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When Size Matters
Large and in charge. Big is beautiful. Size matters. Yes, there are endless clichés to support the notion that the bigger something is, the better it is. In the automotive kingdom, some vehicles not only adhere to this philosophy, but redefine it. We aren’t talking the puny realm of offerings like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry or even Dodge Charger. No, this is for the serious four wheeled hippos. The cars where it is more fun to be in the backseat than the front seat.
If you have more money to burn than the average NFL Quarterback, then there are some serious vehicles you can buy that are seriously long. How about the 220.9-inch Phantom Coupe? Not long enough for you? You could upsize to the 239.8-inch Phantom extended-wheelbase sedan, or maybe the 242.7-inch Maybach 62?
But for the rest of us mere mortals, there are some sizable vehicles out there under $100,000. Heck, two of the top ten are even under $30,000. So we will now present to you the top ten vehicles that are longer than The Hobbit.
The new Lexus LS600h is a thing of beauty, blending performance, eco-friendliness, and luxury into one machine.
It isn’t clear if these photos are accurate, but this very well may be the 2013 Lexus LS that will debut on July 30 in San Francisco.
Just a couple of weeks ago, we were tipped that Lexus might be working on a new LS450h that could sport a hybrid V6 powertrain. Now we have learned that an updated Lexus LS model isn’t far off.
Lexus might be getting its own competitor to Mercedes’ AMG or the BMW M Division: the former F1 facility in Cologne, Germany.
Shoehorning giant engines into small cars is nothing revolutionary. The goal of achieving a ridiculous power-to-weight ratio has always been on the minds of automotive enthusiasts, and this project is a great testament to how far creativity goes. LS1 engine enthusiast, LS1Blazer on ls1tech.com, went and swapped in a 401-hp LS1 motor into a Geo Tracker. Yes, that Geo Tracker.
The swap wasn’t a quick and easy affair either; a new rear-end and transmission had to be swapped in along with new fuel lines throughout the vehicle. It’s definitely a tight fit in an engine bay that originally housed a comparably minuscule 1.6L four-cylinder.
Another plus on the Tracker is the fact that its exterior is subtly modified. A matte black shade along with suspension mods and a set of wheels hardly hints at what’s underneath the hood. If anything, unsuspecting motorists might just stare oddly at this Tracker until they catch wind of the unmistakable rumble of an LS powerplant.
GALLERY: Corvette LS1-Powered Geo Tracker