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These are the 25 Coolest Names of Cars

By Adrian Vroom


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When it comes to the car that you’re driving, we all know that the name of the brand is extremely important because if you’re in a pretty influential circle then chances are that the people around you won’t exactly see you on their level if you’re driving the “Butterfly Mobile 600”.

This is why many people actually specifically pick out their cars based on the names of the brand and more specifically, on the names of that car itself.

This is why, in a celebration of the coolest car names out there we decided to showcase what our favorite car names are alongside a few general ideas about them. You are more than welcome to look them up if you feel like you’d want to drive around in one of those yourself.

But anyways, with that being said, let’s jump right into our first pick of the day.

1. Lamborghini Diablo

Lamborghini Diablo
1998 Lamborghini Diablo SV

This car just oozes personality even before you even see it. Tell anyone that you’re the proud owner of a Lamborghini Diablo and chances are that they’ll have to pick up their jaw off the ground right then and there.

This car was originally built from 1990 to 2001, but despite this it’s still considered to be one of the most famous cars made by Lamborghini and for good reason too.

Its name definitely made it stand out from the crowd, but couple that with the incredible V-12 engine that it has on the back and you have yourself one mean asphalt burner right here.

2. Ford F-150 Raptor

Ford F-150 Raptor
2021 Ford F-150 Raptor

If you really want to get your blood pumping as you ride around in one of the most menacing trucks ever built then you definitely have to get yourself a Ford F-150.

Even before you know its name you know it’s a good product simply because Ford have continued to create amazing truck after amazing truck every single year.

This one right here was especially popular when it came out because of its name and you can instantly tell why. Its name is derived from the obvious term “Velociraptor”, but what many don’t realize is that it also stems from the birds of prey.

3. Ferrari Testarossa

Ferrari Testarossa
1990 Ferrari Testarossa

Let’s be honest here, when it comes to combining different languages to sound cool and badass, there really aren’t that many combinations out there that can match the vibe that Italian and Spanish bring together, especially around English-speaking countries.

In case you didn’t know by now, Testarossa translates to “Redhead” in Italian, and it was originally nicknamed that because of the red color that Ferrari used to sport most of the time.

Even if you don’t go for a red finish though, you can still shock everyone by saying you’re driving around in a Ferrari Testarossa.

4. Porsche 911 Carrera

Porsche 911 Carrera
2016 Porsche 911 Carrera

This literally translates to “Race” in Spanish, and you can already see why it’s been such a popular choice both for people in Spain and all across the globe too.

It was originally given this name all thanks to a Carrera Panamericana race from Mexico. Porsche was already known as one of the top choices here, so when they brought out the 911 Carrera everybody was excited to see it on the tracks.

It has continued to shock everyone with just how clean and badass the design of the car is and more specifically, everyone’s still in awe at the bold choice in terms of its name which we personally absolutely love.

5. Jensen Interceptor

Jensen Interceptor
Eric Morecambe’s 1968 Jensen Interceptor

This name actually has a lot of meaning behind it, specifically because it was used by the former British manufacturer Jensen Motors to depict the second car that they’d ever released after the Second World War.

Yes, everyone loved it for just how amazing it looked and how good of a car it was, but what really stood out to everyone was definitely the incredible name that they went for.

It just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? It’s especially impressive to see just how far this took them as they were able to construct well over 6,000 units all just for grand touring which is no easy feat.

Definitely not the most popular car out there, but still a damn good car to see on the big screen.

6. Lamborghini Huracan

Lamborghini Huracan
2021 Lamborghini Huracan EVO RWD

You may have already been able to translate the word “Huracan” by now, but just in case you didn’t pick up on it yet, it literally means “hurricane” in Spanish.

To be fair, this name wouldn’t be anywhere near as badass if the car wasn’t also a total beast, but luckily Lamborghini really hit the nail on the head with this incredible vehicle.

In many ways it’s one of their most well-balanced cars, all thanks to its 5.2-liter V-10, 602 HP and of course, the fact that it can go from 0 to 60mph in just 2.8 seconds. 

This, together with its incredibly catchy name, has made a lot of people switch over to Lamborghini over the years.

7. Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast
2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast

This is another one of those instances in which if the car belonged to most any other brand out there it wouldn’t be anywhere near as cool as it is, but hey, it’s Ferrari, so they can afford to take that risk.

The term “super” is grossly overused nowadays, but in this case, we cannot find any reason as to why this wouldn’t fit the car perfectly.

This is one of their fastest cars to this day, and also one of their slickest design wise. Just look at this incredible rubber burner over here, you can tell right off the bat that it deserves that nickname.

