Instagram is full of all sorts of photos from individuals or brands alike, whether it’s a photo of your cute niece, a short clip of a tantalizing recipe, or just another selfie taken in a beach someplace. Whatever it is, there’s nothing that beats photos of the hottest cars shared on the gram. If you feel your Instagram feed could use some new blood, away from the norm, its time you followed pages that upload visuals that'll give you goosebumps and kick-start your heart rate—specifically, the ones with photos of beautiful, sexy, murdered, tricked-out, rarest, and childhood poster cars.
These accounts post the best car shots. They can be on a track in Shanghai, on a manicured lawn next to a castle in London, or on the street with a wall sprayed with the sickest graffiti in the background. This is what we’re talking about—the kind of images that steal more than five minutes of your nine-to-five for a quick hit from your feed that leaves you with a smile on your face. We’re talking guys like Penfold, CarLifestyle, MadWhips, Petrolicious, and even automotive brand accounts, which capture the most exclusive metal on the streets of the world. If you love nothing more than spending your weekend afternoons, your train commute, or lunch breaks scanning Instagram, or you need more inspiration to prep your car for the motoring season, check out 25 of Instagram's hottest cars—a mix of classics and modern ones—to get you started right now.
25 Shelby Cobra
This drop-dead gorgeous car comes with a Ford V8 engine and was sold in the USA as the Shelby Cobra. AC cars used to have the Bristol straight-6 engine in their small-volume production, but since they were considered dated, the use of Ford engines began. Shelby was an American automotive designer who requested AC to build him a car modified for use with the V8 engine, which they agreed to. From the '80s going forward, continuation cars, whose original AC-built Cobra series were authorized by Shelby himself, have been built, but the cars still have the general style and appearance of the first '60s breed, though with modern amenities. Ford also unveiled a concept for the modernized Shelby Cobra Concept as a continuation of their effort to return the retro sports cars of the '60s. A limited-edition production of 50 was announced in 2014 for the 50th anniversary of the original 427 Shelby Cobra.
24 BMW New Six
This is a photo only lovers of classic models will appreciate despite the existence of hotter BMW cars in the market today.
This model is a line of luxury sedans from German automaker BMW, which were produced from 1968 to 1977.
All its models used the M30 straight-6 engine, which, by then, was the newest engine, marking BMW’s return to the full-size luxury sedan market after a five-year hiatus. These came to respond to the growing market segment that Mercedes-Benz dominated at the time, so they came to stamp BMW’s reputation as a maker of sporting, luxury sedans. The goal of this car was to allow for more passenger space and comfort, with a focus on front-seat occupants. Other new features were the twin headlights on the grille, which was replicated in other BMW models for decades.
23 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
This all-black murdered Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 can't look any better than what it does now.
It comes with a 5-liter V8 engine as well as a 2.3-liter turbocharged Ecoboost engine, which develops 435 bhp to get you from 0-60 in 4.4 seconds.
Though it feels larger on the road, its rear suspension has transformed its stability and ride control. Plus, it steers accurately. The interior is a masterclass with good space and optional Recaro seats, but overall, it oozes confidence and has the feel-good factor. If you’re a lover of Mustangs, you’ve probably heard about the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500’s horsepower that’ll make it the most powerful car the company has made in ages. Its ancestor, the first Shelby GT500 that appeared in 1967, had half the horsepower of this one—but expect it sometime in 2019.
22 Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss
This ultra-rare Mercedes is one of less than 100 made worldwide, so if you own one, you’re lucky to have a rare breed. The Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss saw just 75 of its make produced, but for you to own one, you had to have already owned a standard SLR and about $2.8 million to add it to your car collection or park it in your garage.
This roofless car with a tiny windscreen packs a supercharged 5.5-liter V8 engine under its long hood and develops 650 hp with a top speed of 217 mph–literally blistering.
Its two-seat cabin is trimmed in a mix of leather and carbon fiber, plus you enjoy the comfort of driving with class using its 12.2-meter turning-circle steering wheel. It’s such a cool car to own if you can afford it.
