I have been pondering over writing this article for years now, but the time has finally come and I have decided to list these 5 cars that were way ahead of their time. Ahead of their time meaning that there looks,performance and tech would pass in this day and age.
1. Porsche 959 circa 1985 ” A technological Masterpiece”
The Porsche 959 was truly revolutionary. It had a 450hp from a 2.8 Liter which was almost double the standard supercar of what you had back then in 1985, tire pressure monitor system, ABS, Titanium Connecting rods, 4 wheel drive, sequential turbos (one Turbo spools up before the other to remove turbo lag) a top speed of 200mph, Torque vectoring and 0-100kmh in 3.7 seconds IN 1985!! All of these things were way ahead of their time in 1985, let alone in 2014. Bill Gates actually purchased one back in 1987 and had to wait 13 years until it was accepted by US regulations.
2. Jaguar E-Type Circa 1962
Before the F-Type, there was the E-Type. One of the most beautiful cars to ever be produced, and to add insult to injury: the Jaguar E-Type was produced in 1961 and even Enzo Ferrari himself called it the world’s most beautiful car, and that earns it a spot on our list.
3. Acura NSX Circa 1990 (New Sportscar Experimental)
The Acura NSX was the wall poster for every supercar loving child in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. It was surely considered Japan’s first supercar to rival the big boys. It really set the pace for our modern day supercars by accelerating performance and technology forcing other car manufacturers at the time to speed up the development of their top models.
A mid-engined beauty that came out of Hondas partnership with an Italian Designer, and it does look relevant even in this day and age. The first production car to have :All Aluminum monocoque chassis, Extruded aluminum chassis elements, heat treated and dent resistant body panels, 4 channel ABS, electric power steering, A Vtec mid placed engine with 270hp which equated to 90hp per liter and had its gas tank between the driver and the engine to not interrupt the handling/balance of the car as fuel levels fell.
4. Ford GT Circa 2004
The Ford GT was originally made in 1966 as the Ford GT40, which was an American/British project designed and built in England. It featured an American built engine and won the 24Lemans four consecutive times! But I am talking about the remake, the 2004 version that was way ahead of its time, just look at it and compare it to modern cars these days.
The Ford GT looks stunning, and extremely modern, do you believe that this thing was made in 2004? The exterior of the Ford GT features a low slung design, really wide arches and sleek lines and functional vents. Even those rims would pass as modern these days. It literelly looks nothing like any of the cars that were produced back then.
The Ford GT performed like nothing else those days, 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds 0-100 mph in 7.4 seconds and a top speed of 205mph! The 2004 Ford GT got a mid-mounted 5.4 L Modular V8 engine which was all-aluminum and a Lysholm twin screw-type supercharger with a dry sump oiling system. Power it was not short on: 550 hp at 6500 rpm and 500 lb·ft of torque at 3750 rpm. A Ricardo six-speed manual transmission is fitted featuring a helicallimited-slip differential.
5. Aston Martin Lagonda Circa 1976
The Aston Martin Lagonda was the first car to produce a digital dash in production form, it also had LED gauges, touch sensitive buttons and enabled the driver to read information about the cars status and performance figures.