25 Discontinued Cars That Need to Make a Comeback

Wouldn't it be awesome if these showed up again?

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Honda

Inevitably, certain cars will be discontinued. The reasons vary. It could be because nobody bought them. It could be because they were expensive to produce and the automaker wasn't seeing a profit. Or maybe it was just time for them to die. Here are our favorite discontinued cars that need to make a comeback.

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Volkswagen
Volkswagen Scirocco

Volkswagen sold the Scirocco for two generations in the US, but today's model is not imported to the US. Still, in a world of copy-paste crossovers, we'd love to see the hatchback coupe from VW make a return.

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John Lamm
Lotus Elan

The only Lotus you can buy in America is the Evora, and it's only available as a coupe. The Elise had a targa top, but it wasn't really a true roadster like the Elan. If Lotus wants to expand its lineup, this is where it should start.

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Mazda
Mazdaspeed 3

Depending on who you ask, Mazda may be working on a fast version of its newly-redesigned 3 hatch, though nothing's been confirmed. We think it should be brought back.

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Cadillac's concept cars over the past several years have been great, but it's production cars that put a brand on the map. And with the second-generation CTS, Cadillac did exactly that. It didn't quite take down the Germans, but offering a sedan, coupe, and even a wagon at least got people paying attention. Oh, and then there were the bonkers 556-horsepower CTS-Vs.
Cadillac
Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

Cadillac still builds the CTS-V, but only in sedan form. The wagon died off with the last-gen model, and remains a highly desirable collectable. Equipped with a supercharged V-8 and an available stick shift, it's the ultimate long-roof fantasy for enthusiasts everywhere.

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Ford F-150 SVT Lightning

Ford has said in the past that the current F-150 got too fat to build a Lightning version, but honestly, we don't buy it. Fast SUVs are some of the hottest new vehicles right now, so why doesn't Ford make a fast F-150 that isn't a Raptor? Aftermarket companies have done well in its absence, after all.

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Honda
Honda CRX

Some people say the CR-Z hybrid was the successor to the CRX, but it never really caught on as the lightweight, simple two-seater hatch everyone wanted it to be. We'd love for Honda to bring this model back.

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Dodge
Dodge Magnum

The Magnum wagon never really got a chance to shine before it was discontinued. Based on the Charger, it got a high-performance SRT version, but didn't live long enough to receive a Hellcat variant. A Hellcat wagon: How cool would that be?

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Porsche
Porsche 928

The modern 911 is a wonderful GT car, but we can't help but wonder what the world would be like with a new 928. It doesn't have to be a bespoke model—a two-door Panamera would do just fine. That massively powerful turbo V8 hybrid drivetrain would be pretty spectacular in a smaller front-engined GT car.

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The original Jeep Wagoneer was, along with the Chevy Suburban, one of the forefathers of the modern SUV. The Wagoneer used the same basic chassis as the Jeep Gladiator pickup truck, and saw few changes through its near 30-year production run. From 1974 to 1983 Jeep sold a two-door version of the Wagoneer that it called the Cherokee—another legendary Jeep nameplate.
   The Super Wagoneer of 1966 packed more luxury features and a strong V-8 under the hood. It became a precursor to the more upscale path the Wagoneer brand would blaze through the 70s, 80s and early 1990s with trims such as the Brougham, Limited, and finally, Grand. And of course the faux woodgrain side panels would become a Waggy trademark. Today, these SUVs look and drive like the classics they are.
R&T
Jeep Wagoneer

We've heard all the rumors that Jeep is bringing back the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer sometime soon, but we haven't yet seen what this model might look like. The Grand Cherokee is nice, but we can only imagine how wonderful an ultra-luxurious SUV from Jeep will be.

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Brian Silvestro
Nissan 240SX

Nowadays, Nissan offers just two performance cars: The 370Z and the GT-R. The 370Z is about as old as a new car can be, and the GT-R is out of reach for most normal people. What Nissan needs is a new entry-level performance car akin to the 240SX. A fun, balanced, reasonably-priced coupe for the masses.

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Pontiac
Pontiac Fiero

Chances are Chevy won't be bringing back the Fiero, and that's a shame. With the mid-engine Corvette on the way, it would make sense to come out with a cheaper, more accessible variant and give it the Fiero name.

