If you’re looking for a Best European sports car that will grant you the desired attention and approval – steer clear of these models.
It’s hard not to love European sports cars. They’re fast, flashy, sophisticated vehicles that belong on bedroom wall posters and celebrities’ garages. Sure, some are more affordable than the others and are less likely to kill you – but the allure remains. As a random person what their dream car is, and there is a very high probability that they will mention Porsche, Ferrari, or Lamborghini.
Taking this reputation into consideration, one would think that it is virtually impossible to hate a European sports car. One would be wrong – believe it or not, there are more than a few sports cars that aren’t as exciting as they once were. Some – because they have remained in production for way too long. Others – because there is something fundamentally wrong with them that the fans just fail to see. Either way, if you’re looking for a European sports car that will grant you the desired attention and approval – steer clear of the models below.
10-BMW M3 (E46)
Ask any M3 fan which generation of the model they think is best, and they’ll probably say E46. Even by today’s standards, it’s a very capable sports car, perhaps even the last old-school M car to come out. Still, over the years it’s become way too obvious. Not to mention the famed oil leaks and the disaster that is the SMG transmission. Truthfully, there is a lot of sports cars from the same era that are much better than the E46 M3 – but try telling the fans that.
9-Volkswagen Golf GTI
Don’t get us wrong, the Golf GTI is not a bad hot hatch. In fact, it’s the one that effectively launched the genre. However, the main issue with this car – just like with any other Golf – is that it’s excruciatingly, unapologetically boring. You’re in the market for a small, affordable car that’s fun to drive, but won’t break the bank? Well, why don’t you shop around a little before getting the car that simply screams “My owner has no imagination.”
If anyone from Maserati is reading this paragraph: we are begging you, please discontinue the GranTurismo already! Yes, it’s a beautiful grand tourer that’s had an amazing run – but this run has lasted for 13 years now. The GranTurismo is a wonderful car, but it’s just way too old to be sold as new – especially for over $250,000. And don’t even start us on the build quality issues.
The Boxter is an amazing roadster that has always been treated rather unfairly by the car community. “Hairdresser’s car” and “Poor man’s Porsche” are among the expressions that come to a car enthusiast’s mind when you mention the Boxter. We’ve never shared this opinion and believe that it’s a fantastic car. But the public opinion is hard to ignore, and it seems like the Boxter will always be considered a lesser Porsche.
No other car understands the Boxter’s struggle more than the Audi TT. When it was first released at the turn of the century, it made quite a fuss and quickly became one of Audi’s best-selling models. Since then, however, it’s lost most of its sports car reputation and is now regarded by many as an expensive toy for spoiled rich kids. Considering how much everyone hates the TT, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the current generation of the model will be final.
5-BMW M5 (E60)
The E60 M5 came out in a short, but glorious period in the mid-2000s when V10 engines were cool. Naturally, it packs one too – a 5.0-liter naturally aspirated unit that sounds like a dream. Sadly, owning one is more like a nightmare. Oh, and the notorious SMG transmission made a reappearance, too! To this day, it’s considered one of the most unreliable BMWs ever made – hence it’s infamous reputation.
The unfortunate reality for ultra-luxury car manufacturers is that any entry-level model would get slammed as a lesser car. Such as the case with the Ferrari California. When it first came out in 2007, it was hated almost universally for its awkward looks and the image of the “poor man’s Ferrari.” Its successor, the Portofino, turned out much better. The California, on the other hand, will be forever known as the Ferrari everyone was sick of as soon as it came out.
The SL-Class has always been a synonym for an elegant, luxurious GT convertible. Sadly, the perception of the current generation is a bit different. It’s been on the market with changed and facelifts for almost 20 years now. And with each year, it was selling less and less until it got its current reputation of the go-to car for retired men in Florida. Hopefully, the next generation of the SL will be able to break free from this infamy.
In Ferrari circles, it is customary not to bring up the Mondial – and for a good reason. This 2+2 grand tourer was never considered a proper Ferrari because of its bland looks, subpar performance, and questionable reliability. Today, it remains one of the few affordable classic Ferraris – and that should tell you something about the public opinion on this car.
It baffles us how the BMW i8 can still be considered a futuristic, innovative sports car. Because at this point, it’s already six years old, it doesn’t make this much power, and when you’re driving, you even get a fake exhaust sound coming through the speakers, for God’s sake! Truth to be told, the i8 did a great job as a halo car for BMW’s hybrid tech and should be put to rest.