10 Supercars From the ’90s You Probably Forgot
90’s Supercars Are Instantly Recognizable – But Here Are A Few That Time Forgot
Updated October 29, 2018
Not that long ago, we published the list of 10 most forgotten and obscure supercars ever produced. That list could have looked much different had we put the emphasis on the nineties. Nineties were probably the best years to produce and market a supercar. Stable economy, technological advancements and pop-up headlights which had that pizzazz that made all cars (especially supercars) look great. We simply couldn’t add them all without overlooking some of the great classics from prior decades.
Well, this time we are doing nineties the justice they deserve. This is the perfect opportunity to test the depth of your familiarity with the supercars overall. Remain with us for this countdown and figure out how many of these you do remember and how many of them you have heard of for the very first time. Oh, and one more thing. All supercars had to be road-legal in order to be eligible for this list – even if there was only one of them produced.
Early nineties supercar with mad pop-up headlight design is a description that can be attributed to many nameplates back in the day, but none is more deserving than the Cizeta-Moroder V16T. Available between 1991 and 1995, Cizeta was initially produced in 19 units. Subsequently, the company made three more models in 1999 and 2003, and here’s the thing. Cizeta is actually still available on a made to order basis which would cost you at least $649,000 for the regular or $849,000 for the Spyder TTJ model. That’s without taxes and shipping, mind you. Cizeta is powered by two Lamborghini Urraco 90-degree flat plane V8s in one block. That’s basically a V16 mill which was enough for 4-second 0 to 60 and top speed of 204 mph.
While the Jaguar XJ220 certainly deserved more acclaim, its predecessor which was only built in 53 copies between 1990 and 1992 (5 times less than the XJ220) is the one which we have picked here. Powered by Jaguar 6.0L V12 powerplant, XJR-15 was able to produce 450 horses and 420 lb-ft of torque. There were supposedly 5 limited LM versions of the XJR-15, all sold in Japan. They were fitted with 7.4L V12s similar to XJR-9 race car’s engine, and were capable of making 700 horses.
Lister Storm used Jaguar’s 7.0L V12 mill previously mentioned together with the XJR-9. Here the engine made 546 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque which was enough for 0 to 60 acceleration time of 4.1 seconds. That made it the fastest accelerating 4-seater saloon in the world until Brabus Rocket toppled it from that spot in 2006. Lister Storm was only built in four units, three of which survive today. High $350,000 price tag back in 1993 probably didn’t help it pave its way to more buyers.
TVR Cerbera Speed 12
There can be only one is the catchphrase that suits this supercar perfectly. Its name, especially the speed part is another thing that fits right at home with this one. TVR Cerbera Speed 12 never moved on from the prototype phase, although the prototype car itself is road-legal, hence its appearance on this list. That’s because 2,425 pound car with 900 horsepower was simply way too fast for the general population back in 1997. Furthermore, in-house 7.7L V12 engine was highly underrated and probably produced north of 1,000 horsepower. It was intended for 24 Hours of Le Mans, but never made it to France. It did, however, compete in the GT1 class of the FIA GT Championship where it was restricted to more fashionable 660 horses.
Nissan R390 GT1
Another one of the GT supercars of the nineties. Nissan R390 was only produced in two copies. One is still in Nissan‘s Zama warehouse museum, while the other is in private collection. These Le Mans racers were produced for 1997 and 1998 seasons, but never managed to make a lasting mark in the competition. Still, thanks to their 3.5L twin-turbo V8s capable of topping 220 mph and reaching 60 from nothing in 3.2 seconds, they are considered the fastest Nissans ever made.
Don’t let its look fool you. This isn’t a Porsche 911, although it’s based upon it or type 993 to be more precise. Ruf isn’t your typical German automaker and tuner known for their high-performance Porsche knockoffs. CTR2 is probably the most famous of their cars, but still obscure enough for most people to think it’s a Porsche. Produced between 1995 and 1997, CTR2 came in limited series and costed $315,000. Its 3.6L twin-turbo straight-six generated 520 hp and 505 lb-ft of torque. Later in the production cycle, CTR2’s version Porsche’s engine managed to produce 580 horses. That was enough for top speed of 217 mph and 0 to 60 time of 3.6 seconds. Ruf didn’t stop there, however. Two wide-body CTR2 Yellowbird models produced in 1997 for Pikes Peak Hillclimb developed no less than 702 ponies.
Dauer 962 Le Mans
Another rare German car and another Porsche-derived one. Dauer 962 was based on Porsche 962 sports car. As its name suggests, it was specially designed for 24 Hours of Le Mans, and it did its job in thoroughly professional fashion – winning the competition in 1994. Dauer 962 was in production between 1993 and 1997, but road-legal cars only came after the mentioned Le Mans podium. Only a dozen or so were produced and they were fitted with Porsche’s well-known flat-six mill capable of putting up 730 horsepower. Needless to say, these supercars were hellishly fast. 251 mph fast, and 2.8 seconds for 0 to 60 fast, to be more precise.
Vectors were always underrated and while we have given the W8 some justice recently, We haven’t done the same with the M12. Vector M12 was neither that expensive nor flashy, really. Rebadged Lamborghini Diablo “only” stood $184,000, but you can get it for much less these days. If you manage to find one, that is. After all, only 18 were made between 1995 and 1999, and 14 were production models. 5.7L Lambo V12 produced 492 hp and 425 lb-ft of torque which wasn’t enough for more than 189 mph top speed and 4.8 seconds 0 to 60. Maybe it was the fact that it wasn’t one of the better supercars or it was the hostile takeover and mismanagement of the company, but Vector M12 never achieved success and the company would soon go under.
Aston Martin V8 Vantage Le Mans
When you read through this, you’ll know why no one remembers this one. There was a time when Aston Martin built Virage instead of its predecessor and successor (at the same time) the Vantage. However, they did make close to 300 Vantages during the mid-nineties. They were supposed to be cutting edge, but ended up being beefed up, cumbersome supercharged V8 4-seat coupes. Proudly named Le Mans, V8 Vantages came in 40-model limited run back in 1999. They were made for two reasons: to commemorate Aston Martin’s Le Mans victory from 40 years ago and to kill off then current generation of Virage/Vantage which would never have passed the new regulations. Unlike regular 550 hp Vantages, Le Mans models were capable of producing 600 ponies and 600 lb-ft of torque. 5.3L V8 with dual superchargers was behind that and quoted 200 mph top speed, and 4-second 0 to 60 time. Only, Aston Martin V8 Vantage Le Mans was never actually able to achieve that figures. That’s what happens when you try to make extremely heavy, mahogany-stuffed supercar. You lose in performance department. And then there’s that ugly-ass blocked-off grille. No matter it was the fastest car in the world.
Isdera Commendatore 112i
Do you remember this one? Of course you don’t. Heck, who remembers any Isdera model? Still, Commendatore 112i takes the cake. It was introduced in 1993 and came with 6.0L Mercedes-Benz V12 mill which made slightly north of 400 horsepower. That was good enough for the top speed of 213 mph and 0 to 60 time of 4.7 seconds. Solid figures for 3,200 pounder. It was supposed to be a limited $450,000 affair, but that idea never came to pass. Things didn’t move far from the prototype, but at least it’s road-legal prototype we’re talking about here. Come to think of it, Commendatore 112i actually did become one limited supercar affair.
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