What do you remember about the 90s? Are you even old enough to remember something, or are you a child of the 21st century? I was a kid back then and remember listening to Nirvana, Muse and Eminem (wait, don’t tell my parents!) while playing the legendary Need For Speed video game. Man, that game had all the best supercars from around the world and I got to drive them! Virtually, of course, but still, for a kid my age that was as close as it could get. So, yeah, the 1990s for me are all about happy memories and most of them have to do with cars. I used to read about supercars in the newspapers (aha, we loved them back in the day) and had a pretty impressive collection of toys of all kinds and sizes 🙂 I bet you already guessed that this time around we’ll be discussing epic cars from the 90s, with extra emphasis on that luxury-level stuff, the supercars, with one dope sedan on top of it. What, you forgot about the Skyline GTR? I used to dream about this one back in the day, folks!
The Transition Era And A Decade Of Awesome Cars
At the end of the 20th century the majors in the automobile industry decided they had to go hard and rolled out a mighty line-up of really cool cars that could very well last for a life-time. Today, twenty-some years ago, the following models are still in demand and people pay top dollar just to be able to get a touch of the 90s, the era of rebellious music, videos, books, and, as it turns out, cars. While the Allies were killing innocent people in Kosovo and Bill Clinton was doing you-know-what in the Oval office, McLaren, Ferrari, Jaguar and a couple of others were busy making history. The last decade of the century was a transitional era, a conduit, if you will, between the futuristic, cosmic and outrageous designs of the 80s and the sleek, sexy and sharp cars of the 00s. It was an important step for the industry, and, somewhere along the way, we got tons of awesome starlets to enjoy. So, without any ado, let’s talk about the epic cars from the 90s, the top 5. If you’ve got your own favorites, do share in the comments! If not, well, I recommend sticking around – it will be fun, I promise.
#1 – The Nissan Skyline GTR R33
All hail the king of drag racing – that’s what me and my friends used to say back in the day. Come on, you know the Skyline GTR, don’t you? I mean, are you even a fan? Every last hip kid from the 90s will tell you there’s nothing cooler than this supercar from Nissan. Fun fact: the Sky started as a pretty average (boring even) sedan, but, thanks to the God Of Racing, it turned out to be Japan’s first real-world, true, 100% super car. You had a sleek, masculine body and a strong twin-turbocharged 2.6-lit V6 engine that could take the car from zero to 60 miles per hour in 5 seconds sharp and go as fast as 155 miles per hour. And, with a price tag of 30-32K, Nissan made supercar kind of performance available for pretty much every racing fan out there. Besides, as I mentioned in the beginning, the Skyline GTR was (and still is to this day) a big-time crowd pleaser. There are not a lot of models that you can call everybody’s favorite, but this one most definitely is. I mean, you can love Superman and hate Batman, or vice versa, but you can’t really deny Flash’s good heart or the Wonder Woman’s beauty, right? You have the good looks, mighty performance and a low-budget price-tag – where I’m from we call this a dream-car. So, definitely one of the epic cars from the 90s.
#2 – The Jaguar XJ220
Ok, from now on I’ve got only that sporty/super/hyper stuff for you. Don’t get me wrong, the Skyline is awesome and my personal #1 from the old days, but it’s still a sedan. The Jaguar XJ220, on the other hand, is something entirely different. The British major has been slowly but steadily conquering the American market ever since the Great Depression days, and with the XJ220 they climbed ashore, so to speak. Still, I gotta say that this car isn’t really popular and in demand these days, because it was beat by the McLaren F1 that came out the following year. But, it was the fastest production car in the world for a short period of time: even though the engine was pretty average – a 3.5-lit V6 – this sleek and sexy supercar could hit that 210+ miles per hour mark. Fun fact: they say at first the engineers wanted to equip it with a V12 unit – I wonder what they could’ve achieved with that monster?! Hey, I’d give a lot just to see that happen. Anyway, the Jaguar XJ220 could easily flash from zero to 60MPH in 3.7 seconds, which is pretty impressive even by modern standards. It’s a bit sad that the Brits didn’t get the recognition they deserved, but I am happy to say that today, in 2016, Jaguar is doing quite alright and is ready to wow everybody one again with the future releases.
