Epic comparo from yesteryear
You can see it here.
There’s not a loser in the bunch (okay, maybe one). How would you rank them? Here’s our crack at it:
Nothing wrong with them necessarily; they’re just not our thing. We’re guessing they’re not yours, either— and if they are, then you’re probably reading this website right now by accident.
This is a tough one. We actually like the Julian Thomson Esprit, but the Giugiaro still feels like the one to have. Plus the NSX is (probably) the better car, even if there’s less exoticism to it. We’d probably give it a tie for third if we could, but that feels like a cop-out. So we’re reluctantly placing the Esprit at fourth.
It’ll make you feel like Senna— but it won’t make you drive like him.
Arguably the best road car that Honda ever made. Not sure there’s even much to argue— we’d be interested in seeing someone take the opposite side of that argument. This particular car loses some points for the T-top, but would we kick it out of the garage? Heck no.
Second: 911 Turbo
The pinnacle of the aircooled 911… but alas, it’s still not a Ferrari. Plus AWD and forced induction somehow feel less exciting and ‘pure’ than RWD and natural aspiration, respectively (though we’ll be the first to admit bias; we know what we like).
But make no mistake: we’d still kill to have one. It’s one of our most favorite cars— ever.
Along with the 550 Maranello, we still think it’s the last truly good-looking Ferrari ever made. The naturally-aspirated mid-mounted V8 and the song that it sings are icing on the cake.
Just make ours anything but red.
With the benefit of hindsight, we also wonder if the folks at C/D would have ranked these any differently than they had back in 1995.