Cars were meant to transport you from A to B in one piece preferably. These 9 cars prefer to do so in pieces or on fire or upside down. Sometimes, all three.They are all famous for making the owners question their sanity, if they lived. At least, 8 out of the following 9 will kill you with some degree of style. In no particular order:
1. Porsche 911 Turbo (930)
What: Started in the late 70’s this delivered more than 256hp and later ended above 300hp. That meant 0-100kmph times of just under 5.0 seconds all because of turbo. This WAS the late 70’s with the car continuing into the 80’s which means the best tech you got was a rewind button on your cassette player.
Why: This meant your life wasn’t in your hands, it was squarely situated in the rear end of this Porsche. A short wheelbase, 80’s tyres, rear bias and a laggy turbo that came on when you least expected meant it was easy to find yourself going in reverse very, very quickly. Car was known as ‘Widow-maker’.
Style factor: As cool as Michele Pfeiffer in 1988’s Tequila Sunrise.
2. Renault 5 Turbo
What: It’s like a Porsche. But smaller and lighter. And more French.
Why: A short wheelbase made it twitchier than a dog with monster fleas. Did I mention the engine was right between the rear wheels? People loved the light and lively steering response. And then they died.
Style factor: A fancy box you don’t feel like throwing away.
Primary life roles: Confused dad, all round car guy, model car builder and cartoonist. Currently Editor of Shift (automobiles), Bytes (technology) and Next Step (career) for the Daily Star. Previously did four years hard labour in advertising before starting Shift and Next Step in 2013 while also re-branding the previous tech publication as Bytes.