The weld-maddened geniuses at Magnaflow sent us a list the other day. Now, some of you carry lists of names, and we’d recommend you seek psychiatric help. But for Magnaflow’s list, we can’t give anything other than a glowing review of good health. Because it’s packed with awesome stuff. Magnaflow is pumped about these winners because they now have exhaust products to fit them. We’re just pumped about them in general, but we know how good they’ll sound with some Magnaflow metal bolted on. Here’s what we’re looking at.
It’s the last stand for the current Mustang, and some say the last year of its tenure as a true muscle car. But the 5th gen hasn’t given any ground, with that Coyote 5.0 still blasting out 412 hp in the GT. Even the V6 makes over 300.
Between the ZL1 and the Z28, it seems like Chevrolet can’t stop making extremely awesome Camaros. The Z28 even has a hollow bowtie badge to improve airflow through the grille. That’s dedication. Now if only we could see out the back.
3. 2014 Jeep Wrangler Rock Crawler
Even with all of Jeep’s current Europization, the Italian overlords refuse to mess with the Wrangler, probably because they remember what Jeeps can do while rolling through Italy. You know, from last time. And because they don’t want to screw up the American sales figures. And because they can’t disturb how awesome this thing is when it’s turned into a rock crawler.
Flip through all of the criticisms about square tail lights and too many vents and such. The C7 Corvette is still brilliant, still dominating the world’s sports car championships, and still so, so beautiful.
We’re more than a little rustled about the new Challenger SRT with a Hellcat Hemi V8. The venerable 6.2 has been force fed to over 600 hp via a roots-type supercharger, making it one of the most powerful factory V8 cars Chrysler has ever made. And there’s an old school air-intake in the headlight.
The latest and greatest generation of the Chevy Silverado was released for the 2014 model year, and slap us with a Duramax if it doesn’t look tougher than overcooked Chuck Norris. And the EcoTec V8 is happy to shove its 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque in your face on demand.
Admittedly, the 500L isn’t our favorite car here at Streetside. It has traded the lines of the neo-classic 500 for “s’more spayce.” But bolt some Magnaflow on there and see how much better you feel about it when you’re dropping the kids off at school.
They used to outsource their diesel mills to Navistar, but now Ford has brought everything in-house, which means more reliability and further innovation. The 2014 Super Duty is better than ever, with the 6.7 Powerstroke making eight hundred and sixty pound feet of torque to bend the very will of existence. Enjoy.
A new generation of Lexus’ glimpse-into-Japan IS350 showed up last year with all its rear-driving goodness. We lost the stick shift, unfortunately, but we gained a 306 hp V6, enough to fire you down the track in style and comfort.
Yes, they’ve denied us their beautiful 3-door variant, but Ford’s 200 hp subcompact is still dominating the hot hatch wars, thanks to EcoBoost and some brilliant torque vectoring tech. It’s big brother, the Focus ST has been around here longer, but smaller is always better when it comes to hatches.
Remember that Silverado? Don’t forget that it comes in a world-pulling Duramax version, whose 6.6 liter diesel V8 can tug with all 765 lb-ft of torque.
12. 2014 Ram Cummins
But let’s not kid ourselves, here. Only one name wears the diesel crown in the American consumer segment, and it’s Cummins. And thankfully for Dodge, they have the rights to the Big C. Their biggest ram gets about the same torque as the Duramax, but with six cylinders. Not bad.
Oh that beautiful German luxury goodness. Over the last decades, Audi has turned their rally-dominating Quattro system into a must-have on every luxury car out there, to be mimicked by the likes of Teutonic rivals BMW and Mercedes. And their latest A5 Quattro doesn’t just handle in the wet, it does so with such style. Seriously. Look at an A5 Coupe and tell us you don’t want it.
14. 2014 BMW 535i
But if there’s one thing BMW’s 535i has over its AWD competitor, it’s RWD. For all their X-cars and FWD i3s and such, they’re still holding the RWD line on their classic sedans, and that means fun.
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Andy Sheehan is a blogger, aspiring novelist, and relentless hoon. He plans to will his 2002 Subaru WRX Wagon to his firstborn, plans his daily commute around the swoop of its roads, and doesn’t plan to ever buy an automatic. A cool-car omnipath, he loves the common Mustang or Chevelle, but hunts for the weird and wonderful Velorexes and Cosmos of the autoverse. And when he can afford a garage, he’s going to turn an MX-5 into a race car.