Automobile manufacturers know that we love an Easter egg. Cars are for driving, that's a fact, but more and more these days little things are being noticed that are there solely to put a smile on our faces. In fact, many of these hidden features started as a joke or a dare, to see if they could make it through to production. Sometimes they're glaringly obvious, and sometimes you could own a car for years and never really notice. So, without further adieu, let's take a look at 15 Easter eggs you had no idea existed.
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Unless you're one of the lucky people that own a Porsche Panamera, the chances are that you won't get to witness this first hand. It turns out that the keyfob has been designed to closely resemble the shape of the Panamera itself. Perfect for those who tend to forget what car they're driving. It also means that wherever you go, you can take your Panamera with you.
Center consoles on modern cars are generally so advanced that even ten years ago they seemed like the stuff of science fiction. The Hyundai Veloster takes this to another level with the Blue Max video game. The game is essentially a tracker that displays driving habits. Your habits turn into metrics that can show you how well you score in terms of fuel economy. This impressive Easter egg can really help improve how you drive in a fun and intuitive way.
The McLaren logo is delightfully simplistic, yet instantly recognizable. The very nature of it is so aesthetically pleasing that it'd be no problem at all for the McLaren designers to discreetly implement it into their vehicle's design. But Mclaren doesn't do discreet. To see the influence of the timeless logo on the P1 you need to look no further than the headlights. Talk about hiding in plain sight, right?
The function of a car's brake, clutch, and accelerator is pretty similar to the stop and start buttons you'd see on a remote control or music player. This is something that Renault kept in mind when it was designing the Twingo RS. The pedals in the Renault Twingo RS have "start", "stop", and "pause" symbols printed on them, just in case you ever forgot what they're there for.
The city of Detroit is a vital part of the Chrysler brand, and it has been since way back when. The spirit of the city is at the heart of every vehicle that Chrysler produces. On the Chrysler 200, the Detroit skyline is literally a part of the vehicle. The console mat has the Detroit skyline worked into it, creating an eye-catching design that is a fitting tribute to the city where Chrysler is based.
Elon Musk and his team went all out when designing a variety of fun Easter eggs to include on the flagship Tesla Model S. You may already be familiar with the ability to virtually send your Tesla S down "Rainbow Road" from Mario Kart. However, the best Easter egg of all is the hidden Ludicrous Speed mode. Activating this allows the Model S to accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in an incredible 2.28 seconds. That outstanding acceleration makes the Model S the fastest-accelerating production car in the world. How's that for an Easter egg with a (not so) practical purpose.
It’s kind of a tradition for Jeep to pay homage to its earlier, iconic models. This time it's the iconic Old Willy Jeep's turn. If you didn't know what you were looking for, you'd more than likely miss it. In the headlights, Jeep proudly shows off the familiar front grille of an old Willy in a never-before-seen way.
The Dodge Viper SRT is a car that's truly at home on the circuit. The 8.0-liter V10 engine puts most other cars to shame with the raw power that it delivers. You might be surprised to learn, however, that the Viper SRT features the outlines of two of the most famous race tracks in the world hidden inside. If you take a close look at the plastic tray by the window switch, you'll find an outline of the Nürburgring. There's also a hidden outline of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca hiding in there as well.
Skoda is known for providing motoring on a budget. However, the Skoda Superb aims to challenge people's preconceptions and seeks to carve a niche in the luxury car market previously unoccupied by the Czech automobile maker. The Superb makes an impression as a mighty fine luxury vehicle, right down to the umbrella hidden away in the rear door. This feature is more at home on the Rolls-Royce Phantom, but the all-new Skoda Superb takes things a step further by offering an innovative doggy-umbrella option.
Look hard enough and there's more to this sporty little automobile than meets the eye. The aesthetic lines on the side profile of the BMW Z4 have something more in store for those who can spot the Easter egg. The design team behind this fantastic car decided that a subtle shape on its fender that stretches along the door towards the bottom would be the perfect finish to its otherwise impeccable exterior.
Skoda appears on the list yet again with another functional Easter egg that serves to make the car owner's life easier. It's an unfortunate fact of life that there’s never an ice scraper around when you need one. That's why Skoda had the genius idea of putting one on the inside of the Octavia’s fuel filler cap. It's almost cool enough to make you want to pack up and move to the Czech Republic.
Jeep etched the number “419” and a heart into the bed of the truck. This is a reference to the Toledo Assembly Complex where Jeep Wranglers and Gladiators are assembled. "419" is the area code for Toledo, Ohio. It goes to show that even major automobile producers have a soft spot for home.
Though it looks like something that would be more comfortable on the Batmobile or James Bond's Aston Martin, this Easter egg is actually incredibly practical. The rear-facing camera that's available on the Volkswagen Passat is one of the smartest bits of tech we've seen in a long time. Why have a camera sitting exposed on a bumper where it can become dirty to the point of uselessness when instead you can have it pop out when it's needed?
These days, it's simply not good enough to do what your competitors are doing. You've got to do what they're doing, but bigger and better. It can often be the only way that you can stand out from the competition. The Hyundai Genesis is at the top of the game and presents arguably the most welcoming experience on the market today. As you approach the Genesis, the wing mirrors rotate and begin to project the brand's logo below in front of the driver's feet. It's like driving a big metal friend.
When you open the Mustang's doors, the logo is projected onto the ground. This charming little touch makes the car even more fun to drive. In fact, you may find yourself offering to be the designated driver more during nights out; if only to maximize how many people get to see the special effect. Watch your friends light up as the ground lights up with the design of a proud stallion.
If you're the owner of a Ford F-150, depending on the model year, it may have a hidden luxury. You may be lucky enough to find out that there are massaging rollers embedded in the driver and passenger seats that can help you get rid of the stress you've accumulated through the day. If you didn’t know you had it, and are only finding out that this exists now, go check out your owner’s manual and make up for lost time.
In most new Opels, there is one consistent Easter egg. More often than not, they take the form of a shark. Apparently, one designer was tasked with a rather mundane job, namely, to design the reinforcing ribs on the side of the glove box. Pretty boring stuff, right? After a few sketches, his son saw his designs and said: "why not draw a shark?" And so he did, and when he showed it to his boss, he loved it. They put it into the production model of the Corsa, and it's appeared there ever since.
Aston Martin is a brand that’s known for luxury and performance in equal measures. The Vanquish's Easter egg proves that they have a talent for creative design too. At first glance, there doesn't seem to be anything out of the ordinary with the design of the Aston Martin Vanquish. But upon closer inspection, you might notice that the Vanquish's taillights join together and form the iconic logo of Aston Martin.