Have you ever asked yourself " what cars have no door handles" and felt it was a stupid question? well, it is a valid question because some cars don't come with regular door handles not just for swag, but also for aerodynamics design.
7 cars without door handles!
The Range Rover Velar amazes me with its exterior appearance every time I come across it in Lagos, Nigeria. This compact-luxury SUV got featured with a couple of new technologies to match it's carefully crafted exterior.
This SUV uses a gear shifter that pops out when you start it up. More interestingly, it is also the first-ever Range Rover to adopt non-conventional door handles. These are hidden handles that pop out when unlocked with the remote control similar to that of the Tesla Model S.
Have you seen a finer SUV than this?
The sight of the Range Rover Velar can be easily spotted on Nigerian roads as affluent Nigerian men shares the same cue that is having at least one Range Rover in their garages.
The high-performance SV Autobiography Dynamic edition is powered by a supercharged 5.0-litre V-8 making 550 horsepower. The price of the Range Rover varies between ₦45 million to ₦90 million depending on the selling condition of the car.
This should not be a surprise to you at all. Tesla is the biggest automotive company in the world, building cars for the future with fully electric operation. I am always happy knowing that there are normally over 5 Tesla cars running on Nigerian roads.
The new Tesla Model S is one of the electrical cars without door handles. The Tesla door handles on the car only retract when the owner of the car is detected around the car with the key fob.
The Tesla with the self-serving door technology
The Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode is the third fastest accelerating production car ever produced, with a 0-60 mph time of 2.5 seconds.
The futuristic exterior door handles are just one of the many features of the Tesla Model S. Another attractive feature of this car is its interior. The centre stack touchscreen controls all the activities of this car and its autopilot mode is one of the best ever tested in the world.
The first thing to know about the Ford Mustang Mach-e is that it is not a Mustang in any way. It is an electric crossover SUV that Ford is rolling out in late 2020 and it has the Mustang name attached to it so that it can attract fans of the popular Mustang brand.
The way this car opens is awesome, I am sure you never saw this coming. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E does not have normal exterior door handles! Here's how you get in. You push a button on the door pillar and the door pops open, allowing you to open fully with a small handle that becomes accessible. This is a fully electric door opening technology we have here.
You never expected it to be an SUV right? Button to open is awesome
Ford claims that the most powerful Mach-E sprints from zero to 60 mph in less than four seconds with its very powerful electric powertrain. Prices for this car starts from ₦16,000,000 to ₦22,000,000.
Here is a video on a quick tour of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E :
This is one supercar that lives in Nigeria with Senator Dino Melaye and his fleet of cars. This was the first car from the British car manufacturer. The McLaren MP4-12C is a high-performance, two-seat, mid-engine model in the ‘core’ sports car market segment for cars costing between ₦45,000,000 and ₦66,000,000.
Try and find any door handle
The door was the first to use the Mclaren dihedral doors, and to open this door, you place your fingers under the door access panel, slide your fingers from beginning to the end of the access and the door pops open to swing to action.
The door button is somewhere inside the door cave
The 2011 - 2015 Cadillac CTS-V coupe is an American car of the Cadillac CTS line that defies the regular design of cars from the USA. The exterior appearance carries this futuristic appeal with its centre-mounted dual exhaust pipes.
Cadillac thought it perfect to delete door handles from this car. Instead, it uses a push-button door opening technology just like the Chevrolet Corvette. This car looks like a sort of a spaceship because of the absence of door handles.
The insanely powerful Cadillac CTS-V Coupe
This car is powered by a 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine producing 556 horsepower and blasting from 0 to 60 before you say " you are doing well" 3 times. That's less than 4 seconds. It's in this countdown because it boasts of amazing engine performance. I see a lot of Cadillacs in Nigeria, I am sure somebody or two own these models too in Nigeria.
The absence of door handles is classy but guess what is classier? Once you step into the car it speaks only one language and that is luxury. Owners of this car complain a lot about bad visibility and too many blind spots while driving. Be sure to buy petrol into this car daily if you drive in Nigeria because it will conveniently swallow 18 litres of fuel per 100km.
