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Expensive Sports Cars To Avoid Like The Plague

Cameron EittreimFebruary 12, 2020

Porsche 924
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20. 1976 Porsche 924

Believe it or not, the 924 was on the market for a long time. The car didn’t change much over the generations but it did get some enhancements. The Porsche lineup was evolving, created a one-of-a-kind situation in the sports car market. When they presented the 924, it was a departure from the usual Porsche design scheme, making the 924 an intimidating car to work on.

Porsche 924
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Throughout the years, the 924 was a piece of Porsche engineering that was in tune with the ’80s. However, the final years of the car were rough since the Porsche 944 was experiencing a resurgence. If the Porsche 924 had a more fluid design, the car probably would have been better for drivers.

Ferrari Testarossa
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19. Ferrari Testarossa

The Ferrari Testarossa is an iconic sports car and one of the vehicles synonymous with the ’90s. But what made the nostalgia so cool besides those signature four taillights was the design. The Testarossa looked unlike any other Ferrari on the market. The performance was questionable, which raised a lot of red flags for Ferrari.

Ferrari Testarossa
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The Testarossa is still one of the most iconic sports cars on the market. But as far as owning one, the mechanics are problematic, making other Ferrari models a better choice.

Ferrari LaFerrari
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18. Ferrari LaFerrari

When it comes to those expensive Ferrari models, there have been quite a few that were questionable. It seems when Ferrari made its way to the modern era, the brand seemed to have lost a little bit of itself. The Ferrari LaFerrari was a modern incarnation of a supercar. The car wasn’t all that unique, but with over 900 HP, it was extremely powerful.

2014 Ferrari LaFerrari - Enzo Ferrari
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The Ferrari LaFerrari is one of the shining points of the Ferrari lineup, but it isn’t a car the everyday owner would want to own. The Ferrari LaFerrari had a lot of issues, and the reliability and drivability make the car way too extreme.

Pagani Huayra
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17. Pagani Huayra

Another extreme car was the Pagani Huayra, a supercar that needs no introduction. What made the Pagani Huayra so unique was the fiberglass enclosure and radical design. When you think of a supercar that’s this expensive, the Huayra might just be at the top of the food chain.

Pagani Huayra
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However, there were also issues with the design and implementation of the Huayra. To pack an engine that powerful into a fiberglass sports car created problems. Other aspects of this car made it unusable in the long run, so the Huayra is just another piece of expensive sports car history.

Mercedes Benz SLK
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16. Mercedes SLK-AMG

During the early 2000s, a renaissance of different sports cars was hitting the market. The Mercedes SLK-AMG was one of these interesting cars that made consumers pause. That was, in the first rendition, but toward the middle of the decade, the car became an unimaginative piece of metal. Although there was a glimpse of the Mercedes SLK-AMG with the powerful V12 in earlier forms, the car was quickly overshadowed by other models on the market.

Mercedes SLK
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For a short time, Mercedes lost its luster and appeal for consumers by creating a sports car that was far from viable. The SLK-AMG did manage to garner a good deal of attention with its celebrity clientele, but that was it.

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15. Dodge Viper

The Viper has been around since 1992, but in 2017, Dodge decided to discontinue it. To produce the Viper, Dodge crammed a massive V12 engine into a sports car, creating a legend. The latter years of the Viper were increasingly hard because the car failed to capture the market. Less-expensive models offering a comfortable amount of horsepower quickly outdid the Viper.

Dodge Viper
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Also, the V12 engine was so powerful, it wasn’t a practical choice for most consumers. However, the Dodge Viper will go down in history for Dodge. But to improve the ownership aspects of the Viper, they could have designed the car better.

Alfa Romeo 4C
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14. Alfa Romeo 4C

When they reintroduced the Alfa Romeo brand to the American market, there was a good deal of hype. Alfa Romeo presented the 4C, which was a powerful addition to the roadster market at the time. But as the years went on, the 4C failed to keep up with its competition. Even though the 4C is attractive in terms of performance, its price point far outweighs its fun factor.

