In the modern car industry, car brands are predictable. For example, you can expect that Dodge will build Ram trucks, Mercedes will build luxury sedans and Ferrari will produce sports cars. There is no real surprise in their lineup. However, every once in a while, an ordinary manufacturer decides to break the mold. They introduce something totally different, unique and cool.
So, here are 20 surprising cars from the world’s most popular brands. Cars that, at first, didn’t fit the profile of the company. But later, they become popular, helping to establish the brand. So read on to learn about some interesting machines that took engineering knowledge, but also a lot of courage and money to build. Some of them may not be successful in terms of sales figures, but they left a mark on the industry and in car history.
1. Audi R8
The sports car world was surprised when Audi presented the first generation R8. Nobody expected such a bold move from Audi or such a great sports car. In fact, the current Audi R8 is a supercar with its mid-mounted V10 engine and design.
Better still, Audi offers it at sports car prices that are making it available to a wider audience. The engine itself is a true piece of art. It’s a naturally aspirated 5.2 liter V10 with dual-injection intake and 610 HP.