Hot Date(less) Night: Five Cars To Make You Forget Valentines Day

By Blake Z. Rong | February 14, 2012
Valentines Day—or "Singles Awareness Day," if you're the sort of guy who loves to asininely correct people and subsequently never gets invited to parties—is the sort of holiday that divides people firmly into two camps: those who deride it as a mass-market "Hallmark holiday" gluttonous consumerist orgy, and those who say the same thing but are actually in a relationship. But what if you're single on Valentines Day? And you really, really like cars? After all, the two go hand-in-hand more often than not. There's plenty of moping to be done, or there's plenty of driving around you could be doing. Here then, are the five cars most likely to make you forget about the whole Valentines Day business in general—cars that you'd rather spend time with than on some terrible date filled with chocolate, Applebee's entrées and gas station flowers. Cars with which you'd like to spend some alone time. Wait, get your mind out of the gutter. If Sir William Lyons said that the car is the closest thing we have to creating something that is alive, then these cars might count as a hot date. Agree? Disagree? What would be your pick? Sound off in our comments, below.
2012 Audi A7

If you have to spend Valentine’s Day all by your lonesome, you could do worse than the comfort of the Audi A7. The interior exemplifies class, born, not artificially made, with real wood and aluminum artfully placed around the spacious cabin that draw ones attention without shoving it in your face. Sumptuous real leather support yet caress the backside and the interior emits a ruby glow that’s excites the blood of things to come. Finally, there’s the ride: Smooth as expected at this class, but just taut enough to remind you there’s a naughty side here deep in the Audi A7. All you have to do is just press hard enough, fast enough, and you find yourself hanging on for dear life.

2012 Dodge Challenger SRT 392

The Dodge Challenger may not be a headline grabber like the Ford Mustang or Chevrolet Camaro. But it's still a favorite, for some very good reasons. First, it's comfortable. And we mean, REALLY comfortable. Like, sink-down-into-the-seats-and-relax comfortable. You can cruise in it for hours and never feel a joint out of place. Plus, it looks great. No, it looks outstanding. No, better yet, it's stunning, with a combination of retro and modern styling that's clean and unadorned, but muscular and purposeful. It has every creature comfort you can ask for. And when you want it, you have a 6.4-liter, 470-horsepower V-8 engine connected to a beefy six-speed manual transmission. The resulting V-8 roar is a love song we'd take over any Top 40 hit.

2012 Maserati GranTurismo

If you're lonesome tonight, chances are you wouldn't be if you drove a 2012 Maserati GranTurismo cabriolet. Not only does it have the sporting character of an Italian roadster, but it's also an absolute chick magnet. Pardon our political incorrectness, but we have data to substantiate our claim. British luxury insurance company Hiscox found in a study that women, whether they were into cars or not, were turned on by the sound of a Maserati's 4.7-liter V-8 engine sound. If you were to find yourself taking on canyon roads to relieve your frustration of being single in this car, you'd probably have plenty of satisfaction. But if you were to go into town and rev the engine a little in this $140,000 Italian, we're pretty sure you could find a date in no time.

2012 GMC Sierra

There's something to be said about that special bond between a man and his truck. How that exact expression goes isn't important right now but all you need to know is that it's there even when the truck isn't. For a truck guy's Valentine's Day vehicle of choice, there's the GMC Sierra stocked with a robust 5.3-liter V-8 Vortec engine. The never-say-die Vortec engine used in the Sierra is rated at a heart-pumping 315 horsepower and packed 335 pound-feet of torque. That's more than enough power to pull all the necessary hunting and camping goods needed to put you through a weekend alone at your favorite fishing spot.

2012 Mazda MX-5

The Mazda MX-5—forever to be known as the Miata—enjoys a both unassailable and unenviable position as the quintessential chick car, usually derided as such by people who have never driven one, or even its owners who are in on the joke. Whatever. The diminutive sports car is still fun enough to enjoy by yourself. Plus, it's easy enough to work on and modify yourself—if you're so inclined—which is a better use of your alone time than sobbing into a bottle of vodka. And guys, when you bust up your knuckles, just remember: chicks dig scars—just as they dig Miatas.