On the way to work today, I ended up behind a Buick that was quite good-looking. A BUICK. More specifically, it was a red Buick Regal and, I have to say, it looks fairly sporty in motion. I was shocked, and I’m not even being snarky about it. Buick’s SUVs are looking pretty good these days, but I have yet to be moved by one of their cars. Until today.

That got me to thinking about other things in the car world that are surprising me lately. Here’s a list of oddities curated by yours truly:

  • There are no pretty BMWs anymore. With potentially the exception of the Z4, BMW’s lineup lacks the sporty, dynamic styling of yore. Chris Bangle nearly destroyed BMW design back in the early aughts, in my opinion, and the brand has made a decent design recovery in the last several years. But there are no longer beautiful BMWs. Pity.
  • Lexus wants to be sporty. WHAT. Apparently, Akio Toyoda, the president and CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation (Lexus’ corporate parent), is a real car person and actually wants Lexus (and even Toyota) to build drivers’ cars. I want to mock, because it’s my way, but I have seen some mighty fine lookin’ Lexi on the road lately, especially the RC F, and I have to say, Mr. Toyoda seems like a man after my own heart.
  • Graham Rahal might win the 2015 IndyCar championship. Having seen Rahal struggle (to put it politely) the last few seasons in IndyCar, his amazing resurgence this year has been nothing short of incredible. What’s shocking? He is now within nine points of the season-long points leader, Juan Pablo Montoya. And, with just two races left in the season, anything could happen. Maybe the wise pundits predicted this, but I certainly didn’t!
  • You can lease a Maserati Ghibli in California for $599/mo. Remember my friends over at Maserati of Walnut Creek? Apparently, they can get you California residents into a new Maserati at a monthly cost not much higher than the Red Mini’s. Scandalous! Time to move, perhaps?
  • Circuit of the Americas has won Twitter. I don’t know who COTA hired to man their Twitter feed, but it’s pretty much the best thing ever. From “Bernie Eccledrone” to the occasional gentle mocking of stupid teenagers, the kind-hearted snark gives me the warm-and-fuzzies.
  • The Mercedes-Maybach S600 is only $190,000. A bargain!
  • The Priuses are still in the fast lane. Wait…this isn’t the list of inevitability. My bad.