21 Lamborghini Aventador
This car is engineered to revolutionize the concept of performance and establish a new benchmark in the super-sports-car league and beyond. It combines the Lamborghini tradition with such innovation that takes it to an otherwise unexplored territory. The crown jewel is its V12 engine, which is handbuilt in Sant’Agata Bolognese. Plus it has excellent acceleration capabilities at any engine speed, lightning fast reactivity, and a breathtaking roar. A Lamborghini is almost always recognizable at first sight, so the detail on this car embodies the pure Lamborghini DNA–dynamism and aggression combined. In addition, its interior combines exclusivity and high-tech luxury with a hand-finished interior using only the highest-quality materials. The epitome of luxury, speed, and style, don’t you think?
20 Alfa Romeo GT 1300 Junior
This is a 1969 Alfa Romeo GT1300 Junior model, whose owner fondly remembers his favorite childhood toy, a little yellow car that got lost back then. Faisal Huda, the car’s owner, was sad about losing the toy car but eventually forgot about it. However, when he was much older, he saw and fell in love with this one, which was originally Ochre Yellow in color as it brought back nostalgic memories of his first toy car. He found it in Venice, Italy about 34 years after losing his toy car, and it was in original condition, though not suitable for fast road use. He had it sent to the UK where he commissioned Alfaholics to upgrade it, after which he commissioned a full-body restoration, and it was painted a deep candy-apple red–yum!
19 Maserati Ghibli
The first car of this kind was designed in 1966 and unveiled at the Turin Motor show. The bold, graceful, assertive, and elegant car delivers glorious style, with high-powered luxury and peerless comfort over any distance you can possibly consider.
This car is naturally imbued with a powerful force that's unique to Maserati’s motor-racing DNA.
Thus, you get luxury, elegance, and progressive technology, plus empowering performance, all in one car. It comes in either the GranLusso or GranSport trim options, with signature grilles, chromed bars, sculpted headlights, and Maserati’s symbol of power–the low-mounted Trident. The interior is characterized by elegant Italian style, handcrafted finishes, and sumptuous leather finished curves. Under the hood is a V6 turbo diesel (or a twin-turbo petrol) engine, plus an all-wheel-drive system to keep the car’s performance and comfort at its best regardless of road conditions.
18 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
This mid-engined sports car is built by Italian automaker Alfa Romeo, with 18 of its type produced between 1967 and 1969. Stradale is Italian for ‘road-going,’ a term the Italians use to connote a street-legal version of their racing cars, and this Alfa Romeo 33 is one of those, as it was derived from the Tipo 33 racing-car prototype. It's the first production vehicle with dihedral or butterfly doors, windows that curve upward into the roof, and an aluminum body, and because it's handbuilt, each of its models differs from one another in some details. Later models have vents behind the front and rear wheels so that hot air can escape from the brakes. It has 13” Campagnolo magnesium wheels, Girling disc brakes, and a suspension system derived from the race cars of the '60s. It takes just 5.5 seconds to reach 60 mph, with a top speed of 160 mph.
17 Audi R8
This is a truly legendary race car to own, as it packs a 5-liter V10 FSI engine that delivers between 540-610 horsepower, mated to a 7-speed S Tronic dual-clutch transmission and a Quattro all-wheel drive. It has similar parts to the R8 GT3 LMS race car, so it’s bred through the motorsport lens.
It features an Audi virtual cockpit MMI touch, a fully digital instrument display so you can see the performance and MMI information, plus standard LED headlights with laser high-beam technology, and 19” five double-spoke design wheels.
You can select from a range of handling settings and get connected as you drive using the MMI Navigation plus system, and its driver-assistance technologies help you navigate through unpredictable shifts on your way. It also has a parking system and a rearview camera for additional visibility.
16 Porsche 911 GT3
There’s no way you can mistake the Porsche 911 GT3 for anything on the track, what with its huge derriere, giant air intakes, and wheels and tires that fill up the fenders. The interior has a black leather seating, and under the hood is a 4-liter engine that develops 500 horsepower, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, or an optional six-speed manual one (which differentiates it from the Touring and standard the GT3 versions). The Touring model isn’t that different from a standard GT3, though. This car is a high-performance version from a line of similar models that started with the 911 Carrera RS. A number of variations for road and track have been introduced since 1999, when it was launched, with over 14,000 units produced.
