Nowadays it is almost normal that a station wagon can sprint to 100 in less than 4 seconds. The entry-level Porsche drivers almost miss the top models of the past. Back in the day, cars were just a little slower, which makes sense. Technological progress, and so on. But among those somewhat slower cars were also sports cars that were downright slow. This is a list of nine slow sports cars.
By the way, we don’t mean that they are bad cars. Everyone knows we love the GT86. But that DeLorean, that’s just youth sentiment…
An utterly, totally worthless 2.8-litre V6, jointly developed by Peugeot, Renault and Volvo, donated just 132 horsepower to the DeLorean. It should not be missing from the list of slow sports cars. There should have been a more enthusiastic Ford V6 in the middle, but it turned out not to fit. oops…
Its 0.7-litre turbo three-cylinder was not up to par, with 81 full horsepower, but the Roadster was let down by its painfully slow ‘F1-style’ automated manual gearbox. Although the thing had about as long an F1 pedigree as a can of Rich Energy.
Ferrari 208 GTB
In 1980 Ferrari decided to cheat the Italian tax authorities: they had decided to double the tax on motorcycles with more than 2,000 cc. And so they aimed a downsized Tipo V8 in the 308, creating a 1,990-cc supercar with a top speed of… 214 km/h.
In the 1960s, VW and Porsche planned the launch of a jointly developed roadster. Porsche had doubts about selling a disguised VW, but did nothing about the sluggishness of the 914. It had 81 horsepower, took 13.3 seconds to go 100 km/h and so slowly chugs into the list of slow sports cars .
Chevrolet Corvette C3 ‘California’
Chevrolet simply gave up in 1980 to allow the large V8s to meet the increasingly strict California emission regulations. They crammed in a smaller, throttled engine and a three-speed automatic. For example, this Vette only got 182 hp from its mighty 5.0 liter capacity.
Toyota GT86/Subaru BRZ
These two prove that not all great sports cars have to be fast. For straight-line speed, don’t go with the 200 hp Toyobaru. Subaru was on a four-cylinder boxer, without turbo for a nice throttle response. Lesson: power isn’t everything.
It came around the same time as The Beatles, in the summer of 1961, and was about as rock and roll. As in: no. It had to make do with a 1.0-litre engine with 47 horsepower, had a top speed of no less than 142 whole kilometers per hour and it took 18.3 seconds to reach 96 km/h.
Tough: the first American with a mid-engine. Significantly less tough: The base Fiero shot to 100 km/h in a savage 10.7 counts thanks to a 192-horsepower 2.5 four-cylinder, which then promptly poked a connecting rod through its block, leaked oil on the exhaust and set itself on fire. stuck. The car that survived is in this list of slow sports cars.
By 1950s standards, 0 to 96 km/h in 11.4 seconds was not so bad after all. Until Carroll Shelby managed to get a 7.0-liter V8 with 436 hp in 1964 and transformed the Joris Goedbloed-Ace into the record-breaking, 290 km/h fast Cobra.