From classic American muscle to imported supercars, we can safely say there’s no short supply of awesome rides here in the states. But let’s be real… it’s only human to want what you can’t drive. That’s why we’re visiting other parts of the world and other parts of the road: to digitally test drive some undeniably cool cars we only wish we could buy in the U.S. Who’s got shotgun?
Known as the “Tornado” in Mexico, this truck-car hybrid delivers a can’t-help-but-love-it function and form reminiscent of the iconic El Camino. The Montana began production in 2003 in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil. And while the popularity of quasi-pickups has seen better days in U.S. markets, this unsuspecting beast of a car (truck?) continues to stir up tornado-like buzz in South America. Coincidence?
Another hot ride sold in Mexico, but not in the United States. The Audi A1 Sportback boasts all the style and quality of the more attainable A3, but with a mini-sized maneuverability and attitude. Proving once again that super things come in small packages, the A1 is available (well, not to us) in two models: a turbocharged 1.4L engine with 122hp OR supercharged 1.4L with 185hp. Like the Christmas morning you always wanted.
Mid-sized trucks are on a comeback trail in the states. Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, Chevy Colorado - all off-roading straight to the top. But the fan favorite Ford Ranger has yet to make a reappearance at home. Nevertheless, the 2015 model was released to 180 markets worldwide and the Ranger still hauls huge popularity in Latin America. So don’t give up hope yet. Rumor has it this discontinued pickup may soon pick up where it left off in the U.S. ¡Viva Ranger!
Meet the Mastretta MXT: the first sports car made and produced in Mexico. This speed demon made its U.S. debut in 2011 at a Los Angeles auto show, but it’s been a rare find in the states (and abroad) ever since. The MXT has a similar look and feel to certain Lotus models, but rest assured, she has a mind and soul of her own: 250hp, 260lb-ft of torque, 0 to 60 in 4.9. Plus, the MXT features a sport-tuned double control arm suspension and light-weight carbon fiber body.
A timeless, diesel-powered metal machine that lives up to its daring name. This dependable 4x4 serves a military and civilian status almost everywhere in the world except the U.S. The British-made car sold in the states until 1997, but regulations ended sales in North America. Still, The Defender boasts impressive horsepower for an SUV and an even more impressive torque with its 2.2-Liter engine. Who wouldn’t want this rugged ride at their side?