One of the most important features of a sports car is not the design, low silhouette or bright paint. It’s the performance, share speed, and driving excitement. The performance is what makes a sports car interesting and desirable. It is not even the big engine or high horsepower ratings. It is the performance, pure and simple.
So, we have already covered lots of sports cars with amazing performance. Lots of cool muscle cars with fire breathing V8 engines and lots of performance models who can catapult you to prohibited speeds in a blink of an eye. But, there is another side of the sports car story. The slow ones. Yes, even in the highly dynamic world of performance machines, there were a dozen models that were just painfully slow. Here they are.
1. Matra Bagheera
French company Matra is one of the most interesting automotive design and development outfits. For decades this firm delivers innovative solutions, new technologies and works with some of the biggest names in the industry. In the early `70s, in cooperation with Simca, Matra decided to produce a small sports car for the European market. Called Bagheera, this cool-looking three-seater was introduced in 1973.
Yes, you read it right, Bagheera had three seats up front and even though it was very compact and small, three people could sit comfortably next to each other. Unfortunately, the power came from quite diminutive 1.2 and 1.4-liter engines which didn’t provide very exhilarating performance. However, with three seats and French charm, little Matra Bagheera was a moderate success.