Most new cars you can buy are practical enough to use everyday. Most modern sports cars can even serve as reliable, dependable daily drivers, provided you don't have to transport a lot of people or cargo. But there are a handful of new cars that are especially impractical.
The Stradale is race-car builder Dallara's first road-going car, and, thanks to its racing background, it doesn't really have comfort in mind. The cabin only comes with the bare essentials, and the body is made of carbon fiber. There's even a version you can get without a roof or windshield.
As cool as the Ford GT is, it leaves virtually no room for real day-to-day usability. The interior is cramped, it's low, and the only storage space you get can barely fit a pair of sneakers.
The SP1 (and its SP2 sibling) are open-top speedsters based on the V-12-powered 812 Superfast. There's no roof and no windscreen to protect the driver from the open air, and in the case of the SP1 shown here, there's only one seat. Certainly not practical, but surely very fun.
Some might say the Project 8 is the best of both worlds: The performance of a supercar, with the practicality of a normal sedan. But really, using the Project 8 as an everyday commuter would be less than sensible. A hard suspension, low splitter, and that inefficient supercharged V-8 would make it hell on your daily commute.
The G550 4x4² actually has a pretty sensible footprint compared to most cars; it's the height that makes it impractical. Loading people or large items into the cabin is difficult thanks to the jacked-up ride height. And don't even think about trying to mount anything to the roof without a couple of ladders. listed on eBay right now.
As impractical as the 4x4² is, it's got nothing on the full-blown G63 AMG 6x6. With an extended pickup bed and an extra pair of wheels out back, it's one of the most absurd vehicles Mercedes has ever sold to the public.
The Radical RXC is a car built to dominate track days that just happens to be street-legal. There aren't any comfort features to speak of, much less space for luggage. You're lucky you even get a roof.
The Valkyrie is Aston Martin's new V-12-powered hybrid hypercar. Its only purpose in life is to go as fast as possible around a track. That means it has to be as light as possible, which results in virtually zero luxury add-ons, and a totally stripped-down interior.
The Ariel Atom's impracticality is apparent as soon as you lay eyes on it. There's nothing to protect your entire body from the elements, and virtually no storage space to speak of. Hey, at least you can fit two people, right? with just 1600 miles on the odometer.
The Nomad is similar to the Atom in that it's a tube-frame two-seater with exposed suspension and a rear-mounted engine. But it's a bit more practical because it can be driven off-road thanks to a higher ride height and big all-terrain tires. Still, it doesn't have any doors or storage space, which makes it a perfect candidate for this list.
The Alfa Romeo 4C has a lot of things going for it. It offers a pure driving experience and an exotic design. But it's difficult to get into and out of, the interior is completely bare-bones, and the essentially unmuffled exhaust makes it impossible to blend in. If you're at all concerned about practicality, you'll end up in a Porsche Cayman every time, but if you just want exotic Italian backroad delight, you've gotta go Alfa. you can own for under $50,000 that's barely been broken in.
Track day specials are their own kind of impractical, and while there are quite a few to choose from, including the Ariel Atom, to our eyes the BAC Mono is the least practical of them all—the single-seat Mono carries half the number of people as the Atom. But, c'mon. If you're buying a track car, the only seat you care about is the driver's.
It might seem weird to see a 911 on this list, but as far as new 911s go, the new Speedster is the least practical of all. It has two fewer seats than any other 911 'vert, and you can't even take it to the track because it doesn't have fixed roll bars.
When you buy a Caterham Seven, you're getting a car with one of the most iconic designs in all of automotive history. You're instantly transported back to a simpler time when driving was pure and mechanical. A normal person constrained by a need for some practicality would buy a Miata, but you don't need those creature comforts or an extensive dealer network. You only need your driving goggles.
Why Land Rover looked at the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet and decided to do the same thing with the Range Rover Evoque, we have no idea. On a certain level it makes sense—the Evoque is essentially a fashion accessory, but if there were a market for a two-door convertible crossover SUV, you'd think the CrossCab would have sold better. Either way, losing the top makes the Evoque way less useful than before—but inexplicably, we love this bonkers machine. on eBay you can own right now.
You can't fault the Morgan 3-Wheeler for being impossibly cool, but that much charm comes with its fair share of compromises. It's not particularly fast, and its handling is quirky. And let's not forget that it doesn't even have a full windshield. Illogical. Inexplainable. Brilliant.
Like the Morgan, the Polaris Slingshot isn't exactly a car, but because it has two real seats, pedals, and a steering wheel, it should be on this list. It weighs almost nothing, and it's a true joy to pilot. But as far as practicality goes, you're out of luck.