Couple its name with its incredible 789 horsepower and its V-12 engine and you have one of the coolest cars in the world.

8. Jeep Gladiator

Jeep Gladiator
2021 Jeep Gladiator

How can you make a car cooler than by simply calling it a Jeep? We all know that Jeeps are amazing off-road cars that can take on any conditions, so how can we possibly make them even cooler?

The answer is simple, you name it Gladiator and you see the masses applaud right off the bat.

Although it’s not the fastest car in the world, it’s not even the fastest Jeep out there, it can still cross some off-road trails that no other car in the world can, making it more than deserving of that aptly chosen nickname.

9. Land Rover Defender

Land Rover Defender
2020 Land Rover Defender

This is one of the world’s most iconic off-road vehicles and that’s a fact. How do you know if this is the right car for you though?

Well, do you like the Jeep Wrangler? Do you wish it were a bit more elegant? Well then combine that car with the iconic Mercedes-Bens G-Class and you have yourself a match made in heaven.

How can you possibly make this any cooler than it already it? Slap the name “Defender” on it and you have a winner.

10. Rolls-Royce Wraith

Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos
2021 Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos

Let’s be honest here, the term “wraith” already sends chills down your spine even if you don’t know the actual meaning behind the word itself.

Luckily though, despite having such a creepy name, the Rolls-Royce Wraith is one of those cars that you can’t help but stare at for hours to no end simply because it appears to be perfect from every angle imaginable.

It has those incredible suicide doors and body type that you only see in movies nowadays, ever since 2013 it’s been on the top of most luxury cars out there and it still stays near the peak of the hill, and with a name like that can you even argue against it?

11. Suzuki Samurai

Suzuki Samurai
1995 Suzuki Samurai

Despite being relatively known as a more affordable off-roader than Jeep, Suzuki have still managed to attract a lot of attention with this relatively simplistic car mainly because of its incredible naming choice.

Just saying that you’re driving around in a Suzuki Samurai is enough to get everyone’s attention, and while the car itself will not get any prizes for its innovation or incredible design choice, it still makes for one of the coolest named cars in the world and that’s a fact.

12. Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen Beetle
1996 Volkswagen Beetle

Going from cars that are called the Devil, to cars that are called the Wraith, having something called the Beetle may sound like a joke at first but weirdly enough most of us agree over the fact that it’s incredibly catchy and charming to say the least.

On top of that, the Volkswagen Beetle is also a very competent car, and despite the fact that it ceased production a while back, it still is one of their most iconic cars as of today simply because of how incredibly cute the design and the name of it is.

13. Dodge Viper

Dodge Viper
2018 Dodge Viper

Alright and we’re back at the incredibly badass car names over here, and who out there can say that the Dodge Viper doesn’t deserve a spot on our list?

Despite the fact that it essentially ceased production back in 2017, it still made for one of the best and most popular supercars of all time.

On top of that it was also one of the most affordable cars Dodge ever made, which enticed many people to get one over the years.

14. McLaren Senna

McLaren Senna
2019 McLaren Senna GTR

This car was nicknamed after the legendary Brazilian F1 driver, none other than Ayrton Senna himself. In order to commemorate his achievements over the years, they decided to nickname this car after him and strangely enough, even if you don’t know any of that you can still feel the impact the name leaves behind as you mention it.

The McLaren Senna is by far one of their best cars, top that off with such a memorable name and you immediately have yourself one of the most iconic supercars of the 21st century.

15. Ford Cortina

Ford Cortina
1964 Ford Cortina Super

Despite not generally being referred to as one of the best cars ever made by Ford, not even close for that matter, the Ford Cortina still has an incredibly catchy and easy to remember name that many people have fallen in love with over the years.

It was originally nicknamed after the Italian ski resort Cortina d’Ampezzo, and despite having a relatively short-lived lifespan on the market, it still stands as one cool looking and sounding car for us.

16. Alfa Romeo Disco Volante

1952 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante
1952 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante

While in Italian the name “Flying Saucer” might not win any awards anytime soon, we can still safely say that the Disco Volante sounds infinitely better in an English-speaking country with its original name and that’s a fact.

It is one of the most aerodynamic cars ever made, and also one of the five cars that were built lens shaped as you can see from this gorgeous photo.

17. AMG Hammer

AMG Hammer
1992 Mercedes-Benz 300 CE 6.0 AMG Hammer

Even before AMG became just another part of Mercedes, they were pretty much ruling the market thanks to the fact that they were putting incredibly massive V8 engines in relatively small cars.

