Not everyone wants to — or can — fit into the social order. Sometimes those outcasts drive obnoxious monsters. Sometimes they drive heroic statements that stand outside normal boundaries. These are Jalopnik readers' picks for the ten most blatant and occasionally fantastic violations of proper manners on wheels.
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10.) Cadillac Escalade
Suggested By: Litrecola
Why it's an insult to society: Take a vehicle best known for pulling trailers around farms or moving large families, slather it with chrome and leather and power everything, and watch it become the pick of urban-wannabe ego cases across the country. The vehicular definition of 'mad bling' in all its now well-worn familiarity and cliched content.
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9.) Dodge Viper
Suggested By: SennaMP4
Why it's an insult to society: Safety features? Creature comforts? Concern for the outside world? Pfft. Please place in your own exhaust pipe. The Viper is a big brutish anomaly, an end run around propriety that somehow managed to get approved for sale. The new one will feature such sissified "necessities" as stability control (thanks again, Explorer owners), but the originals will forever be the purest and most ass-kicking expressions of the general idea.
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8.) Toyota Prius
Suggested By: Nibby4WD
Why it's an insult to society: Smugness is as much a social sin as obnoxiousness, and there is no car on the road today that says "self-satisfied morally superior being" like the Toyota hybrid. Aside from severe concerns about the environmental costs of the car's production, the immensely annoying stereotypical attitude of its drivers remains a constant pain in the ass.
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7.) Ford Raptor
Suggested By: $kaycog
Why it's an insult to society: Bro trucks are bad enough, but a factory-built bro truck? With legitimate off-road cred? Whoa. In its own way the Raptor is as ridiculous as the Viper, which makes it both a threat to normal suburban decency and one of the absolute coolest trucks on the market today. The subtlety of a metal-tipped combat boot — and the awe factor of one, as well.
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6.) Dartz Prombron
Suggested By: Hart88
Why it's an insult to society: You can have your Marauders and Knights; if we want to move in ostentatious armor, we're gonna do it in style, man. Proof that life can be all kinds of deviant fun when you know a vodka-swilling horndog Latvian with a grip on a tsarist-era nameplate and the ability to indulge whatever absurd requests you can dream up, including (ahem) that leather again.
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5.) Lamborghini Countach
Suggested By: Ravey Mayvey Slurpee
Why it's an insult to society: Possibly the only car in history to be named after a regional expletive, the Countach is as brazen and assaultive an automotive presence as has ever been constructed in (sadly small) numbers. If the Miura was an audacious delight, the Countach always seemed to be one step over the line into something truly evil.
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4.) BMW X6 M
Suggested By: aqwayne
Why it's an insult to society: The X6 is bad enough, but the X6 M in particular has been irritating purists and attracting John Galt types like few other rides on the road. Instead of the carefully reasoned compromises involved with a do-it-all car like a Volkswagen GTI, the X6 M just heaps on everything — power, all-wheel-drive, the attitude of a big SUV without the dreary practicality, every convenience option imaginable — like it's a huge plate at an automotive buffet.
The worst part? The goddamn thing actually works.
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3.) Bentley Mulsanne
Suggested By: Rufus760
Why it's an insult to society: Yes, Jeeves, I know the Prince of Wales is on the phone. Tell the beaky old snot to wait a few minutes. I need a drink. In the meantime, I fear that I've gotten another of those dreadful Greenpeace people caught in the tyre treads again. Might you see to cleaning that up when you can?
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2.) BMW M6 Convertible
Suggested By: Bullitt417 Picked Up his Mustang GT
Why it's an insult to society: Having a big, powerful GT car is one thing. Having one with a folding top is another, and is the kind of statement that separates the discreet and dignified from the showy exhibitionists. Yes, we know you want everyone to see how rich and successful and fabulous you are. Especially with that 500-hp V10 making all kinds of alluringly impolite noises. Good road car? Not as much, but who cares? It's all about the show.
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1.) International CXT
Suggested By: jip1080
Why it's an insult to society: Not just over the top, but over any reasonable boundary that can possibly exist in the automotive world. Short of using a full Class 8 rig as a commuter pod, this is as extreme and blatantly obnoxious as it gets. What are you really going to do with this that any of the increasingly super-capable full-size pickups can't do? This creation existed as a statement, nothing more. And in that, it's kinda cool.
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