Tuesday, April 16

The 3 retro cars that came back and were a failure



Manufacturers sometimes want to pull on nostalgia to try to launch a different vehicle. Sometimes it works out, but other times… it’s better to forget.

Classic cars are liked by everyone (or should). Throughout the 20th century, true icons have been created whose aesthetics, many years later, returned to triumph. Bugatti is one of those cases, or the different generations of Porsche that follow each other every few years.

However, there are cars that would have been nice if they had remained buried deep in the warehouses of some brands. Vehicles that came back to torment fans, journalists… Their high price, their performance, their high consumption and their aesthetics would throw anyone back.

Today we review three of them, with the hope that in the future a Fiat Multipla, the Nissan Cube or the Kia Soul to the cast

Chevrolet HHR

No one understood this Chrevolet. It was a minivan that looked like a hybrid between a Chrysler PT Cruiser and a Citroën, and with less visibility than a World War II tank. Yeah well, maybe it’s exaggerating a bit, but look at it. It’s just horrible.

showed up there for 2005 at the Los Angeles Auto Show and was inspired by the vans and minivans of the 40’s, and in fact was conceived as a response to the PT Cruiser. offered a 4-cylinder petrol engine that developed 170 hp, had a maximum torque of 222 Nm at 4,800 RPM with a five-speed manual transmission.

It developed a maximum speed of 180 km/h and had an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.1 seconds. Its mixed consumption was 8.6 liters per 100 km.

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Plymouth Prowler

Another slap to good taste. Another sangria for the eyes. East hotrod (old American vehicles, classic or modern, with a large engine and that will also have been modified in order for the car to reach higher speeds), which could well have appeared in Mad Max or any futuristic movie of the 90s, did not leave indifferent to anyone

The Plymouth Prowler showed up at the 1993 Detroit Show and its design hardly changed until the start of its sales in 1997. The whole car had an arrow shape and its rear was located much higher than the front. Its aesthetic was followed by breaking two exhaust pipes and taillights, almost imperceptible.

Under its shell it had a propellant 3.5 liter V6 with 254 hp with a maximum torque of 340 Nm at 3,850 RPM. It sent all its power to the rear axle, through a four-speed automatic gearbox. achieved a acceleration from 0 to 96 km/h in 5.9 seconds and had a combined consumption of 12 liters at 100 km.

Chevrolet SSR

There was a time when General Motors had a team of fearless designers willing to experiment, but there were times when it got out of hand. The example is this Chevrolet SSR. It was only produced and sold between 2003 and 2006. There may be people who like it, obviously, but the fact of being on the market for such a short time, it might be for a reason…

It was about one pick up two-seater sports car with retractable hard top. A sports version of a convertible, work-oriented vehicle that was presented at the Detroit Motor Show in 2000. It has a design inspired by that of the Chevrolet Advance Design from the late 1940s.

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The year of its release equipped a block 5.3 V8 with 300 hp with a four-speed automatic gearbox. But Chevrolet took little time to rectify and replaced it with the 6.2 V8 LT2 engine of the sixth-generation Chevrolet Corvette itself, which delivered 400 hp of power and the option of having a six-speed manual transmission was added.

With the 400 hp engine it had a maximum torque of 549 Nm at 4400 Rpm, it had a combined consumption of 14.7 liters per 100 km and its acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h was 5.9 seconds.

This content was originally published on TopGear Spain.

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