But as time moved on, they pretty much couldn’t compete anymore with everyone else so they had to give in. But, before they had to do this, they made their piece de resistance, the AMG Hammer.

It was aptly nicknamed after the fact that the engineers stated that they basically hammered it like that, which is why each and every one of their models is so different from one another.

18. Bentley Mulsanne

Bentley Mulsanne Speed
2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed

This car actually has a lot of history behind its name, and it all stems back to the brand’s performance on the track.

Back in the 1900s Bentley Motors stated in an interview that they’d be making the fastest lorries in the world, and they actually meant it because as time moved on, their new release actually managed to win year after year after year.

Because of this it was nicknamed Mulsanne, because that was the name of the formerly 3.7-mile-long circuit that it had to cross over to win.

19. Buick Roadmaster

Buick Roadmaster
1949 Buick Roadmaster

Because of their overall love for the roads, Buick decided to nickname this incredible vehicle as the Roadmaster, simply as a means of romanticizing their craft.

The name quickly caught on since 1936, essentially taking the world by storm and becoming one of their main focal points every single year. This just comes to show you the importance of a good name for your car. It can literally make or break your sales.

20. Daihatsu Naked

Daihatsu Naked
2000 Daihatsu Naked

Sure, saying that you own a naked car is definitely not the same as saying that you own a Buick Roadmaster, but let’s be honest here, if you want to get a reaction from the person that you’re talking to then you definitely got more than that through this means to say the least.

Ever since 1999, Daihatsu have aptly nicknamed all of their Kei cars as Naked, and it quickly caught on as both a funny joke and an overall great pick to choose from their lineup simply because of how powerful and convenient the car really is.

21. GMC Syclone

GMC Syclone
1993 GMC Syclone

SUVs are not exactly known for being “strange” or “bizarre”, but let’s be honest here, with a name as weird as the Syclone you’re bound to have a unique car too.

We’re talking about a turbocharged, four-wheeler that can produce 280PS or 206kW with its V6 4.3-liter engine, and that alone makes this a great acquisition to say the least.

Couple that with its outlandish name and you have yourself a cool car to showcase to your friends and family.

22. Mazda Bongo Friendee

Mazda Bongo Friendee
1996 Mazda Bongo Friendee

The Mazda Bongo van is pretty much iconic wherever you go, regardless of whether you’re from Asia, the US or even Europe. Ever since the 60s they’ve spread their units all around the globe, and many have stated over the years that one of the reasons for this is definitely its strange and cutesy name.

On top of that, many have also referred to it as the Bongo Brawny, giving even more personality to this already adorable pick.

23. Studebaker Dictator

Studebaker Dictator
1935 Studebaker Dictator / RM Sotheby’s

Despite the fact that when they originally made this car, Studebaker wanted to imply that this car was “dictated by the current standards”, let’s be honest here, most people immediately thought it was a reference to the superiors ruling the country.

Still, this immediately caught on, making them a lot of money as more and more people wanted to say that they actually owned a “Dictator” for once, instead of the other way around.

24. Subaru Brat

Subaru Brat
1992 Subaru Brat

The small truck market has never really been all that well established, at least not until the appearance of the Subaru Brat.

It was manufactured originally as a means of trying to combine both the strength of a V8-powered beast and the compactness of a toy vehicle, and luckily, they did just that.

This 1.6-liter powered car pretty much changed the landscape as far as mini trucks go, as more and more people that didn’t even care about small trucks started buying one just because of its incredibly cute and outlandish nickname “Brat”.

25. Aston Martin Valkyrie

Aston Martin Valkyrie
2021 Aston Martin Valkyrie

Aston Martin are already known as one of the best manufacturers in the world, they have always been revolutionizers in the field and they definitely kept the tradition going with this one.

The main reason as to why most have looked into it however isn’t necessarily just its looks alone, it’s the nickname that really sold the car for most people out there.

Nicknamed after the Nordic mythos, the Valkyrie is a hyper car with 1100-plus horsepower at its disposal, and with a name like that can you even blame them for going all out on this one?


So, there you have it, the 25 best names for cars out there in our honest opinion. Do you think we missed out on any car name out there? Slap us on the wrist for it and let us know so we know.

In the meantime, thank you for reading this far into the article and we hope that you learned something new today through it.


About Adrian Vroom

As a child, Adrian was fascinated by anything and everything car related. Years went by and he found himself more and more in love with cars. It wasn't just about their good looks, speed and power, it was about the freedom they represented, the thrills and joy they provided and the ton of options that were available for every type of person out there. Learn more about GCB's Editorial Process.

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