Revving Downward: The 10 Supercars That Failed to Impress - A Look at the Biggest Disappointments in Automotive History

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Updated: September 08, 2023
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Revving Downward: The 10 Supercars That Failed to Impress - A Look at the Biggest Disappointments in Automotive History


The list includes the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, Lamborghini Egoista, Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, and other well-known brands of cars.


And on the sun, there are spots: alas, these cars are hardly worthy of the prefix "super." Popular Mechanics " presented the top ten worst supercars according to the American magazine Car and Driver.


  1. Audi Quattro:


  • Years Of Production: 1983-1984


Audi did not have experience developing supercars, so the company decided to play on its rally heritage as a debut. Quattro received a powerful turbocharged five-cylinder engine and a proprietary all-wheel-drive system so that a small coupe fired from a place to 100 km / h in about six seconds. 


A total of 224 pieces were built because the combination of a short 2.5-meter wheelbase and a heavy engine above the front axle led to a catastrophic understeer, which was not to buyers' liking.




  1. Ferrari 612 Scaglietti:


  • Years Of Production: 2004-2011


612 was one of the rare Ferrari models capable of accommodating four people in the salon. Unfortunately, its advantages end this because Scaglietti was disgusted with a real Ferrari and looked worse. The aluminum body had a length of 4.9 meters and a width of 1.9 meters, with a car weight of almost 2 tons.                                   



  1. Gumpert Apollo:


  • Years Of Production: 2005-2013


In 2004, Roland Gumpert founded his own company to build his dream car. The supercar got a 4.2-liter V8 from Audi with a twin-turbo, so it catapulted to 100 km / h in less than 3 seconds and even set a record for the Nürburgring track for production cars. 


However, with such astounding dynamics, Apollo had a disgusting build quality and huge gaps between the body panels. With the price of a supercar at least 550 thousand dollars, the buyers did not appreciate this, and, as a result, the company recently announced bankruptcy.                     




  1. Jaguar XJ220:


  • Years Of Production: 1992-1994


The Jaguar XJ220 concept debuted in 1988 and boasted a mighty V12 with an all-wheel-drive transmission, but after four years of waiting, potential buyers were, to put it mildly, disappointed. 


On the way from the podium to the conveyor XJ220, all this was lost, and it was now equipped with a low-power turbocharged V6 with rear-wheel drive. Many customers, charmed by the prototype and prepaid, broke contracts, so today, you can find a copy in the state of a brand-new car for sale.                       






  1. Lamborghini Egoista:


  • Year Of Production: 2013


Although only one copy was made, it deserves a place on this list. Egoista was built for the 50th anniversary of the company Lamborghini. Still, its design can be called, at best, "chaotic": the body of a supercar is an eclectic interweaving of random lines and sharp angles with many ventilation holes.                                                   




  1. Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren:


  • Years Of Production: 2003-2010


What happens when one of the oldest automakers unites with one of the most successful Formula 1 teams to create a supercar? Contrary to expectations, there are disagreements and compromises. 


SLR McLaren turned out to be too big and heavy, and the incredibly long nose of a supercar, inspired by race cars, was hated even by the chief designer after tiring attempts to fit it into the face of the car harmoniously. 


As a result, the first "pancake" of Mercedes-Benz and McLaren turned out to be a lump, and later, each of the companies made its own supercar: McLaren MP4-12C and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.                                                  




  1. Mosler Consulier GTP:


  • Years Of Production: 1985-1993


The Consulier GTP with fiberglass body was equipped with the Chrysler 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbo, but its options had no beauty. After several evolutions, the unpretentious style did not improve, and the terrible interior finally buried the supercar.                                         




  1. Panther 6:


  • Years Of Production: 1977-1978


An extravagant six-wheeled supercar with a removable roof was equipped with a huge 8.2-liter V8 from Cadillac and a three-speed automatic transmission, and an advanced audio system, TV, and phone were unprecedented equipment for the late 1970s. 


It was released in only two copies - black and white, both of which are still on the go.   




  1. Qvale Mangusta:


  • Years Of Production: 2000-2002


At the dawn of De Tomaso Bigua products, the Italian supercar had a simple 4.6-liter Ford V8 Ford Mustang and a plastic body. Despite the rather unusual design from Maestro Marcello Gandini and the unique mechanism of the convertible roof, Mangusta could not win the approval of buyers, and soon, all rights to the car were sold to the dying British concern MG Rover.                                                 




  1. Vector W2:


  • Year Of Release: 1980


The futuristic prototype, whose appearance was inspired by spacecraft from the series Star Trek, promised the maximum speed insane for the year 1980, 389 km / h, but to verify this statement failed. The 5.7-liter V8 from Chevrolet developed 600 hp, the supercar's interior was truly cosmic.              




It represented an incredible heap of all possible devices, including, for example, fuel pressure indicators or oil pressure in the gearbox. Because of the endless litigation between the company's investors, only one instance of the W2 was built.