10 Cars Names After Winds


Just like pitching the perfect design or engineering just the right exhaust note, properly naming a car is an art form itself. In addition to common themes like names made up to sound cool, nautical or mythological references, there’s no greater way to highlight a car’s dynamic and suggest its power than naming it after an exotic wind.

In the previous decades, manufacturers both big and small used this tactic to make an impact on the automotive market, and in the process, many great cars were born and named well. So, we’ll travel through distant and recent automotive history to uncover 10 great sports cars and the winds that inspired their creation.

#1: Maserati Shamal

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We’re starting off with Maserati, the brand with the grandest tradition of windy names and a car that recently came into the spotlight as a rapidly appreciating classic. The flagship coupé from the DeTomaso era took its name from a strong Arabic wind known to cause desert storms both during summer and winter.

Powered by a 322-horsepower, 3.2-liter twin-turbocharged V8 and donned in Marcello Gandini’s dramatic design famously featuring flared fenders and a signature wheel arch, the Shamal has definitely lived up to its name. The Shamal was built with only 369 examples from 1990 to 1996, so it’s no wonder collectors are trying to get their hands on one today.

#2: Lamborghini Huracán

Orange Lamborghini Huracán on desert highway

Technically speaking and in Lamborghini’s tradition, the Gallardo’s successor was named after a bull. But, that bull was actually named after a wind, and looking at its name and appearance, there’s probably no need to clarify which one (or why).

In 2014, the Huracán replaced Lamborghini’s best selling Gallardo and did so in great success, inheriting a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 from the second generation car.

The Huracán is Lamborghini’s go-to supercar, catering to a wide spectrum of customers. It is available as a coupé or a roadster, in rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, as the track-focused Performante and STO, or as a full-on GT3 race car. Whether it was named after a ferocious bull or a violent wind, the name definitely suits it well.

#3: GMC Syclone

Black GMC Syclone on orange and black background
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Not even a deliberate spelling error can hide the fact that this hot rod single cab was christened after a rotating air current—and rightfully so, because the Syclone came very close to this unstoppable force of nature. The gimmicky name was there because of FoMoCo’s Mercury Cyclone and this single-cab was also closely related to the equally impressive GMC Typhoon SUV.

Thanks to all-wheel drive, the 280-horsepower, 4.3-liter turbocharged V6 gave the Syclone a 0-60 sprint of just under 5 seconds—impressive for today’s sports car standards, let alone an early 1990s pickup truck with a 4-speed automatic. Even more awe inspiring was its top speed of 124 MPH in bone stock configuration.

#4: MG Maestro Turbo

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If you’ve never heard of the MG Maestro, we can’t really blame you because this five-door hatchback was never offered in the US and wasn’t a particularly good or popular car either. However, in 1989, boffins at MG created something special by putting a Garrett T3 turbocharger on the 2.0-liter Maestro EFi.

In addition to getting forced induction, the unattractive Maestro got a Tickford body kit and it could sprint from 0 to 60 in 6.7 seconds, effectively becoming one of the fastest hot hatches on the…

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