As the voting continues for the 2012 Speedhunters Awards, our next category is Street Car of the Year. In this case we are defining street cars as road legal vehicles from the late ’80s to the present that see lots of street use rather than those built for show or track events. Some of these cars are built to go fast, some are built to get strange looks from other motorists, and some manage to do both.
Here are the nominees -
Jon Sibal’s Dodge Challenger
Jon Sibal’s RWB-inspired Dodge Challenger may have a very unique look to it, but the story behind the car and how he acquired it is just as interesting.
Rust Bucket Honda Wagovan
What do you get when you combine rat rod styling with a Honda Civic wagon? You get the Rust Bucket.
Remember Your Roots S13
For a clean yet aggressive take on the traditional S13 street car, look no further than Paddy’s feature on this Silvia.
All the Small Things S13
Or if you prefer your S-chassis to be of the fastback variety, this equally nice Irish 180SX may be your pick.
Mazda Force One Roadster
This winged and boosted beast is about as far from Mazda’s original Roadster concept as it gets. We love it.
Lady in Red Escort
Is this the perfect street-going Cosworth Escort? After seeing the car feature it’s tough to think otherwise.
Osaka JDM EF9 Civic
Ready for battle on the streets of Kansai we have the customer-owned Osaka JDM EF9 Honda Civic.
Canyon Carving Lotus
680 wheel horsepower and 2,150 lbs. What more needs to be said?
Black and Gold JZX100
Slightly more understated, we have a classy looking JZX100 Mark II from down under.
As described by Sean in his feature story, this Integra is the “timeless SoCal street import”.
The Cosworth KA
Looks can be very deceiving, as is the case with this RWD, Cosworth-powered Ford KA discovered by Paddy.
Check Shop Porsche GT3RS
This customer-owned car is a fine modern Porsche track machine that’s been injected with a bit of street car attitude.
BenSopra Street GT-R
A street-driven counterpart to the RWD BenSopra beast, we have Ueta-san’s former daily driver.
Late Night Audi R8
Owned by a pro skier and photographed by Sean late one night on the streets of Stockholm, we have this wild carbon fiber Audi R8.
Bagged Audi A7
Even in stock form the Audi A7 has a lot of presence, but this bagged cruiser takes it to the next level.
If you want any info on the Lotus or it's new rebuild check out http://www.lotussport.org/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=4142
Thanks for the votes guys..
MacLotus just how sad do you have to be to post stuff like this?
did your mother not love you enough?
FUUUUUUUUUU WHY YOU MAKE ME CHOOSE!
You know I love the KA, and that Lotus is just devilish... But hey, godders' MX5 is still as epic as you can get :)
That Lotus is absolutely mental, and would tear the wheels off any other car in this comparison with 680 USABLE wheel HP! No contest!
Frank's car is without question the most insane build here...I would almost have expected it to be in the Mentalist COTY selection.
That Lotus is one of the most bad-ass cars ever built for the street. I love that shifter and linkage too much.
When i saw G Callen & Sam Hanna ride the Challenger, it look so cool that i want to have one, love its design very much
I was excited that the futureproof integra was included. But it's a shame that so less people vote for it. amazing ride, even better article
uhh, mean tie between the Lotus and the Cosworth Ka for me. The lotus is an ultimate grip machine, and the Ka is the loveable result of british 'what could go wrong' attitude.
@Acc I'm actually surprised the lotus has so many votes, in the face of the Dodge and the Cosworth Escort. The KA got my vote tho, I love an unassuming sleeper =)
Mazda Force One. I like the EF, but the colour killed it, for me anyway, I'm sure the owner like red. Shuttle was close, but the stickers, again, not for me.
777 Oh come on fanboi, how new was the last car you said that about? It's a cheap looking bodykit on a car with stock brakes.
@Option13 nah, not a fanboy, its been in so many things I don't think it was suitable for but somehow doesn't make it into this, it is 100% street car, look at other things on the list, an audi on bags, meh, sibals challenger, eh that car is so over hyped, and a porsche with different wheels, the fr-s has more than all of these and everyone went crazy when it came out
777 Option13 Really? It's a body kit with a big ass spoiler on it, and some wheels. How in the HELL is this the coolest street car when all it has, are a bunch of race inspired parts that WON'T see any racing?
777 It's a stock car with a body kit, coilovers and wheels. Hardly the coolest street car of all time, but it could be next year when it's more complete. How about the 680 WHEEL HP Twincharged Lotus that would eat it (and any other car in this list) for breakfast?
Parnell Navarro's Integra got my vote. Timeless style, comfort and just enough performance to have fun without getting in too much trouble. (Hopefully)
they are all awesome machines, they all have a lot of attitude, great street stuff, from the awesome Jon Sibal-RWB built Challenger to a street killing machine timeless Integra, but the winner for me is the Lotus.