2012 Speedhunters Awards:<br />street Car Of The Year

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.

Futureproof Integra

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.

-Mike


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35 comments
DkHoonigan
DkHoonigan

That rust bucket civic wagon looks rad!

ThunderFox
ThunderFox

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 :)

Corey K
Corey K

That Lotus is absolutely mental, and would tear the wheels off any other car in this comparison with 680 USABLE wheel HP! No contest!

73rsr
73rsr

GT3 RS rules

Chris Nuggets
Chris Nuggets

Frank's car is without question the most insane build here...I would almost have expected it to be in the Mentalist COTY selection.

FunctionFirst
FunctionFirst

That Lotus is one of the most bad-ass cars ever built for the street. I love that shifter and linkage too much.

shieldsyo
shieldsyo

Hardest vote for me as of yet...all worthy machines. That Lotus though....uggggggggggh so sick.

dulux78
dulux78

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

pauwel
pauwel

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

fredyka
fredyka

looks like we already have a winner here. haha

RdS2
RdS2

That Exige/Elise. Its often on my mind..

Bram
Bram

Where is the green Datsun 510? :P

Acc
Acc

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.

Golightly
Golightly

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
777

rocket bunny fr-s is the coolest street car of all time, of all time

ding0tr0n
ding0tr0n

i'm glad you guys remembered the lotus.  what a beast.

HLB
HLB

Parnell Navarro's Integra got my vote. Timeless style, comfort and just enough performance to have fun without getting in too much trouble. (Hopefully)

Frozzy
Frozzy

Ronin's Exige is my fav 

Diego
Diego

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.

Diego
Diego

where's the poll?

Scuffers
Scuffers

 @MacLotus just how sad do you have to be to post stuff like this?

 

did your mother not love you enough?

InnerToxicity
InnerToxicity

@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 =)

Corey K
Corey K

 @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?

Option13
Option13

 @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. 

777
777

@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

Brian
Brian

 @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?


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