10 Sports Cars That Have Aged Well Over Time
Posted by: Dan on 18/09/2014
10 Sports Cars That Have Aged Well Over Time
Is newer always better? When it comes to cars, we all know that there are good years and bad years. Even so, some cars become cherished classics long after their production life.
What makes for an ageless car? How does a car stand the test of time?
Let's take a look at 10 sports cars that have aged well over time.
1. Honda S2000
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The Honda S2000 roadster was manufactured between 1999 and 2009, and it has a simple, understated style that makes it a classic. However, it doesn't just have great looks. According to many enthusiasts and reviewers, it boasts precise handling, an amazing gearbox, a high revving VTEC motor, and is as reliable as Honda's are generally purported to be.
Many buyers believe that the S2000 will stand the test of time, and become a modern classic in the near future.
2. Mazda MX-5 Miata
This lightweight two-seater roadster continues to be the best-selling convertible worldwide. The MX-5 has been in production since 1989, and the production of the third generation MX-5 began in 2005. A fourth generation model is currently in the works.
So, what makes the MX-5 Miata so appealing? Lightweight, affordable, reliability, modern engineering... These are just some of the terms that often get thrown around when reviewers and enthusiasts mention the Miata.
Fun to drive, precise handling, good design, and a low price point all make this car an eligible candidate for a modern classic.
3. Nissan 300ZX
The Nissan 300ZX was in production from 1983 to 2000, and refers to the Z31 and Z32 generations of Nissan's Z sports car. Highlights of this car include its performance, styling, reliability, comfort, and technology. However, its ever increasing price point with each passing year made it a less and less appealing choice over time. In the U.S., Nissan even stopped importing the car after the '96 model year.
Its technology may be its weakest link, as it can be hard to find a 300ZX that hasn't been modified, wrecked, or otherwise mangled by its owners. Aside from that, the 300ZX has aged well, and still looks as sharp as ever.
4. Subaru BRZ
The compact Subaru BRZ features excellent driving dynamics at an attractive price point. It's four-cylinder engine does not make the BRZ the most powerful car, but its smooth shift action and great handling tend to make up for these deficiencies.
Its interior design may be small and primarily made of plastic, but it does offer great comfort and support to its drivers. Only time will tell if it is one day christened a modern classic, but if it continues to be a delightful mix of quality and affordability, there is little doubt that the BRZ will continue to make headway.
5. Hyundai Genesis Coupe
The Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a rear-wheel drive sport coupe that has been in production since 2008. This car is either fitted with a turbocharged 274-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, or a direct-injected 348-hp V-6. Its shift action is precise, its clutch take-up is neat, and the hydraulic steering is finely tuned.
Hyundai may not be the first brand name that comes to mind when you think "modern classics", but every year this car gets a little edgier, and a little more sporty. Though its price point continues to go up marginally, it's still good bang for the buck.
6. Toyota Supra
When most people think of overlooked or underrated cars, the Supra invariably comes up. The fourth-generation Supra was one of the most accessible Japanese sports cars, and equipped with a 320-hp twin-sequential turbo engine, it could very well be called a supercar.
The Supra was in production from 1978 through to 2002, and the Mark IV model (from 1993 - 2002) is often cited as being its most attractive form. Its rounded body styling combined with a high-performance feel makes this car an appealing vehicle for enthusiasts even today.
The Supra isn't far off from being dubbed a modern classic.
7. Volkswagen Corrado
The Volkswagen Corrado may not have aged well in terms of its looks, but its performance, handling and reliability is where this car shines. Many reviewers and popular publications have cited this car on their "forgotten", "best-of", or "must-drive" lists. It was conceived as a possible successor to the Porsche 944, and was in production from 1988 to 1995.
Some experts even referred to the Corrado as a "future classic in the making". However, in its time, it may have been a little too pricey for those without deep pockets. The price point is no longer an issue today, but finding one is, as less than 100,000 Corrados were ever manufactured.
8. Toyota MR2
The Toyota MR2 is a mid-engine, two-set, rear-wheel drive sports car. It was in production from 1984 up to 2007. The car evolved through three generations, with the first looking fairly angular, the second taking after Ferraris, and the third looking more like a Porsche Boxster. The MR2's price point was also fairly reasonable.
The MR2's handling was good, its base motor provided reasonable acceleration, and cornering was flat. Earlier models had some issues at higher speeds, but all in all, the MR2 is a future classic that has aged well, and is more affordable today.
9. Ford Mustang
The Ford Mustang was introduced in mid-1964 and was affectionately referred to as the ’64 and a half model. The mustang was an instant success and has been a strong seller just about every year since.
The style of the car was a big change in auto design around the world and helped to introduce the muscle or pony car era. But unlike other models of the era, the Mustang continues to be popular today and according to reports, it looks like the 2015 Mustang will be as popular as ever.
10. Nissan GT-R
Affectionately called "Godzilla", The Nissan GT-R is a two-door sports coupe that has been in production since 2007. Its looks may be a point of contention, but as far as speed and power go, there's no doubt that it's a high-performance car. It features a 545-hp, twin-turbo V-6 and an all-wheel drive grip. Its price point is in the six-figure range, but it is one of the most affordable vehicles in its class.
Only time will tell whether the GT-R will age well. With new, custom styling, there's little denying that it could become a modern classic.
There are many sports cars that are remembered fondly by their owners as well as enthusiasts.
In your opinion, what other sports cars have aged well over time? What cars do you think have the potential to become modern classics?
Let us know in the comments!