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’90s Sports Cars That Are Still Relevant

Cameron EittreimSeptember 27, 2019

14. Ford Mustang SVT Cobra

The nineties Ford Mustang was not one of the most exciting sports cars to look at, but there was a special package that changed that. The Ford Mustang SVT Cobra was and is still one of the most fun-to-drive variations of the Mustang. Known for its understated motor and smooth growl, the Ford Mustang SVT Cobra was a very limited edition sports car.

The Ford Mustang SVT Cobra was only available in a few colors. To find one today, you can expect to fork over a pretty penny for this racehorse.

13. GMC Syclone

Yes, this is a truck. But the GMC Syclone is perhaps one of the most fun-to-drive cars to come out of the decade. The GMC Syclone boasts one of the most powerful turbocharged V6 engines to come out of a GM product. The truck has a lowered no-frills design and it was only offered in a few colors, which makes the GMC Syclone a rarity.

Finding a GMC Syclone is going to take some searching because production was very low. But if you want one of the best sports cars of the nineties, the GMC Syclone is it.

12. Nissan Skyline GT-R

This particular sports car should be called the icon because it’s been featured in hundreds of movies and publications. The Nissan Skyline GT-R is a legend in the sports car world as well as the drifting world. The nineties generation of the Nissan Skyline GT-R is now legal to import into America, and you just can’t beat this car.

With a powerful twin-turbo engine and a design that looks like a jet plane, the Skyline GT-R stands out. You’ll find Skyline GT-R’s for sale but you can expect to fork over a lot of money.

11. BMW M5 (E39)

Another BMW that makes its way onto the list is the BMW M5 (E39). What happens when you pack a powerful V8 motor into a lightweight sedan? Fun.

The BMW M5 was known for its stellar reputation for quality and one of a kind performance. The aluminum V8 engine is one of the best to come out of a BMW factory. The BMW M5 is still a popular car to this day and the car has retained its value. If you want a fun-to-drive sports sedan, the BMW M5 E39 is a car that’s within reach.

10. Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 (C4)

When the Corvette ZR-1 burst onto the scene, it changed things for Chevrolet. The sports car featured an entire fiberglass body coupled with one of the most advanced V8 engines yet. The aluminum block V8 was known for its quick-witted power.

The Corvette ZR-1 (C4) featured a beautifully redesigned exterior, which fit in line with other sports cars at the time. When you think of a quintessential sports car, the Corvette ZR-1 (C4) is a dream to drive and own.

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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