In the history of the engine, many cars have not received all the love they deserved. Because? The reasons for not conquering the public are varied: many were too ahead of their time, others were too expensive, some had a slightly strange design, in some cases the brands did not know how to sell them… Today today we find some of these special cases: do they look like you?
There was a time when Peugeot wanted to become the alternative for drivers who had fallen at the feet of the Audi TT…and couldn’t afford it. For this, they created the Peugeot RCZ, a coupé with a design in which this double-bubble roof strongly attracted attention.
Signed Peugeot Sport, it displays incredible performance: it goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 250 km/h. Something I achieved thanks to a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo engine developing 270 hp. Low demand wrote the end of his story in 2015.
Like many American models, in the Saleen S7 everything was great. It was 4.77 meters long and 1.98 meters wide: under this huge body was a naturally aspirated 7.0-liter V8 located at the rear and associated with a six-speed manual gearbox.
this block it was capable of delivering 550 hp… which later became 750 hp with the biturbo version. It is therefore not surprising that it reached a top speed of 354 km/h. And all this taking into account that he weighed less than 1270 kilos.
If you’ve ever played Forza Horizon, you know the Mosler MT900. A car that brought together different styles… literally: the front powerfully recalls the Dodge Viper while the rear clearly evokes the features of the Chevrolet Corvette C5. Only 25 units were made and George Lucas was the first to acquire one.
The influence of the Detroit brand does not stop there: its V8 was a variant of the engine that rode the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and delivered 610 HP, approx. With this figure, it was able to go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.1 seconds, but, of course, the Mosler MT900 weighed 997 kilos.
4. Hold on
Holden is a famous brand of Australia who, beyond the borders of his country, is not so popular: finding one of his particular vehicles is complicated because they are only sold there and if you want one you will have to import it .
We attach particular importance to the adjective “particular” because manufactures sport-style and coupe-style pickup trucks. Yes, the Holden Ute hides under this body a naturally aspirated 6.0-liter V8 that sends its 370 horsepower to the rear wheels.
We end our compilation with Spyker, a Dutch brand whose history has been marked by its incessant comings and goings. The last time there was talk of his return was this year.
One of the most striking designs he has created is the Spyker C8, a vehicle which, paying homage to the automaker’s past, uses aerospace-grade aluminum to craft all of its components, including the chassis. The Volkswagen group becomes its main supplier: Not only is it possible to recognize elements of the brands of the German consortium inside, but the engine (a 4.2-litre V8) has been signed Audi. For the set-up, yes, they turned to Lotus.