Overrated Is An Overrated Term
It's time we retire this term and start respecting these cars for what they are
Every day there are at least ten different posts on cars that the writer considers "overrated" obviously these are opinions, which opinions are fine but that doesn't justify calling it overrated. Just because you don't like a car doesn't make it overrated, most cars that you hear being called overrated have made a mark on the industry in one way or another, so lets get into why we shouldn't just label every car we don't like overrated.1
The "Fanboy" dilemma
Most cars that are considered to be "overrated" have been hyped up beyond they're capabilities by what we call "Fanboys" these are generally 10 to 15 year old kids who find a certain car they like and continue to hype it up every time someone asks about it. This creates a lot of undeserved hate towards the vehicle in question, which generally is fantastic. Just look at the Mk.4 Supra for example, a car that back in the day could hang with the likes of Ferrari and Porsche. The 2JZ inline 6 was "rated" at 320hp which was only 55hp less than the Ferrari F355, though Japanese manufacturers tended to underrate they're actual horsepower figures due to a gentleman's agreement between them. The Supra was literally a super car for a 1/4 of the price! But today people tend to compare it to more modern cars and that's not really fair for a car built in the 90's. Look I get the fanboys are annoying but we have to actually look at the facts before jumping to conclusions here.
Not every car that gets attention is overrated
Every day there is another car being ripped apart by people who more than likely don't know anything about it's credentials or the era in which it was built. Take for example the McLaren F1, a car that was an entire decade ahead of the competition of it's time. A top speed of 231mph in 1993! That record wouldn't be beat until 2005 by the Bugatti Veyron, yet some people see the attention the F1 gets and decides to write an angry little piece saying "Obviously it's overrated" and "A Lamborghini Huracan would beat it" and blah, blah, blah stating zero facts and failing to mention it's importance in history.
Another car I saw get ripped apart in a poll the other day was the Lancia Delta HF Intagrale, we are talking about one of the most successful rally cars of all time, and possibly the worlds first super hot hatch. The Delta won an insane 6 CONSECUTIVE CONSTRUCTORS CHAMPIONSHIPS!!! and another four drivers titles in the World Rally Championship. There is no way on planet earth this car is overrated, yet people still bash it to make themselves look smart.
Know your history
My final point is that if you are going to spread word of a car being overrated, know it's history, what time it was released and just basic facts about it. Overrated has become more of a factual word rather than opinionated these days, so lets get the facts right and use the word less. These cars we keep bashing have left they're mark on the industry whether we like them or not.