Most people have linked automobiles to American creations over the years. Henry Ford is usually the first name that comes to mind, as he innovated the assembly line process which is where we are today. While American ingenuity has lead to the mass production of auto vehicles, other countries have developed their own auto prowess in recent years. Accompanied with very strict adherence to fuel emission laws and vehicle codes, the US has effectively ushered away many fantastic vehicles produced in other countries. Until these laws change, we will have to cling to the internet to view this foreign vehicle eye candy. Here are some gorgeous autos you can’t buy in the states.
The Amarok is a diesel monster. Currently available in South America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the rest of Europe, this mid-sized truck packs a 2.0L 4 cylinder engine. Although it’s engine is built for torque over power, it is a good buy for those looking at cab space, but with a modern, sedan feeling interior. Thankfully, talks are ongoing between Volkswagen and American dealers in hopes to bring the Amarok stateside in the coming years.
9. Morgan Aero 8
Looking for a blast from the past? Welcome to the Morgan Aero 8. The first design by Morgan since 1948. Containing a BMW Engine plus optional automatic transmission, the car might look old, but it can move with the best of them. The performance model has be utilized in multiple Le Mans races. With a 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds acceleration, the car is a definitely a little beast. Its interior boasts a touch screen media and navigation system.
8. Audi RS3 Sportback
Another beast, this Audi carries a 5 cylinder engine, and can hit a top speed of 174mph. One of the coolest features of this beast is its ability to be turned into a wireless hot spot. You have to love the combination of sleek, fast sports car, mixed with modern day convenience. Supposedly, this could actually be in America by as early as 2016. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.
7. Volkswagen Scirocco
For being such a small compact car, it has a surprisingly roomy interior. Sculpted seats allow for more leg room in the back seats, and seats are more comfortable than in most cars of this size. Navigation screens, extra space, what more could you ask for? Oh, wait, how about an under $30,000 asking price? Please, I beg you, please come to the states.
6. Holden HSV Maloo
This Australian half-car half-truck, is looking to bring back the good old Chevy El Camino design. Not seen since the 1980s, the Maloo is loaded with a powerful V8 engine. Clearly, it is a monster of the roads. It is hard to tell whether it is a truck, car, or muscle car. Let’s go with a new term, Muscle Cruck.
5. Peugeot RCZ R
This Parisian creation is one for the ages, as it was voted ‘best coupe’ over the past 5 years. Dual exhaust, turbo charged engine, leather interior, what’s more to ask? This vehicle offer an appropriate amount of power without being too overpowering for the average consumer. However, I think even the average consumer will find a 270 horsepower engine quite nice.
4. Toyota Hilux
After making itself the first motorized vehicle to trek all the way to the magnetic North Pole, the Hilux has become synonymous with extreme durability. One of its nicer aspects is the fact that it can be so easily customized. It comes in optional 2WD or 4WD, as well as in automatic or manual. On the inside, it contains a fully functional navigation system, touch screen, and rear view camera. Oh, and technically the Hilux is available in the U.S. under the moniker “Tacoma.”
3. Land Rover Defender
The Defender used to be sold in the states, until the late 1990s when stricter air bag regulations came into play. Don’t think that hasn’t stopped the model from thriving everywhere else in the world. It isn’t the fastest or most powerful, but the Land Rover Defender has great torque, making it great on all surfaces.
2. Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf
Aston Martin sets the standard for luxury vehicles around the world, and the Lagonda Taraf is no exception. Upon it’s release, everyone went ecstatic, except those in America (since its not available here). V12 engine, LED lights, climate control system, and classic Aston Martin comfort. Nothing beats the feel of this fine automobile.
1. Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake
A beautiful specimen with a 550 horsepower supercharged engine, this Jag has it all, making Europeans an extremely happy people. Ever heard of a heated steering wheel? This beast has it, as well as a top speed nearing 200mph. Maybe it will be available in the states someday. Until then, we will just have to drool over these awesome pictures.