The car ownership world contains an equal blend of objectivity and subjectivity.
The subjective side can be summed up as one vehicle serving a particular owner well while the same car acts as a nightmare for another driver.
We’re going to be focusing on the objective side of car ownership by highlighting vehicles with designs and performances that don’t live up to their hype.
Some of our picks may stick out as obvious, while others may act as a surprise. Check out our list to see if you agree with our selections.
Let’s jump right in.
How Could You Call the Nissan GT-R Overrated?
Nissan has failed to evolve the original GT-R over the last decade. Since its release, the GT-R has remained essentially unchanged, with newer models costing 50% more than their original price. These markups aren’t justified given the recent GT-R model’s heavy weight that makes the car less agile than competing vehicles.
The GT-R understandably turned heads upon its initial release. Drivers were instantly drawn to the early Nissan GT-R’s power characterized by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6. This engine configuration produced a rattling 480 horsepower complemented by an ultra-quick dual-clutch gearbox and all-wheel-drive capability. Original Nissan GT-R owners could acquire these performance elements for less money than a Porsche 911.
We’ll be happy to reconsider our GT-R view after Nissan integrates some price tag adjustments and new design elements on their signature vehicle.
What Is Ferrari’s LaFerrari Lacking?
You might be wondering how we can consider a Ferrari with 789 horsepower overrated. The crux of our argument lies in the fact that horsepower makes up the vast majority of what the Ferrari LaFerrari has to offer. Large amounts of horsepower aren’t especially unique to the world of high-value sports cars. The LaFerrari fails to stack up against the technological advances of competing sports models like the McLaren P1.
McLaren’s P1 model offers drivers a compelling race mode that generates thrills. A multifaceted gas-electric hybrid system helps Porsche’s 918 Spyder stick out from the crowd. Critics feel that the LaFerrari’s inability to transition into a full-electric mode signals a car that’s fallen short of its ultimate design potential.
Where Can the Bugatti Veyron Improve?
The Bugatti Veyron’s one-dimensional approach lands itself a spot on our list of the most overrated cars. There’s no doubting the Veyron’s incredible speed. Initial Bugatti Veyron’s featured an 8-liter W-16 engine with four turbos producing close to 1000 horsepower. Drivers that opted for special editions of the Bugatti Veyron received a mind-bending 1200 horsepower. These impressive speed marks are overshadowed by the Veyron’s heavy design and below-average handling.
Drivers spending over $1 million on a Bugatti Veyron deserve more optimized performance.
Does the Dodge Viper Have Bugatti Veyron Syndrome?
The Dodge Viper contained obvious flaws from its beginning. An outdated design and poor handling led to drivers feeling uneasy behind the Viper’s wheel. This Dodge was way too expensive for what it offered. The ridiculously powerful V10 engine was the vehicle’s highlight, while the surrounding features left a negative impression.
Step inside of the Dodge Viper, and you’ll find plenty of plastic interior components that leave much to be desired. Similar to the Bugatti Veyron, the Dodge Viper’s speed doesn’t cover up the rest of the vehicle’s design and performance imperfections.
How Can the Porsche 911 Make This List?
This is one of our most controversial picks by a longshot—so we’ll cut right to the chase. Higher-powered Porsche 911 models like GT3 and GT3 RS have a reputation for having problematic engines. A primary GT3 engine issue was tied to a loose screw joint on the piston connecting rod. Porsche eventually overcame GT3 engine problems by removing and replacing the motors.
These engine replacements were followed by repairs that were less time-consuming than repairing the original motors. The German manufacturer was able to take the financial hit given this problem’s relatively small percentage of occurrences.
It’s helpful to compare the 911 to other Porsche vehicles when analyzing whether or not the 911 is overrated. Porsche released their Cayman model in 2005. The Cayman acts as a middle option between the Porsche Boxster and Porsche 911. 2015 was an interesting year for Porsche’s Cayman. Porsche decided to tone down the Cayman so the model wouldn’t steal the 911’s thunder. This strategic choice highlights some of the unnecessary hype that the 911 receives.
What’s Wrong With the 2008 Dodge Challenger?
Early 2000s Dodge Challengers had a lot to live up to. Many previous Dodge Challenger fans were disappointed with the 2008 Challenger’s plastic-like appearance. 2008 Dodge Challengers were wide to the point that the body didn’t look and feel like a normal car. A HEMI V8 engine wasn’t enough to propel 2008 Challengers to impressive speeds.
