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CorvetteToday Podcast Delves Into C4 With Aficionado Brad Hansen

CORVETTE TODAY delves into the C4 Corvette with affectionato, Brad Hansen. Brad is a LA videographer, but uses his C4 as a Daily Driver. Consequently, he has become a true go-to guy for all C4 do-it-yourselfers! Brad has a great YouTube channel and social media presence. You'll find out all about that and more on this episode of CORVETTE TODAY!

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Several MEs and Other SportsCars Not Selling?

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  • Several MEs and Other SportsCars Not Selling?

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    BUYER'S GUIDE 15 Amazing Cars That Nobody's Buying


    Cars that just aren't getting the showroom love they deserve.

    While some enthusiasts and journalists are wringing their hands at the way crossover SUVs have taken over the automotive market, it’s worth remembering that these things move in cycles. In the 1970s, it was all about the station wagons. Then, when the kids grew up, they didn’t want to drive the vehicles their stuffy parents did. Then the minivan showed up, and people couldn’t get enough of them. Now the kids that grew up in the back of those want nothing to do with them despite being the perfect family vehicle for their kids. Instead, those kids of the 90s are buying SUVs or crossovers for their families. Give it another decade, and the crossover craze will die down. Crossovers won't go away because they suit a lot of people and families, but something else will become the general family vehicle of choice. Perhaps we'll get the return of the wagon.

    In the meantime, enthusiasts and journalists are also wringing their hands at the thought that fast and fun cars for driving fans will go away. Again, this has been a recurring theme for decades. Yet, we are living in a golden age of horsepower and performance. Engines making 300 horsepower are no big deal and a 6-cylinder Mustang makes 310 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. 20 years ago, that was what you got at the top of the range.

    Unfortunately, enthusiasts do make up a small percentage of the new car market. And, although these aren’t all enthusiast cars, they are all at the bottom of the sales charts. Let’s take a look at what new car buyers have been skipping over that should be on shopping lists.

    Lotus Evora

    The Lotus Evora 400 is the poster child for this list. The name Lotus is legendary in car culture, but people tend pass their production cars over. The bottom line is that the reputation for unreliable engines and expensive parts left over from previous decades is still hurting sales. The Evora is an outstanding all-round package though with Lotus grip and handling to go with the mid-engine layout. The reliability that has been missing comes from a Toyota sourced engine making 400 horsepower with the aid of a supercharger.

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    3 Audi R8

    Audi’s everyday-driver supercar is a beast when you open it up and throw it at a bend. The Audi badge seems to be its Achilles heel, despite Lamborghini based V10 power mounted in the middle. Last year Audi only sold 927 R8 models, although it was good news as that was a 20% hike up from 2017.


    1 BMW 2-Series

    While a lot of enthusiasts claim that the E46 generation was BMW’s finest moment for the 3-Series, the 2-Series is as close as you’ll currently get to it in both size and driving dynamics. The 3-Series has grown, but the 2-Series is more of an enthusiast car. However, from the 230i to the full-on M Competition models, BMW only sold 9,208 models in 2018.


    Audi TT

    The TT is a niche vehicle that suffers from the same prejudice a lot of small sports cars do. However, sales dropped almost 50% in 2018 to just 1,289 TT models sold in the US. Thankfully, the TT is still doing reasonably well in Europe so it shouldn’t become a casualty of the accounting department's ax anytime soon.


    Porsche Cayman & Boxster

    It’s hard to have a bad word to say about the 718 siblings, but we wonder if Porsche is to blame with pricing here. It’s all very well having entry-level Porsches, but that’s no good if options start adding up fast and leaves people wondering if they should just go ahead and get a base 911. Driving enthusiasts shouldn’t though, but only a little over 5,000 did last year. For both models.

    For people predicting the crossover apocalypse and would like some confirmation bias, Porsche has already sold 5,559 Cayenne models in the first quarter of 2019.


    Acura NSX
    Despite coming out with its guns blazing and stealing hearts and minds in 2016, the NSX is heading towards flatline in the US. In 2017, Acura sold 591 models but in 2018 just 170 were delivered. So far this year, Acura is having trouble selling over 30 per month of what the brand touts as the next generation supercar.


    Nissan GT-R
    This one isn’t much of a surprise, despite still being a car capable of amazing things after a decade in its current generation. However, it is long in the tooth and its no surprise people will wait and see if a new Godzilla is on the horizon. Just 538 were sold in 2018 and nobody expects that to be bettered this year.


    Lexus LC

    The Lexus grand tourer in internal combustion form has a big, powerful, naturally aspirated V8 and all the joy that brings. The hybrid version may lack the simple joy of that and weigh even more, but it’s still worthy of the Lexus badge. Just 1,979 were sold in 2019 though, and only 179 in the first quarter of 2019.


    3 Chevrolet Corvette

    Perhaps it’s because this generation is now 4 years old and the mid-engined Corvette is due this year, but in 2018 Corvette sales dropped by 25% in 2018 to 18,791 units sold. That’s a big drop but it’s still higher than the years 2009 through 2013.


    Volkswagen Golf GTI

    Another surprise on this list is Golf’s ever-present and usually reliably desirable hot hatch. It has the driving dynamics and interior everyone wants from the German pocket rocket, but the 7th generation is getting on in years now, and that probably explains just 16,684 units being delivered in 2018.


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    Two door sports cars are a dying breed.

    todays cuvs can perform as well or better than many of the cars shown on your list.

    our decaying roadways also make the next halo vehicle for many brands soft road hot road cuvs.

    the ultra cool mclarens, ferraris, lamborghinis, and corvettes will always demand a passion to purchase...

    i expect the c8 corvette will be in such demand compared to supply there will be no discounts in year 3 through 5..unless of course gm follows the c4 pricing strategy ...


    • #3
      The Evora like the Mclarns and some others others drop weight as the power and price increases. The Evora 430 is 2600Lbs and 430HP. The base model is 3200Lbs and 300[something] HP