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The 7 most overrated sports cars on the market

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On the one hand, they’re beautiful works of automotive art that everyone can enjoy. On the other hand, they’re eyesores and flashy vehicles that display wealth and entitlement. It all depends on who drives them and how.

While the average luxury car may be out of reach for most people, America is, as they say, a nation of the momentary millionaire, so just to be on the safe side, here’s a list of sports cars to avoid.

Even if you don’t end up using anything on this list, at least you’ll be able to laugh at the next asshole who stalls you with one of these pricey, high-powered, regret-the-purchase bundles.

Maserati GranTurismo

Nearly every automotive expert places the same $174,000 vehicle at the top of their list of sports cars to avoid. Introducing the Maserati GranTurismo, a car that consumers should think twice about before buying. The GranTurismo has caught the attention of many drivers because of its stylish design and attractive performance profile, but owners often have problems with reliability. Many have reported issues related to the engine and electrical system. When problems do occur, repairs can also be very expensive. These cars are not designed for long distance driving, so driving them daily can lead to costly issues.

Lotus Evora

No one is saying the Lotus Evora (out of production in 2021) isn’t an exceptional machine. In fact, the final Tribute model is best described as a perfectly imperfect sports car, though, with a starting price tag of $100,000, it could have done with a few less imperfections. The Evora offers an exhilarating driving experience when needed, but many owners find it lacking in reliability over the long term. Plus, its interior lacks the refinement and comfort features found in other sports cars in its price range.

Jaguar F-Type

Jaguar has long been synonymous with power, performance and style, but the British luxury brand is also known for its tendency to break down. That reputation, deservedly or not, carries over to the F-Type. The Jaguar F-Type is a beautiful car with a powerful engine, but some owners report issues with the electronics and powertrain, as well as costly out-of-warranty repairs. With a price tag starting at $78,000, frequent trips to the repair shop are the worst thing a driver can do, especially when there are several attractive Jaguar rivals available.

Alfa Romeo 4C

Alfa Romeo discontinued the 4C in 2020. The 4C remains a popular sports car with a huge fanbase, but many small issues can turn into a death-by-a-thousand ordeal. The Alfa Romeo 4C is a pure driver’s car, but it makes big sacrifices in terms of comfort and convenience: the cabin is cramped and there’s no power steering. It’s great on the track, but those looking for an all-around fun sports car might be better served by the Porsche Cayman, which offers thrilling performance without sacrificing comfort.

BMW i8

Like the Alfa Romeo 4C, the BMW i8 was discontinued in 2020. Both cars have more compelling competitors at a more reasonable price. The BMW i8 is a plug-in hybrid and offers a glimpse into the future with its futuristic design. It’s certainly an eye-catcher, but its performance doesn’t match its supercar looks. For the price, something like the Acura NSX offers better performance and a more engaging driving experience.

Nissan GT-R

The 565-horsepower Nissan GT-R has plenty of power to justify its $120,990 MSRP. But without any significant upgrades recently, what was once a challenger to modern supercars now feels like one of the most mundane sports cars on the road. If you’re looking for more bang for your buck, you might consider a Porsche model, or even opt for a Corvette on a whim.

Porsche Carrera GT

Car enthusiasts with money to spare will inevitably turn to the Carrera GT. This car is undoubtedly beautiful, but its power and performance can be lethal. This is not your average car for the average driver, and its lack of safety features will knock it off your shortlist. Professional driving skills will help you handle the fearsome 5.7-liter engine, but the narrow margin for error means that all but the most experienced drivers will find this car a challenge.