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Discontinued Cars That Need to be Resurrected... Kaizen style

Continuing with the spirit of Easter, I have compiled a few cars that have since been discontinued that I wish could be resurrected.

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Now before you rush to say, “Careful what you wish for” Here me out first. I understand where you're coming from especially regarding the current automotive industry landscape where it's easy to have a one hit wonder. Those that dare to attempt to make a follow-up hit-maker of a car often fail especially in this modern era where strict regulations often make it impossible to replicate prior success. (cough cough Honda NSX)

What I wish for the cars on this list is that they are approached with the Japanese method of Kaizen, that is to make small changes overtime that will ultimately improve them in a significant way.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

All 10 Generations of the Lancer Evolution

All 10 Generations of the Lancer Evolution

Kaizen. Porsche and other brands that follow this philosophy in one way or the other have had great success in the 'less is more way' of doing things. This was also the case for a normal compact sedan called the Lancer that was given ‘go fast’ parts, inspired by motorsport dominance in WRC to be dubbed, the Lancer Evolution. It still saddens me that I refer to the ‘Evo’ in past tense after a fantastic 10 generation run. It not only made Mitsubishi a very cool brand, but also gave its arch nemesis, Subaru Impreza WRX a good run for its money. With Mitsubishi seemingly having lost its cool factor in discontinuing the Evolution and resurrecting the Eclipse as a crossover, there is no better time than any to take a page out of Toyota’s book and vow to STOP MAKING BORING CARS.

Mazda RX8

Mazda RX9 Render

Mazda RX9 Render

Mazda may have lacked the financial resources or time to perfect the rotary engine, but I wish this was not the case. Mazda was onto something here with a compact pistonless engine that sounded amazing only when it worked as it should. These engines would have been an interesting alternative to the conventional engines of today but the unreliability and expensive upkeep meant the RX was doomed. In 2012 after the RX8's run, Mazda finally pulled the plug. If the Mazda RX9 was to be made, I would love it to have a rotary that is easy on oil and fuel and can last as long as a Toyota engine. Alas one can only dream.

Chevy SS

Chevy SS

Chevy SS

The Chevy SS was the very definition of a sleeper car, that is a car that is unassuming on the outside but has ludicrous performance tucked under the skin. In this family friendly looking sedan sits a 6.2Litre V8 with 415horsepower going straight to the rear tyres. Some might say that this recipe still exists with the likes of the Dodge Charger SRT model range but with news that the Dodge SRT performance models are being discontinued, this is more of a pre-emptive morn for the death of the 4-door American Muscle sedans.

Toyota MR2

Toyota MR2 Render

Toyota MR2 Render

Dubbed the widow maker, the MR2 provided something that had not been seen since the Lancia Stratos heydays in rally. When it launched back in the 80’s, the MR2 was a certified mid engined pocket rocket. Although it had a humble 4 cylinder its light weight meant it still packed quite a punch. That coupled with rear wheel drive and a short wheelbase meant it always kept you on your toes as it loved to go sideways unexpectedly in a corner. Controlling the drift was also a challenge meaning many MR2’s found their way into ditches or walls or other vehicles hence the nickname “Widow maker”. The MR2 only lasted three generations but I believe the second gen was the sweet spot in terms of looks and so I would absolutely LOVE a modern take on this pocket rocket.

More than Honorable Mentions

Honda S2000

Honda S2000

Honda S2000

Nissan Silvia S15

Nissan Silvia S15

Nissan Silvia S15

Mitsubishi 3000GT

Mitsubishi 3000gt

Mitsubishi 3000gt

Lancia Delta Integrale

Lancia Delta Integrale

Lancia Delta Integrale

BMW Z8

BMW Z8

BMW Z8

What are your picks of cars you wish could be brought back to life with a slight modern twist? Let us know in the comments.

Author: Tinotenda Nyakudzuka

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