Can You Identify These Cars as They Speed Past?

By: Robin Tyler
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About This Quiz

As you know, there are hundreds and thousands of car models that have been driven all over the world since that first vehicle took to the road in the late 1800s.

Each year, auto manufacturers update older models with a new generation and release their new models on the world. Over the years, the car has gone up from the two or four-door sedan as the standard family car, and we have seen many other model options come to form, including crossovers, SUVs and station wagons.

And what about sportscars, off-roaders, supercars, hypercars? The list really seems endless.

Now as a car aficionado, you probably have a good knowledge of cars and could easily identify them from a photograph, no matter if we put a sedan, SUV, sports car, hypercar, 4x4, convertible or off-roader in front of you. 

But what if the picture was a little different? Instead of a still, what if we changed things up a bit and gave you a blurry image, to simulate a vehicle speeding past you. 

Where would you stand then? Still confident you could identify them?

Well, let's see how you do because, in this quiz, that is exactly what we did.

Good luck. 

Audi first marketed this mid-engined two-seat sports car in 2006. It is available as a coupe and convertible and uses Audi's all-wheel-drive system. This, along with a 5.2-liter FSI V10 engine, give the R8 plenty of oomph!

Only 1,311 Ferrari F40’s were produced between 1987 and 1991. Many consider this to be the finest Ferrari ever. The F40 was powered by a 2.9-liter twin turbo V12 capable of producing 471 brake horsepower. The F40’s top speed was 321 km/h.

The first generation of the GT40 won the prestigious Le Mans 24-hour endurance race for four straight years from 1966 to 1969, which included filling out the top three positions in 1966. Only 105 of them were produced. Luckily, a new generation GT40 was released in 2006 and again in 2017.

Volkswagen started the ‘hot hatch’ revolution with the introduction of the Golf GTI in 1976. This was a Golf Mk 1 with a high performance engine, and it instantly became a hit.

The muscle car revolution of the 1960s brought about the iconic Dodge Charger. And today it still takes on its traditional rivals, the Corvette and the Mustang. As in the past, with the latest model Chargers, expect big V8 engines and large spacious interiors. What you should not expect, is a little finesse.

Lamborghini makes incredibly beautiful cars and the Gallardo could be the best of all. Produced between 2003 and 2013, the second generation of the vehicle was powered by a 5.2-liter V10. Lamborghini even released a convertible, the Spyder with a fully automated soft top.

By the time 1996 rolled along, the Lotus Esprit had been in production for over 20 years. The V8, however, quickly became a firm favorite. It was powered by an aluminum V8 engine coupled to a 5 or 6-speed manual transmission. The V8 could reach a top speed of 175 mph and go from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.

Take a 4.3-liter turbocharged V-6 as well as the transmission of a Corvette and couple that with an all-wheel-drive truck and what do you have? A Typhoon, that's what. The Typhoon was faster than many sports cars of the time and easily raced to 60mph from a standing start in under 5 seconds.

Modern muscle cars are very different from their '60s cousins. Take the CTS-V, for example, with a four-door layout. That said, this still breathes fire and is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that produces over 600 brake horsepower.

A higher performing version of the regular Civic, the Type R was a favorite of boy racers around the globe. First produced in 1997, it is currently in its 5th generation and is available as a three or four-door hatchback or four-door sedan. The 5th generation is powered by a 2.0-liter engine capable of producing over 300 brake horsepower.

Only brought back for two modern models in 2012 and 2013, the Boss not only was straight in a fast line but could handle the corners as well, something muscle cars were not known for.

Built between 1986 and 2001, the Integra Coupe was based on the Honda model of the same name. In fact, when Acura was first launched in 1986, this was one of only two models offered. Interestingly, the third generation was considered one of the easiest cars to steal in the United States!

In 1992, Formula One team, McLaren, launched the F1. This high-performance sports car was powered by a 6.2-liter V12 engine that produced over 600 brake horsepower. Interestingly, the engine is lined with 24-carat gold to help with the dispersal of heat.

A four-door saloon car with epic performance – yes, that’s the Maserati Quattroporte! The history of this model traces back to 1963, but the current model, the VI, really stands out. The top of the range model features a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 that pushes out an astonishing 523 break horsepower!

First introduced in 2012, the V40 is a sleek hatchback in the compact car/family car segment. There are 13 models on offer of this vehicle, either with petrol or diesel engines.

The brainchild of Carroll Shelby, the Cobra first revved in anger in 1962. Based on a lightweight body that he imported from the AC Cars, Shelby bolted a Ford 260 engine to it. And the rest is history! In the years that followed, Shelby bolted even bigger engines to the AC frame, which brought about a car with nimble handling and lots and lots of power.

There have been three generations of the Audi TT 2-door sports car since 1998. It is available as both a coupe and roadster and also includes an all-wheel-drive Quattro model. In the '90s, it became an immediate head turner thanks to its sleek lines and excellent performance figures.

