The Ten Greatest Modern Hot Rods

You can make a car go faster by tuning its engine, or you can replace its little powerplant with something bigger. I mean really big. That's building a hot rod, and Jalopnik readers have their own favorites.

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A hot rod doesn't just mean a '32 Ford with a Chevy small block in it. A hot rod is something that's built to insane standards using whatever big engine can be found nearby. It's about the spirit of the build.

Do you know what a Rolls-Royce Meteor is? Do you still remember Rover? Ever wondered about having a Plymouth Reliant? Today's list answers many questions.

Photo Credit: Black Smoke Racing


10.) Nissan Juke-R

Legend has it the the Nissan Juke was turned into the monster Nissan Juke R by a renegade team within Nissan UK. What's certain is that they actually put it into production, which is even more insane than the product itself.

Suggested By: POD


9.) Ford Festiva Shogun

This is another "production vehicle" from the eighties. While we love the Renault 5 Turbo or the Austin Metro 6R4, this is just better coming from America. No wonder Jay Leno has one.

Suggested By: eaglescout1984 and Reborn Pyrrhic


8.) Zero Fucks Mazda RX-7

We love to tell you how awesome a rotary engine's design is, but in reality, a 5.0 makes everything better and is much more reliable. So don't let us fool you, and just put a V8 into everything.

Suggested By: subbzz


7.) Mercedes-Benz "Zöldséges" Drifter

While it's not the most environmentally friendly car out there, this Black Smoke Racing W123 wagon forced to behave badly by a massive turbo from a Scania truck is never boring.

Zöldséges means greengrocer, and is the nickname for the Mercedes-Benz W123 around here.

Suggested By: SirNik84


6.) BMW E30 V12 Twin Turbo

BMW almost managed to produce V16-powered vehicles twice (first with the Goldfish 7-Series, then with the Rolls-Royce Phantom), and while in the end they stuck to V12s, those engines were nothing to be ashamed of. Pushed into a tiny body, they feel even better.

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5.) Volvo Amazon by Vöcks

Scandinavians are really good at this. Saabs and Volvos are excellent sleepers, but once you cross the snowy borders, expect the unexpected. A bit of insanity, especially when it comes to wagons. What's not to love?

Suggested By: Gamecat235


4.) Datsun 510 with S2000 Motor

The S2000 is pretty high on the affordable performance cars list, but what if you could take away some of the weight? Or, like lots of it. Then try to get a grip.

Suggested By: TheDailyTurismo

3.) Plymouth Reliant Turbo

When you promised a 10-second car to Vin Diesel, he probably had something else in mind.

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2.) Ford Focus With V8 And RWD

I wish all Euro-Focuses sounded this good.

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1.) 27-liter Rover Rolls-Royce

Once again, it's the British showing us how it's done. With a 27-liter Rolls-Royce Meteor tank engine, naturally.

Suggested By: JayHova