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It is hard to find a starting point. There was quite a bit of money flowing in the 90s, so automakers were thinking of ways to part people from it. Lighter, faster cars were openly competing with gas-misers. Well, enough intro, here are the best cars from the 90s.

Ford Taurus SHO

I wanted to start off with a car that will make you laugh. I am not kidding that it was a great car, though. It had sleeper written all over. Any car that boasts of itself as being Super High Output (SHO) and has four doors and a Yamaha-built motor is bound to invoke a few giggles. The first-gen of the Taurus SHO offered a 0-60 time of 6.6 secs, a quarter time of 15.0 seconds and a tested top speed of 143 mph. The second-gen offered an automatic transmission and 220 hp and 215 lb-ft of torque. Not bad for a family sedan, is it?

Jaguar XJ220

The XJ220 embodies the supercar look and feel. Low, sleek, and quick as hell. In 1992 the Jaguar XJ220 ruled the world as the fastest production car in available. Powered by a 3.5L twin-turbo V6, the XJ220 was able to hit 213 mph. The XJ220 also enjoys these stats: 540 hp at 7200 rpm, 475 lb-ft of torque at 4500 rpm and it has a 0-60 sprint time of 3.6 secs.

McLaren F1

The McLaren F1 is probably one of the best known supercars from the 90s. It unseated the Jaguar XJ220 as the worlds fastest in 1993 with a top speed of 231 mph. You can cheat and remove the rev limiter to produce a top speed of 243 mph, but then you can not drive it on the streets in most countries. Powered by a 6.1L V12 producing 627 hp at 7400 rpm and 480 lb-ft of torque at 5600 rpm, the F1 has a 0-60 time of 3.2 seconds. Talk about getting there quick and in style!

Bugatti EB110 SS

This is a car that you have to be a die-hard enthusiast to have heard of. Only 139 were produced over a span of five years. Given the price tag, it is easy to understand why production was so limited. Now for the sexy part, the stats. The EB 110 SS is powered by a 60 valve quad-turbo V12 and features AWD. In 1992, the 3.5L engine was capable of 603 hp at 8250 rpm, a top speed of 216 mph, and would jump to 60 in 3.2 seconds.

Mazda RX-7 FD

The FD marked the third-gen of the RX-7. It was also the first sequential twin turbo to be exported from Japan. The RX-7 had a very low curb weight of 2,315 lbs and the engine produced 252 hp in 1993 when it was proclaimed by Playboy as a better car than the Dodge Viper. Playboy may have said it all.

Dodge Viper

Who hasn’t drooled over a Dodge Viper? The first-gen aluminum alloy V10 produced 400 hp at 4600 rpms and 465 lb-ft of torque at 3600 rpm. With a top speed of 150 mph, a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds, and a quarter time of 12.6 seconds, everyone wanted one. By the second-gen the Viper was producing 450 hp and would jump to 60 in a scant 4.0 seconds.

Plymouth Prowler

The Plymouth Prowler is a distinctive car to say the least. It can fit in anywhere, but manage to stand out everywhere. The Prowler makes the list for aesthetics and design innovation more than performance, but lets look at performance just the same. The 1997 Prowler had a 0-60 time of 7.2 seconds and a top speed of 118 mph. The sort of numbers you might expect from just about any car, so Plymouth went back to the drawing board. Production was skipped in 1998, but reintroduced in 1999. The result was a 0-60 time of 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 126 mph. Much more respectable numbers for such a sleek looking ride.

 

About the author: Jerry Coffey

 

Jerry Coffey is the financial expert here at AutoFoundry.com. A recovered "debtaholic," he now preaches frugal-living and sound money management here and at Repaid.org, where he is the chief contributor. He works for a major automaker.

 

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