Tesla Model S & BMW i8 Among Road And Track’s “51 Coolest Cars Of The Last 50 Years”

2 years ago by Jay Cole 14

One Of The Coolest 51 Cars at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show

One Of The Coolest 51 Cars at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show

Road & Track recently put together a cool car list.  Specifically a “51 Coolest Cars” list from the past half century. Why do that? R&D explains:

“Cars don’t just appear, they evolve, built on the technology and the style of what came before. Every now and then, it’s useful to take a step back, appreciate history, and get a glimpse of how today’s efforts stand in the pantheon of preceding hardware.”

…well that, and it sells magazines.  And people like to look at pictures of them on the Internets.

Scouring the list we find that only two are currently driven by members of the InsideEVs family, and those happen to also be the only two which aren’t classic fossil fuel abusers (although I personally confess to perhaps owning a certain car with a large bird on the hood once upon a time):

2014 BMW i8

When is a supercar not a supercar?  When it is a carbon-fibred-bodied, three-cylinder hybrid that aims to rethink how we think speed, mass production, and everything that makes an exotic tick.  The proportions are borrowed from BMW’s awesome M1, a 1970s flop that waited 30 years for the world to appreciate it.   Prediction:  This won’t take nearly as long.

Tesla Model S On A Chicago Night (click for great wallpaper-ready imaging)

Tesla Model S On A Chicago Night (click for great wallpaper-ready imaging)

2013 Tesla Model S

Beautiful, fast, and the first practical EV from a company that hadn’t build a car, ever.  Only amazing when you stop and think about it.  Which you should.

For a trip down memory lane to see all the cars you wanted as a young person (before you realized almost everything fun was also bad for you – and the environment), check out the full Road & Track list here.

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14 responses to "Tesla Model S & BMW i8 Among Road And Track’s “51 Coolest Cars Of The Last 50 Years”"

  1. SparkEV says:

    Biased, of course, but SparkEV, the first sub $20K EV to be quicker than all gas cars in its price range, breaking the perception that low cost EV are just overpriced golf cars.

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Rather meaningless, since the Spark EV is a compliance car, which means its selling price is set artificially low, and isn’t any indication of a price which could give the auto maker a profit. If the Spark EV was made in larger numbers, it might well have a significantly higher price.

      1. ClarksonCote says:

        While SparkEV’s comment is clearly biased, yours is also incorrect.

        Jay here at InsideEVs has mentioned multiple times that the SparkEV is selling with profit.

        He’s stated they had enough “credits” for GM to carry into something like 2020, and that was before all of the 2015 sales of the Spark EV.

        So let’s all try to be a little less biased and stick to the facts, shall we? 😉

      2. SparkEV says:

        Yet again PuPu says the same old. What would make SparkEV so costly? EV drive train is roughly the cost of gas engine. Leaf’s 24kWh battery is under $6K retail, 19kWh SparkEV would be far less at mfr level.

        But let’s assume 10% higher for EV drive train for ICE. Also assume $6K for SparkEV’s 19kWh (over $300/kWh). SparkEV is pretty much SparkGas 1LT ($15K). Then

        $15K * 1.1 + $6K = $22.5k

        That’s why Chevy can sell in Mexico for $24K, and $26K in CA would make them lot more profit.

        As a side note, apply this to Bolt, based on Sonic ($16K) and $300/kWh

        $16K * 1.1 + 50kWh * $300/kWh = $32.6K

        But I suspect battery will be cheaper while more extensive mod to sonic body than Spark will cost more than 10% above Sonic.

        Still, you can see Chevy is not losing money on SparkEV, and won’t lose money with the Bolt.

    2. Mikael says:

      Superbiased.:) It wouldn’t get into my top 50 coolest EVs of the last 50 years. 😛

      But it’s nice that every EV has fans, even if you’re probably pretty lonely about having the Spark EV as yours.

      1. SparkEV says:

        It’s lonely being the very best, and lonely being the fan of the very best. 🙂

        1. Seth says:

          You could rave on the Mitsubishi i-Miev 😉

        2. Koenigsegg says:

          Spark is a clown car 🙂

  2. 13Volt says:

    While the Spark EV is a great car, the fact that it is compliance only i believe would disqualify it.

    1. ClarksonCote says:

      It isn’t compliance, it is a precursor to the Bolt. It sells in Canada and Mexico too. It doesn’t sell in all 50 states, but the dealer network is part of that issue.

      However, FWIW, I’m not bothered that it is not on this top 50 list 😉

      1. Aaron says:

        “It doesn’t sell in all 50 states…”

        That is the definition of compliance.

  3. Jay Cole says:

    Just as a note. We had some issues on some other threads with a lot of oft-repeated/off topic comments by individuals hijacking unrelated threads.

    There is a place and a time, but at some point perhaps it is better to pick spots a little better … just for the community’s sanity.

    ie) the Spark EV is great, but it isn’t (and never will be) “cool”, (=

  4. Loboc says:

    I wonder why 1968 Corvette Stingray is not on this list? I had a ’70 and it really was ‘cool’.

  5. Phr3d says:

    “(although I personally confess to perhaps owning a certain car with a large bird on the hood once upon a time)”

    and me the ’63 (aka the only official Corvette)
    as I recall, it was 16 turns lock-to-lock and could stay in a straight line for over 100 feet at a time, but how I loved that car.

    I got a speeding ticket (imagine!) and my insurance Doubled.. thus endeth the love affair.