It seems to me that Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has become increasingly annoying and irrelevant. Nonetheless, my curiosity was still aroused when I received a press release announcing the magazine's choice for the "hottest" cars of 2008.
Would these vehicles be the most expensive, highest performance, or a sure bet to pick up girls with? Well, except perhaps for the "Playboy Car of the Year," the Audi R8 supercarwhich the editors note, "This mid engine sexpot[!] boasts a 420 bhp, 4.2-liter V8, and hits zero to 60 in a sexy[?] 4.4 seconds"the list could have been generated by Popular Science or U.S. News and World Report. Other cars making the cut included the Mercedes Bluetec diesel E320, Smart Car Fortwo, Buick Enclave CXL crossover, and Volvo C30 compact.
Maybe like its founder, the magazine has gotten too long-in-the-tooth or mainstream?
Hey, if you want a sexy car for 2008, my vote would go to the Steve McQueen movie-inspired Bullitt Mustang hitting the Ford showrooms in January.