Here are sports cars from the ’90s that are worth every dollar
The Acura NSX first came into the scene in 1990, but its origins can be traced back to as early as 1984. The first concept car had a 3.6-liter V6 engine and was seen as revolutionary, given the price point and the reliability. The Acura NSX was the first car meant for mass production to rock an all-aluminum body. The car was initially priced at $60,000, but demand and time saw it balloon to $89,000. It could produce up to 270 horsepower and had a top speed of 168 mph. It could go from 0 to 60 in 5.7 seconds. A good number from the early ’90s are still on the road today. The model is still on the assembly line up to today.
The Nissan Nissan 240SX was first introduced in 1988 and was in production for a decade. It was the natural successor to the S12 model. You can’t mention drifting, even today, without recognizing the Nissan 240SX long after production came to a halt in 1999. The first generations had the privilege of having the sporting engineering of rear-wheel drive as standard.
The 1990 variant was powered by a 1.8-liter naturally aspirated engine, which could produce up to 140 hp.
There were a couple of updates in 1991, like the matte-black exterior finishing. 1992 saw the introduction of the convertible, which still looks good up to today and has definitely aged well. This is a car you can confidently buy, even if it’s a second hand.
Dodge Viper GTS
The Viper GTS has to be one of the best-looking sports cars from the company. You can get a 1996 model for around $20,000, and the car is worth every dollar. There was a time Chrysler had considered discontinuing the vehicle because of financial problems. The main attraction for the first model was the engine. It was produced at a time when the Lamborghini franchise was still owned by Chrysler. This helped in coming up with the V10 engine, which borrowed heavily from the Chrysler LA engine. The engine was able to produce up to 400 hp. Every piece of engineering was all down to performance. It could go from 0 to 60 in 4.6 seconds and had a top speed of 165 mph.
BMW E39 M5
The BMW E39 could possibly be the best M5 ever produced. It was the fastest production Sedan sports car when it first launched in 1998. The M5 has been in production since 1985, but it’s the ’90s era that brings back all the nostalgia. The E39 saw a paradigm shift in terms of design and performance.
It featured a 4.9-liter V8 engine, which could produce up to 394 hp.
There haven’t been a lot of changes in terms of design ever since, and the E39 could easily be mistaken for the latest model. The car had a top speed of 165 mph and could go from 0 to 60 in 4.8 seconds. There are still a good number of BMW E39s M5 on the road that are drivable.
Chevrolet Corvette C4
The Chevrolet Corvette C4 was produced from 1984 to 1996. The car did set a couple of records in the ’90s. In 1990, the ZR-1 set the record for being the highest 24 hr-5,000 mile land-speeding automobile by smashing 175 mph. The years that followed saw an increase in pricing, which led to low sales. There are some people who are of the opinion that the Chevrolet Corvette C4 is the most desirable indigenous American sports car from the ’90s. It’s hard to argue against the statement because the vehicle came with a V8 engine, which could produce up to 375 hp. It had a base price of $58,000. The Chevrolet Corvette C4 had a top speed of 180 mph and could go from 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds.
Saab 900 NG
Everyone seems to have forgotten about this vehicle, but it was one of the best to have come out of the ’90s in terms of design and performance. The second generation, also referred to as the ‘new’ generation, was produced from 1994 to 1998.
It came with two engine options. You could either choose the 2.0-liter 130 hp or the 2.0-liter turbocharged 185 hp.
It used class-leading suspension and could handle just about anything that it was made to go through. The Automatic Performance Control system was what set the engine apart from other models. The system was made in such a way that it limited engine knocking, which reduces the lifespan of a vehicle. The high-performance models of the Saab 900 NG were popular in Europe and North America.
BMW M Coupe
The BMW M Coupe is a car that I’ve admired for a long time. The exterior design looks like that of a very expensive sports car. The vehicle was first introduced in 1992. The engineers involved were having a hard time convincing the board why the car was worth mass production. The board only allowed for the production because they were convinced it wouldn’t cost a fortune to produce it. The BMW M Coupe borrows from the Roadster, which could be seen as a convertible version. The car has a 3.2-liter L6 engine, which could produce up to 240 hp at 6,000 rpm. There was an even more powerful version that could produce up to 321 hp at 7,400 rpm.
Jaguar XJR (X306)
The X306 was the sports variant of the Jaguar XJ line. It was first introduced for the mass market in 1994 and was the first-ever supercharged road car from the car manufacturer. It was also the second car from Jaguar to include forced induction. In terms of performance, the X306 was upgraded to 326 hp.
The car could go from 0 to 60 in 5.7 seconds.
It borrows from the turbocharged engine that was used in the XJ220, which isn’t on the same level when it comes to performance. The car featured a larger exhaust with sporty alloy wheels, which differentiated it from the other models. There are still a couple of the Jaguar XJR (X306) that are still in good condition.
Lotus Esprit V8
This is another car that doesn’t get the credit it deserves. It was in production from 1976 to 2004, which makes it one of the longest-running vehicles in the world. The ’90s is when things took off for the UK-based car manufacturer. The designer, Giorgetto Giugiaro, wanted to call it a ‘Kiwi,’ but that would’ve gone against the grain of their naming culture. 1994 saw changes made to the exterior. A rear spoiler was introduced with 5-spoke alloy wheels. Under the hood, there was a 2.2-liter, which could produce up to 300 hp. The car had a limited top speed of 168 mph and could go from 0 to 60 in 4.6 seconds. A used one currently costs around $25,000.
Toyota Supra A80
The 90s wouldn’t have been complete without the mention of the Legendary Toyota Supra A80. You know reliability is covered when you see the Toyota badge, and the Supra is no exception. The A80 first launched in 1993, and Toyota had shifted its focus to a high-performance car with the Supra. The model was completely redesigned with speed and performance as the core values. It came with the option of two engines, one not having a turbo. The twin-turbo variant could produce up to 276 hp. The turbo model came standard with a 6-speed manual transmission. In terms of speed, the Toyota Supra A80 could go from 0 to 60 in 4.6 seconds. There’s a 2019 version coming out, and car enthusiasts are more than excited about the prospects.