Most car companies will make a ‘sports car’ in their time, however sometimes these aren’t very good or very sporty. Here are 5 examples of this.
1. Vauxhall Meriva VXR
I think it’s fair to say Vauxhall are fairly low on the list of sports cars, if someone mentions ‘sports cars’ Vauxhall definitely isn’t going to be the first brand to spring to mind.
I have no idea why Vauxhall decided to do a Meriva VXR. Fair enough have an attempt at a Sports Saloon or Hot Hatch, the Vectra VXR and Astra VXR as they actually look a bit sporty and sport hatchbacks and saloons are cars that people actually buy.
The Meriva VXR looks like it had been modified by a boy racer that you’d see screeching around Tesco’s car park blowing huge Vape clouds thinking that there’re the dogs bollocks. The car had a pathetic 1.6L engine exactly the same as the 1.6l fitted to the Astra, Meriva and Zafira, but with VXR written on it in Red and with a price increase. The Meriva VXR also has a pathetic 0-60 time of 7.9 seconds. Which is why it doesn’t deserve to be sporty.
2. Nissan Juke Nismo RS
Nissan is a big sports car brand. They’ve made some excellent sports cars over the years, the Skyline, GTR, 370Z and many others. WHY they decided to make the Juke Nismo is beyond me. But a Nismo RS. Come on Nissan. You’re a lot better than this.
The car has had new bumpers, side skirts and wheels with Red wing mirrors, all of which make the car heavier and slower, and fitted with a 1.6L the cars 0-60 time is an agonising 7.9 seconds.
Although reviews have said that the Nismo RS is more responsive and engaging that the normal Juke (which it definitely needs to be), however it could easily be overtaken by any Hot Hatch. This is why the Juke Nismo RS doesn’t deserve to be a sports car.
3. Vauxhall Zafira VXR
Yes, back again with another Vauxhall. For some reason Vauxhall also decided to make a Zafira VXR. WHY? Just not necessary.
When you’ve got a family the last thing you want on a journey is to have your spine shaken out of your arse. Vauxhall fitted the car with the same rock-solid suspension as the Astra, Vectra and Corsa VXR meaning that the car was unbearable on long journeys.
At least Vauxhall did something with the suspension, albeit make it more uncomfortable, unlike the engine which was just a standard Vauxhall 2.0L engine which could cost you over £500 in road tax and took you from 0-60 in 7.9 seconds. Which is why the Zafira VXR doesn’t deserve to be a sports car.
4. Chrysler Ypsilon Black and Red
The Ypsilon was Chrysler’s last attempt to saver Chrysler UK. Needless to say, it was a complete failure and Chrysler cars UK have been axed. (yay)
The Ypsilon is an awful car in every single way, starting off with the name. it sounds like the self-improvement programme in GTA 5.
The Black and Red edition was Chryslers attempt at a hot hatch. The Black and Red Edition was no different from the normal car apart from the fact it was painted Black and Red.
The Ypsilon had a choice of 3 engines 0.9 and 1.2L Petrol and a 1.3L diesel. All with 0-60 times between 11-12 seconds. Why is why the Ypsilon doesn’t deserve to be a sports car.
5. The Mercedes A200
My last article was on the Mercedes A200. In which I concluded that the A200 is disappointing. It has the looks of a proper Hot Hatch, however when you plant your foot on the accelerator not a lot happens.
As well as lacking space for those of us who are blessed to be tall, the A200 has everything it needs to be a proper Hot Hatch except the performance, which lets it down massively