DETROIT (WWJ) – Just in time for one of the most romantic holidays of the year, the expert editors from Kelley Blue Book’s www.kbb.com compiled the “10 Bites of Red-Car Candy for Valentine’s Day” list.
As a holiday that celebrates passion, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to share the most beloved red cars with auto-lovers everywhere. The expert editors spot their red-hot eye candy throughout the year at auto shows and new-vehicle debuts, and now happily share their red-car favorites with vehicle shoppers.
10. Ferrari 458 Spider
It’s a deep red thing. Red is the color of passion. The color of fire and lust. The color of love. Red is the color of the right kind of eye candy, and the right kind of car. The Ferrari 458 Spider is one of 10 visual valentines we’ve chosen to get you in the mood. If it’s a deep, rich, shameless red, it must be a Ferrari.
9. Ford Mustang GT
Sometimes an unmistakable shape strikes our fancy and never lets up. Born in the Sixties and evolved through its generations, the Ford Mustang’s classic shape still moves us. Bathed in red, the Mustang is more than just a crush. This is true love.
8. Lexus LF-LC Concept
Stealing the attention away from the domestic carmakers at the Detroit Auto Show is a pretty brazen move, but the Lexus LF-LC showed up on a lot of “Best of Show” lists. What looks like 110 acres coated in deep red paint, the hybrid-powered Lexus super concept stole and broke a lot of hearts at the show.
7. Porsche 911
With hearts like fire and a body like mortal sin, the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S capture the imagination and give a good name to feeling naughty. Purpose-built for an elegant romp on the roadway, the new 911 leaves nothing to the imagination.
6. Fiat 500 Cabrio
Picture glistening swaths of carbon-fiber skin stretched tight across a sinewy framework of pure Italian muscle… no, wait… this is a Fiat 500 Cabrio. OK, forget the overwrought Fabio stuff. So what’s a Fiat 500 Cabrio doing on our Valentine’s Day list? It’s cute and red, and sometimes cute can get in when sexy is still checking itself out in the mirror.
5. Audi R8 Spyder
Webster’s defines heaven as a take-no-prisoners 525-horsepower V10 engine surrounded by an open-air cockpit that’s bathed in exquisite Nappa leather. And so do we. The car is so hot, it will literally take your breath away.
4. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
One of the sweetest V8 valentines coming in 2012 is the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. This 580-horsepower supercharged performer is out for blood in the race against Ford’s venerable Mustang for ponycar supremacy. The most powerful Camaro that Chevy has ever built, the ZL1 is a sports car ripe for obsession
3. Maserati GranTurismo Sport Cabriolet
Italy does red like no other country on the planet. Maserati’s killer-crimson convertible, the GranTurismo Sport Cabriolet, is a romantic vacation straight from the heart of Italy. Its mouthwatering shape, sensual interior and perfect-pitch V8 engine feel like perfection, like a top-down Indian Summer under the Tuscan sun.
2. McLaren MP4-12C
If power is really the ultimate aphrodisiac, then the all-new McLaren MP4-12C is George Clooney. George boasts 592 horsepower summoned by a twin-turbocharged V8 engine, heart-attacking good looks, a top speed of 205 mph, and he can zip from zero to 60 mph in less time than it takes you to read this sentence.
1. Ferrari Testarossa
The Ferrari Testarossa is the hottest red-headed heartthrob in the Rosso Ferrari stable – both figuratively and literally (testarossa means “red-head” in Italian). The legendary mid-engine 12-cylinder embodiment of beauty and the beast, the Testarossa, badass side strakes and all, ruled the exotic car world from 1984 until 1996.