When it comes to making a good sports car, the best place to put the engine is of course behind the driver. Or is it? These classic sports cars are some of the best cars ever made, and they are all front-engined. Most classic sports cars back in the day were front-engined, and it was very rare to see some of them mid-engined and even rarer to see them rear-engined.
Of course, as time moved on a lot more classic sports cars became mid-engined, However, there were still many great front-engined classic sports cars available. Here are the ten best classic front-engined sports cars money can buy.
A hairy-chested sports car that came with either a thrilling Inline-6 or a hairy-chested V8. Probably one of the best cars to come from the company ever. Produced from 1996 till 2006, it’s a car that lived a very long life. Of course, the Cerbera is not a reliable car at all, but it sure is very fun.
The slowest models packed a 4-liter inline-6 which pushed out 350hp and 330 lb-ft of torque, which is pretty decent. It hits 60 in 4.4 seconds, which is the same as a 2014 BMW M4. Not too shabby at all if you ask us. Plus, this car is super light, weighing a maximum of 1130 kg, which is practically nothing.
The best-selling sports car in the world for a good reason. A front-engined masterpiece that is light, fun, and good-looking. It may not be the most powerful car on this list, but it sure is one of the most iconic. The MX5, or Miata, depending on where you live, has been through four generations now, but the best one has to be the first. It’s a purist’s car that handles beautifully, and the engine sounds pretty good too.
The MX5 is also probably the cheapest car on this list, and you can easily get one for a few hundred dollars if you want. It is also one of the most reliable car on this list too.
The Honda S2000 is a car that sounds incredible. Produced from 1999 till 2009, it was by far one of the best sports cars ever. Powered by a 2-liter naturally-aspirated inline-4 (later increased to 2.2 liters) and it pushed out around 240 hp. Later cars had the same amount of power, despite the displacement increase.
The S2000 is a proper driver’s car and inside, it is a cockpit. Small touches such as a metal gear shifter and a red starter button uplift the mood of this car. It’s not an MX5 rival at all, since it is a lot faster. More so a BMW Z4 rival, and the S2000 sure was a beast.
Toyota Supra A80
One of the best sports cars ever, the Supra was surely a car that was completely one of its kind. Powered by the legendary 2JZ inline-6, this thing was an absolute monster. The Turbo models may have had only 276hp stock (which most of the time was completely underreported) but don’t mind that at all. This thing is a car you cannot leave stock at all, and it can easily handle several hundred extra horses.
The Supra is also one of the most loved cars in the world. The cult following for this thing is crazy, and it’s mostly thanks to its roles in the Fast and Furious movies and various video games. There’s nothing else to say about this thing other than it’s one of the best cars ever made.
The E-Type is one of the most beautiful cars ever. Produced from 1961 to 1975, this thing was loved by pretty much every car enthusiast in the world. Sure, it may be unreliable, but that doesn’t matter since it makes up for that in other ways.
The one to get is the Series One. Powered by a 3.8-liter inline-6 (later a 4.2) this thing sounds incredible at full throttle. Handling wise, it isn’t too bad for a car of this age and size. But let’s be honest, people want this car for the looks, and they’ll use it for cruising, not for driving like a maniac on the highway.
Porsche 968 Club Sport
The Porsche 968 Club Sport was the equivalent of a GT4 Porsche back in the day. A lighter version of the 968 sports car, it packed a 3.0-liter inline-4 with 240hp, and it hit 60 in just 5.6 seconds with a top speed of 162 mph. It was fast in a straight line, and it was seriously quick around corners, thanks to lowered suspension and better driving dynamics.
It’s a hardcore car with most of the luxuries removed. These cars can now be legally imported into North America, but back in the day if someone wanted a new CS 968 in America, they would have to gray import it.
Probably one of the craziest cars ever made, the Viper is a car that only experienced drivers tame, and even then it’s borderline insane to drive. Under the hood there lies a V10 which originally had a displacement of 8 liters. As time went on, the capacity was increased to 8.3 and soon 8.4 liters.
The original Viper was produced from 1992 up until 1995. It was an absolute animal that lacked traction control and anti-lock brakes. If you wanted to get the best out of this car, you have to be an experienced driver. Later cars were a lot less aggressive, but they still packed a serious punch.
The TVR Sagaris is a crazy car that packs an absolute atom bomb under the hood. This beast was produced for just one year between 2005 and 2006, and it was scary. Just like the Viper, this car has no traction control, no anti-lock brakes, and even no airbags. What makes things even crazier, is that the EU at the time released a mandate stating that all cars had t have these, and TVR just ignored them.
The Sagaris then is a proper naughty car made by a company that essentially broke the law. This thing is reserved only for experienced drivers who want to risk their lives, since it is not forgiving to drive at all. But at the end of the day, that 4.0-liter inline-6 sounds incredible and with a 0-60 time of just 3.7 seconds, it is stupidly fast.
Nissan Skyline GTR
The Skyline GTR was launched way back in 1969. However, the three generations we are most interested in though are the R32, the R33, and of course the legendary R34. These three cars were way ahead of their time since they were just full of technology. Rear-wheel steering, all-wheel drive, high-performance figures, lightweight rims, etc.
In all honesty, there isn’t much to say about this car. Everybody knows how good it is. It was the “working man’s” supercar back in the day, but now, only the businessmen can afford one of these things since they’re just so expensive.
The Corvette C2, in our opinion, is the most iconic Corvette ever. This thing battles the Mustang to be the most iconic American car ever. The shape of it is gorgeous, and the engine choices are all insane. The largest engine is a 7.0-liter unit, which is just massive.
The first-ever Stingray Corvette, this car was loved by everyone. Including the astronauts at the time (such as Buzz Aldrin) and how cool is that? The only car on this list to be loved and driven regularly by spacemen.
Mention German sports cars and people’s minds drift to well-engineered, finely tuned machines – that’s not always the case though!
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