15 Aston Martin Vulcan
Would you drive this murdered Aston Martin Vulcan? Well, hell yeah! There are only 24 of these hotties worldwide, but it’s a track-only car for anyone with some loose $3 million to splurge. Here’s the crazy part about this car: its price includes track days, so the owner can be taught how to handle it, though there’s one who decided to mod his Vulcan to be a daily drive mingling with the usual traffic. Imagine an 800-horsepower V12-equipped machine driving right next to you–whoa! But this change isn’t as easy to make as it seems because there’s a lot that, if changed, that can slow down the car. This particular owner, out of the other 24, had the car’s headlights changed, plus it got a shortened carbon-fiber splitter, an engine remap, altered gear ratios, and swapped-out side mirrors to add turn-signal indicators. Thankfully, he can revert it back to full factory specs whenever he wants.
14 Range Rover Velar
This luxurious and high-tech SUV has eye-catching looks that certainly draw you in if you’re on the gram.
It packs either a 2-liter inline-four engine that develops 247 horsepower, a 3-liter V6 engine that develops 380 hp, or a 2-liter inline-four turbo diesel engine that develops 180 hp.
Each of these is mated with an 8-speed automatic and all-wheel drive as a standard feature. Inside is a dual-screen infotainment system–the InControl Touch Pro Duo—plus a daring, modern, and well-appointed interior trim, good cabin space, and sleek style all throughout. There’s a lot within this car that you need to grow used to over time because you just can’t get it all at once or the first time, like the six driving modes, the switch for lowering suspension, the heated windshield, interior lighting, and so much more. It’s the type you drive slowly on a warm evening while gazing into the sunset and smiling at everybody.
13 McLaren P1
This car makes a big claim of being the most involving car to drive on both road and track. Its engine packs a 3.8-liter V8 Biturbo with 930 base horsepower, and it's an all-wheel-drive experience, what with the 7-speed twin-clutch transmission, so you can go from 0-62 in just 2.8 seconds–that’s ruddy quick! If you want to go quietly, you can run in pure electric mode, too. It also features the best in technology, what with the EV mode button, which, when pressed, lets you drive on electric alone. Plus, you can get on a racetrack in race mode in half a minute. All through race mode, the sensual experience is utterly brilliant–you experience it all over your body. The rearview mirrors and wide screen give you a fantastic view, while the interior has lightweight carpeting, and you can enjoy ergonomic and comfortable driving. It also has a sleek stereo and sat-nav to go with along your journey. Clearly, there’s nothing like the P1 McLaren.
12 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing
This is one of those cars that just never age, and if they do, it’s done gracefully. No wonder media godmother Oprah had one of these. The Mercedes 300SL Gullwing has seen its own recreation being perfected in the SLS AMG, but this particular model is very significant to date; it's not even found in the usual traffic jams.
It's considered as the first supercar, as it would hit 160 mph at a time when even hitting 100 alone was quite the stretch.
Its doors speak of a car that’s sort of magical in nature but also give it its personality. It's the brainchild of two visionaries: Rudolf Uhlenhaut and Max Hoffman, who were Mercedes's chief race engineer and importer respectively. The interior feels so luxurious, extravagantly swathed in leather, and then, there are the airy cabin and the spacious trunk. Plus, the shimmy from its rear is otherworldly.
11 BMW E92 M3
This is the high-performance version of the BMW 3 series cars developed by BMW’s motorsport division, in-house. Initially, it came in a coupe body style, but it's also been available in sedan and convertible styles. T
he car is powered by a 4.4-liter V8 engine based on the standard M3 engine, which delivers 444 horsepower, and goes from 0-62 in 4.4 seconds.
It's absolutely perfect with an awesome finish, 359M-style wheels, and a cabin that takes luxury a notch higher with its Alcantara steering wheel. This particular shot captures what a BMW mod should ideally look like–simple, elegant, sleek, and classy yet oozes power and presence. There’s really no need to go over the top with vibrant colors, or all black when you can go with simple matte and dope mags to go with the wheels.
