One of the most important features of a sports car is not the design, low silhouette or bright paint. It’s the performance, sheer 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, most of the articles here have covered lots of sports cars with amazing performance. After all, there are many cool muscle cars with fire breathing V8 engines. Also, there are tons of performance models who can catapult you to prohibited speeds in the 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. So, keep reading to learn more about 20 of the slowest and most disappointing sports cars in history.
The French company, Matra, is one of the most interesting automotive design and development outfits. For decades, this firm has delivered innovative solutions and new technologies. In fact, they work 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. They called it the Bagheera, introducing this cool-looking three-seater in 1973.
Yes, you read it right, the Bagheera had three seats up front. So, even though it was compact and small, three people could sit comfortably next to each other. Unfortunately, the power came from a diminutive 1.2 or 1.4-liter engine, which didn’t provide an exhilarating performance. However, with three seats and its French charm, little Matra Bagheera was a moderate success.