Ten Hottest Cars at 2017 WAPA Rally

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Lexus LC 500 & Dodge Challenger Hellcat – John Soule

For the past three years, I have served on the board of the Washington Automotive Press Association, specifically in the role as Rally Director for our Fall Ride & Drive Event, the WAPA Rally. At this year’s event we had 165 people and over 55 vehicles to drive on the roads of Kent Island, Maryland. The Rally was held at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, overlooking the Chesapeake Bay and its famous Bay Bridge. Congratulations to the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Lexus LS 500 for winning our Green Vehicle and Luxury Vehicle awards respectively.

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Subaru BRZ (Honorable Mention) and Mazda MX-5 RF – John Soule

Unfortunately being responsible for such an event didn’t afford me much time to actually get behind the wheel at the WAPA Rally. So instead of writing in more detail about the awesome vehicles I drove, I am instead presenting my list of the Ten Hottest Cars at the 2017 WAPA Rally. Rankings are based on which vehicles created the most buzz at the event combined with my own subjective opinions. I think you’ll agree, there were some desirable rides at the event, but also a wide variety. In fact, the lowest priced vehicle on the list comes in at #10, while the most expensive (by far) is ranked #1. However price isn’t the only factor for what makes a hot car, performance and styling are important aspects to our rankings as well.

10) Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

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Mazda MX-5 Miata RF – John Soule

9) Mercedes-Benz E400

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Mercedes-Benz E400 – John Soule

8) Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk – Jeff Bogle

7) Honda Civic Type R

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Honda Civic Type R – Jeff Bogle

6) Kia Stinger GT

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Kia Stinger GT – John Soule

5) Audi RS3

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Audi RS3 – Jeff Bogle

4) Dodge Challenge Hellcat Widebody

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Dodge Challenger Hellcat Widebody – John Soule

3) Lexus LC 500

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Lexus LC 500 – John Soule

2) Acura NSX

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Acura NSX – Kimatni Rawlins

1) Rolls Royce Wraith Black Badge

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Rolls Royce Wraith Black Badge – Jeff Bogle