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The Dodge Viper is a throwback to when the original muscle cars roamed wild and free in the 1960s and early 1970s. It lacks the finesse of modern sports cars; instead the Viper is a brutally quick beast that's a little bit frightening. The 8.4-liter, 645-hp V10 is a beast comes mated to only one transmission—a six-speed manual.

 This isn't a delicate instrument. Drop the hammer with the traction control system turned off and the car will be quickly engulfed in plumes of tire smoke. The six-speed doesn't offer the delicate throws of some sports cars. Instead, shifting requires commitment and some muscle to get the Viper in the right gear. But that totally fits this car's personality. And it's incredibly satisfying to have full manual control over such a powerful and  torque-rich engine.

 The price of admission isn't cheap. The Viper starts at $84,995 and climbs to nearly $120,000 for the even more visceral ACR racetrack special edition (seen here). Expensive? Sure. But we're talking about a Viper here.

 


Base Price: $84,995
Dodge
Dodge Viper

The Viper is easily one of the coolest cars to ever come out of Detroit. With cartoonish looks, a massive V-10 engine, and a reputation for being difficult to handle, it's truly a legend.

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Alfa Romeo
Alfa Romeo GTV/6

The Alfa Romeo 4C sure is a looker, and the Giulia is a heck of a sports sedan. But we won't be truly happy until Alfa brings back the GTV/6. The world always needs more Italian fastback coupes, and the GTV/6 was arguably the best. Just put a slinky fastback body on the underpinnings of the Giulia and you'd have a winner.

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Chevrolet
Chevrolet SS

Chevrolet recently shut down the Holden assembly plant that produced the Commodore (the car the Chevy SS was based on), meaning we probably won't see a new SS for a very long time. That's a real shame.

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The Integra Type R is one of the holiest of holy performance front-wheel-drive cars. It made 195-hp from its little four-cylinder engine and the handling was neutral as hell, most unlike a front-wheel-drive car. And it was expensive. We found one recently in good condition for $45,000. With the Civic Type R coming to the U.S. very soon, we're waiting to hear what Acura has to say about that (like build a new Integra Type R).
Nick Berard
Acura Integra Type R

The Integra Type R is one of the holiest performance front-wheel-drive cars. It made 195 hp from its little four-cylinder engine and the handling was perfectly neutral, most unlike a front-wheel-drive car. We found one recently in good condition for $45,000. With the Civic Type R in the U.S., we're waiting for Acura to come back to the affordable performance realm.

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<p>If a mid-sized, turbocharged V6 "mini muscle car" sounds good to you, then the Buick Grand National GNX shouldn't be an unfamiliar name. GM <a href="http://quizcards.info/new-cars/road-tests/features/a25623/first-look-flashback-1987-buick-gnx/">only made 500 of these cars</a> and the Grand Nationals were notable because of their use of V6 engines over the V8s used in competitive Mustangs. But what if we resurrected the Grand National, built it on GM's Alpha platform and gave it the twin-turbo V6 <a href="http://quizcards.info/new-cars/road-tests/a26302/2016-cadillac-ats-v-test/">from the ATS-V</a>? </p>
Buick Grand National GNX

If a mid-sized, turbocharged V6 "mini muscle car" sounds good to you, then the Buick Grand National GNX shouldn't be an unfamiliar name. GM only made 500 of these cars, notable their use of a turbo V-6 engine over the traditional V-8. But what if we resurrected the Grand National, built it on GM's Alpha platform and gave it the twin-turbo V6 from the ATS-V?

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<p>People have wanted the RX7 to return for years. Mazda has confirmed that the <a href="http://quizcards.info/car-shows/tokyo-auto-show/news/a27159/mazda-tokyo-rotary-concept/">rotary engine is back</a> and could make it into a production version of the RX-9. That would certainly be a joyous day for us, because we have always loved the RX7, especially for its quirks. It was easily modded and was absolutely unreliable. Today's technology could yield an equally fun car and bring a revolutionary engine back to a market where it's been missed.</p>
Mazda
Mazda RX-7

People have wanted the RX-7 to return for years. Mazda has confirmed that the rotary engine is back and could make it into a production sports car. That would certainly be a joyous day for us, because we have always loved the RX-7. It was easily modded and a joy to drive. Today's technology could yield an equally fun car and bring a revolutionary engine back to a market where it's been missed.

