There are so many great cars out there it’s really difficult to pick 3 cars for the perfect three car garage but after careful consideration I finally did it. Of course I don’t have the money to buy any of these but you can always dream. I decided to use some logic despite this being such an emotional decision, I categorized the 3 into daily driver with cargo space for the dog, a pure fun race for the road and a reborn classic. The reborn classic was the most difficult since there are others I wanted to choose, the Jensen Interceptor for example. A Jensen specialist JIA based in Banbury Oxfordshire, England rebuilds original Interceptors using modern components, with a GM supplied LS 6.2 liter naturally aspirated or Supercharged engine and 6 speed automatic or manual transmission. The downside is the the original steering is used so it tracks about as straight as a drunk person texting.
Anyway let’s cut to the chase, here are my ideal cars for the perfect three car garage.
Ariel Atom 3S – Race Car For The Road
The Ariel Atom is a road legal high performance sports car made by the Ariel Motor Company in Somerset, England and under license in North America by TMI Autotech, Inc. at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia.
The current models available are the Ariel Atom 3 (US), 3.5, the more powerful 3.5R, the 3S (US), the Spec:Race Atom (US), and the limited production Ariel Atom 500 V8 with a 500 hp V8 engine. The Atom is essentially an exoskeleton, no roof or windows and a small optional windscreen wrapped around an engine. In the case of the 3S model I have chosen it has a turbo 4 that started life i a Honda Civic)
With punch in the back acceleration the tiny Atom, in the dry, will launch you from 0-60 in 2.7 seconds, enough to scare you friends who dare ride with you. It’s shockingly fast and definitely not a daily driver, so i would use it to scythe through the mountains on the way to the grocery store.
Starting at $91,775
• Turbocharged 2.4-liter i-VTEC four
• 365 hp @ 7,500 RPM
• 310 lb -ft torque @ 4,400 RPM
• 0-60mph: 2.7 sec
• 0-100mph: 6.7 sec
• 1/4 mile: 10.7 sec
• Weight 1,450 lbs
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk – Daily Driver
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the definition of insanity, it’s an SUV with a Hellcat engine, what more can I say. Slightly and I mean ever so slightly bonkers. It should carry the following message when you start the car, “with great power comes great responsibility” because this beast requires some handling and I want one, so it makes my second choice. Why? well why not? It’s the most powerful SUV on the planet with 707 hp and 645 ft-lbs. Due to it’s all-wheel drive it can put all that power to the pavement with a glorious bellow and you are at 60 mph in a scant 3.3 seconds. It’s brutally quick but it’s got plenty of room and space for the dog. It’s a perfect if gas guzzling daily driver.
Starting at $86,000
• 6.2L supercharged OHV 16-valve V-8
• 707-hp @ 6,000 RPM
• 645-lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM
• 0-60mph: 3.3 sec
• 0-100mph: 8.8 sec
• 1/4 mile: 11.7 sec
• Weight 5,363 lbs
Singer Porsche 911 – Classic Reborn
Singer is a California based company that “restores and reimagines” Porsche 911’s made between 1989 to 1994. The company was started in 2009 by Rob Dickinson, a Los Angeles-based Brit with a life-long love of old-school Porsche’s, with the goal to create the perfect 911. The engine is incredible, it’s based on the classic 3.6-liter flat-six that has been enlarged to 3.9 liters by Cosworth in the US, and now produces 400 hp @ 7,200 rpm driven through a rebuilt six-speed transmission and a limited-slip differential. That’s somewhat more than the original could muster by 153 hp. It’s fast too with zero to sixty coming up in 3.3 seconds, quick for a manual transmission. The downside is a whopping price tag and a 6 month wait for you dream car.
Starting at $200K+
• 4.0 L flat 6 hand built by Cosworth
• 400-hp @ 7,200 RPM
• 315 lb-ft
• 0-60mph: 3.3 sec
• 0-100mph: 8.2 sec
• Weight 2,645 lbs