Here’s how you can sum up the 2008 Dodge Challengers shortcomings:
The 2008 Challenger didn’t separate itself enough from other vehicles in Dodge’s SRT8 lineup. Interior wheel designs within the 2008 Challenger were a tad dry, while the vehicle’s drivetrain offered a less than ideal rear-wheel-drive configuration.
To be fair—Dodge learned from these mistakes and made improvements within newer Challenger models like the Hellcat.
Does the Audi A6 Live up to Its Supercar-Killer Status?
Drive in a straight line, and you’ll be satisfied with the Audi RS6’s blazing speed. Problems with this vehicle arise when you exit that straight line to evaluate the car’s handling. Drivers have noted a lack of responsiveness within the Audi RS6’s steering. Add in the Audi RS6’s front-biased weight distribution and front-biased Quattro all-wheel-drive systems, and your ability to achieve a spirited drive is adequately suppressed.
You’d think that the Audi RS6’s straight-line speed would result in a stellar-sounding engine. The Audi RS6 engine’s sound falls short of what you’d hear from Mercedes-Benz AMG models or BMW’s double boosted V8.
What Should I Consider Before Buying a Tesla Model S?
The Tesla hype is real. It’s common for Tesla Model S owners to talk about how they own a Tesla and how their car is better than any other car. Noteworthy flaws within Tesla’s model S include are most prevalent within the vehicle’s exterior design. Model S’s contain average paint quality and finish, along with inconsistent panel gaps.
Hop inside of a Tesla Model S, and you may feel uncomfortable with the vehicle’s screen-to-buttons ratio. A sizable dashboard screen allows Model S drivers to control essentially every aspect of their car. A certain percentage of drivers view the Model S’s dashboard screen as an occasional distraction. You’ll have to get behind the wheel of a Model S to see for yourself whether or not this is the case.
Is the A80 Toyota Supra Really That Fast & Furious?
Fast & Furious fans may have a hard time jumping on board with this pick. The A80 Toyota Supra gained notoriety for its tunability. It’s important to remember that you’ll have to tune the A80 Toyota Supra to the highest degree to achieve its talked-about performance. Drivers with an A80 Toyota Supra registering around 900 horsepower have likely dumped around $20,000 into upgrading the vehicle.
Factory A80 Toyota Supra models contained an exhaust system with three emissions-friendly catalytic converters. This standard exhaust configuration created a less than impressive howl that requires some drastic aftermarket tuning to upgrade.
Where Did Ford’s Mustang Go Wrong?
Ford’s Mustang has had issues dating back to the 1960s. Original pony Mustangs started selling well thanks to their pretty looks and fair pricing. Sales, unfortunately, began to take a dive toward the end of the 1960s when the Mustang got heavier and slower. The mid-90s was one of the Ford Mustang’s least noteworthy periods due to a look-alike appearance with so-so performance.
The 1994 Ford Mustang contained an available four-speed automatic transmission that was paired with a dated 4.6-liter V8 engine. Drivers that were looking to get the most out of their Mustang’s performance had to move up to a Cobra version with exceptional 239 kW of engine power.
Does the Lamborghini Countach Live up to Its Poster Status?
Lamborghini’s Countach is one of the most poster-worthy cars in history—but remember that beauty is only skin deep. This lavish sports car’s doors barely achieve any lift, which often makes for difficult entries. The worst part about the Countach’s doors is the fact that they’ll fall without any warning. Consider yourself warned.
You’d think the Lamborghini Countach would provide a one-of-a-kind driving experience. The truth is these vehicle’s controls are far too heavy, and the car’s clutch is known to get stuck every 3,000 or so miles.
Perhaps the Lamborghini Countach is better off left hanging on your wall.
Are Ferrari F355’s Full Of Maintenance Issues?
The Ferrari F355’s sleek style and versatile performance aren’t enough to balance out the vehicle’s lackluster craftsmanship. Expect to rack up plenty of repair costs as a Ferrari F355 owner. Oil leaks within this Ferrari were known to occur immediately after their factory exit.
Drivers frequently complain about the F355’s door handles. This Ferrari’s door handles are hidden underneath the car’s hot vents to create an entry that can prove inconvenient.
Which BMW M Series Is Overrated?
BMW introduced the odd-looking M Coupe during the 1990s. A short wheelbase plagued BMW’s M Coupe. Cars containing short wheelbases can suffer stability issues like traction loss or spinouts. Transmission problems frequently frustrated M Coupe owners as sticky and failing shifters were a somewhat regular occurrence.
The primary issue with the M Coupe’s transmission failures is that these repairs are costly to implement. New generation M Coupes are recommended for drivers as they present fewer long-term problems.
Do You Agree With Our List of Picks?
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