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<p>Despite the truckish looks and the truckish carrying capabilities, the El Camino drove more like a car than a truck. The lack of weight over the rear tires made it a perfect tool for some rear-wagging action. Especially if you got the SS model, which had the 454 V8 engine. What muscle car today can store as much as a pickup while doing a burnout? Also, consider this: a car-based "small truck" would certainly have better fuel efficiency than a mid-sized truck like the Tacoma or the Colorado. </p>
Chevrolet El Camino

Despite the truckish looks, the El Camino drove more like a car. That made it awesome, especially if you got the SS model, which had a 454 V8 under the hood. What muscle car today can store as much as a pickup while doing a burnout? Australia has had sedan-based pickup trucks for years, including rip-snorting performance models. Why not bring one over here?

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Subaru is somewhat quirky compared with its mainstream rivals now, but it was all out bonkers in the late 1970s. Behold, the BRAT, an El Camino'd Subaru Leone sedan made for the U.S. market.
 The BRAT, or, Bi-drive Recreational All-terrain Transporter, had two rear-facing seats installed in the bed to circumvent U.S. restrictions on imported trucks. This is Subaru at its strangest and best.
Subaru
Subaru Brat

It may not be a sports car, but the Subaru Brat remains one of the coolest vehicles the Japanese brand has ever sold. Featuring a pickup bed with two exterior rear-facing jump seats and some sweet decals, it's all you could ever want from a weird classic car. We need a modern version, ASAP. And no, the Baja doesn't count.

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Mitsubishi Eclipse

With the Lancer Evo canceled, Mitsubishi no longer has anything sporty in its lineup. We'd love to see that solved by the return of the Eclipse. The Eclipse was the wonderful product of an alliance between Mitsubishi and Chrysler called Diamond Star Motors. It gave us the Eagle brand and the Eclipse, Eagle Talon and Plymouth Laser. That alliance may never come back, but we can hope for an all-wheel drive turbo coupe like the Eclipse GSX to give Toyota 86 fans an all-weather alternative. And no, the Eclipse Cross doesn't count.

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Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

Of course, we'd be perfectly happy if Mitsubishi just brought back the Evo instead. It was the STI's only real competition, sporting a big wing and a rally-minded philosophy.

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The standard 944 might actually be the better car, but adding a turbocharger definitely made the 944 faster. In fact, the 944 Turbo is fast enough that it'll run all the way up to 157 mph. Finding deals on these can be harder than some of the other cars on the list, but a smart buyer can pick one up for around $10,000.
Porsche
Porsche 944

The turbocharged engine in the redesigned Cayman may be controversial, but the car itself is fantastic. The problem is price. Since it starts north of $50,000, it's not exactly affordable. We think that leaves room for the return of a front-engine 944 to be the new entry-level Porsche. Price it right and you'd have a natural step up from a Toyobaru and a true sports car for a younger audience. Win-win-win.

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<p>Toyota recently got back into the sports car game with the Scion FR-S (now Toyota 86), but an even-more-affordable option is the MR2. Toyota's mid-engine sports car was fun to drive and still looks great today. Plus, with three generations to pick from, <a href="http://www.ebay.com/sch/Cars-Trucks/6001/i.html?_sop=7&_udhi=10%2C000&_mPrRngCbx=1&_stpos=02121&_from=R40&_nkw=toyota%20mr2&_dcat=15289&rt=nc&_udlo" target="_blank">clean examples fit a wide range of budgets</a>. </p>
Toyota
Toyota MR2

With the new Supra out, it's time for Toyota to bring back another beloved sports car—the MR2. Really, though, we'd love to see the return of the affordable mid-engine sports car in general. Fiat just revived , but what about ? And even though Pontiac's gone, GM could still totally bring back the Fiero.

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Volvo
Volvo P1800

Volvo's done a great job of revitalizing its lineup recently. The XC90 and S90 are both stellar cars with great interiors. But we'd love to see the Swedish automaker take a chance and build a P1800 sports coupe again. Imagine a Polestar One with P1800-inspired bodywork. We'd love that.

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Honda
Honda S2000

The S2000 is one of the greatest roadsters on Earth. It's reliable, good-looking, and fantastic to drive. Why wouldn't Honda want to build on that reputation with a new model? We can't think of a reason.

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