The Fuego was a sporty coupe produced by the French manufacturer Renault. Despite its unique styling and innovative features, it struggled to compete with other sports cars of the era.
Pontiac Fiero GT
The Fiero was Pontiac's mid-engine sports car, but it had issues with reliability and performance. It was discontinued after a short production run, making it a less remembered car from the '80s.
Known for its futuristic styling and unique doors, the Subaru XT was ahead of its time. However, it struggled to gain widespread popularity due to its unconventional design.
Imported from Yugoslavia, the Yugo GV was one of the cheapest cars in the US market at the time. However, its poor build quality and reliability earned it a reputation as a "bad car," leading to its eventual demise.
Once a renowned nameplate, the Toronado struggled in the '80s. The market shift towards front-wheel-drive cars left the Toronado, a rear-wheel-drive coupe, behind the curve.
Known more for its starring role in the "Back to the Future" movie series, the DeLorean DMC-12 was a stainless-steel sports car with gull-wing doors. However, production issues and lackluster performance hampered its success.
Ford's attempt to bring a European-inspired sports coupe to the US market, the Merkur XR4Ti, faced challenges due to its high price and limited brand recognition.
Dodge Shelby Charger
While the Shelby name is famous for performance cars, the Shelby Charger struggled to make an impact in the '80s, facing stiff competition from other hot hatches and performance-oriented vehicles.