The 1990s were a great time for sports cars, as automotive manufacturers the world over introduced incredible cars like the Acura NSX, Dodge Viper, Subaru WRX, and BMW’s first six-cylinder M3. Today, every one of those models has spawned a long line of upgrades, but collectors still love the originals both for the nostalgia factor and for the raw driving feel, just before electronic assistance began slowly watering down the experience of powering around a tight canyon curve.
A great sports car combines a powerful engine and confidence-inspiring handling in an attractive and comfortable package. And despite the notion that every sports car should be rear-wheel driven, the 1990s saw the rise of all-wheel-drive products, and even one of the best front-wheel-drive cars of all time, the Acura Integra. And with technology aiding in the tolerance levels of manufacturing techniques, powerful cars built in the ’90s didn’t suffer from the reliability concerns of previous decades, either.
But the automotive industry is a cruel world, and even the most successful manufacturer has plenty of strikes to go with their greatest hits. The 90s are perhaps a decade when the industry as a whole had trouble during the design and development phase, with brands feeling like they were going to sink or swim with every vehicle’s success or failure. And the truth is that plenty of bad decisions were made throughout the automotive world, with the result being a plethora of sad attempts to build sports cars that today simply make no sense. Keep scrolling for 10 sports cars from the 90s that everyone would be better off forgetting.
FOURTH GENERATION FORD MUSTANG
When Ford replaced the Fox Body Mustang with a fourth generation in 1994, their motivations were clear. Designers wanted to bring Ford up to date with smooth style while engineers wanted to introduce more powerful engines – sadly, however, sales executives wanted to make a car that could compete with affordable imports that had slowly but surely taken over the market. The result was an underwhelming Mustang totally unworthy of the legendary model name, mostly equipped with underpowered V6 engines and sluggish automatic transmissions rather than beefy V8s and stick shifts. Handling was just as bad as the rest, too, as soft springs prevented any semblance of driver confidence.