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Embarrassing misses

Car companies don’t always have it easy. We kid with that statement. In fact, they always have it hard. Being in the car business is not a walk in the park, and when you manufacturer a car that is supposed to roar and beat all competitors off the block – and it doesn’t – you’ve got a problem. The following are some of history’s biggest misses, take note.

Chevy Camaro (4th Generation)

This is a funny one, as we’ve written glowingly about this car in other posts, but it cannot be ignored that from 1993 to 1995 the Camaro had a base V6, 3.8-liter engine that would hit 60 mph, but not all that fast folks. Couple that with a 4-speed automatic transmission and needless to say there is more power to be found elsewhere.

Ford Mustang V6 (5th Generation)

In the present, the V6 engines Ford is smacking into the Mustang are nothing to sneeze at. However, back in 2005, the year Ford went through a big redesign with the Mustang, the 4.0-liter V6 whipped out … wait for it … 205 horsepower. Honestly, like the 4th generation Camaro, this was and still is a very unfunny joke. Thankfully by the time 2011 came around Ford brass also came to their senses which is why the aluminum block 3.2-liter V6 has ratcheted it up to 305 horsepower.

Chrysler Crossfire

Ohh, this sounds fun! Anything with fire in the name has to be a burner, right? Dead wrong, so wrong that 0 to 60 mph in a passable 6.2 seconds doomed this ride. Even though the Crossfire visually looked like it could destroy a BMW 3-Series, at 218 horsepower there wasn’t much on the road the Crossfire could feast on unfortunately. Now, the SRT6 version did ramp it up a bit, so not all was lost.

Pontiac Fiero

We think Pontiac looked at Toyota with this one, lovingly admiring what the Japanese giant did with the MR2, a mid-engine sports car that was a wild success. The Fiero was designed with that in mind, we’re sure of it, but boy did Pontiac swing and miss here. The 2.8-liter V6 somehow only came through with a disappointing 135 horsepower. Better off walking at that point …

Ferrari Mondial 8

It’s a Ferrari, we get it. But while the Mondial T roared up to a more respectful 300 horsepower, the Mondial 8 only reached 205 horsepower. 205, for a Ferrari! Something is off, and of course the public picked up on that sentiment. A lot was off with this model and now people don’t want it. That’s how life works sometimes.

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