The 1990s offered so many performance cars, many of them have been nearly forgotten. This is a celebration of the cars you that may have slipped most people's minds, or that don't get their fair share of the limelight, according to you.
At one point, the Taurus was the best-selling car in the US. The SHO, then, was the best of the best. Though fairly tame on the outside, a Yamaha-built V6 capable of revving to 7000 rpm lurks under the hood. It's connected to a Mazda five-speed manual sending power to the front wheels.
The R32 Skyline GT-R wasn't the only homologation special Nissan built in the '90s. There was also the Pulsar GTI-R, an AWD, turbocharged hatchback built so the company could run in the World Rally Championship. The GTI-R was never sold in America, but luckily, it's now old enough to import.
Panoz as a company is pretty obscure on its own, so you could imagine how little love its relatively unknown Roadster gets. It looks like a mix between a Caterham and a muscle car, powered by a 5.0-liter Ford V8. As you can imagine, it's quite quick.
It's easy to forget the high-spec Impala SS considering its stately looks and cop-car derivation. But when a clean one pops up for sale, it's hard not to imagine yourself cruising down the freeway in big-body style.
The ridiculous AMG Hammer is the W124-chassis muscle car everyone remembers, but the 500E is a masterpiece too. Mercedes turned to Porsche to fit the 5.0 liter V8 from the 500SL roadster and an upgraded suspension to the relatively staid E Class. Subtle, but it could give an M5 from the era a run for its money.
Want an early-90s car with legitimate rally credentials that isn't a Subaru or Mitsubishi? Find one of these, a Toyota Celica All-Trac Turbo, also known as the Celica GT-Four. As the name suggests, this Celica came with all-wheel-drive and a turbo four that made around 220 horsepower stock.
Okay. Everyone knows the E36 M3, but did you know BMW made a super-limited ? BMW churned out 125 creatively named M3 Lightweights, which featured more aggressive suspension, a stripped out interior, a big rear wing and Motorsport graphics. If you can find one, expect to pay a hefty premium, though.
Despite its muscle car-inspired name, the is the opposite of the 1960s convention. It is, however, a legitimate front-wheel-drive sport compact. With a 180 horsepower inline-four, the Cutlass Calais Quad 442 was an SCCA favorite.
Porsche's short-lived 968 dwells in the shadow of its predecessor, the 944, and its successor, the Boxster. The was arguably the best non-turbo iteration of the 924/944/968 line, but everyone forgets it exists. It might be one of the best front-engined cars Porsche ever built.
While it's rare to see a Neon on the road today, there was a time when entire grids of these cars dominated the SCCA. At one time, Dodge offered the Neon ACR, which came with upgraded suspension components in the trunk to be installed later. The Neon R/T is a more street-friendly version of the ACR.
The was the first time Volvo really let its hair down and partied. It made a very respectable 240 horsepower from its turbocharged five-cylinder, but looked subtle enough to blend into the background. Its spirit lives on today in the lovely V60 Polestar.
The Corrado VR6 is the sort of car you wish Volkswagen made today: Genuinely stylish, and genuinely quick, with its 178 horse, narrow-angle VR6. These cars have a bit of a cult following for good reason.