The element of surprise can be critical to the global reception of new cars. These are the 10 cars nobody expected to happen.
10.) Nissan Juke R
Supercar power in a quirky froglike crossover-thing? I don’t know why, but I think yes.
9.) Lincoln Continental Concept
In an effort to save what’s left of the company, Lincoln designers gathered the best of their past and combined it with a very hopeful future. BUT WHERE ARE THE SUICIDE DOORS?
Suggested By: Dubblewhopper, Photo Credit: Ford
8.) Toyota 2000GT
Until the introduction of the 2000GT, Japanese automakers were largely considered unable to produce any sort of performance car. When the 2000GT was uncovered, Toyota took the automotive world by storm and changed the industry for years to come.
Suggested By: JayHova, Photo Credit: Toyota
7.) Honda S660
No one was expecting the S660. A mid-engined, lightweight, fun sportscar? Hell yeah! Too bad it won’t be making its way to American shores anytime soon.
Suggested By: Brian Silvestro, Photo Credit: Honda
6.) Porsche Cayenne
As a company that has been basically evolving and refining the same car for fifty years, the Porsche Cayenne came as an extreme departure from their roots. Though many enthusiasts may be displeased by its existence, the Cayenne may have been the car that saved the company. It helps that it’s also a damn good SUV.
Suggested By: Alex84f, Photo Credit: Porsche
5.) Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6
The 6x6 is a rolling behemoth with a 5.5 liter twin-turbo V8, five locking diffs, 18” ground clearance, and the same interior luxury the Kardashians have become unable to live without. Yeah, nope, not expected.
Suggested By: DMaculate, Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz
4.) BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
BMW is a company that has been making rear wheel drive cars since its inception. When the front wheel drive 2 Series Active Tourer was announced, hell basically froze over. It’s not coming to America. I think we can live without it just fine.
Suggested By: jbh, Photo Credit: BMW
3.) Honda NSX
The original Honda NSX first stunned audiences at the Chicago Auto Show of 1989. Who was expecting a supercar from the Japanese car manufacturer that was best known for their very favorable econoboxes?
Suggested By: SlabSheetrock, Photo Credit: Honda
2.) Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet
The Murano CrossCabriolet is a car no one expected, no one asked for, and no one bought. I wonder why?
Suggested By: DerrickD, Photo Credit: Nissan
1.) Nissan GT-R LM Nismo
Nissan running a P1 contender at Le Mans? In a front-mid engined, front wheel drive race car? Like that would happen.
Suggested By: burglar can’t heart click anything, Photo Credit: Nissan
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