Certain car manufacturers are synonymous with a certain type of car. For example, you won’t find Lamborghini trying to break into the affordable four-door sedan market. Although the Estoque did see them release a sedan, it was hardly affordable at close to a quarter of a million dollars. But what happens when those modest, safe car companies, best known for making family cars, decide to make a sports car?
Well, the results aren’t usually as disastrous as you might think. The car world is forever throwing surprises (as well as the odd disappointment) in our direction. Lots of unexpected manufacturers have released top quality sports cars over the years – here are four of the best.
I have to admit, I’ve always seen Kia as the most boring and uninteresting of all car makers out there. But they proved me wrong when they released the GT4 Stinger. The vibrant orange exterior and low to the ground body is strikingly good looking. Something we’re not used to from Kia.
The technical specs don’t disappoint either. It has a 6-speed manual gearbox and 2.0-liter l4 turbo engine which has 315 horsepower.
Vauxhall has made a couple of good sports cars, but the best of the lot is the VX220. It’s not the kind of sports car that is out of reach of the ordinary man on the street either. It’s pretty affordable.
The low price doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice much though. You get a real supercar look; it’s the kind of car that turns heads. The interiors are very comfortable, and that’s not something you always get with the high-end sports cars. Some manufacturers place speed and appearances above comfort, but not Vauxhall.
Subverting a lot of the trends associated with sports cars, Nissan released the GT-R. Unlike most cars of its ilk, it’s not lightweight, and it doesn’t drive in quite the same way. That’s not a bad thing though, the drive is smooth and distinctive, it has a feel of its own.
The design of the car combines a sports car aesthetic with a functional appearance. It wouldn’t look out of place on the race track or in the suburbs. Visit Smithnissan.com to look at the prices of the GT-R and other Nissan sports cars. They aren’t cheap, but they’re a lot cheaper than most of the competition.
Yes, that’s right, Volvo. The car manufacturer that is best known for making incredibly reliable, safe and frankly boring cars actually knows how to make a good sports car. Who’d have thought it?
Recently, Volvo have seemed even less interested in taking risks than ever before. To make the company sustainable, they set out on a mission to get things right and go back to basics. That means focusing on their popular consumer cars. But that didn’t stop the Volvo Concept Coupe from slipping through. It’s powerful, fast and as reliable as any other Volvo model!
These four manufacturers are proving that every car maker has the potential to surprise us. And that’s one of the great things about following the latest developments in the world of motoring. Now we’ve just got to wait for Lamborghini’s affordable family sedan.