Gus’s Rides

The Best Cars of the First Half of the Decade

Written by Gus Wilson

Hello, my name is Gus Wilson and this is my page about cars or trucks. From budget subcompact cars to massive pickup trucks to affordable but fun cars, it is all going to be covered under this one page. This week is starting off with a look back on the greatest cars of the past half a decade from 2009 to 2014 and part two will be on the other half of the decade coming later this week. Please keep in mind that this is my personal opinion and this is also based upon how the public has reacted to the release of these cars.

For 2009 it’s the Porsche Panamera is a German five-door sedan/fast-back (referring to the sloped roofline) which was first introduced with a V8 engine being the only motor available in two different states of tune with horsepower ranging from 395hp in the S and 4S models to 493hp in the range-topping Turbo model. The car was available two years later with a six-cylinder turbo-diesel engine from Audi, as a hybrid or as a high-performance sedan with 542hp and 553lbs-ft of torque. The car was unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show in March of 2009 and went into production in April of that year.

Moving up to 2010 with the Mini Countryman introduced at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, this English crossover SUV was its size being relative to a Mini Cooper and a crossover like the Mazda CX-3 or Jeep Renegade. The Countryman was sold with four-cylinder engines that would have a turbo (figuratively speaking) strapped to the side or would come naturally aspirated. This car in its first year of production the Countryman was sold, it sold almost 50% more units than the total sales of three other variants of the Mini moniker. This car later in its life would be used in the World Rallycross Championship competing against cars with motors that are bigger but it made the same power required to keep up with the competition.

 

Slowly climbing up the years to 2011, first introduced at the Geneva Motor Show that same year, the Lamborghini Aventador is an Italian supercar with a 700hp V12 connected to a 4WD system, two doors that look like scissors when they open up, and a top speed of 217mph. This car is known for its driving characteristics that are unlike any other car in its class with the launch control taking the driver’s breath away and the V12 engine was the first new Lamborghini V12 produced since 1964 with the 350 GT which was their first car. The Aventador is a fighter jet with its acceleration from a standstill to sixty in 2.9 seconds and can certainly fly like one. Even Hot Rod Magazine took a 2012 US model for a drive against a 1932 Ford Model A 2-door Rat Rod.

 

It’s 2012, America has elected our first black president, the first Avengers movie premieres, and Ferrari introduces the F12berlinetta (this is how Ferrari shows it). This car is a two-seat grand tourer that is rear-wheel drive, front-engined with a V12, and a decent amount of trunk space. This car had a very loud 6.3L V12 that produced a massive 730hp through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that produced quick shifts which could keep that glorious engine note going. The car won an award presented by Top Gear Magazine for being “Supercar of the Year” in 2012. It is a great car for drifting around turns with tires billowing smoke as 730hp and the driver’s right foot going through the floor.

2013 was a year where hybrid technology was advancing to the point where car manufacturers McLaren, Porsche, and Ferrari made their own hybrids supercars even though Ferrari didn’t exactly make a hybrid at all. BMW also created a new hybrid car called the i3 and it looks like a box although it allegedly has a “sports-like” which is questionable. I didn’t choose this car to criticize what BMW has done to make an environmentally friendly automobile, but I chose this car because of what they’ve done to make it a polar bear friendly; California approved the brick-shaped car. The i3 is a five-door hatchback that is all-electric with an optional range-extending gasoline engine and has a plastic reinforced carbon fiber body which means it weighs an astounding 2,635lbs or 2,899lbs with the range-extender. The car has a measly 170hp and a little more in torque, but because it weighs so little it wasn’t too bad. The car had mixed public reception with some journalists giving negative feedback especially for what the car is when the price was factored in. The car cost in its first year $42,225 without the government incentives because of the all-electric powertrain.

Finally, the moment you’ve been waiting for the year 2014 and the car that was important this year was the Mercedes-AMG GT sports car from the German manufacturer’s performance division. This sports car is a two-door liftback with a front-mid mounted engine like the Ferrari F12, what the term front-mid mounted engine comes up it means the engine is mounted behind the front axle as opposed to a Chevrolet Camaro which has the engine on the front axle. The AMG GT has a 469hp 4.0L twin-turbo V8 hooked up to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission driving the rear wheels and pushes this crackling beast from 0-60 in 3.6 seconds on up to a top speed of 191mph. The GT is the base model with an upgraded variant called the GT S with 47hp more over the base car and has more goodies for a better driving experience.

Overall these five cars made their own impact on the world in some way that makes people like or hate them. I don’t know what car I would choose to drive every day especially the supercars because they would eventually lose their special, exciting touch that makes them so much fun to drive. I think if I were to choose one car to drive for a week, I’d pick the Lamborghini Aventador with its astounding exhaust note from the V12 engine and the exhilarating acceleration pushing the driver back in the seat.

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Images taken by: Patrick M. Hoey Pictures found on: https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/a15125317/porsche-panamera-review-2010-porsche-panamera-s-test/ Article written by: Jared Gall

Image taken by: Unknown Picture found on: http://www.auto-abc.eu/Mini-Countryman/g835-2010

Image taken by: Truck Trend Picture found on: http://www.trucktrend.com/news/163-news100930-mini-countryman-wrc Article written by: Benson Kong

Images taken by and article written by: Juergen Zoelliter Picture found on: https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/a15124749/2011-lamborghini-aventador-lp700-4-first-drive-review/

Image taken by: Brandan Gillogly, Wes Allison, and Jesse Kiser Picture found on:https://www.hotrod.com/articles/hrdp-1209-1931-model-a-tudor-2012-lamborghini-aventador-lp700-4-road-trip/ Article written by: Mike Finnegan and David Freiburger

Image taken by: Unknown Pictures found on: https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10000872396390444226904577561541582626950 Article written by: Dan Neil

Pictures taken by: Car Magazine Pictures found on: https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-reviews/bmw/bmw-i3-2013-review/ Article written by: Damion Smy

Pictures taken by: Car Magazine Pictures found on: https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-news/first-official-pictures/mercedes-benz/mercedes-amg-gt-2014-mercs-911-rival-unveiled/ Article written by: CJ Hubbard

About the author

Gus Wilson

Reporter and writer for the Gus car's section. I am an aspiring mechanical engineer and automotive journalist that really likes cars. This is the first car or truck oriented section of which I am happy to say that this is being written by a car fan for the community.