The sports car segment was once the most popular in the auto industry. But with a changing focus toward crossovers, the appetite for sports cars has seemingly dwindled overnight. What the decreased taste in sports cars has done for the segment is reduce demand and resale values. We looked back at nostalgic sports cars that are inexpensive today. You might remember these sports cars for their iconic design and performance.
The quintessential sports car is something sleek and fun to drive. But there are many aspects that make a sports car truly unique. A sports car should feel exciting every time you drive it, even if it’s not the first time. The sports cars in this list are nostalgic for not only their performance, but also for what’s represented from that era.
25: Audi S8
Audi is one of the first automakers that comes to mind with performance. The S8 released in the ’90s was the pinnacle of German performance. The precision build quality and powerful 4.2 liter V8 were the perfect combination of style and substance. Audi put a lot of effort into the design of the S8 because of competition from Mercedes and BMW. The full-size luxury sedan market had also become crowded with offerings from Lexus (via Cars Guide).
The lowered stance of the S8 gave it an aggressive look coupled with its premium alloy wheels. Its 0-60 time was among the best for a sedan in the large segment. Interior volume was also massive in the Audi S8. Even by today’s standards, a clean S8 is considered a serious bargain. The build quality and ingenuity that went into the S8 are among the best in the automotive industry.