Autobytel Editors Survive Nature’s Deadliest Killer “Sharknado” in Ten
Company enthusiasts pick their top cars for riding out violent, shark-ridden
storms served up by this summer’s Twitter sensation and SyFy thriller
IRVINE, Calif. -- July 18, 2013
Ahhhh, summer. Time for picnics, swimming, naps in the hammock…and apocalyptic
tales of sharks descending from a freak and violent cyclone over Los Angeles.
Such is the premise of “Sharknado,” the campy, made-for-SyFy summertime
cinematic thriller about a tornado that hoists sharks out of the ocean and
hurls them onto terrified Los Angeleans. The social media sensation,
originally airing on the SyFy channel July 11^th, is set to re-air tonight,
with talks about a sequel (or possible prequel) under way and with people
lining up to Twitter tagline ideas for the second installment.
In time for tonight’s rebroadcast, the car enthusiasts at Autobytel picked
their top ten vehicles to ride out the Sharknado storm.
2003 Hyundai Tiburon
In the event of a shark deluge to rival an act of God, stay calm and make like
a shark. Enter the Hyundai Tiburon – the Korean automaker’s successor to the
aptly-named Scoupe coupe, and first attempt at building a shark. Autobytel’s
editors prefer the second-generation model, which nicked some of its design
cues from Ferraris. Sharks are fast. Ferraris are faster.
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Mako Shark and Morgan Three-Wheeler (Tie)
One step up the chain of conformity for the sake of survival is not only
acting like the enemy, but looking like it, as well. In 1963, the team at GM
Styling & Design crafted a one-off Mako Shark Concept. Since the Mako Shark
never officially made it to production, the closest you can continue to get to
procuring a shark is the Morgan Three-Wheeler.
The first thing that you need to know about the commonalities between the
Sharknado and the Oldsmobile Toronado is that there is one: their names are
both invented. But if you must attempt to confuse one of the sea’s most
powerful creatures, the Toronado is not a bad choice. Powered by large V-8
engines, and built to withstand natural disasters of, well, Sharknado caliber,
best snap one up before they begin to appreciate on the auction block.
Tesla Model S
Sharks, regardless of variety, have incredibly acute senses of hearing, which
allows them to detect prey prior to swooping in for the kill, so stay quiet
with the Tesla Model S. With a 0-60 time of about 4 seconds in the Model S
with the highest-output motor, you’ll surreptitiously and sneakily outrun the
In pursuit of prey, sharks use their large, side-mounted eyes to supplement
their other senses. Bottom-dwelling sharks have an additional aide, in the
form of night vision, to help guide them toward lesser, weaker fish. The
automotive equivalent of night vision featured in the Audi A8 will give humans
a technological advantage in spotting the perturbed creatures at the outbreak
of a Sharknado.
If you’re in dire straits, much has been said about the durability and
longevity of the world-famous Toyota Hilux pickup truck. The BBC’s Top Gear
has tried to destroy it, to no avail. In the event of a Sharknado, in which
even a Hummer was no match for the gore, the Hilux would be a useful survival
In addition to sensing movement when attacking their prey, sharks rely heavily
on a keen sense of smell to help identify the source of their next meal. In
the event of a Sharknado, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the obvious choice
for passing the sniff test, thanks to its built-in Air-Balance system.
1983 Renault Alliance
The last time a tornado struck the city of Los Angeles, it was 1983 when
Michael Jackson and the Police ruled the airwaves, President Reagan occupied
the Oval Office, and Cabbage Patch Kids began to hit the shelves. The
Wisconsin-built Alliance was essentially an Americanized Renault 9, but
suffered from shoddy build quality and was prone to rust. Thankfully, sharks
have a memory span that is all but nonexistent, and will likely also forget
that the Alliance existed.
Tornadoes of all kinds – not just Sharknadoes – are known for wreaking havoc
on the power grid, leaving local customers without power for days on end.
Thankfully, electric vehicles, like the Nissan LEAF, have the capability to
reciprocally provide electric power to your home, thanks to the innovative
“Leaf to Home” system.
1960s Lotus Elan
Most notable for its leaky roof, propensity for leaking oil and other
automotive fluids, and unreliability, at first glance, the original Lotus Elan
would be the unlikeliest of choices for a Sharknado. But, with the end of the
world potentially upon us, and an unexpectedly clear network of interstate
highways and back roads, how better to ride out a post-apocalyptic nightmare
than in one of the finest driver’s cars of the last century? You’ll thank us
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