Sports cars manage to draw the attention of car enthusiasts with their futuristic exterior design, high-performance engine, latest in-cabin amenities, advanced safety technologies, and driver-assistance systems. The vehicles are expensive, yet they have a lot to offer. However, some sports cars manufactured failed to live up to the reputation of the segment as they turned out to be major disappointments.
Let’s have a look at some of these sports cars that failed to impress with their attributes.
1969 Porsche 914
Porsche is a household name when it comes to sports cars, however, this 1969 Porsche 914 wasn’t their best. The vehicle’s aesthetic did not impress as the vehicle did not follow a sleek design. Instead, the exterior had a boxy appeal with a strange-looking B-pillar. On top of that, the vehicle had a weak engine which meant compromised performance. Naturally, the motorists who drove this car complained about the vehicle lacking power depriving them of the pleasure and thrill of driving a sports car especially a convertible.
2012 Toyota GT86
Toyota is better known for its sedans and SUVs, but the brand also has a repute for making impressive sports cars such as Supra. However, the Japanese automaker did not manage to check all the right boxes with the 2012 Toyota GT86. The vehicle exhibited an engine problem that made the vehicle unreliable and a massive flop for a sports car.
1979 MG Midget
This vehicle was the opposite of extravagant and classy-looking sports cars. The 1979 MG Midget failed to impress with its strange exterior design. Along with the underwhelming design, the vehicle also lacked in terms of its engine. The manufacturers failed to give this vehicle an engine worthy of a sports car instead the vehicle accelerated from 0-60mph in 15 seconds. Even though the 1979 MG Midget was a convertible, the incredibly slow acceleration subdued the open-air experience.
2009 Covini C6W
The 2009 Covini C6W took on a rather unconventional approach to manage the traction issue that sports cars often face due to their incredible power. The design included an additional set of wheels in the front which made matters worse instead of solving anything. Additionally, this extra set of wheels did not bode well with the design aesthetics of the vehicle as it looked rather odd.
This 2009 Covini C6W was a six-wheeled sports car that failed to impress even though it was powered by a 4.2-litre V8 engine that could produce 500 horsepower. The odd exterior design could not be ignored despite impressive performance attributes.
2020 Devel Sixteen
This sports car was not only ridiculously expensive it was also outrageous. Even though the vehicle garnered some buzz as it featured in American singer Drake’s music video, the vehicle did not impress car enthusiasts. The vehicle is said to have a powerful engine that can produce 500 horsepower, yet the manufacturer has reported reliability issues since 2013.
2007 Mitsuoka Orochi
This sports car has an estimated worth of $125,000 and is inspired by Honda NSX. The vehicle’s production quality was also impressive as it used parts from Honda and Lexus, however, it is the engine that failed to impress. The 3.3 litre V6 engine could only produce 231 horsepower which is underwhelming for a sports car.
1994 Ford Mustang
Although Ford has worked on improving Mustang, in 1996 the model was a major disappointment. The vehicle was equipped with a V6 engine, yet the car struggled to reach high speed. With a compromised performance, the vehicle also reportedly had reliability issues that were faced by several drivers.
1976 Porsche 924
Porsche also had a couple of failures before they could come up with an impressive formula one car. The 1976 Porsche 924 was yet another such failure as it faced some serious reliability issues. The vehicle was also not powerful which is a prerequisite of every sports car. This made the 1976 Porsche 924 unlikeable as compared to other powerful options.
1982 Ferrari Mondial
Ferrari also witnessed failure in form of the 1982 Ferrari Mondial as it was not reliable. The vehicle was prone to breakdowns giving the manufacturers a major setback as it is known for making outstanding sports cars.
1982 Ferrari Mondial had issues with its electronics as well as its engine. Due to its reliability issues, the motorists also complained about have a terrible experience while driving it. It was dubbed as one of the worst Ferraris ever made.
1954 Porsche 356
Although Porsche 356 has garnered massive repute as a sports car, the initial version struggled. The Pre-A Porsche 356s were not sporty as they had a 1.1 litre engine that could barely produce 35bhp. With time, the brands improved the vehicle as took the horsepower up to 90bhp.
Many sports car manufacturers have struggled with various models before they could perfect them. Leading car brands such as Ferrari and Porsche have been part of this league, but they have learned from their experience and today they have sturdy, reliable, and agile models for car enthusiasts.