The world has been blessed by classic car revives as the Acura NSX, Fiat 500 and Ford GT. On the other hand; There are also “less successful” executions like the Honda CRZ, Ford Thunderbird and Pontiac GTO which never lived up to their preconceived expectations. Petrolheads still hope their favorite cars will one day be resurrected and become a modern icon again. Here are some examples we would like to see.
1981 Lamborghini Jalpa
The Jalpa was the last Lamborghini sports car to have a V8 hidden in its engine bay. Labeled Lamborghini “affordable”, the Jalpa was designed and built by the famous Bertone. The 3.5-liter V8 put out 255 horsepower and propelled the bull to 100 km / h in just 6 seconds.
The Jalpa was Lambo’s idea of an almost super affordable luxury car, but only 410 models were born. The V8 Lambos are almost becoming a myth. We would like to see a resurrected Jalpa.
Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
Crowned one of the most beautiful cars to ever exist, the Karmann Ghia is a comfortable, air-cooled cruiser. This creation is due to a collaboration between Volkswagen, which took over the chassis and the mechanics of the Beetle; Carrozzeria Ghia, who designed the Type 14 to perfection and hand built by bodybuilder Karmann.
The air-cooled Beetle engine used, blew between 34 hp and 49 hp, depending on the model of the year. This resulted in a 0-60 time of … eventually. Speed has never been the Ghia’s priority, but rather a mind-blowing look while crawling. A 21st century Karmann Ghia would really be something to see.
Co-developed by Volkswagen and Porsche, the 914 was an inexpensive entry-level Porsche sports car with a very original design. The 914 was intended to replace the Karmann Ghia and the 912. This strange Porsche came with a 1.7, 1.8 or 2.0 liter four or six cylinder engine. The six-cylinder variant quickly died out after its launch due to its price and inability to compete with its rivals.
The final model featured a small tuned 4-cylinder developing 100 hp at the rear wheels. That meant it propelled the Porsche from 950 kg to 60 mph in just over 10 seconds. The particularity of the 914 was its superb turn while its wheels were glued to the ground. A new 914 would be almost like a Cayman, but just smaller, lighter and even more agile. As the saying goes: bigger isn’t always better.
Alfa Romeo Montreal
Alfa Romeo has never disappointed when it comes to big, strong and beautiful Italian cruisers. But it’s been a long time since we’ve received a mass-produced super GT like the Montreal. The Miura lookalike was also designed by Bertone, featuring a 2.6-liter V8 engine that exclaimed 230 Italian horsepower. Montreal goes 0-60 in just over 7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 220 km / h.
Due to Bertone’s impeccable design and fierce V8, this Alfa fights at high speed. We aspire to a new GT produced by Alfa Romeo. The Montreal revival will suit this niche perfectly.
The Volkswagen Thing
Who would have thought that a funky, convertible, air-cooled lego brick with seats could be this great? The Thing – aka the Type 181 – is everything an adventurous teenager could dream of. Although the air-cooled 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine produces a microscopic 46 horsepower, it never seems to have a hard time getting over hills in or out of town.
The Thing featured all sorts of quirks like a removable roof, a foldable windshield, wings as wide as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s shoulders, and an interior with 1910s tech. A modern thing would have people selling their cars. kidneys to stand in line for a chance to own such a majestic creature.
The S2000 was a screaming JDM topless sports car bursting with excitement. With the combination of VTEC and an excruciating 9,000 rpm redline, this 2.2-liter 4-cylinder puts out 247 horsepower. The S2k is considered to be the sweet spot in the 2000s sports car lineup. 0-60 occurs in just 6.3 seconds.
The suspension setup – although it has been softened over the years – will make you feel like you’re driving on a cheese grater. Traction control is just a gimmick and the rear wants to lose focus a bit too often. You fear or admire the S2000 for this reason. But be warned. Once you’ve driven the S2k, you’ll never be driving something that can quite compare … unless we see it making a comeback.
Lancia Delta Integral
The Delta Integrale is a legend of Italian rallying. The rally driver lived in a 16-valve 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4. It completely shattered the dreams of their competitors of being a threat to Lancia. 0-60 happened in just 5.7 seconds – it’s faster than a Porsche 944 Turbo. This pocket rocket has far exceeded its weight class thanks to its 215 horsepower, all-wheel drive and its curb weight equal to a pizza (1,300 kg).
The Lancia Delta Integrale has won 11 World Rally Championships in its lifetime, and 6 of them have been won in a row. Unfortunately, Lancia has not made any notable achievements since ownership was transferred to Fiat. Nevertheless, the return of this super hatch would be incredible.
Designed by Lamborghini and engineered by BMW, the recipe for success. The BMW M1 was a car that was forced into existence due to homologation rules, and we’re delighted it did. In the middle of the road-approved racing car sits a 3.5-liter straight-6 producing 274 horsepower. It means 0-60 of 5.8 seconds.
Only 400 units approved for the road were manufactured. Unfortunately, BMW has never created another supercar. Bimmer fans around the world dream of the idea of an M1 brought back to modern times
Toyota Celica GT-4
A Japanese 4-eyed rally machine that resulted in a WRC ban. Need we say more? The Toyota Celica GT-4 was equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produced 252 horsepower and had all-wheel drive. The original Celica was intended for road racing, but later became a rally tow truck. The GT-4 was also the first rally car to use anti-lag.
All turbocharged rally cars that entered the WRC had to be fitted with restriction plates. This rule prevented too much air from entering the turbos and causing an unfair advantage. La Celica is doing well, a little Very good… Instead of giving up the restriction plate, Toyota modified it to give itself the upper hand. This led to them being disqualified after winning just one race. A modern Celica would dominate rally racing and also pose a hazard on public roads.
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
The Lancer Evolution has had 10 generations over the years, all with one distinctive trait: a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine. The last opus was the Lancer Evolution X. The X produced a whopping 440 hp that propelled the Evo X to 60 mph in just over 5 seconds.
If you had to choose a car that would dominate multiple racing disciplines simultaneously, the Lancer Evolution would be a no-brainer. From rally races to hill climbs and road races – the JDM legend would bring home trophies. The Evo has since been discontinued due to financial reasoning from Mitsubishi. However, the idea of the Evo’s return is an oil enthusiast’s wet dream.
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