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20 Ugliest Sports Cars That True Auto Fans Never Drive

Cameron Eittreim December 13, 2021

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6: Ford Mustang

The SN95 Mustang was released after the Fox body too much fanfare. The styling of the Mustang was not orthodox in any shape or form. The model included a 5.0 variant early on, but it was discontinued toward the mid-1990s. Criticism panned the styling for not being muscular enough or fitting in line with the general Mustang profile. But Ford was experimenting with oval designs during this period (via LMR).

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That’s not to say the SN-95 wasn’t a popular version of the Mustang as it sold well. But the traditionalists didn’t like the bland styling of this Mustang generation. Even with the Cobra package, the SN95 wasn’t particularly aggressive looking. Sports cars have advanced a lot over the past few decades, but the SN95 was perhaps the slowest succession.

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5: Hyundai Scoupe

Hyundai is now one of the most popular automakers in the world. But there was a time when the brand was still a novelty in America. The automaker had a notorious failure with the Excel compact car in the early 1990s, but that didn’t stop the company from launching a sports car. The Scoupe was a boxy early 1990s sports car that didn’t offer much in terms of performance (via Car Gurus).

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Hyundai enthusiasts are quick to point out that this was an early attempt from the company. The Scoupe was refreshed later in its life cycle, but at that point the sales had been minuscule. At this point in time, the market for sport coupes was dwindling. Toyota was on the verge of discontinuing a few models, as were other automakers.

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4: Hyundai Tiburon

The first generation of the Tiburon was a vast improvement over the Scoupe it replaced. A new design and a more performance were the two notable things that separated the Tiburon from the outgoing model. The styling was another story altogether, and it had a bit of an extremity. The Tiburon had an extremely curvaceous exterior design, which was ahead of its time in many ways (via Motor Trend).

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The car was certainly more than just a cheap-looking Hyundai two-door from the outward appearance. But the styling was sadly ugly, especially the bug-eyed headlights. There’ve been many opinions about the Tiburon over the years, but the general consensus is that the car was downright ugly.

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3: Subaru SVX

The Subaru SVX is one of the most forgotten and legendary sports cars that came out of Subaru. The performance of the SVX was surprisingly fast for the time, and the design of the car was ahead of the curve. But when it came to the styling of the SVX, it was downright hideous. The sloped window design along the sides of the SVX made it look strange for the time period (via Hagerty).

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You had competition from Lexus and Nissan but the SVX was in a league of its own. If it wasn’t for the styling, the SVX would have been much more popular during this time. Subaru would release a sports car years later with the BRZ. But it’s the SVX, the original sports car with a Subaru badge.

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2: Nissan 200SX

Nissan made history with the Z sports car, but there were a few other models that the company released. The 200SX was also another sports car released by Nissan in the 1980s. The boxy shape of the 200SX was the first thing to make it one of the ugliest sports cars of this time period. The performance wasn’t that impressive either, although the car did have decent off-the-line times (via Auto Review).

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The interior was extremely boxy, with Nissan going a bit overboard on the square factor. The 200SX is fondly remembered for its boxy styling and radical interior shape. But when it comes down to it, although the 200SX was an ugly car, it did perform decently. Sadly, though, most automotive fans try to steer clear of this ugly two-door.

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1: Nissan NX2000

Much like Mazda had attempted with the MX-3, Nissan was trying to make the hatchback segment sporty. The automotive press lauded the NX2000 for its notable performance at the time. The exterior styling of the NX2000 was similar to the Mazda MX-3, in that it was a hatchback with rounded styling. But that’s where the similarities ended, because the Nissan had a horrific looking front fascia (via Car Gurus).

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The NX2000 could have been so much more if Nissan had put more effort into the exterior of the car. Between the similarities with the Mazda and the hideous front styling, the NX2000 just didn’t catch on with consumers. Not to mention that hatchback models were unpopular at this point in time as consumer tastes had switched.

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