speed once the turbos activate. The car can reach 60 MPH in six seconds. The special four-wheel “HICAS” steering is quick and light. The 300ZX is no longer in production and is beloved by sports car fans, so it should be well on its way to becoming a classic.
Nissan GT-RThe GT-R, produced since 2007, is the successor to the Nissan Skyline GT-R. It still has the four round taillights the Skyline GT-R was famous for, but changes include an update to the steering system replacing the straight-6 engine with a V6. The exterior is unibody with structural refinements that result in better performance. A 3.8-liter, 565-HP engine give the GT-R plenty of punch. It is an all-wheel drive with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Seating is extra comfortable with the backs wrapping around the driver’s body. An eight-inch touchscreen makes managing the controls super easy. A stiff windshield frame and light wheels make for an enhanced ride and smooth handling. Steering is hydraulically assisted, which improves power. Getting the GT-R from zero to 60 can be accomplished in only 2.7 seconds. The GT-R packs a lot of power and boasts a sleek design, two features that could easily send this car to the hall of classics given enough time.
Mercedes-Benz S65 AMGMercedes-Benz’s high-performance AMG line has been in production since 1993. The AMG line has seen a number of changes during its life. In particular, the S65, one of the most popular AMG models, now has larger turbochargers and the same specialized transmission as all other AMG vehicles instead of the previous five-speed automatic transmission. The exterior is breathtakingly long at 198.6 inches, and the extra-large wheels and quad tailpipes suggest a seriously capable powertrain. The twin-turbo V8 engine produces 577 HP. The S65 is all-wheel drive with a special seven-speed semi-automatic transmission. The cabin has the comforts of leather seating, and there is the option of a four-door sedan, a two-door coupe or a convertible with a sunroof. The time to 60 MPH is just 4.1 seconds. The twin-turbo engine enhances performance for an energetic drive, and the high-performance compound braking system prioritizes safety. Given this car’s features, performance, and Mercedes-Benz branding, it is almost certain to become a classic.
Alfa Romeo 4C SpiderThe Alfa Romeo 4C was first produced in 2013 after being conceived in 2011. The Spider version is an updated model that includes different external parts including headlights, the exhaust, and the engine hood. The Spider is a convertible with an exterior that includes a roll-up soft-top roof that can be stored in the trunk. The Spider has the sleek look of a car that is clearly designed to please. The looks aren’t the only thing it offers. It has a turbocharged 1.7-liter, 237-HP engine. The drivetrain is rear-wheel drive, and it has a six-speed, dual-clutch transmission. Drivers enjoy a full-leather interior for added comfort, and the steering wheel is wrapped in leather as well. The Spider handles smooth roads very well, and steering generally takes little effort and is quick and responsive. The Alfa Romeo is a brand with a long history, and the high-performance Spider will therefore very likely become a true classic.
Each of these five cars has features that will please any lover of high-performance cars, and each is designed with both performance and appearance in mind. The right blend of features designed to deliver quality performance and an appearance that catches the eyes of all who look upon them, make each one of these cars the perfect candidate for becoming one of the future classic cars.