You know that feeling you get when you look in your rear-view mirror and see something menacing looking back? Here are the ten most intimidating cars to see in your rear-view mirror according to Jalopnik readers.
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10.) Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
Suggested By: sliverworm
Why It's Intimidating: The only part of the Raptor you'd probably see is the big plastic FORD in the grille. But that would probably be enough to convince you to scoot over and get out of its way. If you don't, there's a good chance the 411 horsepower 6.2 liter engine will just pull the thing up and over your car anyway.
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9.) Buick GNX
Suggested By: Cool Cadillac Cat
Why It's Intimidating: The GNX would cast a scary, low, wide, and black shape across your mirror. You'd probably feel the growl from inside your car. Its supposed 276 horses (though really many more) would make enough noise that it would have no problem making you aware of its presence.
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8.) Dekotora Truck
Suggested By: Greg Hansen
Why It's Intimidating: If these dudes pulled up behind you in the middle of the night, would you be able to keep four wheels on the road? I'd think some kind of alien spacecraft was trying to abduct me. Hell, even if you could keep your cool while this thing, brighter than the sun, filled up your mirrors, what if part of its intense decoration fell off? You'd be toast.
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7.) Ford GT
Suggested By: $kaycog
Why It's Intimidating: If you're cruising along the highway and one of these appears behind you, don't panic. You are not on the Mulsanne straight. It is not 1970, and you're not at Le Mans. Just stay calm and move over to let the 550 horsepower beast pass you. Then, be sure to marvel at its sexy rear end, but do not try to keep up. You'll probably just embarrass yourself.
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6.) TVR Sagaris
Suggested By: Crossdrilled
Why It's Intimidating: Yes, your chances of coming across a Sagaris are slim. But if you should ever find yourself pursued by the car that looks like the unholy spawn of an evil gremlin and a cheese grater, watch out. It's packing 380 horsepower and 349 pound feet of torque. It'll eat up your car and the three in front of you, just for kicks.
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5.) Dodge Viper
Suggested By: BDoc
Why It's Intimidating: Whether it's an older, curvier GTS Coupe, a more recent angular Viper, or a crazy ACR version, if you're on a public road or a track, it doesn't matter. That big four-section Dodge grille with the angry headlights shows up in your rear-view? Get on over.
4.) Lamborghini Aventador
Suggested By: AJ
Why It's Intimidating: What do you get when you cross a shark with a stealth fighter jet? If you said Aventador, you're right! We all know about its 690 horsepower and 510 pound feet of torque, but take a look at those headlights and tell me you wouldn't get over into the right lane as fast as possible with those things boring deep into your soul.
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3.) Leyat Helica
Suggested By: ChiefPontiaxe
Why It's Intimidating: In 1927, one of these blender-on-wheels hit 106 miles per hour at a track in France. If you were driving along today, and an overgrown Little Red Wagon with a six-foot propeller on the front came up behind you at 100 miles per hour, I'm pretty sure you'd get out of the way.
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2.) Chevy Camaro
Suggested By: ARAK the American
Why It's Intimidating: While not as commonplace as their Charger or Crown Vic counterparts, the Camaro highway patrol car is possibly even more frightening. It's got heavy-duty parts from the Z28 parts list, including front and rear sway bars, big four wheel disc brakes, and a bigger alternator to power all of the electronics on board. It also keeps its disapproving fish mouth.
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1.) Ford Crown Victoria
Suggested By: e30m3
Why It's Intimidating: The headlight signature of the Ford Crown Victoria has been burned into the retinas of anyone who drives. They're instantly recognized as either cops or cabs, but to err on the side of caution, everyone slows down at first sight. Fortunately those spotting skills will stay sharp, despite Ford's phasing out of production, many local police forces are hoarding Crown Vics for future use.
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