10 of the Most Awkward-Looking Production Supercars Ever Made
These Ugly Supercars Should Never Have Gone Into Production
Updated October 31, 2018
The world of supercars is usually all hunky-dory. At least when it comes to their looks. Most supercars are either outrageously beautiful, futuristic or menacing, or all of the above. As it is the case with pretty much everything, black sheep do exist even among supercars. As you can imagine, since supercars are such eyebrow raisers in general, when they’re bad, their wickedness is exponentially worse compared to that of conventional cars. I’m not gonna say these supercars are ugly. Someone might actually like some of them. Whatever the case, you have to admit they’re awkward-looking at least. And all of them are, or were production models. I didn’t even bother listing crazy supercar concepts, and, boy, there are some ugly looking specimen there! Maybe another time. For now, here are 10 of the most awkward-looking production supercars ever made.
These Ugly Supercars Are Best Forgotten About
Weber Faster One (pre-facelift)
The Bugatti Veyron ruled the streets back then, and it still does now. At least its successor Chiron does from now on. But, in 2008, Swiss automaker Weber decided to try and dethrone the Veyron. Faster One (F1) was their answer, and boy, did they make a mess out of it! Don’t get me wrong, it did reign as the world’s fastest street-legal car for a time, but it was ugly as hell before they decided to overhaul its carbon fiber body. Ugly model was powered by 900-horsepower modified twin-supercharged LS7 V8 and it was capable of reaching the top speed of 248 mph while accelerating to 60 in 2.7 seconds. Newer, much more beautiful models pack 1,200 hp, accelerate to 60 in around 2.5 seconds and manage to reach even higher speeds, although the Swiss are stingy on details.
Mosler Consulier GTP
Consulier enjoyed a long production run of 8 years under that name, and additional 7 as Intruder/Raptor. Question is: “How did it manage to do so considering the way it looked?” It had a fine front fascia for the eighties, and some nice angular details, but it looked horrendously bad from the profile. Instead of seamlessly angled midsection, it practically came with a cargo bed of sorts. Either that or very long overhang which isn’t exactly a supercar thing. Of course, all the space they could have gotten from it was already reserved for the engine. At first, Consulier was powered by 175-horsepower 2.2L turbocharged 4-cylinder sourced from Chrysler. Later on, it became a true supercar thanks to GM’s 300-hp 5.7L LT1 V8, but that was already Intruder’s era. And the Raptor was even more powerful thanks to 446-hp 6.3L V8.
Covini C6W actually doesn’t look that bad, but number 6 in its name doesn’t stand for the number of cylinders of its engine. Nope, it’s the number of wheels it has. Now, how many supercars with six wheels have you seen? Exactly! And it’s not a six-wheel drive. Not even a four-wheel drive. It’s a rear-wheel drive with 434-horsepower 4.2L naturally aspirated Audi V8. Covini C6W develops the top speed of 186 mph, but the question remains: “Don’t those two extra wheels somehow limit its performance?” Guess we’ll never know since Covinis are already rare enough on their own and Italians aren’t planning on making regular four-wheel supercar replacements.
Aston Martin Zagato V8 Vantage
Aston Martins are usually some of the most beautiful cars around. Well, not this one. Built by Italian famous coachbuilder Zagato, Aston Martin Zagato V8 Vantage ruins everything that Aston Martin V8 stands for. At least visually. I mean, those square headlights are better suited for Citroens of the day, than for a British grand tourer supercar. In fact, Zagato V8’s entire body was boxy and that didn’t really help it. Best thing to it is the carried over 5.3L V8 engine. Zagato version developed 430 horsepower thanks to the twin-choke Weber carburetors. It could have topped 186 mph, but due to its horrendous design, only 56 coupes and 37 convertibles were made.
