So we thought it only fitting to display our thanks for what we love most—aside from our families of course—the automobile. 2015 gave us plenty of four-wheeled wonders to be thankful for, but we’ve weeded out the list and these five special autos made the cut.
Make sure to let us know which cars you’re thankful for in the comments below. Happy Thanksgiving!
I’m thankful that the 2016 BMW M3 is still a BMW M3—fantastic in every way. After 30 years, cars come and go, but the BMW M3 has remained one of the best sports sedans around. A manual gearbox, a superb suspension, and driving dynamics that rival anything to ever come out of Bavaria.
Not to mention the new and improved 425-horsepower straight-six, which is a healthy improvement over the previous-gen V8. If our mouthes weren’t filled with turkey and stuffing, we’d be talking about the BMW M3 all day long.
2016 Ford Focus RS
For what seems like eons, Ford has crafted potent, nimble hotter-than-hot RS models…and then proceeded not to sell them on U.S. shores. These have included loads of hot Escorts, a couple blistering Capris, a few Sierras, and of course the Fiestas and Focuses.
Finally, the drought is now over as the Blue Oval has given the go ahead for this red-white-and-blue bombshell—the new Focus RS. 350 horsepower is chucked to all four wheels, and there’s even a drift mode. “Thankful” is an epic understatement.
2017 Fiat 124 Spider / 2016 Mazda MX-5
For everyone who has ever asked, “What happened to the classic Italian roadster?” the 2017 Fiat 124 is a blessing. It also answers the call from plenty of drivers who want a car like a Miata to have more power. The 1.4-liter turbo sourced from the Fiat 500 Abarth is putting out roughly the same horsepower as in the Miata, but the 186 lb-ft of torque in the 124 Spider is 26 more pound feet than the 140 from the Miata. And if it sounds anything like the Abarth, then you’ll hear it before you ever see it!
Finally, there are the looks. Much of what is on the market today for performance buyers smacks of “boy-racer.” If you want a fast, fun car with more gentlemanly looks, you’ll have to drop serious coin. But the Fiat 124 Spider is a throwback, and is easily the car we are most looking forward to driving in the next year.
The 2016 Mazda MX-5 isn’t the most powerful, mind-blowing, or unbelievable car on the planet, but it is a damn fun car! It also looks great, and you don’t have to be a Kardashian to afford one. What isn’t there to be thankful for?
Scarbo Performance SVF1
I’m thankful for the absolutely absurd Scarbo Performance SVF1. Using old-school race designs with new school automotive engineering, Joe Scarbo has created the ultimate Ferrari F312 replica that you can take to the track and show up everyone with a Lotus Elise or BAC Mono. The SVF1 uses an LS7 V8 engine and a chassis that weighs only 1,200 pounds to offer drivers a full-on early Formula 1 experience without having to pay for early Formula 1 cars, and also maintain them.
Additionally, to deliver a correct acoustic experience, the SVF1 has a custom eight-into-one exhaust that will terrify onlookers. The SVF1 also has a proper manual transmission to prove to any at your local track day that you are truly a baller of epic proportions. I want one, more than I’ve wanted anything in my life.
SVF1 Photo Credit: Robin Adams