Vote in our March Madness GT_ Showdown! Round 1
We’re not sports-ing people, but if we were, we’d love NCAA March Madness. Those brackets look like so much fun that we had to make our own! There are many, many cars that have a similar GT-[fill in the blank] name, and many of them are among the finest creations ever to grace public roads and race tracks. Think Pontiac GTO, Porsche 911 GT3, or the Nissan GT-R. See what we’re getting at? We compiled a list of 32 cars with these GT_ names and for the next two weeks you will get to vote which is your favourite. Just like basketball, we’re starting off by pitting the high seeds (most popular, iconic cars) against the low seeds (lesser known cars). But who knows, maybe there will be an upset or two?
(1) Ferrari 250 GTO vs (32) Volkswagen GTD
So just like an NCAA bracket, the first match will likely be a blowout. In one corner we have the famous Ferrari 250 GTO. It’s a model that has won Le Mans, it’s been the most expensive car ever sold multiple times, and many consider it to be the prettiest Ferrari ever made. And in the other corner we have the diesel version of Volkswagen‘s hot hatch. Basically a TDI GTI, the GTD was never sold in Canada but has a devoted following in diesel-crazy Europe. Which gets your vote?
(16) Ferrari 330 GTC vs (17) Shelby GT350
Two 1960s icons face off! The Ferrari 330 GTC was a gentleman’s V12 touring coupe. It featured suave Pininfarina styling and a faultless 4.0L SOHC V12. Nonetheless, the GTC has always lived in the shadow of its flashier 275 GTB brother. Meanwhile the Shelby GT350 is always the star of the show. The 350 comes from the arbitrary amount of steps between one of Shelby’s buildings and the other. Powered by a hopped-up 4.7L V8, it was designed to dominate SCCA racing and it did. There’s also the modern GT350 with its high-winding flat-plane-crank V8 but we think it can’t hold a candle to the original. Both have brilliant 1960s styling but which is your favourite?
(8) AMG GT-R vs (25) Shelby GT-H
The AMG GT is a 911 for people who are interesting. Powered by an absolute hammer of a twin-turbo V8, the GT-R variant is the wildest of them all. Facing off against the fearsome AMG is the lesser known Shelby GT-H. This is not the Shelby GT350H of the 1960s but was a 2006 Mustang that was hopped up and supplied to Hertz rental agencies and available for private sale. Made exactly 40 years after the originals, just 500 were made and every single one was an automatic. Which of these V8 coupes will you vote for?
(9) Mk1 Volkswagen GTI vs (24) Renault Alpine GTA
Everyone loves the GTI. The Volkswagen Gran Turismo Injection is speedy, agile, and surprisingly practical. We chose the iconic Mk1 variant as it’s what launched the brand and made the world fall in love with hot hatches, but each of its seven generations has a charm all its own. The Renault Alpine GTA (Also known as the A610) is an obscure successor to the Alpine A310. With V6 power, it’s a very cool ’80s car that you just don’t see a lot of. Which will win your vote?
Now that you’ve voted and think you know all the answers, let’s see you put your reputation on the line and call the winner in the comments below. Here is the full seeding chart and matchups, so let’s see what you’ve got: