As we usher in the new year, we are hopeful about a lot of things.
For sports car enthusiasts, we just can’t wait for the release of new 2020 models.
But while we hold our breaths, let’s take a trip down memory lane.
The last ten years have been incredible years for the automotive industry, a fact that all of us can agree on. But for all its greatness, nothing’s ever 100% perfect, right?
As such, there are some sports cars that saw a drastic decline in popularity. Here are several of them.
If there was ever a desirable sports car in the early 2010s, it has got to be the Lexus SC430. When the model was first released, buyers couldn’t have enough.
Unfortunately, the luxury vehicle did not live up to the hype. Its 4.3 liters V8 engine was what attracted buyers, but the engine packed a mere 300hp. Coupled with its 3800-pound weight, the Lexus proved sluggish.
And who wants a sluggish sports car? So disappointing was it that Top Gear labeled it the worst car in history.
Ferrari 612 Scaglietti
A new Ferrari in the market? Nothing beats that! The Scaglietti was a hit long before the first unit was sold.
Unfortunately, no sooner had buyers parted ways with their cash than they noticed that they’d been handed a raw deal.
This Ferrari had numerous engine problems, while transmission malfunctions were the order of the day. So dire was the situation that the company had to recall the model.
To this very day, the Scaglietti is known as one of Ferrari’s worst models, and the car manufacturer discontinued it in 2011.
The Lamborghini Gallardo may have fallen out of favor in recent years, but it still remains one of the most popular models produced by the company by virtue of units sold.
Its powerful 5.2-liter V10 packed a 560hp, making it almost as powerful as the Murcielago, with the added perk that the Gallardo was significantly cheaper.
Unfortunately, this sports car doesn’t come up in conversation often. Taking its place is the Huracan, and we can agree that it is indeed a worthy successor.
Aston Martin DB9
The DB9 is arguably one of the best cars to ever be made in the 2000s. Why wouldn’t it be, whereas it was the model that made the Aston Martin a household name?
There really is nothing wrong with the DB9, and it is only declining in popularity thanks to newer Aston Martin models such as the DBS.
Yet another Lambo on this list, the Murcielago was the must-have highway beast for those who could afford it.
Who wouldn’t want a machine with an acceleration of 60 miles per hour in a little over three seconds?
Unfortunately, maintaining the Murcielago was a tall order, even for moneyed individuals. As such, the Avendator has since taken its place.
Affordable, check. Sporty, check. Why then won’t the Crossfire have attracted car enthusiasts?
Unfortunately, the sporty look that was a hit back then is a thing of the past. Each new sports car looks classier than the Crossfire, and you can understand why no one is talking about it anymore.