Although most supercars make a huge impact on the automotive enthusiast world, some are completely forgotten. That seemed especially true in the 1990s, as many upstart brands tried to sell supercars, and other brands launched supercars that just aren’t remembered as fondly as the true icons. Here, we’ll discuss five of the most commonly forgotten 1990s supercars.
The EB110 is the lone supercar manufactured during the Italian rebirth of Bugatti, and it was created years after the original brand folded in France. It was a very special car with a 560-horsepower V12 and amazing styling, but the cost to bring a supercar to market proved too much for this iteration of Bugatti, and the company folded after making about 150 units of the EB110. These days, the EB110 is still desirable, but it’s incredibly uncommon, and finding parts isn’t easy.
Although it’s hard to call any Ferrari "forgotten" (especially one that routinely sells for $3 million) the F50 is undoubtedly the black sheep of the Ferrari supercar world. Hardly as celebrated as the amazing F40 or the impressive Enzo, the F50 has amazing numbers and fantastic performance, but it’s rarely listed as a Ferrari icon. This is partly due to its styling and partly due to its difficulties as the successor to the F40, but the F50 is still a special Ferrari that’s often overlooked.
The Jaguar XJ220 was probably the brand’s most impressive effort to create a 220-mph supercar that could compete with the best from Ferrari, Lamborghini, and others. Unfortunately, Jaguar overpromised and under-delivered with the XJ220, removing several details people loved about the concept car when they finally brought the production car to market, including the V12 engine. The replacement 6-cylinder was fast, but the allure wasn’t the same, and the economy wasn’t either, which led to many orders being cancelled.
Interesting enough, Jaguar made not one but two different supercars in the 1990s. The XJ220 is certainly the better known of the two, but even that famous supercar isn’t as well-remembered as many other 1990s icons. The XJR-15, however, was absolutely forgotten. Fifty examples were produced in the early 1990s as a collaboration between Jaguar and Tom Walkinshaw Racing with a 450-hp 6-liter Jaguar V12. These days, the XJR-15 is hard to find and hard to remember.
Although most car enthusiasts know about the original Vector, the insanely-styled W8, few remember Vector’s second effort: the M12. It featured more rounded bodywork and a 5.7-liter V12 from the Lamborghini Diablo. The result was a 0-to-60 mph time of 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 190 mph, but due to many production and corporate issues, only 17 examples were ever built.
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