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Best Cars of the 1990s

Dodge Viper

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The Dodge Viper SR I and SR II were easily part of the best sports cars of the 90s, coming in a variety of colors. The convertible had it all – looks, style, performance, and most importantly, luxury.

You can see this beast roaring on the roads today as well and find second hand Dodge Vipers on sale easily. Their asking price starts from $25,000 and can go as high as $39,900 depending on the condition of the car and how much it’s been driven. This bad boy was the biggest contender Chevrolet’s Corvette had.

Features

Production1991 – 2017
TypeGas Engine/Hybrid option
Engine (Dodge Viper 1992)8.4-litre V10 engine
Fuel Tank Capacity22 gal
Mileage Hwy/City20/11 mpg
Horsepower400 hp
0-60 mph4.4 sec
Quarter Mile13.1 sec
Top Speed184 mph

Verdict

This was the pride sports car of Dodge throughout the 1990s. Drivers enjoyed the car’s aesthetic immensely as they drove down the road, all eyes fixed on the roaring beast.

Its legendary speed ruled the roads throughout the 90s and is one of the most exciting rides to come from Dodge for decades.


Hummer H1

hummer h1 review
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Featuring power and mobility above all else, the Hummer H1 was the symbol of brute strength throughout the 90s. No other 90’s cars, not even muscle cars, could come close to the behemoth that was the Hummer H1. This four-wheel drive utility vehicle is based on the successful Humvee M998, primarily used by the US armed forces.

Features

Production1992-2006
TypeGas Engine
Engine– 6.2 L Diesel V8 3-speed

– 6.5 L Diesel V8 4-speed

– 5.7 L Gasoline V8 4-speed

– 6.5 L Diesel V8 4-speed

– 6.6 L Turbo Diesel V8 5-speed (2006)

Fuel Tank Capacity42 gal
Mileage Hwy/City17/13 mpg
Horsepower300 hp
0-60 mph6.5 sec
Quarter Mile21.2 sec
Top Speed96 mph

Verdict

There were three main models – a convertible-like soft top, a four-door Sport Utility Truck, and an Alpha Wagon version. There were other models as well such as the two-door pickup truck and a four-door slantback but they didn’t gain much traction.

The 90’s car model costs from $55,000-$99,000.


Acura NSX

acura nsx review
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The Acura NSX stands tall as a memorable dream car for many till this day. Made in the 90’s, the first generation of this legendary car saw the road for the first time in the 1990s and took the market by storm. While it didn’t have the curves and flair of some of its competitors, this mid-engine car was Honda’s pride for several years.

The best part? It could give many 90’s muscle cars a run for their money in a drag race.

Features

Production (first generation)1990-2005
TypeGas Engine
EngineAll-Aluminum 3.0 L V6
Fuel Capacity18.5 gal
Mileage Hwy/City22/16 mpg
Horsepower270 hp
0-60 mph5.7 sec
Quarter Mile13.7 sec
Top Speed168 mph

Verdict

This was the first mass-produced car to feature an all-aluminum body. Its body had the advantage of not only advanced aerodynamics, but also helped dissipate heat better, allowing it to endure much harsher racing environments than other 90’s cars.

A second hand 1990 Acura NSX starts from $45,000 all the way up to $69,999.


Toyota Supra

toyota supra review
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Also dubbed the drift-king, this 90’s car has been, and continues to be, a dream car for many. However, the later versions are focusing on speed more than drifting. No racing game was complete without the Toyota Supra and for good reason – this was considered one of the best 90’s sports cars when it came to mid-tier racing cars. The success behind the Supra was it’s affordable price geared towards tuners and it’s incredible performance.

Features

Production1978-2002, 2019 – present
TypeGas Engine
EngineNaturally Aspirated I-6
Fuel Capacity21.1 gallons
Mileage Hwy/City21/16 miles
Horsepower220 hp
0-60 mph4.9 sec
Top Speed155 mph

Verdict

The Supra is easily one of the best 90’s sports cars out there. It may not be the fastest one, but it didn’t try to be that either. Instead, it focused on drifting on the roads, leaving a refreshing trail of burned rubber on the tracks for everyone to enjoy. And when it came to comfort, the Supra never disappointed.


