The Best Cars to Come out of the 80s
The 80s, an interesting time for cars.
If you are a fan of films or superheroes in general, you may have watched the trailer for the new Wonder Woman trailer called "WW84". The sequel to the first Wonder Woman (2017). The trailer is extremely 80s featuring a very 80s soundtrack, 80s neon aesthetics and a very colorful look. Now why I am talking about a film? This isn't movietribe, actually. When you finish the article, I will leave a very interesting question. But I thought to myself on what were some of the best cars to come out of the 1980s and here is a list on a few of them
RUF "Yellowbird" CTR
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I am starting the list with a very popular car if you know your Porsche extremely well. This is the RUF CTR nicknamed "Yellowbird" because of it iconic yellow color and the turbo sound like a bird "chirping". This is the fastest car to come out of the 80s. It can do 211 mph, which was faster than the Ferrari F40 and the Porsche 959, and the turbocharged flat-six pushes out around 450 horsepower, which was very impressive at the time. RUF modified the body of the 911 and added lightened body panels, an integrated roll cage, upgraded suspension, better brakes, a custom designed transmission, polyurethane bumper and a side mounted oil filter. The car is quite costly selling for $223,000 per unit in 1987 and only 29 of these are made. Back to the body of the 911, if you don't know RUF, I will give you a brief description. RUF has been making a lot of extremely fast 911 to the point that Porsche themselves actually gave them only the body of the 911 and RUF will add the performance goodies to the body and since RUF has their own VIN, the car will not be registered as a Porsche, but a RUF instead. Back to the Yellowbird. If you are wanting one of these extremely rare "Yellowbird", well worry no more. As RUF will be making a successor to the icon and will share zero parts with a Porsche, so if you got the cash, get one while you can.
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Okay, I understand a Buick isn't exactly known for performance, especially nowadays. I mean they pretty much abandoned performance entirely. Gone of the iconic 60s Buick, now its just boring sedans, but this Buick doesn't even want to hear the "boring" anymore, this Buick just want to hear the word "fast". This is the Buick GNX or Grand National Experimental, which is the coolest Buick ever, even earning the nickname "Darth's Vader Car" and you know for a second if a car has got the name of the most terrifying name on the Empire...no pun intended, then you know this car is fast. The history is quite interesting, but to summarize the story. The name is Grand National was intended to celebrate Buick's victory at the ovals and the first Grand Nationals were nothing fast and instead cosmetics alone then after a while, the Grand National returned wearing an all black dress and a bulge hood to fit more performance, then in 1987, Buick decided to go all in for the Grand National, so they sent 547 Buicks to get some treatment from Mclaren Performance Technologies. Yes, that Mclaren. Mclaren fitted the Buick with a special Garrett T-3 Turbocharger, larger intercooler, GNX specific dual exhuasts and unique differential to make 276 horsepower though some claimed it actually produced somewhere around 300 horsepower and you can buy one (if you were alive when this came out) for $30,000. The power output may not be terrifying, but actually quite good for the time, however, this car is faster in the quarter mile than a Ferrari F40 and Porsche 930, reaching the quarter mile in 12.7 seconds at 113 mph. The biggest downside is that all of the GNX are only available with automatics, at least that is what the internet is saying and good news, if you want to see the GNX returning and its predecessor, the Grand National, returning, well Buick got the rights of the trademark name of those cars, so we finally might see Buick making actual performance instead of comfort
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I had a really tough time picking the 3rd car. First, I went with the Lancia Stratos HF, but that came out in the 1970s, then I went with the Countach...a car that was also first sold in the 1970s, but thankfully the Testarossa came out in 1984. The same year as the when the Wonder Woman will take place. I think that is not really a coincidence. The Testarossa features a flat-12 cylinder engine that makes 385 horsepower and can do 0-60 mph of 5.3 seconds and has a top speed of 186 mph. Quarter mile in 13.5 seconds and it is the most recognizable car from the hit TV show "Miami Vice" after the protagonist car was blown up by a rocket. Though the car is quite terrible to drive in real life according to sources. But the fame and recognition in the hit TV show and famous people had this Ferrari. O.J Simpson, Michael Jordan, Dr.Dre, Elton John and others have owned this car. Even Enzo Ferrari gave the star of the hit show, Don Johnson, a Ferrari Testorassa. Also almost 10,000 Testarossas were made during its lifetime from 1984 till 1996.
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This was the Porsche that allegedly lost to the Yellowbird, but it was actually faster than Yellowbird in terms of acceleration. The 959 was originally built for Group B, but when the car was finished, Group B was done, so Porsche built it for DaKar racing and it surprisingly won the 1986 season. The production car wasn't bad in fact it was quite brilliant. The 959 has a twin turbo sequentially charged 2.9 liters flat-six making 444 horsepower, it can do 197 mph and has a "gelande" gear for offloading, adjustable ride height depending on environment, a blaunkapant stereo to inform drivers of issue, while the 959 S can do 211 mph and only 29 of these cool 959 S were built and made 508 horsepower from bigger turbochargers. This car was responsible for so many things. One is this car was responsible for an alternative route for the 25 year import rule thanks to Bill Gates and creating the "Show and Display" rule, which allows you to drive the car under 2500 miles a year and the car must be in limited quantity. Secondly, it sparked a super car war with the Ferrari F40, the last Ferrari that gave the approval of Enzo Ferrari himself, so you can hear people whining of which is the better super car. Only 337+8 were produced and one was sold in auction for $425K and its front was completely smashed
Toyota AE-86 Corolla
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This generation of the Toyota Corolla was built in both FWD and RWD. Obviously, the one that I am talking is the RWD version. There are two variants of the RWD, one was called the Levin, which has fixed headlights and the other variant was called the Trueno (more on this version later), which has pop up headlights. Both have solid live rear axle, which makes drifting easier. They both don't have a lot of power, but the driving feel is what makes this car so special. The special is enhanced thanks to Keiichi Tsuchiya, a Japanese driver who practiced driving by driving his Trueno Corolla in the Japanese mountains and because of his experience, he influenced drifting into the mainstream when he made a film of his insane drifting skills called "Pluspy" and made drifting insanely popular, so we have to thank him for making the sport popular and making this car popular and expensive. A mint condition one with the right specs can be sold for a lot. The popularity of the Corolla continues with the hit Anime TV show "Initial D" where the protagonist of the show drives a tofu delivering Corolla to be the fastest racer in the Japan mountains. Now the Corolla is only available with FWD, so let us pay respects to the icon. But now Toyota has created a successor for this legend with partnership with Subaru called the GT-86, while Subaru's version is called the BRZ, but I am sure all of you have heard of it and what made it so great.