Four student cars that spark intrigue

Seth Steiner, Staff Writer

2002-2004 Mercedes-Benz SLK32 AMG finished in “Magma Red.” ( Staff photo by Seth Steiner.)

1. 2002-2004 Mercedes-Benz SLK32 AMG

The first car on this list is something I personally find really neat, but in general, it’s pretty cool. The SLK32 was the AMG (performance) version of the first-generation SLK-Class, Mercedes’ take on the small roadster segment popularized by the Mazda Miata. Under the hood, there is a 349 horsepower 3.2 Liter Supercharged V6, which makes this car intriguing because it packs a lot of power for its size. This car also came in a very nice bright red color, called “Magma Red”, and overall it seems like a wonderful car.

2. 1993-1998 Toyota Supra 

This car, a MK4 Supra, with a turbo and a manual transmission, is really cool because many of these are poorly modified or really beaten up. This one doesn’t appear to be in the best shape, but it’s not bad, especially given the rarity of Supras like this one. The MK4 has a cult-like following and it’s pretty surprising to see one here at Wakefield.

3. 2012-2014 Hyundai Genesis 

 What would appear to be a very stately sedan, intended for your grandfather, is actually one of the coolest cars in this lot. This Genesis has the R-Spec package, which makes some handling differences, but also gets you a 429 horsepower 5.0 V8. These aren’t very common and I hope whoever has this one enjoys it.

4. 2012-2019 Volkswagen Beetle Coupe 

I put this Beetle on this list for one reason: because it’s fun. This Beetle comes in a bright yellow color, aptly named “Yellow Rush.” It also has the “Classic” trim level which gets it a retro-looking set of steel wheels that round out the old-fashioned and iconic look of the Beetle, which it retained up until the model’s discontinuation. There’s also a convertible Beetle, a 2019, whose car is finished in “Platinum Gray Metallic” and has a very unique brown folding soft top.