What happens when Spanish, Barcelona-based automaker decides to make a supercar that combines Formula 1 and jet fighter aesthetics? Tramontana is what happens. And Tramontana isn’t exactly our first pick when it comes to supercar beauty pageant. It’s simply too much of an open-wheel Formula 1 car which is awkward for everyday road use, to say the least. It packs quite a firepower, however. V10 version gets 651-horsepower naturally aspirated 5.2L engine, while V12 model boasts 888-horsepower thanks to 5.5L twin-turbo mill. Awkward as it is, Tramontana packs quite a punch. We have to give it that, at least.
Porsche 924 Turbo Kombi “Artz”
Shooting brakes can look cool, like this Lamborghini Huracan, or this here BMW i8. Prolonged body simply suits them. Porsche, however, is a different matter entirely. Yes, they now have Panamera which, although long enough, isn’t actually a shooting brake, but 35 years ago shooting brake Porsche was an aberration. And it still is. German coachbuilder Gunter Artz is the one accountable. He converted 20 Porsche 924 Turbo’s into shooting brakes back in ’81. They had completely reworked rear (naturally), and numerous 937-derived details across the rest of the body. 2.0L in-line four wasn’t changed, and it still delivered 168 ponies. This wasn’t Artz’s only shooting brake Porsche as he also extended the 928 a year before. Moreover, he wasn’t the only one extending the 924’s. DP Motorsport did the same with 9 such models in 1986, and they also converted 7 944’s between 1988 and 2003.
As far as the Caparo T1 goes, it’s a rear-wheel drive, mid-engined supercar whose aesthetics are more common in Formula 1 world, although it’s not an open-wheel car. It performs admirably thanks to its 575-horsepower 3.5L normally aspirated V8 engine. It’s more than capable of topping 205 mph and accelerating from 0 to 60 in 2.5 seconds. The problem is it handles awfully, especially around the corners. In fact, you have to push it to the max in order for it to corner properly. Low speeds just aren’t Caparo T1’s forte, it would seem. Oh, and it looks nothing like a proper supercar should.
Isdera Imperator 108i
One look at Isdera Imperator 108i and you’ll instantly figure out why it’s such an obscure and forgotten supercar. It’s not very pretty, to put it mildly. It’s no wonder Mercedes-Benz scrapped the CW311 concept upon which it is based. Moreover, it’s no wonder only 30 models were produced during what’s almost a 10-year long production stint. Original Isdera Imperator 108i’s used Mercedes-Benz‘s 5.0L V8, while latter models came with more powerful 5.6L V8, 5.6L AMG V8, and finally, 6.0L AMG V8. It even had the rearview periscope to spice the looks up additionally. At least rear vision wasn’t as bad as in Lamborghini Countach, for instance.
Beck LM800 might be light, aerodynamic, fast and contemporary, but it looks like it was designed by an 8-year old. It’s awkward and there’s no denying that fact. At least it’s made out of composite materials including magnesium and titanium. It’s also fast, having 4.2L turbo V8 mill making 650 horsepower. Combination of light frame and powerful engine means LM800 can accelerate to 60 in just 2.8 seconds while its top speed of around 260 mph is among the fastest top speeds in the world. If not the fastest. Many carmakers boast that they’re the ones with the fastest car in the world in their portfolio. Let’s face it: in order to make one, you have to sacrifice some of its aesthetics. But this isn’t the way to go if you’re looking for high-volume production. At least as high as high-volume goes in the supercar world.
Call it peculiar, different, cool, ugly, awkward, but Mitsuoka Orochi is definitely something we won’t be forgetting soon. Not necessarily by good or bad. It’s much more simple than that. What was seen there, simply can’t be unseen. For almost ten years, Japanese supercar was ridiculed as one of the ugliest cars ever produced. Named after mythological Japanese dragon, it certainly lived up to its reputation – design-wise. Performance-wise, Orochi was just fine. Naturally aspirated 3.3L V6 Toyota FE engine was capable of putting up 230 horsepower, and posting top speed and acceleration time of 152 mph and 5.7 seconds respectively. Then again, it looked like a fish.
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