Tag: sports cars

Rare Rides: A Georgia-made Coupe From 2001 – the Panoz Esperante

What luxury sports car combines a multitude of components from other manufacturers with a custom-fabricated body all its own? It’s the Panoz Esperante, naturally.Your author has always put the Esperante in a class with the Qvale Mangusta, which was featured on a previous edition of Rare Rides. In the early 2000s, start-up manufacturers made custom, […]

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QOTD: Manufacturer Cooperation – Cash Saver, or Corrosive Cancer?

Cooperation and borrowing between auto manufacturers is nothing new, and it isn’t always a bad thing. For example, look what happened in the 1980s when Lincoln borrowed a BMW inline-six turbodiesel for its Continental Mark VII luxury coupe. Oh, maybe that’s not the best example. But two events this week have led to a couple […]

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Toyota’s Four-cylinder Supra Staying In Japan For Now

While it wasn’t covered during its North American International Auto Show debut, Toyota will build the 2020 Supra with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged inline-four, in addition to the big 3.0-liter motor we’ve already been promised. According to the manufacturer’s own Supra-centric website, the four banger will come in two flavors — 255 horsepower with 295 lb-ft […]

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2020 Toyota Supra – Revealed for Real

The teaser parade is over, and the 2020 Toyota Supra is now fully visible to the world. Toyota’s fifth-generation Supra follows the FT-1 Concept, as we all knew, and was developed by Toyota’s GAZOO Racing. Contained within the two-seat sports car is a 335-horsepower (365 lb-ft of torque) 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six cylinder engine, an eight-speed […]

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Buy/Drive/Burn: Japanese Coupe Action in 1986

Sporty styling, flip-up headlamps, and promises of performance. These three had it all in the mid-80s, but which one goes home with the Buy? Let’s find out. Today’s trio came about from a discussion on the Isuzu Impluse Rare Rides post the other day. Commenter MRF 95 T-Bird is way into Eighties Japanese coupes, not […]

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Rare Rides: Control Yourself With the 1985 Isuzu Impulse

Today’s Rare Ride has brown paint, a tweedy tan interior, and super rad 1980s Italian design. Think you can control your Impulses? Okay, no more puns. Known elsewhere as the Piazza, Isuzu’s new rear-drive coupe debuted as the Impulse in North America for 1983. Impulse was a direct replacement for the Giugiaro-designed luxury 117 Coupe, […]

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Buy/Drive/Burn: Supercar Failures of the 1990s

Our recent Rare Rides entry on the Bugatti EB110 quickly sussed out a couple of mid-90s competitors in the comments section. Today, we’ll visit the trio and pick one to take home. An entrant each from France, England, and Italy; all of them failures in their own right. Which big money flop will it be? […]

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Rare Rides: The Forgotten Force of the 1993 Bugatti EB110

Long before Bugatti released the record breaking Veyron, it produced a slightly less famous supercar. It’s the angular two-door which was simultaneously the beginning and end of an era in Bugatti’s history. It’s the EB110, from 1993. Bugatti got its start in 1909 with founder Ettore Bugatti at the helm. The French company (headquartered in […]

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QOTD: The Most Exciting Car of Them All?

Right around this time last week, we featured a QOTD about the most boring car you’d ever driven. Searching through your memories for a boring car was apparently very easy, as nearly 200 comments quickly gathered together to cover all things boring and car. Today, we’ll head the opposite direction and talk about driving excitement. Think […]

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Rare Rides: 2007 Mosler MT900S – a Purp Drank Consulier Sibling

On the last edition of Rare Rides we took a look at the Consulier GTP — a purpose-built race car that could also be driven on the road. After a name change and a couple of interim V8 updates on the original GTP, the company now known as Mosler Automotive released a new car, and […]

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Buy/Drive/Burn: Forgotten Japanese Compacts From 1988

They’ve got two doors, sporty intentions, and names people forgot long ago. Today we cover three oddball offerings from the latter part of the 1980s. Will you take home the Nissan, the Mitsubishi, or the Subaru? (Comments on recent editions of this series tells me some of you need a refresher on the rules.) The […]

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Rare Rides: A Totally Rad Consulier GTP From 1992

Do you ever feel there just aren’t enough purpose-built racing cars that can also be driven on the road? Well, Consulier yourself with today’s Rare Ride. Ugh. The Consulier marque was created in 1985 by Warren Mosler. Mr. Mosler was a hedge fund manager at the time, watching over $5 billion of other people’s money. […]

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Rare Rides: A 1991 Maserati Shamal – Sporty, and Very Square

In the 1990s, nobody in North America spent much (any?) time thinking about Maserati products. So you’d be forgiven if today’s Rare Ride slipped from your fond early-90s memories long ago. It’s the Shamal, and it’s a bit homely. Named, like many of Maserati’s other models (not the Biturbo), after a gust of air, Shamal […]

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QOTD: Can One Define the Specifics of Supercar?

In yesterday’s Buy/Drive/Burn post, we presented three coupes that are sporty, agile, and have over 500 horsepower. Yet each of them fell short of qualifying for supercar status. But why? In today’s QOTD, we’ll spend some time determining the characteristics which separate regular sports cars from supercars. As expected, some of the comments on the […]

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Buy/Drive/Burn: Powerful and Unpopular 2018 Sub-super Coupes

Today’s Buy/Drive/Burn trio represent the high-dollar sports car that doesn’t quite make it into supercar territory. They’re very expensive, yet among other extra-fast vehicles in the six-figure segment, they’re considered relatively good value. This makes them all oddballs; none ever burn up the sales charts. But that doesn’t mean they can’t catch fire. Acura NSX […]

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Buy/Drive/Burn: American Malaise Sports Cars of 1982

The year is 1982. You’re a lover of domestic sports cars, but also suffer from a distinct lack of funding in this era of American Malaise. Three updated, base model, fuel sipping rides are in your purview — all of them with four-cylinder engines. Which one do you take home? Today’s Buy/Drive/Burn trio was suggested […]

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