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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.