10 BMW M3 F80
This is the product of a really amazing project whose paintwork was done by Grigio Telesto. Although BMW discontinued the F80 model series of cars from production, they've been reborn in different editions such as the M3 Telesto Edition, which comes in chic gray. The car also got some striking LED Angel Eyes redesigned, plus a lot of aerodynamics, to make it stand out even more. Details of the changes to this car include the tinted windows, 20-inch Zito Wheels, black ZF01 rims, BMW M performance parts like the kidney and gills, spoilers at the front and the rear, air intakes in the bumper, the carbon diffuser, the black M3 emblem, the sport exhaust, and the lowering on the springs and sport suspension, among others. They say it's painful and expensive to maintain beauty, but when it shines, it outdoes everything else!
9 Audi RS7
This car can get by just by its looks alone, but that’s not all it’s about. Under the hood is a twin-turbo 4-liter V8 engine that develops 560 horsepower, mated with a performance-tuned 8-speed automatic transmission. Plus, it’s an all-wheel drive with a lowered suspension. All we see just by looking at the exterior is a gorgeous fastback body, 20-inch wheels, and dope styling mods, but it has other cool features like the heated electric seats, a head-up display, sat-nav, an MMI infotainment system, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, a Bose 14-speaker sound system, a rearview camera and parking sensors, an electric sunroof, and climate control. But that’s not all. It also has plenty of leg room and huge cabin space, and the back seats can be folded for more trunk space.
8 BMW X6M
We like what the owner of this BMW X6M did on the car, what with the matte bodywork, the tint, the wheel rims, and all. The X6M ("M" is for "motorsport") is a style icon if you have it, not just because of its exterior but also because of its plush interior with a coveted badge on the hood.
It's pretty fast and has a good handling, plus its twin-turbo V8 engine develops 567 horsepower, mated with an 8-speed automatic transmission to go from 0-100 in 4.2 seconds.
It also has all-wheel-drive functionality. This one is sure to turn more heads as you cruise on the highway because of its astounding performance and awesome beauty. Although its cargo space is limiting, the car still wins when it comes to bold looks, a powerful engine, its dope interior, and agile handling–sheer comfort in a class all by itself.
7 Rolls-Royce Wraith
This car leaves you with a memorable driving experience the first time you take a spin in it, and it remains so with each ride.
The stylish coupe is powered by a 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged V12 aluminum-alloy engine from BMW–its parent company.
This develops a whopping 624 horsepower with 590 pound-feet of torque, taking you from 0-60 in 4.4 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. It's the most powerful and fastest Rolls-Royce production car, and the engine can get so quiet, you’d have to press the pedal just to check that the motor is still running. When you open its rear-hinged doors…wow! You immediately meet with its glorious interior draped in plush leather and a rich wood paneling. It also has unique features like the night-vision camera and an old-school analog clock. It’s also important to note that each Wraith is assembled by hand at the company factory in England.
6 Porsche Cayman S
Alas! One of the last real driving machines on the planet. The Porsche Cayman S has much to brag about. With a big 6-cylinder 3.4-liter boxer engine that develops 370 Nm of torque, mated with an optional 6 gearbox, you’re sure to enjoy riding around in this one. This car has been fitted with forged ZF02 Zito Wheels installed in the satin black, fitting well in the 19-inch format, plus some lowering, thanks to Zuffenhausen. It also features a front splitter and darkened headlights, plus the rear was kept as it came owing to the mounted sports exhaust system. Its performance is close to that of Porsche’s flagship sports car, which struck 8 minutes, 11 seconds on a rally-car race track, but the standard Cayman S laps 8’20 seconds. It was built to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Porsche design and has an all-black plush leather interior on its seats, dashboard, and door trim, a black Alcantara steering, gear lever, handbrake, and headliner. Everything is black. It's perfect!