Alfa Romeo 4C
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Alfa Romeo is a company that’s famous for creating fun-to-drive roadsters, but in the long run, the 4C was a lackluster choice. The 4C could have been a great roadster. However, its uninspiring design and performance made it the laughingstock of the performance car world.

Mercedes Benz SLK
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13. Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class

All Mercedes roadsters that have come out in recent years are lacking something. Whether it be the performance aspects or just the idea, they fail to offer the best driving experience anymore. It would appear that the SLC-Class is trying to build on some of the road-worthiness of other Mercedes models on the market. The problem is, when you compare the power and features to other cars, they don’t compare.

Mercedes SLK
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The SLC-Class comes in a variety of cool exterior colors and the styling is attractive. However, the SLC-Class doesn’t stand up to other exotic sports cars on the market because of the lack of design features.

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12. Audi S3

Believe it or not, the S3 is more than just a compact sports sedan. It also has some unique features, such as a powerful engine. The Quattro drivetrain makes the car exhilarating drive, but when you compare it to other German cars, the S3 falls short. In fact, Audi has been working to redo the S3 to make it a more competitive offering. But with sports cars from brands such as Volvo hitting the light, the S3 is just another drop in the bucket.

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The S3 Quattro could benefit from some upgraded features. Also, with better design aspects, the S3 could be a highly-desirable offering and another piece of the Audi puzzle.

Cadillac CTS V-Sport
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11. Cadillac CTS-V

When you drop a Corvette V8 engine into a Cadillac, you make every gear head’s dream come true. The CTS-V has been a sales success for the GM brand because of its sheer power and presence. But after all this time, the sedan has become a bit aged compared to other sports cars on the market. Today, most automakers are moving away from big-block V8s to the more supercharged and turbocharged options. Sadly, the CTS-V is lacking most of the design aspects that could have made the car more appealing.

Cadillac CTS
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Even the current CTS-V is a dated sports sedan when you compare it to other models. Cramming an expensive V8 engine into a luxury car isn’t the norm anymore. However, for its price on the used car market, the CTS-V is still an affordable sedan.

Nissan Skyline GT-R R35
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10. Nissan GT-R

When you think of legendary sports cars, the Nissan GT-R is at the top. For years, car enthusiasts have imported them across the ocean. But the time has come for a refresh since the GTR in its current form is almost a decade old. For Nissan fans, it’s fun to wonder what will be in store for the next generation.

Nissan Skyline GT-R R35
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The Nissan GT-R could be one of the top sports cars on the market, but the brand needs to re-do things. The car has become dated, and for the high price tag, there are better offerings on the table.

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9. Nissan 370Z

The 370Z is stale and lackluster when it comes to the design. Nissan has held off on updating this current model, which currently dates back to 2009. The world is a whole different place now, so the 370Z is in rapid need of a facelift.

Nissan 370Z
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The sad thing is that the Z car used to be a titan in the sports car world. When Nissan presented the 370Z during the 2003 model year, there was a huge amount of fanfare. But when it comes to an expensive sports car, the 370Z is rapidly becoming outdated.

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8. Acura NSX

The Acura brand was one of the original Japanese luxury carmakers to hit the American market. Over time, the other brands like Lexus and Infiniti have been competing with the automaker on a higher level. The NSX has always been an exotic car, although it was never fully realized like other models.

The current NSX is a physically-attractive car with a beautiful exterior. But the overall mechanics of the car could still use a boost in power and performance.

Acura NSX
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The Acura NSX needs an update because the car has already become outdated by far better options on the road. The NSX is fun to drive, but there are less expensive models that are better to drive and look more modern as well.

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7. BMW Z4

BMW has hit a lot of roadblocks in the last few years with some models that weren’t well-received. The Z4 is the evolution of the compact roadsters BMW has been selling for years. The roadster is a great driver’s car, but over the years it has become aged and lacks new, modern features. A roadster in this price range should have a lot more power to compete with other cars in its class.

