As the decade comes to a close, the 2010s have brought us some fascinating specimens of cars that set a new standard for the decade of tomorrow. This new standard is between regular daily drivers, all the way up to the hypercar world.
The cars on this list are the ones that stood out from everything else and sealed themselves into the pages of history. They're iconic in every sense of the word. Here is the list of the 10 iconic cars of this decade.
10 Koenigsegg Agera RS
Remember when the Bugatti Veyron carried the title for the fastest land speed record held by a production car? Yes, right. Well, Koenigsegg took the title back in 2017 in Nevada with an average speed of 277.87 miles per hour going down a public road back and forth. Not only that but setting a measured top speed of 284.55 miles per hour on one of those runs.
That particular Agera RS was owned by a customer, produced 1,360 horsepower, and ran on E85 race fuel. There were other records the Agera RS broke and achieved, but this one mattered the most. Why? It shows how close we are to the "300 Miles Per Hour Barrier."
9 Tesla Model S
Tesla is the first widely-known car company to produce nothing but electric cars for the population. Starting with the Model S in 2012, Elon Musk has been able to achieve what seems like greatness in the car world. Why? Not only are people saying electric is the future, but the crowd looks to Tesla for answers and guidance.
The Model S was the first completely electric car, with a charge range of almost 400 miles and a quick 0-60 time of under 2.5 seconds. Slowly but surely, the world is changing. This decade though is partly defined by the Tesla Model S. Whether you can accept that or not, it deserves that title.
8 Dodge Challenger Demon
Nothing screams 'Murica more than the Dodge Demon Challenger. Why? The Demon boasts 840 American muscular horses (with 100 octane racing fuel) out of its 6.2L Hemi engine. It is pretty much a Challenger Hellcat that was given a redo to beat anything in the quarter-mile drag race.
The Demon is so fast on the drag strip, it was officially banned by every track run by the NHRA because it needs to be fitted with a roll-cage before being unleashed upon the sorry souls it will crush. Just how fast is the Demon Challenger? Well, Road and Track reported the numbers while in New York City in 2018. The Demon is the fastest production car from 0-60 at 2.3 seconds, 0-100 in 5.1 seconds, and the quarter-mile in a whopping 9.65 seconds clocking in at 140 miles per hour.
Scratch one down for America for producing a car that can go really fast in a straight line and providing it to the public. That is iconic in every way.
7 Rimac Concept One
The Rimac Concept One is an iconic car because it is not only an electric car but a supercar. Yes, we all saw Richard Hammond on The Grand Tour send one of several of these beauties over the side of a hill climb race (luckily, he came out not as banged up as before); however, Concept One has done a great deal for electric power.
The Rimac Concept One produces 1224 horsepower, 0-62 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds, and a charge range of 350 kilometers (roughly 217 miles). Sure, it is not a Tesla, but it is a lot better looking and more people want one. Everything about the Concept One is desirable. Unfortunately, it'll be a dream car for billions because only a handful was made. All of which makes it iconic.
6 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
The Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 proved to the world that American Muscle Cars could take corners. The Z/28 nameplate goes back to the very first-generation Camaro that was built for something like a track. There have been many variants of iconic Z/28, like the "Z28" in the '70s to the early '00s and the famous "IROC-Z." In 2014, the Z/28 was revived and earned back its slash.
Pumping 505 horsepower out of the LS7 7.0L V8 and backed behind the only optioned 6-speed manual gearbox, the Z/28 was built almost strictly for road course racing and nothing but weight reduction in every corner, with the vehicle lapping the Nurburgring Nordschleife in 7:37.47 in drizzly weather. It could have been faster, but it was the start of a new era for American Muscle cars and earned much-needed respect from the rest of the world.
5 The Holy Trinity (Of HyperCars)
Sure, this is a group of cars, but they're all equal in almost every way. The Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918. These cars are not just on every little enthusiast's bedroom wall in poster form, but they take hybrid technology to a whole new level.
The LaFerrari relies on the power of the engine to power the hybrid system. The McLaren P1 can rely on the battery to power one electric motor. As for the Porsche 918, it's battery powers two electric motors to turn the wheels. Each car produces less than 950 combined horsepower individually, but they are held to the highest standards from every automotive journalist. That and they set the standards for future generations.
4 Nissan Juke
If the Holy Trinity is an example of beautiful cars, the Nissan Juke is the complete opposite. Richard Hammond has even shared his hatred for the ugliest car made in the 2010s. To be honest, it is an ugly looking car with a fascia only the designer could love.
While not in a good way, the Juke is iconic. Nissan even one-upped itself and made a NISMO version of the Juke to try and increase sales. Regardless, there are plenty of Jukes on the roads to make it look like it worked. At least here in the States, it seems. How iconic(ironic)?
3 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
No one but Alfa Romeo and select people knew how to pronounce this model of Giulia when it debuted. That said, we all know how we felt about it when we saw it. The Giulia Quadrifoglio is a beautiful sedan that embraces everything people believe the Italians are good at; making cars and masterpieces.
The 2.9L V6 sends a whopping 505 horsepower to the rear wheels. Sure, in most countries the transmission is automatic, but the exhaust notes it produces makes up for it. What makes this car even more iconic is that people who buy this car are likely to drive it more often, regardless of the weather. Which means that more people can admire it.
2 Bugatti Chiron
The Bugatti Chiron dethroned its predecessor, the Veyron, on every possible level. From looks to power, it demands attention. Everyone and their grandmother have heard of Bugatti. The new Chiron is just as much or more respected than the Veyron, which is why the former earned a spot on the list over the latter.
The Chiron gets under 1,500 horsepower out of its quad-turbocharged W16 motor and under 1,200 pounds of torque. That's a lot of power for a petrol motor. Also, looking into the interior of the Chiron, luxury is not left out. Every breath that is taken inside the Chiron, seems like it would be a dreamer's paradise. The Veyron was that start of this fashion, but the Chiron finished it.
1 Mitsubishi Mirage
In 2012, the nameplate of the Mirage was revived by Mitsubishi. A car that relies solely on practicality for a reasonably low price, nothing could really beat it. The Mirage is designed to be just a simple A to B car. Since it is greatly affordable, many people flocked to buy it. Nothing on the market could really beat a brand new car for under $14,000.
Over the past couple of years, Mitsubishi sold roughly 20,000 Mirages per annum. Sure, it seems low, but adds up to over 110,000 cars in 7 years. That is a lot of metal for a bargain. Is it a great first car? Maybe. More importantly, it'll get anyone to any destination for a low price. That right there is iconic.