5 Mercedes AMG GT
This two-door sports car was officially unveiled to us in October 2014 during the Paris Motor Show and is second to the SLS AMG. It was sold in both the GT and the GT S variants, while a GT3 racing variant was released a year later and a GT4 in 2017, targeting semi-professional drivers. It features wide wheel arches and a lower body like that of the SLS AMG, a sloping roofline, and forward-opening doors–not gullwing like the SLS. It's built with 93 percent aluminum, but the boot lid is steel, while the engine bonnet is made of magnesium.
It packs a front-mid mounted 4-liter, twin-turbo V8 engine, with exhaust and turbochargers that reduce turbo lug, plus its 7-speed AMG speedshift dual-clutch transmission sends power to the rear wheels.
The car goes from 0-60 in just 3 seconds but runs a quarter mile in about 11.2.
4 Ferrari 488
The Italians are known for their Ferrari brand, and this mid-engined sports car is another one of their infamous productions, which was introduced as a replacement of the 458, as an update with major changes. The 3.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine powers this car, mated with an automated manual dual-clutch 7-speed F1 gearbox, producing 661 horsepower. Perhaps you’ll remember it by its accolades as it was named the Supercar of the Year by Top Gear, plus Best Driver’s Car 2017 by Motor Trend. Its body is designed to reduce aerodynamic drag, plus the front double splitter increases radiator cooling while channeling the air over the vortex generators for ground effect. The car goes from 0-62 mph in 3 seconds with a top speed of 205 mph, so it's pretty fast. In fact, its speed matches up to that of the Mercedes AMG GMT.
3 Lamborghini Urus
This is the car that Chinese automaker, Yema, ripped off way before it was built – lol! But we see why they just couldn’t wait to let the cat out of the bag over this super sports car. Its soul and functionality are of the typical SUV, but this is the world’s first Super SUV. The pure Lamborghini design and performance let you know that its DNA is unmistakable. Its success comes from its design, driving dynamics, and outstanding performance. Its cutting-edge and streamlined design reeks elegance but also sporty and off-road at the same time. It's also pretty safe to drive, plus you’ll get blown away by the luxurious interior with Italian craftsmanship. Its interior is actually customizable, so you can either do elegant or sportier by selecting colors, materials, and finishes to your pleasure. It comes with a V8 bi-turbo engine that develops 650 horsepower, mated with an 8-gear auto transmission and permanent 4WD system, so you can enjoy it on the track, on a mountain, on a gravel road, in the desert, or even in the city.
2 Ferrari 250 SWB
Old is gold, and less is more. This is certainly what every classic car seems to say to the newer and modern versions of their own or other brands in the automotive industry. The Ferrari 250 SWB is no different. As you can see, from the image, this black SWB doesn’t have to scream about itself; it just says it's here by virtue of how it looks. But what about its soul? As one of the most important racers of its time, the 250 SWB, introduced in the '60s, comes with an upgraded engine, suspension, and other lightening measures. It may look and be old but is still properly fast, with an engine that offers 260-280 base horsepower from its 3-liter V12 configuration. Its interior is also super stylish and ergonomic, with an alloy-spoked wood-rimmed steering wheel. Ease away and savor the moment because this car’s appeal from the '60s has lasted to date. Plus, there’s no other Ferrari like it. There’ll never be. It has a special place in Ferrari history.
1 Maserati Levante
The Levante SUV is similar in nature to the wind, as it changes from calm to forceful in an instant, with perfect control of its powerful forces. This SUV embodies the progressive spirit of the Maserati, with a history that dates over 100 years back. The car brand gives its models names after the world’s famous winds, from the Mistral to Ghibli to Bora to Khamsin and now, to Levante. It comes in two variants or options: GranLusso and GranSport. The former has a more luxury-focused styling and trim, while the latter is about directly engaging dynamics. Both feature a V6 petrol engine with an innovative power-steering system. The front grille has chromed bars, plus arching front wings to iconic triple air vents, and the interior is an elegant style that oozes Italian craftsmanship with the finest leather combined with silk inserts on the seats, roof lining, door panels, and other areas. Even the speedometer and rev counter are housed in a leather-finished binnacle, with a white backlit light for crisp clarity at all times–definitely a gamechanger.
Sources: caranddriver.com, carscoops.com, instagram.com, topgear.com