Everyday Cars With Quirky Car Doors

Hannah DeWitt
· 4 min read
Cars like the
turn heads, but not always like supercars with inventive doors. Now, designers like
and BMW are rolling out economy cars with unusual doors with middle-income pricing. 
Are you looking to buy cars with head-scratching door designs but lack the funds? Read on as we show you some regular cars with awesome doors, with some help from
Gullwing doors are named for their wing-like look when open, since they open from the bottom.

Mercedes Benz 300SL: gullwing doors

The Mercedes-Benz 300SL brought gullwing doors into the limelight, surprising the world. The Autozam Kei AZ-1, Pagani Huayra, and Melkus RS1000 vehicles also featured Gullwing doors. 
What's fascinating about gullwings is how the front and rear doors open in a front-hinged style. That means they move upwards but are not high enough to reach a garage ceiling. It also allows you to open the doors in tight spaces without creating a hazard for other vehicles.
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Volkswagen XL1: butterfly doors

Besides the LaFerrari and the BMW i8, the Volkswagen XL1 also uses the butterfly design. The XL1 combines a diesel engine and 5.5KWh battery, making it fuel-efficient and eco-friendly. 
The car glides along with a total weight of 1753 pounds and an aerodynamic body. It can move from 0-60mph in 11.9 seconds and maxes at 98.2 mph. 

BMW Z1: sliding doors

Sliding doors can prevent you from scratching your car when opening the door. BMW debuted the style in their Z series of the 1990s. Production of the Z1 lasted from 1989 to 1991, and only 8000 units of the car were made. 
The BMW Z1 featured unhinged doors that seem to disappear when you slide the door. Aside from the doors, the Z1 had a 2.5-liter engine that propelled the car to a top speed of 140 mph. 

Tata Pixel: scissor doors

Lamborghini is among the few car brands that use the scissor door style. Though common in exotic supercars, there are still few regular cars with scissor doors, such as the Renault Twizy and the Tata Pixel. 
The Pixel is an Indian car made for European roads. The vehicle boasts a 66-horsepower, 3-cylinder diesel engine with a fuel economy of 69 mpg. 
However, what strikes users more about this car is its unique turning abilities. The wheels make 105-degrees turns in an 8.5-foot radius, a feature the automaker calls 'zero turns' drive. 

Lamborghini Egoista: canopy doors

Canopy doors are a bit more complicated to describe because of the wide variety of styles. Cars with this door type feature a cockpit that allows riders to enter from the front, side, top, or rear, depending where the canopy door is located. 
Cars like the Lamborghini Egoista and BMW Isetta have applied the concept of canopy doors, though in very different ways. The Egoista is similar to the Batmobile, featuring a door on the top and very futuristic styling. The Isetta is a very small, one-person car with a front door.

BMW i3: suicide doors

Suicide doors
are different from regular types due to the position of the hinges. Regular doors have front hinges, but suicide doors have hinges in the front and back of the frame and pen from the middle. This means that the front and back doors are essentially crammed into being a single door, though it splits into two pieces.
Besides being an electric car, the BMW i3 is made with recycled materials to promote the green earth revolution. The suicide doors create extra space for rear occupants, but rear occupants can't open the door without the driver's assistance.

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