Often forgotten between the F40 and the Enzo, the F50 was one of the top sports cars of the 1990s. It was designed as part of the marques 50th-anniversary celebrations.

Released in 2017, this grand tourer takes the form of a two-door fastback coupe. Its development follows on from the 2012 LF-LC Concept first show by Lexus in 2012. The LC is powered by either a 3.5-liter hybrid V6 or a 5.0-liter V8 petrol engine. It appears in Gran Turismo Sport.

A jet car... yes, a jet car. Well, to be precise, a gas turbine. The Howmet TX was an experimental car powered by a gas turbine engine. It raced around the world, even at Le Mans in 1968 but was plagued by reliability problems.

This '80s muscle car quickly took the fight to its more established rivals from Ford and Chevrolet, particularly the GNX edition.

Built between 1998 and 2007, the Wildcat was made by Bowler industries using a range of parts, even those from Land Rover Defenders. This all-wheel-drive off-roader is particularly light thanks to its tubular construction. Wildcats had a variety of engine options including three petrol (4, 4.6 and 5 liters V8’s) and two turbo diesel (2.2 and 2.5 liters).

Although still operating from the United Kingdom, Jaguar is owned by the Indian company Tata, which acquired the marque in 2008. Interestingly, the iconic mascot that appears on the hood of most models is chrome plated and known as ‘The Leaper.’ The Jaguar F type first hit the market in 2013. This sports car is available as both a 2-door roadster and fastback coupe.

Fast, loud, and brash are all adjectives that could be used to describe the Diablo. Powered by either a 5.7 or 6.0-liter V12, this sports car pushed out 595 brake horsepower.

A real looker in 1990 and still one today, the ZR-1 became a very popular Corvette model. It was powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine that produced 375 brake horsepower.

Known for its incredible handling and punchy performance, the Subaru Impreza was first introduced to the Japanese market in 1992. This car is now in its fifth generation and remains an excellent seller worldwide.

This grand tourer model has been in production from Bentley since 2003. It is available both as a 2-door fastback and a coupe. The Continental is powered by a 6.0-liter twin turbo engine capable of producing up to 600 brake horsepower.

Also known as the MX-5, this rear-wheel-drive roadster is as fun now as it was in the 1990s. The first generation, produced up until 1997, featured either a 1,500cc or 1,800cc engine.

Powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine and able to hit the 200 mph market, the Aston Martin One-77 should be purchased as soon as possible. Well, that is if you have $1.4 million lying around. That's fairly cheap considering it cost $2.4 million when it was first released. Or maybe you should steer clear - that's some depreciation happening there!

A modern '60s throwback, this muscle car takes design features from all the classics and packages it together with a 6.4-liter V8 LS9 engine from General Motors, which produces 640 brake horsepower. It will set you back a cool $250,000, however.

If it's speed and acceleration you are after, the Koenigsegg Regera is the car for you. It can reach 62mph in an astonishing 2.8 seconds thanks to its twin-turbo 5.0-liter V8 that pushes out a staggering 1500 brake horsepower.

First released in 2012, the 86 is a two-door fastback coupe sports car. It is powered by a 2.0-liter straight four engine that propels the 86 to 100mph in 7.6 seconds.

The mid-90s saw the launch of the first generation Tiburon. This 2-door sports coupe from Hyundai was popular into the turn of the new century. The second generation Tiburon included a model powered by a 2.7-liter V6 engine that produced 172 brake horsepower.

The Z4 Roadster first hit the streets in 2002 and still forms part of the BMW fleet. Although the first generation included a convertible with a soft-top roof, this was changed to a retractable hardtop from the second generation onwards.

One of the most famous marques of the Corvette is the Mk II Stingray, produced between 1963 and 1967. This classic had either a 2-speed automatic gearbox or 3-speed manual with a range of engine options including small and big block V8’s.

The dream of John DeLorean, the DMC-12 had its 5 minutes of fame thanks to the "Back to the Future" movies. It remained a terrible car with sluggish performance and was only produced for a year before the company went bankrupt.

Now part of the FIAT group, Chrysler has made some eye-catching models throughout their history. One of these, the PT Cruiser, is certainly a talking point. You either love it or hate it! Enough people loved it, however, with over 1 million sold between 2000 and 2011.

The Bugatti Chiron’s 8.0-liter 16-cylinder engine produces 1,500 brake horsepower. Its $2.9 million price tag will cause heart palpitations for your bank manager! It's probably worth it to travel at 261mph, though.

The Evo saw the light of day in the early 1990s. This sports sedan feature front engined four-wheel drive. The Evo was not only quick but handled like a dream as well. Six different generations were produced in the 1990s.

This mid-engine, rear wheel sports car was first marketed by Alfa Romeo in 2014. It is powered by a 1.75 L turbocharged engine that produces 237 brake horsepower. The 4C's top speed is 160 mph.

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