Capitol Pictures HQ, Hollywood, California, Office of Prop Procurement - Present Day
Whitey Walters and Elton Brand have returned from an impressively long brunch.
WW: That was nice… but we really have to finish this list today.
EB: I could tell you were serious when you only had 3 mimosas.
WW: Hey, I paid for your meal, I think I am entitled to freedom from judgement. Lets wrap this up to get the list to the director.
NOTE: The Cabrera Whirlwind from @Petakabras was not submitted to this thread so it will not be included. The MAHG entries from @S31 were submitted late by way of message (failed to attach the first time), but they did not reach finals so it is not a concern.
1987 MAHG GAMMA
WW: I hadn’t thought about a pickup truck for this. It is an interesting thought…
EB: This looks to be engineered very oddly… rear disc brakes and unibody construction. It has a lot of power though… but with the amount of weight it’s not exactly fast.
WW: The look is pretty clean, I like the front, but I don’t think it exactly looks as expensive and luxurious as it is.
EB: This would be good for a certain type of villain… but not this one.
The Gamma is an impressively engineered if not necessarily realistic truck, but the fundamental type and to a lesser extent the styling do not suit this character.
1960 MAHG Tsi Coupé Prestige Rapide
WW: This one is from the same company… but from 1960. I like the style, for certain.
EB: It has pretty good performance… A lot of power even for a 6 liter… Ah, an overhead cam V12, that explains it. Also explains the price, but it’s still not as expensive as the newer sports cars.
WW: There are just so many sports cars on this list though… I think the newer 80’s models have been suiting the challenge better.
The Tsi has an impressive engine, and otherwise reasonable engineering. Unfortunately while I understand the limitations of the body, I don’t see styling touches that would set it apart from a real corvette.
1982 STAG MTMWV Civilian
WW: Damn… this is amazing. It looks like a tank, or an armored car. Is this even road legal?
EB: Says it is, this is the civilian version - the real army version has a gun turret. This is actually decently fast considering the size… has a huge six cylinder with a turbocharger.
WW: Only has a moderately nice interior… not as luxurious as most of the other vehicles.
EB: It’s basically a tank, man, what did you expect? What matters is that it’d be damn cool to see this hunt down a subcompact in a car chase. This is definitely on the short list.
The MTMWV is very unique in this challenge, and would seem ridiculous were there not similar real life vehicles. While hardly practical or a high performer, it is certainly very intimidating and will carry on to the finals.
1985 Tevian Seraglia Executive L
WW: This is nice too… probably the best looking sedan we’ve seen.
EB: I think the bigger size makes it more threatening. Plus it’s got some power… it looks like the tires might be aftermarket though, they’re a bit far out. But that’s nitpicking; it’s reliable and efficient too.
WW: Not the cheapest… but it’d be a crime not to show this one.
(Some grille features have seemed to disappeared but that does not influence my opinion). The Seraglia has good engineering - notably having some of the best mileage among these entries despite the large size - but it is fairly costly for a sedan. The real wow lies in the styling, howevver. It achieves a good look through a not-insane amount of features, looking like a mix of a Mercedes and a BMW without looking as awkward as that would sound. It will move on to the finals.
1983 JESA Bianchi Gecko
WW: This is a cute sports car… A little small, though.
EB: Yeah, it has some interesting engineering, kinda focused around be a light tossable thing. A little more expensive than most of the mid engined rides I’m thinking of though.
WW: I don’t think it’s very scary though… not as imposing as the supercars.
The JESA Bianchi is a very attractive car, in particular with the gold accents on black paint. There are some interesting engineering choices like minus quality fiberglass body and staggered tires, but the result is very good mileage and fair acceleration. But there are numerous sports car submissions with better performance, and greater comfort from a larger size that also makes the vehicle more imposing.
1973 Turból Avignon
WW: Hmm… Would you call this a luxury car, or a muscle car?
WW: That doesn’t help. I think the grille and rear are handsome but the two toning is kind of distracting.
EB: The mechanics are nothing to write home about, what I would expect… but yeah, the styling is kinda all over the place.
