1 . The Worst Supercars
Okay, let s role play. Your name is Wentworth Chesterton Moneybags XII, and you can afford any vehicle in the world. Your heart is set on something rare, something fast, and something exotic; only a supercar will scratch your platinum plated itch. It doesn t even matter which one you choose it says super right there in the name! Its guaranteed vehicular awesomeness, right?Wrong, Wentles.History is littered with supercars from builders who ought to have concentrated on producing a good car before aiming for the automotive pantheon witness our alphabetical list of the most lamentable supercars of all time.
2 . AUDI SPORT QUATTRO Years produced 1983 to 1984
Audi s history isn t exactly littered with supercars, and we fully appreciate that the Sport Quattro ticks the right boxes for brand aficionados: It has rallying heritage, it packs a brawny turbocharged five cylinder engine, and only 224 of them were built. But should anyone other than four ring fanboys care about this nubby little thing? It was birthed when an onslaught of far more compact, all wheel drive Group B rally cars began decimating the original Quattro, which was a derivative of the plain Jane Audi 4000. So the automaker s solution was to cut the wheelbase by a whopping 12.6 inches, which created a funky, nose heavy monster prone to vicious understeer. This version didn t find much competition success, either, despite the fact that Audi added a front spoiler worthy of a bulldozer. Go ahead and tout the Sport Quattro as iconic, just be sure not to let anyone see your Vorsprung durch Technik tattoo.
3 . FERRARI 612 SCAGLIETTI Years produced 2004 to 2011
Ferrari has offered four seat models at the top of its range for decades, and more than a few of them have gone unappreciated, including the delicately styled 365GT4 two plus two of the early 70s, which later morphed into the 400 and 412. But one such model deserving of scorn is the 612 Scaglietti, which appears on this list not because it drives terribly (it won its only comparison test appearance) but because it s so damn hard to look at.Bloated in every direction, the 612 is stretched along a 116.1 inch wheelbase, three inches shorter than that of a base 2014 Chevy Silverado, is a full 193 inches long, and rises 52.9 inches from the pavement. The front end is a mess of intersecting lines, the side appears to be sagging, and (this is tragic for a car capable of blowing other cars into the weeds) the rear end is boring.Like a true supercar, it offers occupants poor visibility. For bystanders, though, the 612 Scaglietti is all too visible.
4 . GUMPERT APOLLO Years produced 2005 to 2013
Roland Gumpert headed Audi s motorsports activities until the mid 80s, when a run of futility soured his relationship with then R&D boss Ferdinand Pi?ch. Gumpert was reassigned and hung on at Audi until 2004, when he set out to create his dream car in collaboration with MTM s Roland Mayer. Mayer soon bailed on the project, though, leaving Gumpert on his own to launch this track focused hyper weapon, which is powered by a twin turbocharged Audi V 8 and brimming with racing technology. The Apollo even held the N?rburgring lap record for a production car (since broken by the Porsche 918 Spyder).So why is it on this list? Frankly, were shocked it didnt fall apart in the attempt. Every example we ve seen has massive panel gaps and poor assembly quality, and the Apollo has an interior cobbled together with a random assemblage of generic parts. For this you ll fork over a minimum of $550,000, but at least your car will look like an intergalactic codpiece. You might not be surprised to learn that Gumpert the company recently filed for bankruptcy.
5 . JAGUAR XJ220 Years produced 1992 to 1994
The XJ220 debuted as an all wheel drive, V 12 powered concept in 1988, inspiring excited Jaguar faithful to plunk down deposits on the promised production examples. Unfortunately for those people, they ended up with a car that diverged in critical ways from the show property. Indeed, when the XJ220 finally hit the streets (some four years following the concept s debut and after the red hot supercar market burst in spectacular fashion) it was equipped with a more simplistic powertrain that combined rear wheel drive and a turbocharged V 6. To add insult to injury, the engineering firm that handled much of the model s development work, TWR, birthed the XJR 15 supercar with the race bred V 12 the XJ220 did without. More than a few XJ220 customers tried to cancel their contracts, and you could purchase a new example of the car as late as 1997.
