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The Bravado Gauntlet Showdown

Introduction

Bravado’s Gauntlet platform has seen improvements and evolutions for years. It is one of the most recognizable muscle cars. All Gauntlets have long body lines, boxy features, and superior road presence. There are currently five different iterations of the Gauntlet. The most renowned model is the baseline Gauntlet which is commonly driven by city locals. Some of the most used variations include the Gauntlet Custom and Gauntlet Hellfire. What is the best variation? Well, that depends on what you are looking for.

Acceleration

Even though it comes with some serious first and second gear wheel spin, the Gauntlet Custom takes the lead across the board in 0-60 and 0-100 times both tuned and untuned. Surprisingly enough, the baseline Gauntlet takes second place across the board. The Gauntlet Classic takes overall last place.

On the drag strip, the Gauntlet Custom takes the overall lead with a surprising 7.45 second quarter mile at 156 MPH. In the untuned category, the Gauntlet Hellfire wins. The Gauntlet Classic Custom takes overall last place.

Speed

We are starting to see a recurring theme in the straight-line performance categories. Once again, the Gauntlet Custom takes the lead across the board for top speed. The Gauntlet Hellfire follows closely behind once again. The baseline Gauntlet is rewarded last place.

Handling

Most of the Gauntlets handle like the typical muscle car. All of them except the Gauntlet Custom are capable of wheelies, all of the cars feature serious wheelspin in first gear, and all do great burnouts. The turning capabilities of the Hellfire appear to be a cut above the others. The Gauntlet Custom handles like a sort of drift-muscle hybrid that is difficult to control at times but is mostly predictable.

Prices

The Gauntlets range from $41,000 to $70,000,000. Price and performance do not correlate here. The baseline Gauntlet puts up decent numbers for only $41,000, but the best value is found with the Gauntlet Custom at $7,000,000. Buying the Gauntlet Classic Custom for $70,000,000 is a great way to lose about $35,000,000 in net worth, but it’s likely the most customizable and rare muscle car in the city.

Summary

If you’re looking for a car that is going to turn heads, your best option will be either the Gauntlet Classic or the Gauntlet Classic Custom. The Classic Custom will turn heads a little easier being that it is rarely seen driving around, but the regular Gauntlet Classic should still do the trick. Neither of the vehicles’ performance is worth their price though. These vehicles mainly have value in the aesthetics or collectability departments. Before you buy one of the classics, be sure that you’re buying it because you want it.

If you’re simply looking for the fastest Gauntlet around, the clear answer is the Gauntlet Custom. The only issue with the Custom is the drift-like handling it has. If you want to tighten up the handling a bit and still go fast, you could throw some extra money at the Gauntlet Hellfire.