17 Amazingly Obsessive Little Details That Make These Cars Better

Proof a little bit goes a long way.


Most people wouldn't even think of these things, but these automakers did, and we appreciate their attention to detail. Here are some of your favorite obsessive little car features.

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Aston Martin
The Aston Martin Vanquish's Winged Taillights

Look closely at the taillight setup on the Vanquish, and you'll notice it uses the same feather-like wing design seen on Aston Martin's logo. The cue was first used on the One-77, and perfected here.

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The C1 Corvette's Bumper-Exit Exhaust

Instead of placing the exhaust tip under the car, the C1 Corvette's engineers decided to mount it going through the edge of the bumper. It cleans up the rear end, and looks great. Clever stuff.

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Shelby Knick
The BMW i8's Taillight Air Channels

The i8's design is cool for a lot of reasons, but the aero bits are the best part. The headlights have a floating wing piece that creates a channel you can see through. It looks awesome, and makes air flow more efficient.

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DW Burnett
The ND Mazda Miata's Inclined Seat Rails

In order to save weight, Mazda decided against including a height adjustment to the Miata's seats. Instead, the put the sliders on an incline, going down as you moved back, and up as you moved forward. Engineers figured if you're moving closer to the steering wheel, you'd also like to be higher up, and vice-versa.

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Rolls-Royce's Hidden Umbrella

Every Rolls-Royce comes complete with a full-size umbrella hidden inside the door frame for rainy days. When wrapped, it stores neatly away from view.

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The Cadillac CTS-V Coupe's Tail Light Spoiler

The last-gen CTS-V Coupe's third brake light also functions as a spoiler, pointing up and away from the body. It's incredibly clever, yet subtle and sharp.

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Audi's Sequential Turn Signal

Most new Audis come with a turn signal that travels along the light rather than just flashing. This kind of signal design is illegal in the US, but Audi gets around it by placing a standard flashing taillight under the sequential one. Smart!

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The Lotus Exige's Shifter

The exposed gear shift on the Exige Sport 350 looks cool, but that's not the only reason Lotus added it. An exposed shifter also saves seven pounds, making the car that much lighter.

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The Lexus LFA's Tachometer

Lots of cars are moving to digital gauge clusters these days, but when Lexus introduced the LFA, it claimed its digital tachometer was there for a reason. Specifically, Lexus claimed the LFA's V10 revved too quickly for a mechanical needle to accurately keep up with, so it had to use a digital one.

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The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R's Wheels

The Shelby GT350R's carbon fiber wheels look cool, but they're also incredibly light. Weighing only 18 pounds each, they reduce total unsprung weight by 60 pounds and rotational inertia by 40 percent. The end result is a car that accelerates and handles better.

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The Pagani Huayra's Bolts

The Pagani Huayra was built to be one of the fastest cars in the world, but it was also built to be a work of art. Take, for example, its bolts. They're titanium for improved strength and lightness, and they also each bear the Pagani logo.

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The Porsche 911's Keyhole

For drivers not familiar with Porsche, the fact that the key goes to the left of the steering wheel can be frustrating. Why not put it on the right like every other car? According to Porsche, it's so you can shift the car into gear while starting the car, saving you time.

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The Dodge Challenger Hellcat's Headlight

The Hellcat's engine makes a ton of power. But in order to make all that power, it needs lots of gas and lots of air. In order to get more air to the engine, the engineers added a ram-air intake through the driver's side headlight.

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The Chevrolet Camaro Z/28's Flowtie

Much like the Hellcat, the Camaro Z/28 has an aero trick hidden where you'd least expect it. The Chevy badge is hollow in the middle to allow more air in and to improve engine cooling.

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Evan Klein
The Acura NSX's A Pillars

The need for automakers to increase roof strength has unfortunately led to A pillars being far fatter than they used to be. That means decreased outward visibility. But for the new NSX, Honda used a complicated new process called 3DQ to form A pillars that are plenty strong but also thinner than they would have been.

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The ND Mazda Miata's Engine Bay

Nearly every new car sold today comes with an engine cover. They keep the engine bay looking cleaner and reduce noise. But they're also added weight, so Mazda left it off of the new Miata.

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The Chevrolet Corvette Z06's Spoiler

On some cars, spoilers are purely cosmetic, but on a car like the Corvette Z06, a rear spoiler is important for managing air flow. But when the Z06's spoiler got in the way of rearward visibility, Chevrolet fixed that by making the center section clear instead of black.

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