As time goes on, car segments seem to overlap more and more. Sports cars are definitely one of the more vaguely-defined entities in the car world; anything that is basically performance-oriented can be defined as a sports car even when they lean very specifically in one direction. And in some cases, speed is the weapon of choice, and vehicles that focus mostly on how fast they are in a straight line and forgetting every other system of measure are still considered sports cars.
As far as enthusiasts go, sometimes, going fast isn't everything. Meaning that some cars out that are simply fast, end up quite disappointing as a whole package. So here is a list of a few vehicles that are fast and really not great at anything else.
10 Bugatti Veyron
When this Bugatti first came out, it was the perfect example of excess, the representation of everything you simply don't need in life but still desperately want. The car went with the concept of "more of everything;" more cylinders, more turbo, more horsepower, and more speed.
It took the top speed record from the Mclaren F1 in 2005, a good seven years later. But the Veyron was just a status symbol, nothing more than a Rolex to let everyone know how deep your pockets are. Although the Veyron was quite a feat in engineering, in the end, aside from its top speed, it's a huge money pit.
9 SSC Ultimate Aero
If you don't remember the SSC Aero, we don't blame you as we had also forgotten about it. Another one of the would-be supercar manufacturers that decided that the best way to distinguish itself in the sea of wannabes was to go for the top speed record. Although the SSC Ultimate Aero, the car that seemed to be named by a five-year-old, did take the top speed record at 256 MPH before it was dethroned by Veyron Super Sport. For those wondering, SSC stood for Shelby SuperCars, in no affiliation with Carroll Shelby.
8 Bugatti Chiron
From an engineering and technical standpoint, the Chiron is a massive improvement over its predecessor, the Veyron. But the end result is basically more of the same. Bugatti took the idea of the Veyron and cranked it up to 11, same but more power and more speed. Although the Veyron wasn't exactly a game-changer, it was at least a pioneer in the realm of ridiculousness. So even though the Chiron an improvement, it wasn't genre-defining like the Veyron, effectively missing on the only thing that made its predecessor special.
7 Hennesey Venom GT
The danger of having your car focus on a single aspect like speed is that eventually someone will beat you, and like technology, you will become obsolete. The Hennesey Venom GT is a perfect example of this. Coming to fight for the top speed record, the Venom GT made a huge storm coming and disappeared from the headlines as fast as it came. Once that happened, it had nothing else to offer to the automotive world. If you google the Lotus Exige based Venom GT, the result would only be top speed headlines and nothing else, leaving time to take its toll and eventually disappear from our memory.
6 Jaguar XJ220
The Jaguar XJ220 is an odd child. It first showed its face in 1988 at the British international auto show, only to actually come into production 4 years later. The biggest difference in the end is that the hype had time to die down and that instead of the advertised V12, the car actually came with a turbocharged V6 to everyone's disappointment.
But after a disappointing launch, the XJ220 at least redeemed itself a bit by taking the production car top speed record with 212 MPH. Apart from that, the XJ220 led an unfortunate life of disappointment, bad reviews, and terrible sales. No one but the most extreme gearheads actually remember this car.
5 Koenigsegg CCR
Before the crazy Koenigsegg that we know today, there were the humble beginnings of the Swedish manufacturer. Looking to make a name for himself in the world, Christian von Koenigsegg took the CCR to the Nardo proving grounds and took the top speed record for production cars. But let's be honest here, although it was an impressive feat for a mostly unknown carmaker at the time, the CCR did not have much to offer the world. Not to mention the glory was short-lived as the record was stolen by the Veyron not too long after.
4 Dodge Challenger Hellcat
The Dodge Challenger Hellcat has made its mark in the automotive world in recent years. With its impressive power output and performance, it was both a sales success and also success in terms of automotive legacy - a name and car that probably won't be forgotten for years to come.
But behind that success, one can only wonder, short of the performance bragging rights, what else does the Hellcat variant of the aging Challenger have to offer the world. The answer to that question is "not much." On the plus side, the used car market is waiting impatiently for the price to reach rock bottom.
3 Dodge Charger Hellcat
Like the Challenger above, the Charger version of the Hellcat is basically more of the same. The only thing it has to offer that the Challenger doesn't would be two extra doors. And due to the similar nature of the two cars, the headlines tend to focus on the big two-door muscle car over the sedan.
2 Lamborghini Murcielago
Before becoming complete track monsters, Lamborghini made questionably handling vehicles, the likes of the Countach and the Diablo. They then had a weird in-between phase where they tried to rectify the problem but weren't completely successful. During that phase, the Murcielago was produced as the start of the modern Lamborghini. They were high powered supercars with all kinds of ideas put into them to improve handling. In short it didn't work out really well, and the Murcielago was quickly forgotten when the Aventador came out.
1 Mercedes Benz SLR
One of the most collectible cars made by Mercedes-Benz, the SLR was the fastest Mercedes-Benz produced up to that point and is still in demand to this day. Unfortunately, apart from its power and looks, the actual sports car credential was lacking.