2. Volvo 850 R Wagon

Is there anything more boring in the automotive world than a boxy, old, Volvo station wagon? Probably not. The typical suburban mom car from the `90s with loads of space for the kid and their stuff, slow but dependable and dead boring to drive. You can say all that for a regular Volvo 850 Wagon, but the R version, introduced in 1996 is something completely different. After the success of the T5 version of the 850 series which featured a turbocharged engine, Volvo decided to go a step further and introduce an all-out sleeper machine in form of the 850 R.

Under the hood, the 2.3-liter five-cylinder engine featured bigger turbo, different intake system, and electronics all of which resulted in pretty respectable 250 hp output. Despite retaining front wheel drive, Volvo 850 R Wagon still had pretty good acceleration times of 6.5 seconds to 60 mph and a top speed of almost 160 mph. For the mid-`90s this was a sports car territory and we bet there were a lot of pretty confused Porsche owners when boring Volvo wagons passed them on the highway.