WW: Maybe if it was all black?
The Avignon is an attractive car for sure, though it does dawdle a bit between muscle and luxury styling. The front end is excellent, the rear is nice, but the roof line and side stripe are somewhat awkward. The engineering is realistic and the end result is a good all around performer, but nothing sets it apart.
1983 Lucara-Ciambella m68-83
WW: This is another cool one - very low and lean, not real big but it makes it look bigger I think.
EB: It’s pricey, but so are the other supercars… the performance is certainly there. But why do so many of these cars have those wheels?
WW: Focus on the rest of the car maybe?
EB: Ah, yeah. I like it, very sleek but has enough character with the vents and such. The gold wheels with the red paint is a little distracting but…
WW: Shut up about the wheels, lets put this on the short list.
The Lucara is not exactly the most original design, but executes the Pantera concept well in styling and engineering. While expensive it performs well and has surprisingly good mileage. The wide stance and low squat appearance make it fairly mean looking despite a moderate footprint. It will continue to the finals.
1985 Tristella Accipiter 350QVi
WW: Another sports car, this one is very wedge-y. I like the black and gold though.
EB: Damn… I know it’s no subcompact but this looks like the most expensive car on the list… And it doesn’t seem like it’s going to outperform the competition.
WW: I’m sure if the style was there, we could get the budget for almost anything… but I’m not in love with this one. It seems almost bland.
The Accipiter combines a wedge shape and gold-on-black to create a very 80s looking machine. However it is not the best looking super car entered, and on top of that it has the highest price of any of the entries by a fair margin without much performance to show for it. It is a pleasant entry but is surpassed for less.
1970 Jupiter Capo Mafioso GrandVille Limousine
WW: Good lord that is a lot of chrome…
EB: Don Domingo is supposed to be driving himself, right? No chauffer, then… so why would he have a limousine?
WW: So… so much chrome…
The Verymuch Longname is… excessive, by any measure of automotive styling. There is more chrome on this than any modified car I’ve seen let alone a factory land yacht. The engineering is mostly realistic with the exception of a 60 degree V8. Add to that the fact it is a limousine while the character is mentioned to drive himself, this entry will not be continuing on.
1973 Jupiter Marquee Le Baron Diplomat Hardtop Fastback Coupe 331 CODE (Acidic Beetroot)
WW: This name must be a glitch with the website… it can’t possibly be that long. How would they fit it in a brochure… or on a sales receipt?
EB: Maybe pay attention to the car instead of the name?
WW: Well, this one has a lot going on, though not nearly as much as the last one… I kinda like the color, though it doesn’t exactly say ‘drug lord’. The front end is also rather odd looking… single hidden headlights?
EB: Yep… with some oddly placed signals. The chrome and the paint stripe on the side kind make this a confused mix between a muscle and a luxury car.
WW: Well, lets pass up on the indentity crisis then.
The Evenlonger Chryslername runs into a similar problem in being overstyled… alongside some questionable design decisions like the indicator/headlight arrangement. It is an odd mix between a luxury car and a muscle machine - not that that cannot be achieved but it is a fine line that even real automakers failed at. It also has a huge pricetag, but poor comfort and only moderate performance to show for it.
1987 Faolan Fenrir Zagato
WW: Oh, this is a sleek machine here. It’s like if greased back hair was a car.
EB: Very modern looking… has some pretty modern engineering too, manages good mileage for the power it puts down.
WW: I think it might actually be too subtle. Too tasteful… like our guy would pick something more ostentatious.
EB: Just not as ostentatious as that limousine, haha.
The Fenrir has a very subtle sport look, one that could be from 2000 as much as 1980. I also laughed at the location of the door handle. The large V8 is surprisingly efficient but the rest of the engineering is neither anything to write home about nor to complain about. Its sleek design does make it look a little villainous but does not leave as much of an impression as the other supercars.
1984 Rigore Anubis 329 GT Sedan Fuel Injection
WW: She’s a brick… house…
EB: Haha, yeah, especially in this color I am getting brick vibes. But such was the 1980s.
