With their reputation in tatters this cheap sports cars Just as bad as people think?
Starting off with the best bang for your buck from any auto maker, Chevrolet. The American giant has been fueling the passion of gearheads with V8 engines since the 1960s. Cheap to buy and fun to drive. Even with the massive successes behind it, Chevrolet hasn’t always kept its promises. A contender for the worst cheap sports car ever, the powerful, but slow C3 Corvette California 305.
While the Corvette has an excuse based on the cost price, there can be no excuse for Ferrari’s worst efforts. Occupying cheap Ferrari seats, the Mondial is as cheap as a horse that hovers. Suspicious styling and a disappointing V8 engine are where gear heads like to waste their money.
However, somewhere in the middle, there are some sports cars that have not been misjudged. Cars rated poor, dangerous or boring deserve a second chance or two. Cheap Porsches, roadsters, and hot rods are waiting to prove the gear heads are wrong. All you have to do is slide into the driver’s seat and spin.
10 stag victory
Thanks to some hot Italian style, Triumph Stag has shipped 26,877 cars with a health number. Exported to the US by Giovanni Michelotti, the Stag is a 2+2 roof outside cabriolet on warmer days, with an optional hard top roof.
However, the Stag is more famous for its other hot component, its engine. Under the hood, saw a belated change in design The 3.0-liter V8 from Triumph replaced the straight-six engine. It’s here, Triumph dropped the ball with a myriad of cooling-related issues. Stag is cheap to buy, even cheaper to upgrade a Stag, and it’s a great buy if you know what you’re doing.
9 Pontiac Fiero
Pontiac’s sports car wished the gear heads were more forgiving. In 1983, the Fiero seemed to be the first mass-produced mid-engine sports car in America. However, gear heads quickly discovered that the Fiero wasn’t fast.
Criticized for its disturbing performance and quality issues, the Fiero did well in the GT model. Yes, it will still crash, and in some cases catch fire, but with some TLC, the Fiero is agile and fun to drive. The negatives are a blessing in disguise. It’s hard to ignore buying a cheap Fiero MR2 replacement.
8 Porsche 914
Cheap and Porsche, enough to strike fear into diehard Porsche fanatics. The 914 has an exotic reputation that contrasts with what Porsche and Volkswagen are striving to achieve. The former needed a sports car on a budget to boost sales. Volkswagen needed to replace Karmann Ghia.
Porsche went it alone with two engine choices, with the 914/4 flat-four engine being the biggest selling one. If I was one of the first 914 buyers, I did it based on Porsche’s reputation rather than speed. But do not rush to write the 914 as a high-end Volkswagen. In 1973 the boxer engine grew to 2.0 litersboosting production capacity to 101 hp, which adds a welcome boost in performance.
7 Maserati North
Maserati’s dark days of Biturbo-branded cars make for grim reading. The Italian automaker, which has been plagued by construction and reliability issues, has faced certain ruin. The North, despite its familiar face and twin-turbocharged engine, is different. under the cover, New 3.2-liter V8 turbocharged engine with 326 horsepower.
The AM479 engine evolved from the V6, adding extra cylinders and a dose of reliability. For Maserati, this new level of reliability came too late. Shamal found 369 owners willing to overlook the brand’s reputation.
6 Plymouth Prowler
Credited in the right place, Plymouth installed Prowler’s hot-rod-inspired design. Gearheads were less enthusiastic noting the disappointing Prowler engine and transmission. Under the hood, I got a 3.5-liter V6 mated to a four-speed automatic that drives the rear wheels. Close, but no cigar.
However, think of the Prowler as a second car for fun on the weekends, and the Plymouth got the amounts right. How much power do you need in a two-seater car that weighs 2,800 pounds? Even with the mud stirrer swap gears, the Prowler quickly slips off the line and posts 5.7 seconds from 0-60 mph.
5 Kia Elan
In Lotus circles, Élan was a huge disappointment with its front chassis. By the time Lotus ramped up production, Mazda came up with the MX-5 and landed a killer punch. The very expensive Ilan Lotus died shortly thereafter.
Hoping to recoup its investment, Lotus sold the tools and design to Korean automaker Kia. Does Elan’s beautiful appearance tempt you without a price? Identical Kia, only a change of car badges and taillights separate the two. Under the hood, it’s a different story. Isuzu’s turbocharged engines have given way to 1.8L T8D 4-Cylinder Engine Rated at 136 HP.
4 Ford Probe GT
Prevent acoustic interference by Ford Probe gear heads from replacing Mustangs. Ford was quick to rethink its plans. Even as a cheap independent sports car, the Probe had a tough ride. A combination of front-wheel drive and lackluster engines made the Probe a tough sell.
In subsequent years, Ford corrected some of the Probe’s shortcomings with the hotter GT model. The GT boasts Mazda’s 2.5-liter V6 that puts out 165 horsepower and can hit 60 mph in 7 seconds using a manual gearbox. The best, but not stellar, performance of the probe failed in 1997. With a comeback, the probe is a rising star in tuner circles.
3 Toyota MR2 Spyder
Gearheads should be wary of the MR2’s cute double-ended looks. In the wrong hands, Toyota’s third-generation MR2 has a deadly reputation. Push really hard, and you’ll be met with a sudden spin-inducing steering. It’s a common trait found in every MR2 with the mid-engine sports car design ethos.
Does the MR2 Spyder deserve its place among the most dangerous cars? Not if you stay within your comfort zone. With a small 1.8L 1ZZ engine that hangs back to put out 138 HP The MR2 posts a fast 0-60 mph time of 7.9 seconds. Pay attention to the warning signs, the MR2 is a blast.
2 Jaguar XJR-S
Make no mistake, embarrassing design and operating costs didn’t make the XJR-S an endearing gearhead. Remember, the XJS was Jaguar’s vision to replace the E-Type. Ugly, but no less than a competent long-distance cruiser, the XJS ran until 1996. All the while, it hovered under the radar with some TWR updates worthy of gear heads.
TWR, responsible for Jaguar’s Le Man success, tuned and installed the XJS. The powerful 6.0-liter V12 engine and milking-tuned suspension made the XJR-S one of the best sports cars of the 1990s. You’d never win any beauty pageants, but that’s not what Jag is all about.
1 DeLorean DMC-12
Critics viewed the DeLorean as a slow car saddled with appalling construction issues. The rush to production was carried out after several major changes to the design of the DMC-12 tank. But who wouldn’t want it? There is nothing else on the road before or since such a presence.
You won’t win any drag races with a 0-60 mph time of 8.8 seconds, the DMC-12 is best suited for running. As Doc Brown said, “If you’re going to build a time machine, you might as well do it with some style.” At the heart of most critics’ fists, the old PRVR’s 2.85-liter V6 engine produced a whopping 130 horsepower.
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