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When choosing a sports car, most enthusiasts want one that’s worth its weight in gold. After all, what’s the point of saving up your hard-earned dollars for an overpriced car that doesn’t deliver the type of performance you expect? Of course, some sports cars in the market are worth their high prices due to nostalgia and rarity. However, they’re still not technically worth the money regarding performance. Here are seven examples of what we mean.

1. DeLorean DMC -12

A DeLorean DMC-12
A DeLorean DMC-12 | via Getty Images

It’s hard to imagine time travel or a certain movie without remembering the Delorean DMC-12. We’re willing to bet that the DeLorean would never have been that popular without the “Back to the Future” franchise. Although, it doesn’t help that the company’s production was shut down in the early 80s.

A recent search on Autotrader revealed that most DeLorean DMC-12 models for sale are priced at $40,000 to $60,000. Its V6 engine only produced 130 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque, which equated to 0-60 mph times in the 10-second range. That’s about as fast as a 2022 Toyota Prius. No, thank you. (It’s still a cool-looking car, though).

2. Third-generation Chevrolet Camaro

A third-generation Chevrolet Camaro
Chevrolet Camaro | via Getty Images

The Chevrolet Camaro is one of the most iconic muscle cars of all time. And while the Camaro is loved by many, not every iteration has been stellar. In the early 80s, General Motors released the third-generation Camaro, which was powered by a 107-hp V6 engine in its base form. The editors at Brake for It reported that the base Camaro’s weak engine was able to get the car up to 60 mph from a standstill in around 13 seconds. That’s worse than a Prius!

3. Covini C6W

The Covini C6W is a six-wheeled street-legal supercar that debuted in 2008. The C6W had everything you could want in a supercar, including Brembo brakes, a V8 engine, and a rear-drive configuration. Its engine produced over 400 hp and was mated to either a six-speed manual or single-clutch transmission.

The whole setup made the car go from zero to 60 mph in under four seconds, up to a top speed of 186 mph. However, that performance is only decent, considering the car costs $640,000. At least the six-wheeled setup was functional. The folks at Motor1 say that the “additional set of wheels effectively doubles the contact patch of the front tires leading to more grip.” It still looks weird, though.

4. Nissan 370Z Nismo

A white Nissan 370Z Nismo
Nissan 370Z Nismo | via Getty Images

The Nissan 370Z Nismo was the higher-performance version of the venerable coupe. However, its performance additions, which included retuned springs/shocks, 19-inch wheels, and a little more horsepower, didn’t live up to the $17,000 premium over the base model. There were plenty of sportier cars priced similar to the 370Z’s selling price of $46,685, which made it not the greatest bargain.

5. Plymouth Prowler

A yellow plymouth prowler at an auto show
Plymouth Prowler | via Getty Images

Back in 2007, Chrysler delivered the stylish Plymouth Prowler, which was a roadster with a retro look. The car looked amazing, but its looks were really all it had going for it. Under its hood was a 3.5-liter V6 engine that didn’t equate to a lot of performance, which was also held back by a four-speed automatic transmission.

6. Acura Integra Type R

A yellow Acura Integra Type R
Acura Integra Type R | Acura

We may get some hate for this one, but the Acura Integra Type R wasn’t exactly fast in a straight line. However, we have to say that it was better suited for a twisty track and was a well-rounded performer. Its 195-hp VTEC engine was a high-rpm screamer, and its tight suspension made it one of the best-handling, front-drive cars ever. But that still can’t justify some of the near-$100,000 price tags we have seen for the Integra Type R in recent years.

7. First-generation Acura NSX

A first-generation Acura NSX driving through the water.
Acura NSX | Acura

Speaking of high-priced Acura sports cars, the first-generation NSX was another one. The original NSX brought the VTEC engine to the market and offered exceptional performance that rivaled a Ferrari at the time. However, it’s slow by today’s standards and technically not worth the $100,000 price tags that some examples have.

Sports cars that aren’t worth their prices

Although some of the cars on this list are rare and carry a lot of nostalgia, it’s still safe to say they may not be worth how much they cost. But at least they look cool. To some enthusiasts, maybe that’s all that matters.


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