WW: I have a hard time putting this car’s attitude into words… it’s not angry… maybe, stoic? Bored? It’s got the size to impose, yes, but maybe not the style.
EB: It’s pretty powerful and performs alright, but I agree, it doesn’t look like its sport or like it’s all that luxurious… it just looks… there.
The Anubis post is definitely correct about the boxy shape giving mixed reviews. Though there’s nothing necessarily wrong or unrealistic about the look, indeed it is very Volvo-esque, (and yes, I realize the grille had some issues, I’m not judging by that) but it looks downright dour rather than intimidating. There’s neither anything wrong nor anything impressive with the engineering, either.
1985 Rigore Imperium 329 Sport Coupe
WW: I’m glad we’re almost done… I think I’ve been doing this too long, I’m seeing faces in all of these cars. I’m imagining this car as a short man glaring at me with pursed lips.
EB: While oddly specific, you’re not crazy. At least, not about this; beacuase I see what you mean. It looks sporty and aggressive but I’m not sure it suits the body.
WW: A lot of square edges and curves in disagreement… though at least it’s black, I guess.
EB: It’s a good performer but just as expensive as most of the supercars, too. I think I’ll pass.
The Imperium is somewhat expensive for its small size, but it does at least have the stats one would expect for this price with good scores essentially all around. The flared fenders and hooded lights certainly make for an angry looking car… but the smaller size makes that anger look a bit comical. I know I keep coming back to size, but being large does make things more imposing.
1985 Zacspeed F35
WW: Did we see this car already… but white? Or was it black and gold?
EB: There’s a lot of wedge cars from the 80s, it was the style… I don’t even think they were all that aerodynamic but a fad is a fad.
WW: Well, I think the white one we saw early was a bit more dramatic looking, plus I liked the color more. I could see maybe a more pastel yellow but this one is almost mustard colored.
EB: This one also costs more and basically has racing tires on it, too… pass.
The F35 is very similar to another car submitted, the Zephorus XRT, looking like off brand Countaches. But while the F35 has slightly higher sportiness and is ever so slightly faster than the XRT, it is generally inferior. In engineering it costs far more but has worse mileage and comfort, and tries to use semi slicks on a road car - whille not a rule I outlayed, I feel it falls under a realism concern. The styling, while fairly well executed, is slightly less impressive and distinct, and the color is a little less fitting.
1977 Silver York Margrave Studio 54 Edition
EB: Now THIS is a car. A mighty landyacht to sail the seven seas!
WW: I’d be sailing the Hollywood Hills, in this case. A bit of a disco pimpmobile by the 80s, maybe, but I can see the Don driving such a large, ostentatious, impractical car.
EB: Not a terrible price, and it’ll perform adequately for the chase… this seems like the best American luxury machine we’ve seen, we’ll have to give it a chance.
The Margrave is, in Silver York tradition, a very impressive piece of styling. In fact… this is as close to properly rendered as I could get it without my fairly powerful computer glitching. Barring that, it is just different enough from any real world land yacht to have a personality all its own. The black and brown color combo (oddly common in this challenge) is surprisingly attractive and fits the disco theme… though said theme would be a little out of date for our character. Engineering is unimpressive, thanks to being mostly realistic (other than no reverse lights as far as I can tell?) and reasonably priced, but that is to be expected, and this is a style challenge, so it will carry on to the finals.
EB: Well, it looks like that was everything within 100 miles. Unless you want to expand the radius…?
WW: NO! we have… uh… eight picks to send to the Blaine, that is enough. He won’t want to look at any more than that. In fact, he mostly prefers binary choices… we might want to arrange this as a head to head in some categories…
EB: And how would you propose we divide them?
Alright everyone that is the qualifying rounds finished. Thank you to everyone who entered, whether you placed or not. There were a lot of good entries that certainly would have carried on to the finals in a smaller field.
Congratulations to the following users who have carried on to the finals:
And yes I am going to be splitting finals into two rounds because I have to design the hero car and am writing entire scenes of the movie to reward the winner for waiting so long.