BMW Z4
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The Z4 has come a long way, but the roadster hasn’t changed much over the last few decades. When it comes to a capable roadster, the BMW Z4 could use a makeover. That’s why the brand is trying to innovate other cars in its lineup.

Audi TT
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6. Audi TT

Audi has undergone many changes during the last few decades, however, one car that has remained constant is the TT. When Audi released the TT at the dawn of the decade, there were a lot of positives to the coupe. But the Audi TT has retained the same look and design for almost 20 years, so it’s time for an upgrade. The TT offers a lot of benefits. But to remain viable, the Audi TT needs to modernize, and rumor has it that the next generation might be electric.

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Audi will probably present a new generation TT in the next few years, but right now, the car remains the same. The Audi TT could use a boost in performance, too. Otherwise, this is just an expensive sports car that needs a makeover to remain in Audi’s product line.

Mercedes Benz GT
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5. Mercedes-Benz GT

When the Mercedes-Benz GT entered the car market, it offered a good deal of performance that consumers didn’t expect from a Mercedes. In fact, the GT has come a long way in a few short years, and with minimal updates. The gullwing design is still new on Mercedes vehicles. Performance-wise, the GT is a great sports car, but for the price, you could find a sports car that provides much more driving exhilaration.

Mercedes Benz
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Although Mercedes engineering is precision-based, the car has become obsolete in the world of expensive sports cars. So Mercedes plans to do some upgrades to the GT to keep it competitive. Most Mercedes GT fans can’t wait to see what they will offer in the near future.

Jaguar F-Type
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4. Jaguar F-Type

The Jaguar brand was on a downward spiral at the start of the new millennium. However, with a few additions to the lineup, the design and performance returned to Jaguar. The F-Type is a unique car in a lot of aspects, so it has taken over for the previous Jaguar sports coupes. The current generation F-Type retains the sportiness and sophistication of a Jaguar.

Jaguar F-Type
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The current F-Type is lacking a modern feel when you compare it to other models. The supercharged V8 engine could use an upgrade as well as new exterior styling to keep it competitive.

BMW 8-Series
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3. BMW 8-Series

The BMW brand has come a long way in terms of design and quality. Although a good deal of design elements went into the 8-series to make it a performance sedan, it’s become stale. There are so many powerful sedans on the market now that the 8-series pales in comparison. The 8-Series is a powerful performer when you look at the specs, so an upgrade would be worth BMW’s time and effort.

BMW 8-Series
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There have been many 8-series models to enter the market in the past, but they designed the current model for the tracks. The four-door design makes the sedan modern, so there has never been a better time for an update.

Veloster
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2. Hyundai Veloster

The Veloster is on this list because it’s not some budget run-of-the-mill sports car. Hyundai has been pushing the Veloster for almost 10 years now, but the car has become quite dated because it retained its signature design. The Veloster is a tough car to upgrade because it’s a four-door sedan Hyundai designed to look like a coupe.

Hyundai Veloster
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The current Veloster also needs some mechanical tweaking. The turbocharged engine has had many reliability issues over the years. In addition to other Hyundai cars on the market, the Veloster is among one of the most problematic.

Dodge Challenger
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1. Dodge Challenger

The new Dodge Challenger debuted in 2010 to much fanfare as the first V8-powered Dodge sports car in a long time. At first, drivers complained that the car was heavy and lacked many features. Currently, the Challenger has become outdated among other cars on the market. There are special-edition models that have come and gone, but the base Challenger needs a design facelift. The Challenger will be getting one in the future, which hopefully, will make it competitive again.

Dodge Challenger
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For the price of the Challenger, there are other more performance-oriented sports cars on the market. The Challenger also needs an upgrade to the platform, which has made it a dated model. These are 40 expensive sports cars drivers should avoid like the plague. Have you ever owned one of these? Many people know someone who has endured the disappointment of driving one of these sports cars.

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