We’ve been having a small debate in the TG office. A couple of broken chairs. A minor desk-fire. Nothing serious. And it’s all the fault of this apparently innocent question:
What makes a cool car?
A simple question on the surface, but one that unravels rather quickly when you start to pick at it.
Cool, after all, is not the same as ‘fast’. Or ‘expensive’. In fact - at least in these modern times - a lot of the time it’s the exact opposite. A fluoro-green McLaren 675 LT, for example, is unquestionably a magnificent car – biblically fast, technically near–flawless – but it’s a bit… serious to be truly cool, isn’t it? Maybe not.
At the other end of the spectrum, the Land Rover Defender is not, by modern standards, a particularly, um, modern thing. But it is, in its bare-bones, back-to-the-Fifties way, rather cool, no?
Perhaps we’re utterly wrong. It does seem to be rather subjective, this whole ‘cool’ thing. Factions of the TG office have, in the last half-hour, argued the indisputable coolness of cars as diverse as the BMW i8, Dacia Sandero and Tesla P85D. You may choose to loudly disagree.
Which is why we need your help. Specifically to answer this question: what’s the coolest car of this decade so far?
Click through the images above to take a look at a few of the TopGear.com team’s suggestions… and then tell us below which you agree with, which we’ve got utterly wrong, and the coolest cars of the 2010s (The Onesies?) we’ve entirely forgotten about.
And make sure you tell us exactly why your suggestion is properly icy-cool. If your defence is eloquent enough, we might just include it – and your words of wisdom – in a glitzy poll-thing later this week.
Let us know your thoughts. There’s no such thing as a wrong answer here. Oh, apart from ‘Toyota Auris hybrid’…
UPDATE: 12pm, Tuesday 18 August
Thanks for the amazing response so far, all. Much better than our pitiful suggestions. The most popular choices so far, in no particular order, look to be:
Volvo S60 Polestar (nominated by Nick B)
Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 (nominated by ATSR)
Citroen C4 Cactus (nominated by Rick Moritz)
Mercedes G-Wagen 6x6 (nominated by… um, lots of people)
Aston Martin Vanquish (nominated by Oscar Taylor)
Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat (nomated by quite a few of you)
Also several votes for the Singer 911 and Eagle Speedster, but do they strictly count as ‘of this decade’? Can of worms, all sorts of open.
Anyhow, we’ll be closing the nominations process fairly soon, so get your votes in now. Still no love out there for the Auris Hybrid, we notice…