Lamborghini Diablo

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Source: Wikimedia / Damian Morys from New York City, United States

The iconic Diablo debuted in 1990 and was Lamborghini’s follow-up to the ever-popular Countach model from the mid 70s to 1990. It first went on sale to the public in January of 1990 to enormous success with it’s powerful V12 engine and streamlined body that was immensely popular amongst adults & kids alike. 90s kids can attest to having Diablo posters on their wall and getting to put it through its paces in the Need for Speed video game franchise. 

Lamborghini followed up with Diablo model updates coming every couple of years starting with the Diablo VT in 1993 that introduced all-wheel-drive as well as a special Diablo SE 30 to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary. Lamborghini debuted the Diablo SV in 1995 which was based on the original Diablo two-wheel drive system and increased the power output to 510 hp.

Engine‎: ‎5.7 L (348 cu in) V12

Horsepower: 485 hp – 595 hp

Torque: 428 – 471 lb-ft

0-60 mph: 3.4-4.5 seconds

1/4 Mile: 11.8 @ 121 mph

Top Speed: 202 mph



McLaren F1

mclaren f1 review
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If there was ever a car that screamed hypnotizing, it was the McLaren F1 and McLaren F1 LM. If this is a competition, out of all the listed cars, the best 90’s car here is the McLaren F1. You would think that the iconic circular taillights at the back wouldn’t contribute much to the car’s aesthetic, but the McLaren F1 is here to prove you wrong. It’s fast, it’s sexy, it’s every 90’s car lover’s dream come true.

Features

Production1992-1998 (106 cars only)
TypeGas Engine
EngineS70/2 V12 engine
Fuel Capacity23.8 gallons
Mileage Hwy/City23.4/15.2 miles
Horsepower618 hp
0-60 mph3.0 sec
Top Speed240.1 mph (386.7 kph)

Verdict

One of the fastest 90’s cars out there, the McLaren F1 and F1 LM are 90’s supercars that can outrun any other car in this list by a stretch. There was a reason that people didn’t want to race against this car, and that was because McLaren did a very good job with this one. Impeccable handling, durable and beautiful build, luxury at its finest, and most importantly, it’s lightning fast.

The McLaren F1 and F1 LM looks like a butterfly but flies like a bee. There’s a reason the 1994 McLaren F1 got auctioned for $19.8 million. This 90’s car is still the world’s fastest car powered ONLY by a naturally-aspirated engine.



Mazda RX-7 FD Twin Turbo

mazda rx-7 fd twin turbo review
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Forever immortalized by Dom Torretto in the Fast & The Furious franchise, the Mazda RX-7 FD is another stellar example of Japanese car manufacturing marrying mind-blowing performance with mass-market affordability. Japanese sports cars had an incredible decade and Mazda was looking to compete with Acura’s NSX with this addition to their lineup. Though it wasn’t able to match the NSX, it’s looked at as one of the best all-rounders coming from Japan in the 90s.

Model: 3rd Generation

Production Run: 1992-2002

Engine: 1.3 L (79 cu in) twin-turbocharged 13B-REW twin-rotor

Horsepower: 255 horsepower at 6500 rpm

Torque: 217 lb⋅ft of torque

Transmission: 5-speed manual

0-100 km/h 0-62 mph: 5.3 seconds

¼ mile: 4.9 seconds

Top Speed: 250 km/h or 155 mph


Nissan Skyline GT-R

Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R review
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The third generation Nissan Skyline(1989-1994) is the model that earned it worldwide acclaim and the only true Japanese Supercar contribution according to Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson(S1E4). Produced as the R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R this turbocharged all wheel drive coupe tore up the roads of Japan and was the flagship of Nissan throughout the 90s.

Even though it was only produced for Japan and had a limited export market to Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand the car reached cult status across the Western World. Known today in tuner circuits for Drag Racing, Time Attack, and Circuit Track. The Skyline GT-R was also in Fast & The Furious & Need for Speed. A truly one-of-a-kind supercar that continues to break down barriers in the motorsports world.

Production – 1989-1994
Engine – RB26DETT 2.6-litre in-line six DOHC twin-turbo engine
Transmission – 5 speed manual
Horsepower 276 hp @ 6,800 RPM
Torque 260 lb ft @ 4,400 RPM
¼ Mile 12. s
0-100 KM/H 0-62 MPH – 5.6s
Top Speed – 156mph




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