Mean Looking European Sports Cars are only for the cash, but their engines will lose even by a Civic. Many customers buy cars, based on their looks, and that’s why most automakers work hard to only sell attractive vehicles. But, just a car looks cool and good, that doesn’t mean it is fast. Here is the list of cars, that look elegant but will lose to a Honda on a track.
10. 1964 Aston Martin DB5
The most popular and truly ours’ James Bond’s personal favorite, the Aston Martin DB5. In most of the 007 films, this car is a rapid sports car, capable of destroying nearly everything on the road, but in reality, it struggles to keep up Civic. Under the hood, lies a 4.0L straight-six engine that offers 278 hp and 389 Nm of torque, making a 0-60 mph sprint in 8 seconds. This is even slower than the sluggish modern SUVs of today.
9. 1970 Lamborghini Espada
A Lamborghini should be fast, as everyone thinks. But the case of this Lamborghini-built grand tourer called the Espada is something else. The car had 4 seats and a 3.9L V12 derived from the 400GT under its hood. Despite the twelve cylinders and 350 hp at its soul, this exotic Lambo reached 0-60 mph in 7.8 seconds. Poor Lambo.
8. 1972 Alfa Romeo GT 1300 Junior
This Alfa Romeo Junior is an extravagant car, well-looking, and drives well too, but when it passed on to the GT 1300, the power was a major let-down. The naturally-aspirated 1.3L four-cylinder engine just puffed out 90 hp to the RWD. The 0-60 time was of 12.6 seconds which was too much of the past.
7. 1970 Porsche 914/4
This isn’t a Porsche! many say when they first have a glance at this. But the boy from Stuttgart had more of a Volkswagen blood flowing through its veins rather than Porsche’s. The 914/4 had a tiny 1.7L flat-four engine at the back, which only produced 79 hp. This took 13.3 seconds to reach 60 mph, making it a bad-performing car.
6. 1973 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
Normally, Volkswagens don’t have the looks of a fast car, but their first-ever sports coupe was the Karmann Ghia. The coupe was sleek-looking with curves and creases making it look like a more niche Porsche 911. But performance-wise the teensy 1.6L flat-four engine offered less than 50 hp to the rear wheels. Thus, the Ghia could only run from 0-60 mph in a very saddening 15 seconds.
5. 2007 Brabus Smart Roadster
Just as everyone thinks, the Brabus badge is exotic and they have laid their hands on a car, you would assume it is blistering fast, but this ain’t the story with the Smart Roadster. The Smart Roadster itself was an under-performed car, with a 60-hp, 0.7L three-cylinder engine in its base model. Brabus didn’t apply much work to the roadster, but they managed to suck out about 100 hp out of the tiny powertrain, but even with that, it only had a 0-60 time of 9.8 seconds.
4. 2007 Mercedes SLK200 Edition 10
The Special Edition 10 SLK 200 had unique wheels, paint, and tinted rear lights making this little Mercedes roadster look extra sporty, without any engine upgrades. It was equipped with a 1.8L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which produced 159 hp and 239 Nm of torque. The SLK 200 Edition 10’s 0-60 time was a slow 8 seconds.
3. 1994 Fiat Coupe
The Fiat Coupe looks good to some and some despise it. The Coupe was equipped with a weak 1.8L four-cylinder, offering just 129 hp. It hits the 60 mph mark after more than 9 seconds.
2. 1982 Ferrari Mondial 8
Most classic Ferraris look almost identical to each other, but to an average eye; they’d mix up the Mondial and the F355. The Mondial 8 might have the looks of a rapid Ferrari, but its 2.8L V8 engine only produced 214 hp and 242 Nm of torque, making it do 0-60 mph in 8.2 seconds.
1. 1964 Lotus Elan S1
The Lotus Elan was a fun car to drive around, and it is definitely faster than it is, but the numbers state otherwise. The Elan the looks like it was designed to be a track weapon, but the 1.6L four-cylinder only produced 106 hp, and its fastest 0-60 time was just under 9 seconds.
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