5 Cars That Have Gone But Didn't Deserve To
There are some cars that didn't deserve to say goodbye. In no particular order, here are my top 5.
Toyota GT86/Subaru BRZ
Technically Toyota are still working on a second generation with the GR86, and Subaru have already revealed the next gen BRZ, but the BRZ isn't on sale in the UK and it is unlikely that the GR86 will either so I'm including it anyway.
99.99% of people who drive this car had nothing but good to say about it. That's because it was probably the most fun you could have in a car for less than £30,000. No, that's wrong. It's more like the most fun you can have in a car full stop. Yes the interior wasn't the most amazing, but it was perfectly adequate. Yes there were several Hot Hatches on sale that could smash it round a track for slightly less. But that wasn't what this thing was made for. It was made for pure fun. This was a car for the drivers. Manual gearbox? Check. Extremely satisfying engine? Check. Suitably amazing chassis? Check. It had all the right elements to be a drivers car and it performed even better than you'd expect. However it looked pretty awesome with a bodykit too, and had a highly tunable engine, so if you're into JDM then this could be a great option for you too. Overall, on paper this car was a less convenient MX-5, but when you got behind the wheel you could have quite easily spent a million dollars on it and not care less.
Alfa Romeo 4C
This is a flawed car in many, many ways. It was obscenely wide, its ride was hopeless and it didn't deliver on a lot of promises. Here's how the story goes: 2011 Geneva Motor Show and Alfa take the wraps off of what is their most beautiful car since the 8C (if you underestimate that as that was only on sale a few years before, remember that the 8C was a special edition model. Plus it's Alfa. They find it hard not to make beautiful cars). Anyway, it promised three pedals and Porsche Cayman performance at the price of a Nissan 370Z. It was also meant to weigh practically nothing, under a tonne actually thanks to extensive use of Carbon Fibre. If Alfa weren't lying, this would potentially be the best selling Sports Car of all time! Who wouldn't want a car like this. It had all the right ingredients to be a giant killer. The concept car that was being showcased was also very, very beautiful. Fast forward 2 years to the Geneva Motor Show 2013, and the production car was showcased. It wasn't as perfect as the original, but still looked amazing. However that was far from the worst news. It wouldn't feature a manual gearbox but instead a flappy paddle gearbox. That wasn't too bad. It would still weigh under a tonne and deliever Porsche Cayman rivalling performance even with a small i4 engine under the bonnet thanks to the ultra low weight. However it used carbon fibre. If you don't know, carbon fibre is relatively expensive. Therefore the 4C did not cost as much as a Nissan 370Z. It cost as much as a Porsche Cayman. And a Porsche Cayman is a Porsche Cayman. You don't beat a Porsche Cayman because it is a Porsche Cayman. Plus the interior was rubbish. This was extremely bad news for Alfa. Now lets go back to the present. The Alfa, despite all of its flaws, was still awesome to drive. No power steering meant it was so raw, and flappy paddles feature which, overall is a great thing. All the top supercars have them, what's wrong with this having some. 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds is definitely fast enough for most people. It was like a Lamborghini Countach in terms of impracticality but was more fun than a Lotus on the right road. This car didn't deliver on promises but I can't help thinking that if those promises weren't made in the first place, this Alfa would have definitely sold in higher numbers, and maybe, just maybe would still be here today.
This cars's story started in 2009 with the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car. It showcased a hybrid with a 1.5 litre turbo diesel and a two electric motors generating 139hp. It would deliver an excellent 76mpg and it had a 0.22cd drag coefficient, one of the lowest in history.
BMW Vision EfficientDynamics
After a load of concepts and prototypes, the production version was showcased in 2013. And it arguably looked even better than the Vision EfficientDynamics. It looked futuristic but really cool at the same time and was called the i8. Its figures actually outperformed the concept from 2009. It was the poster car of every young child, including me. The ironic thing is that it's a BMW, and they currently are making potentially the ugliest cars in the history of the universe. It drove nicely, was relatively quick and was comfortable. There was one drawback though: the price. I personally would price it at around £75,000 to £80,000 new. But it was a hybrid, and electric car technology was still in its infancy at its launch, so the battery tech was very expensive. So the car ended up costing about £100,000. BMW did not update the batteries that much so the price stayed the same. So the i8 ended up being, dare I say it, outdated. The price was too high, so sales were small, and a great car ended up being canned mid last last year.
2. Subaru WRX STI
This car needs no introduction. Ok, this is arguably one of the less desirable versions, but it was still great. It had a manual gearbox, which is always a good thing, was faster than most other cars at its price range and it handled well. This paragraph is kinda short because we already know a bunch about this, but I would still have it now.
1. Ferrari GTC4Lusso
Available with a V8 or V12, this had to be one of the coolest estate cars ever made. It is amazingly luxurious for a Ferrari, or any car for that matter even if the infotainment sucked. It succeeded the Ferrari FF which was a tough act to follow but I still think it's a really strong car overall. It retained 4WD so could go offroad, and was quick in a straight line. Or on a track. It was a great car which you'd think would have just as, if not more commercial success than the FF, however luxury SUVs like that stupid Pink Bentayga were already on the rise when it went on sale in 2016, and estate market share was dwindling, so it sold in minimal numbers and is a rare sight on todays roads. Production was halted last year with no clear successor likely to come signifying the end of an era.
Are there any cars that you think deserve to be on this list? Put them in the comments below and thnks for reading!