Although China holds a close second place, the U.S. is still the biggest car market in the world. This means all manufacturers want a piece of the action and a slice of the lucrative American pie, no matter how big or small they are. But coming to America and selling cars is not an easy task. There are numerous legal obstacles, safety and crash tests, emissions regulations and homologation processes that can be expensive and long-lasting. This is especially true for those small, boutique manufacturers with limited resources.
That is why there are loads of interesting, rare and fast cars not available to the American buyer. Some companies find it hard to produce at least three cars that will be destroyed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Agency (NHTSA) during the crash test and homologation processes. Others have realized their cars are so obscure, they wouldn`t stand a chance against those more popular American brands. Whatever the reason is, American car enthusiasts are missing out on some cool machinery.
Here is a list of 15 sports cars and supercars that are or were not available on the U.S. market. Some of the cars on the list are over 25 years old. This means you can legally import and register them without the painful homologation process. However, most of the cars are new or current models, so you can either wait 25 years to buy one, or move to Europe or Japan. Keep reading to learn more about these amazing sports and supercars that never made it to U.S. shores.
1. Noble M600
The expansion of supercars in the 2000’s brought many interesting, powerful machines. Most models the car industry has produced in recent years are famous. Car historians and fanatics have documented them and are quite aware of them. However, there are a few models that flew under the radar despite being capable and fast. One of those cars is the Noble M600.
Noble became famous for producing extreme cars using components from other manufacturers. Being a British company, people always saw them as a kit car factory. Although this is not true, it did affect their reputation in the supercar market. But, the M600 model shattered all false prejudices and showed what Noble was capable of producing.
Using a 4.4-liter V8 from Volvo and bolting two turbochargers on it, Noble managed to squeeze 550 or 650 HP in a lightweight, sleek body. The idea behind the M600 was to produce a pure supercar without any unnecessary electronic aids to deliver the purest driving experience possible. This made the M600 a little scary to drive but also an immensely fun, unforgettable experience. Using all 650 HP, the M600 accelerates to 60 mph in just 3.0 seconds and goes over 220 mph.
Regardless of its great looks and performance, mainstream supercars buyers avoided the M600, even though Top Gear featured it in their show, praising its qualities. The M600 is still in production, so if you want to be a proud owner of one of the purest and fastest supercars today, be ready to pay over $200,000 but be aware that the car is not available in United States.