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’90s Sports Cars That Are Still Relevant

Cameron EittreimSeptember 27, 2019

9. Toyota MR2 Turbo

Although the Toyota Supra gets all the credit for being the best Toyota sports car of the decade, there was another lesser-known model. The Toyota MR2 Turbo is a unique mid-engined sports car that filled the void left by the much larger Supra. If you were looking for affordable fun and a car that was cheap to own, the MR2 Turbo was your ride.

Known for its distinctive looks and comfortable driving experience, the MR2 Turbo is a winning combination of performance and style. You can still find MR2 Turbos in good condition for a reasonable price.

8. Aston Martin DB7

In addition to the popular entries that came from Japanese manufacturers, there was also an exotic that changed the game. The Aston Martin DB7 is known for its stylish exterior and powerful V12 engine. With its smooth-shifting transmission and beautifully crafted 2+2 interior, the Aston Martin DB7 stood out from the crowd.

You can still find a low mileage DB7 on the market for well under $30,000. For that price, you’ll get one of the most well-crafted nineties sports cars on the market.

7. Chevrolet Corvette (C5)

When the Corvette C5 hit the scene, Chevrolet was on top of their game. The brand was looking to push things a step further and the Chevrolet Corvette (C5) was an all-new modern vehicle. Introducing the LS1 Aluminum block V8 engine to the market was a game-changer.

The Chevrolet Corvette (C5) also offered a slew of new luxury features in the interior. The Chevrolet Corvette (C5) went on to be one of the longest-lasting Corvette models on the market. You can still find one in great shape.

6. Lotus Esprit

Lotus is not a brand that you see very often in the mainstream. But the company has created some of the most memorable sports cars on the market. The Lotus Esprit is known for its legendary design that pushed the boundaries of design.

The Esprit is one of the most affordable exotic sports cars on the market, and the car still manages to turn heads. You’ll get one of the best motors to come out of the Lotus factory and some pretty unique exterior colors as well.

5. Porsche 968

Although it doesn’t get the credit that it deserves, the Porsche 968 is one of the best sports cars around. The lightweight design of the Porsche 968 coupled with a very livable interior made the car a winner. The unique styling of the Porsche 968 is what made the vehicle stand out.

The hatchback design made the Porsche 968 functional, and the backseat made the car ideal for a family. The Porsche 968 still holds its value to this day, and you can find one with low mileage.

4. Mercedes-Benz SL600

Driving a V-12 powered sports car is a dream for most people. The Mercedes-Benz SL600 is perhaps one of the finest touring coupes to have ever hit the market. Although the car was upwards of $100,000 when it hit the market, you can get one very affordably now.

The SL600 incorporated a comfortable interior and a large trunk. It will cost you quite a bit in terms of maintenance, but the result will be a satisfying experience.

 

3. BMW M3 (E36)

Another impressive sports car to hit the market during the nineties was the BMW M3 (E36). The little sedan was known as the ultimate sleeper, packing a powerful engine and a comfortable interior. The standard racing seats gave the car an impressive feeling, and the engine is known as one of the best.

The M3 (E36) has gone up in value significantly over the past decade and the car is still a bargain. The M3 (E36) will stand up to most modern sports cars, and with the standard transmission, that’s an impressive feat.

2. Dodge Viper

The Dodge brand was on an upswing during the nineties with the success of the cab-forward designed vehicles. But what Dodge needed was a halo car similar to the Corvette. The Dodge Viper hit the scene as one of the most powerful sports cars to hit the market.

The 400 HP V10 engine was known for its rough tone and quick acceleration. The Viper didn’t offer a lot in terms of interior refinement or comfort, but the vehicle was a beast on the road and racetrack.

1. Porsche Boxster (986)

Finally, we have the most revolutionary sports car to hit the market in decades. The Porsche Boxster (986) brought the legendary brand into the new millennium. Offering a modern exterior and interior with all of the bells and whistles, the Boxster (986) was a hit.

The Boxster (986) came in a plethora of vibrant exterior colors, and the engine was lightweight. You can still find the Boxster (986) on the used car market for an amazing deal. If there was one car that defined the late nineties sports cars, the Boxster (986) was definitely it.

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