Cars that just aren’t getting the showroom love they deserve.
While some enthusiasts and journalists are wringing their hands at the way crossover SUVs have taken over the automotive market, it’s worth remembering that these things move in cycles. In the 1970s, it was all about the station wagons. Then, when the kids grew up, they didn’t want to drive the vehicles their stuffy parents did. Then the minivan showed up, and people couldn’t get enough of them. Now the kids that grew up in the back of those want nothing to do with them despite being the perfect family vehicle for their kids. Instead, those kids of the 90s are buying SUVs or crossovers for their families. Give it another decade, and the crossover craze will die down. Crossovers won’t go away because they suit a lot of people and families, but something else will become the general family vehicle of choice. Perhaps we’ll get the return of the wagon.
In the meantime, enthusiasts and journalists are also wringing their hands at the thought that fast and fun cars for driving fans will go away. Again, this has been a recurring theme for decades. Yet, we are living in a golden age of horsepower and performance. Engines making 300 horsepower are no big deal and a 4-cylinder Mustang now makes 310 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. 20 years ago, that was what you got at the top of the range.
Unfortunately, enthusiasts do make up a small percentage of the new car market. And, although these aren’t all enthusiast cars, they are all at the bottom of the sales charts. Let’s take a look at what new car buyers have been skipping over that should be on shopping lists.
The Lotus Evora 400 is the poster child for this list. The name Lotus is legendary in car culture, but people tend pass their production cars over. The bottom line is that the reputation for unreliable engines and expensive parts left over from previous decades is still hurting sales. The Evora is an outstanding all-round package though with Lotus grip and handling to go with the mid-engine layout. The reliability that has been missing comes from a Toyota sourced engine making 400 horsepower with the aid of a supercharger.