6 . LAMBORGHINI EGOISTA Year produced 2013
Okay, so only one of these exists, but this rolling acid trip deserves a place on this list. The Egoista was among the gifts Lamborghini presented to itself earlier this year in celebration of its 50th anniversary, a pet project of VW Group chief designer Walter de Silva, who often discusses his preference for semplicit? in design. So, yeah, this one came as quite a bit of a shock. The Egoista s amber colored canopy brings to mind the Technicolor Hot Wheels cars we used to play with, its nose is designed to emulate a Formula 1 racer s (even though Lamborghini hasnt participated in the series for some time) and the kindest description we ve heard for the Egoista s haphazard lines and myriad air vents is chaotic. We prefer to think of it as a mixture of apeshit and batshit on wheels.
7 . MERCEDES BENZ SLR MCLAREN Years produced 2003 to 2010
What happens when the inventor of the automobile teams up with one of the most successful Formula 1 teams of all time to create a supercar? A heaping pile of disagreement, compromise, and drama.The SLR McLaren overshot its weight targets by a mile, was far too large to be enjoyed on twisty country roads, and even its own designer hated the F1 inspired nose grafted onto its simplistic body. (And the less said about the appalling Stirling Moss derivative, the better.) We once called this car a classic in the making, and we were kind of right, as it s safe to say that these two companies will never again collaborate on a vehicle.Fortunately, each company went on to launch a pretty bitchin supercar on its own, namely, the laser precise McLaren MP4 12C and the burly Mercedes Benz SLS AMG.
8 . MOSLER CONSULIER GTP Years produced 1985 to 1993
When Warren Mosler decided the bond trading that made him rich didn t provide enough thrills, he set out to create the fastest street legal track car on the market. Based on a fiberglass and foam monocoque design, the Consulier GTP (left, above) was finished with a bag full of components from Chrysler and elsewhere. Power came from a coarse 2.2 liter turbocharged four cylinder that was also used in the Pentastar s K car.Beauty was not high on the list of priorities for this supercar, and the awkward styling never improved through the many evolutions of the Consulier that followed the original run, all of which seemed perpetually to be in the prototype stage. But if you think the exterior styling is the low point in the Consulier s overall execution, find one and slip inside; no established car company could have gotten away with an interior so shoddy. At least the thing was hellaciously fast.The remnants of Mosler were offered for sale last year, finally being snapped up this summer and blended with small sports car maker Rossion.
9 . QVALE MANGUSTA Years produced 2000 to 2002
The Qvale Mangusta isn t a supercar in the strictest sense, but one would cost more than $117,000 today enough to get you an Audi R8.This awkward, Ford Mustang based targa was penned by automotive designer Marcello Gandini of Lamborghini Miura and Lancia Stratos fame, but when he was well past his professional prime. Originally conceived as the De Tomaso Bigu, it lost its glamorous brand name but gained the iconic Mangusta badge when the cash strapped project was financed and then ultimately taken over by California based investor Kjell Qvale. After three years of bad reviews (including our road test from 2000) and even worse sales numbers, the rights to the platform were sold off to the moribund MG Rover conglomerate. There, it morphed into the chunky MG XPower SV, a terribly named sports car that rarely reached its advertised power figures. Its carbon fiber panels were soaked in so much resin that any weight saving benefit from using the material was negated.There is no shortage of Mustang based hackery rolling around, but the Qvale Mangusta might be the strangest of them all.
10 . VECTOR W2 Year produced 1980
Designed in the Star Trek inspired style of the 1970s and 80s, Jerry Wiegerts Vector W2 flabbergasted the automotive world.A Lamborghini Countach of the period could approach 200 mph, so Vector claimed the W2 could top 230 but it could have claimed 15,000 mph for all it mattered. (The penchant for absurdist claims about the Vector survived at least into the past decade, e.g., 1850 plus hp, 260 or 270 mph, WX 8 hypertech performance vehicle. ) Of course, the W2 never cracked its claimed target speed, perhaps because the chiseled, severely dated styling conceals a pedestrian GM small block V 8, turbocharged and mated to a Turbo Hydra matic three speed automatic.In contrast to the humble powertrain, one practically had to be an astronaut to comprehend the W2s dashboard, which relayed every conceivable bit of vehicle data, including fuel pressure and transmission oil pressure. The single example built was updated several times, but Wiegert seems to have spent as much time courting investors and battling with business partners as he did building supercars.It took nine years for an evolution of this car, the W8, to be assembled for a customer.