This high-end sports car was developed fully by AMG from the classic 300SL Mercedes-Benz models. The most attractive feature of this limited-production car is its gullwing door hinges that open up like a butterfly about to take off into space.
The car looks like it can fly so high
Those gullwing doors open up with the aid of a hidden door handle that pops out when you unlock the car with the remote. Once you get into the car, you have to lean out to drag the vertical doors down for closure. The door handles return back to hidden once the car locks itself. You have to know how to lubricate car door hinges if you own only this car because it needs regular hinge maintenance from time to time.
Down there is where the handles pop out from
This Mercedes Benz AMG pride is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 622 hp in the last model, making this car sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. This speed is possible because if its 7-speed Dual-Clutch automatic transmission.
The car got cancelled by Mercedes-Benz in 2015 and is now replaced with the AMG GT-S. The SLS AMG is a car you can find in Nigeria if you are in the right place. There are over 15 in Abuja and I have spotted over 4 in Lagos, Nigeria.
The Corvette is a mid-engine sports car that has held Chevrolet up there for a very long time. I remember seeing one in an estate in the Lekki area of Lagos, and there was I searching for the door latch until I noticed it was hidden for better aerodynamics.
The 2020 Corvette is one of those new cars without door handles, uses a push-button placed in an opening around the door to pop the doors open. Conventional door handles have been deleted on the Chevrolet Corvette since 2008. The Audi R8 door is also similar to this.
Is this not a beautiful piece? The door handles are even more beautiful
This Corvette produces 495 horsepower from a V8 engine that you can see through a latch-window from the rear taking it from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds.
What are shaved door handles?
A shaved door handle is a type of modification done on cars that deletes the door handles and uses an electric process to open with the aid of remote control.
The BMW and Honda door handles went through a clean-shave!
How shaved door handles work
It can be done on any type of car at all and here is how it works :
A solenoid is installed inside the doors to control the opening of the car then the position of the door handle is covered up and painted like nothing ever existed there hence the word "shaved door handles".
Installing a shaved door kit needs high technical experience
Once you press the button that controls the solenoid, the door pops open enough to be fully opened manually with hands. Having shaved doors doesn't mean you must neglect the safety rules of opening a car door, it even needs more safety that regular door handles.
How much is a shaved door kit?
Shaved door conversion kits are mostly universal, meaning they are not car specific and they sell between ₦90,000 and ₦250,000 depending on the quality of the materials. The kit includes a remote, the solenoid/popper, an electrical circuit, and the screws/nuts that will be used for mounting them onto the car.
These are all you need for your shaved door handle
Please note; you need professional help to install this kit on your car
All these doors get dangerous sometimes!
Having hidden door handles on a car is a form of security because no one is able to gain access to your car when it is parked. If you get into the 'locked keys in car' condition, it's hard to open your car if your car doesn't sense the remote. This is why most new cars never lock automatically.
However, hidden door handles like the Tesla Model S futuristic door had some issues recently and it was disturbing. A man crashed his Tesla Model S in the USA and the car was about to go up in flames when a policeman tried to rescue the occupants. The policeman couldn't gain access to the doors and the driver was unconscious. During accidents, these door handles system fails and the glass has to be broken before you can gain access into the car.
For shaved door handles, once the battery of the remote runs down there is no way the doors would open. No remote battery gives a sign before it runs down, so owners are advised to always have extra battery all the time. You must know how to fix car doors that won't shut because, in the process of installing the door popper, the door locking mechanism gets faulty many times.
You can now see that there are actual production cars without door handles even though I only highlighted seven because they represent all the types of non-conventional door handles that are hidden, and you can also find most in Nigeria.
I noticed a trend on cars these days, the more expensive a car is, the more hidden the door handles will be. Below is a recap table of cars without exterior door handles:
|1||Range Rover Velar|
|2||Tesla Model S|
|3||Ford Mustang Mach-e|
|4||Cadillac CTS-V Coupe|
|6||Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG|
|7||McLaren MP4-12C/Audi R8|
|8||Cars with shaved door modification|
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