These are the cars that children will hang on their walls.
These days, kids' favorite cars can be used as the wallpaper on their phone or computer screen saver. But we like to think there's still room for a good old-fashioned car poster. Our Carbuzz Poster Car award goes to the vehicle that we think deserves to grace the walls of children's rooms (and adults' garages) the most this year. For a car to win this award, it has to look great on a poster, serve as a motivational device, and inspire people (young and old) to become addicted to the car hobby for life.
In the award's inaugural year, the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 overcame some stiff competition to take home the top prize. This year is an even closer race, with the Dodge Charger Hellcat Daytona and Nissan GT-R Nismo just missing the cut for the top 3 spots. The Poster Car of the Year will be announced on December 21.
Here are this year's three finalists:
Arguably the most understated car in the McLaren lineup, the 2020 McLaren GT will still draw a crowd in a hurry, especially when finished in a beautiful shade of Ludus Blue like the example we were sent to review. The color alone costs $7,500 (plus $500 more to have the key fob painted to match), so the GT certainly fits the role of an aspirational object. For the $210,000 starting price, the GT includes a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing 612 horsepower, good for a 0-60 mph sprint of just over three seconds flat.
Anyone who might think twice about buying a supercar because it's not practical will be pleasantly surprised by the GT. Unlike some other cars of this type, the McLaren GT is somewhat usable as an everyday vehicle, meaning life won't get in the way of owning one. This is a dream car that can fit into someone's day-to-day life. Factoring in the GT's mid-engine layout and signature dihedral doors, it clearly has poster car credentials.
Like the GT500 last year, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray enters as a blue-collar underdog with its attainable $58,900 starting price. But don't let the five-figure price tag distract from the Corvette's brilliance; it easily deserves a spot on this list with the six-figure goliaths. Driving the C8 attracts stares from virtually everyone on the road who wants to ask about your new "Lamborghini" or "Ferrari."
Switching to a mid-engine design was a boon for Chevy, who can now market the Vette as a pseudo supercar on a sports car budget. Corvettes have long been poster-worthy cars, but the C8 takes it to a new level. This car is a complete game-changer for American sports cars, and we imagine that kids (and adults) will take notice.
What little kid doesn't want to be James Bond when they grow up? Of course, we really mean what kid doesn't want to drive an Aston Martin? This year, the 2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante makes the Poster Car finalists, inspiring awe in a more suave manner than the bright blue mid-engine cars. Even when finished in a less shouty color, people take notice when a DBS drives by. If they don't see it coming, they'll certainly hear the howl of its 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine.
Easily the best sounding car on this list, the DBS is also the most powerful, with a whopping 715 hp. The drop-top Volante adds even more drama and opens up access to that intoxicating V12 soundtrack. Starting at $316,300, the DBS Superleggera Volante is the priciest car here, making it the perfect dream car to appear on a poster.