Epic Cars From The 90s – #3, The Acura NSX
As a good buddy of mine says, this sneaky old bastard-of-a-car changed the supercar market for good. This was Honda’s biggest attempt at fighting the European giants in their own home, and, judging by the fan-base it has to this day, I’d say the Japanese did it right. The car was first introduced to the world back in 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show and was manufactured in Japan. Here in the United States we know it as the Acura NSX, even though the rest of the world calls it the Honda NSX. But that’s not important. What is important is this attractive bastard was unusually reliable and durable for a supercar and came packed with a strong 3.0-lit V6 engine that was good for 300 Horsepower. And it was tuned by none other than Ayrton Senna, a legend of racing. The exterior design and styling were largely inspired by a F-16 fighter jet. The aerodynamics was superb and the NSX was the first mass-produced car in history to feature an aluminum-only body. Another great fact about the Acura NSX: Honda is finally ready to make a noisy comeback in 2016 with the brand-new and shiny Acura. The estimated price-tag is around 150K. Regardless, the original ’89 model is the hero today and that’s why I’m calling it one of the epic cars from the 90s.
#4 – The Ferrari F50
Ferrari – arguably the best major in the world when it comes to jaw-dropping and breath-taking supercars. I could put the Testarossa in here and it would be a perfect fit, but I consider it an 80s model, so, this time around I’ve got the F50 doing the honors of representing the legendary Italian brand. This one is a product of the 90s, down to the bones. It was built by the engineers as a celebration of the company’s 50th year anniversary, and, as it usually goes, became one of the best cars ever made. This was Ferrari’s way of saying “Thank You” to the loyal fans world-wide and one hell of a car to celebrate a round number. 50 Cent, one of the greatest in the rap-game, loves his F50 and talks about it in pretty much every album he drops. It’s no surprise, though: supercars have always been the rappers’ best friends, and the majors on the market are always happy to do some custom tweaking for the folks with big pockets. Alright, back to the car: the Italian stud was powered by a 4.7-lit V12 engine that could fly the Ferrari from rest to 60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds (aha, just like the JX220 from Jaguar) and reach a top speed of 200MPH. On top of that powertrain heaven, this supercar was also truly beautiful. The team at Pininfarina worked their magic once again and created a sight for sore eyes, an icon, a legend. And with that gigantic spoiler on the rear you just can’t mistake it for anything else. Ferrari F50 – the leader of epic cars from the 90s.
Epic Cars From The 90s – #5, The McLaren F1
Or is it now? This is actually a long-time dispute between the fans of Ferrari and McLaren, Italy and UK, passion and style. Folks love these cars like crazy, and to this day you won’t find anything more iconic than the F50 and the F1. So, why is the McLaren baby worshiped all around the globe? Well, first of all, Mr. Gordon Murray, a big-time Formula One designer made it (hence the name). Second, this supercar held the crown for world’s fastest production car for seven straight years before the Bugatti Veyron arrived with the French invasion. For the automobile industry 7 years is like a life-time, people. And how could it not hold the record with a top speed of 240MPH? I can talk about the F1 for days, but the truth is, you already know it all! As for the exterior design, you’ve got something of a golden middle between the Ferrari F50 and the Jaguar XJ220: it’s a 100% race-car, with a cabin that looks like a cockpit and makes you feel like a space jet driver from the future. Yeah, the F1 is all about speed, you can sense that by simply standing next to it. It’s designed by racers and for the racers – that’s the best description I can come up with. So, bottom line is, the McLaren F1 will always be in our hearts as one of the most epic cars from the 90s…and ever!
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