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Not For US Consumption: Top 10 Coolest Cars We Can't Buy

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/4/2015 Nate Martinez

True, we do have it made. Nearly any vehicle produced today can be purchased for use on American streets. But, of course, not every one.

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There are still certain gems that will never be officially sold here for a number of reasons, most of which pertain to economics, emissions, safety, and, in some cases, selfishness.

So grab a seat and have your Google search bars ready -- you'll almost certainly want to further investigate the rides you're about to see.

Mercedes-Benz Unimog

2014-mercedes-benz-unimog-u-5023-front-three-quarters-view-4© Provided by MotorTrend 2014-mercedes-benz-unimog-u-5023-front-three-quarters-view-4 One of the German brand's coolest, most rugged, most versatile, and biggest trucks ever has never officially made it to the States. For decades it's been adored the world over. Name a task or a terrain, and the Unimog's torquey clean-diesel BlueTec engine, massive payload and towing capacities, all-wheel-drive configuration, and modern amenities will likely conquer it.

Toyota Land Cruiser 70 30th Anniversary

Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Re Release 05 Front Three Quarter© Provided by MotorTrend Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Re Release 05 Front Three Quarter Its legendary status within the SUV and truck realms has earned it a limited-run return to the Japanese market. Within its classic, robust body and ladder frame reside a modern 4.0-liter V-6, four-wheel drive, and five-speed manual transmission. Engineers added airbags, ABS brakes, and updated headlights for it to better comply with today's roadway requirements.

Volkswagen Scirocco R

Facelifted Volkswagen Scirocco R Front Side View© Provided by MotorTrend Facelifted Volkswagen Scirocco R Front Side View With nearly 280 horses and all-wheel drive at its disposal, this non-U.S.-market V-dub has the speed and stick to match its beautiful exterior. Inside, the racier theme continues with highly bolstered seats, a racing-inspired steering wheel, and unique instrumentation.

Porsche Panamera Diesel

2012 Porsche Panamera Diesel© Provided by MotorTrend 2012 Porsche Panamera Diesel Here's proof that comfort, speed, and efficiency aren't mutually exclusive. Having a 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine gets this luxury sedan to 62 mph in 6 seconds flat while returning an estimated combined fuel rating of 37 mpg. Not too shabby.

BMW Alpina B4 Bi-Turbo Convertible

BMW Alpina B4 Bi Turbo convertible© Provided by MotorTrend BMW Alpina B4 Bi Turbo convertible Though unassuming and handsome, this cleanly designed BMW offers bigtime performance. Its 3.0-liter inline-six has been massaged to crank out 410 horsepower, its brakes are bigger, and subtle aerodynamic elements such as the front air dam aid in its sleekness. In traditional Alpina fashion, the cabin receives careful attention, as well.

Audi RS3 Sportback

Audi RS3 Sportback© Provided by MotorTrend Audi RS3 Sportback Holy hot hatch, Batman. Within its modest small-car shell lives a feisty 367-horsepower, 2.5-liter, turbocharged inline-five cylinder, torque-vectoring Quattro all-wheel drive, and seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch gearbox. A lowered suspension and optional 14.6-inch carbon-ceramic brakes ensure it sticks and stops as well as its speeds.

Donkervoort D8 GTO Bilster Berg Edition

Donkervoort GTO© Provided by MotorTrend Donkervoort GTO Named after a famous German circuit, this 14-unit special edition boasts a tauter suspension setup, a distinct darker nosepiece, and even more carbon fiber than the standard model. Its 1,500-pound build means that with an Audi-sourced, 380-horsepower, 2.5-liter five-cylinder aboard, it'll get to 62 mph in just 2.8 seconds. The regular-spec Donkervoort GTO is shown here.

HSV Gen-F GTS Maloo

HSV GTS Maloo Front Side View© Provided by MotorTrend HSV GTS Maloo Front Side View Australia's most powerful production car gets unique paint, bigger AP brakes, and a revised front end in this special 250-unit edition. The 'Ute packs 577 horsepower and 546 lb-ft of torque thanks to a supercharged, 6.2-liter LSA engine from General Motors. Those are stats that'll make most sports cars nervous.

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R Concept Geneva© Provided by MotorTrend Honda Civic Type R Concept Geneva Though not on European roads just yet, we know for certain that we won't be getting it. At least not anytime soon, that is. The "CTR" (as aficionados call it) will arrive with more than 275 horsepower derived from an all-new 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder (the first Type R ever to use a turbo), a close-ratio six-speed manual, driver-selected drive modes, and adjustable dampers.

Nissan March NISMO

Nismo March Nismo© Provided by MotorTrend Nismo March Nismo Whoever said all economy cars are boring is wrong. This little compact is stuffed with racing-bred parts such as functional aerodynamics, stiffer suspension, more robust seat bolstering, and stickier tires. ECU tuning gives the 1.5-liter heart a smidgen more grunt, too.

Honorable Mention — Subaru Levorg

Subaru Levorg Concept© Provided by MotorTrend Subaru Levorg Concept Take all the versatility and sportiness of a WRX, wrap it in a stylish wagon physique, and you'll end up with this, the utterly cool and Japanese-market-only Levorg. It's available with a variety of engines and interior trims and can be outfitted with a growing list of STI parts.

Read more about the Subaru Levorg in our special First Drive review RIGHT HERE.

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