It’s always sad when certain car models leave the automotive marketplace. Most of the time, low sales numbers are to blame, which can mean the difference between a nameplate being around for two years or 10 years. However, new cars like the Toyota Supra and Acura Integra show that automakers can resurrect models even after they’re long gone. Here are five other sports cars and coupes that were discontinued.
1. The discontinued BMW M Coupe was a fun little “clown show”
You may be familiar with the BMW Z3 and Z4, but do you remember the BMW M Coupe? If not, then take one good look at a photo of it and your memory might recollect its funky “clown shoe” shape. Of course, you can make fun of its aesthetic all you want, but this fun little coupe meant business underneath its sheet metal.
According to Car and Driver, the “first two model years of the M version came with a 240-hp, 3.2-liter inline-six from the E36 M3. Later versions received the high-revving 315-hp, 3.2-liter inline-six from the E46 M3.”
Those big-power engines translated in 0-60 mph times of 5.3 and 4.8 seconds, respectively. This goes to show that this little clown shoe could really get going off the line. It’s too bad the M Coupe was the black sheep of the lineup until it was axed in 2002.
2. It’s hard to forget about the Dodge Viper
The Dodge Viper lived a good, long life in the automotive market, but we’ll miss it dearly. There’s nothing like the raw power of a V10 engine pumping out over 600 hp to the rear wheels. Its low-slung coupe profile gave it a menacing look befitting of its performance potential. However, the Viper was always too unsafe to exist.
It lacked the same type of safety features and emission controls as its competitors and ended up getting discontinued in 2017. Fortunately, you can still find many of them on the used market, albeit at a fairly steep price.
3. The Ford Focus RS had too short of a life
Ford brought over the Focus RS to U.S. shores back in 2016. With a base price of $36,605, buyers received a hot hatchback strapped with a 350-hp turbocharged 2.3-liter engine, an all-wheel drivetrain, Recaro seats, and a six-speed manual transmission. That list is a recipe for success as the Focus RS was able to pull off 0-60 mph times in under five seconds. It was also a blast to drive on any twisty backroad.
Unfortunately, Ford dropped it from the lineup in 2018, just two years after its highly-anticipated debut.
4. We have a soft spot for the Honda CR-Z
The Honda CR-Z was always a “love it or hate it” type of car. Not only did it have polarizing looks, but it was also a two-seat coupe that was impractical as a hybrid. We say that because it was powered by a 1.5-liter engine that was mated to an electric motor. Together, the combination put out around 130 hp but was barely able to hit the 40 mpg mark when other hybrids were getting closer to 50 mpg.
The CR-Z wasn’t a total let-down though. Its saving grace was that it could be equipped with a six-speed manual transmission and it was fun to toss around in the corners. Love it or hate it, we like the Honda CR-Z and will always have a soft spot for it.
5. The Honda S2000 is an automotive gem in the marketplace
What can we say about the Honda S2000 that hasn’t already been said before (mostly by us)? The S2000 is a rear-drive sports convertible with a high-revving naturally aspirated engine that pumps out 237 hp. Add a slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission to that equation, along with a 50:50 weight distribution and a mid-engine layout, and you have yourself a rare gem.
The S2000 is gone, but it will never be forgotten by most enthusiasts, especially since used examples are selling for over $100k these days.
Our fingers are crossed that come of these coupes and sports cars come back
While two-door coupes and sports cars are rare nowadays, we have our fingers crossed that automakers will continue to bring back certain nameplates. Many of these cars will always stand out in our minds and while they’re all long gone, they will never be forgotten as we enthusiasts continue to window shop for them on our local classifieds.