Porsche, Mustang, Beetle, game-changing cars

Oct 06 2013, 10:52 IST
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SummaryConsidered by many automotive enthusiasts to be the purest sports car ever made...

Porsche 911: Considered by many automotive enthusiasts to be the purest sports car ever made, the 911 has been a gold standard in sports car design since the 1960s. So much so that design changes have come with great care. In fact, the car’s overall profile, including the rear engine, has changed little over the years and has stayed as the flagship of the German brand’s line-up. The first major redesign was in 2005 and the newer turbo-charged models are not just faster, the new suspension technology has also made the 911 one of the best-handling sports cars in the world.

Ford Mustang: Easily the most iconic design to come out of Ford’s factories, it became an American automotive cult. Dubbed “retro futurism”, the mixture of retro and futuristic design elements—such as round head lamps paired with flared wheel arches—triggered off an industry-wide trend. Ford completely redesigned the classic “pony car” in 2005, and came up with a radically restyled vehicle that cemented its status as an American idol.

Mini Cooper: The cheeky, retro car we drive today was the successor to the classic design originally produced by British Motors in the 1960s. The Mini (now owned by BMW) maintained the basic lines of past models, as well as quirkier features such as old-fashioned toggle switches to operate the cabin’s windows. Its space-saving front-wheel drive layout influenced a generation of car makers. It is considered the British equivalent of the Volkswagen Beetle which enjoyed similar popularity.

Volkswagen Beetle: The Volkswagen Beetle, also called the Volkswagen Bug, was actually conceived by Adolf Hitler who wanted a cheap, simple car. It was produced by Volkswagen and was one of the first rear-engined cars. With over 21 million manufactured, the Beetle is the longest-running and most manufactured car of a single design platform worldwide. It lasted 65 years before the original Beetle was mothballed in 2003 and replaced by a model called The New Beetle which kept the original design cues, but was a radical upgrade.

Jaguar XJ: The Jaguar XJ has been an automotive icon ever since the first XJ was introduced in the late 1960s. It exemplified the Jaguar brand’s uniquely British styling. It became the company’s flagship model and evolved into a full-size luxury car. It is one of the official cars of the royal families and the UK’s Prime Minister. A 2003 redesign maintained the two most notable design features,

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