The automotive world of the 1990’s was a time of change. Revolutionary vehicular design was second only to the introduction of airbags as standard equipment. This list attempts to show some of the very best vehicles the world had to offer from 1990-2000. We realize some cars might be missing so please comment on your favorites that might not have made this first cut.
1993-1998 Toyota Supra
NA/Turbo/Twin-Turbo. This vehicle has been tuned to figures close to or exceeding 1000 horsepower. This alone is remarkable coming from a vehicle that originally was built with 270-320 horsepower.
1990-2000 Acura NSX
Honda/Acura wanted to compete with the best mid- engine vehicles from Europe, including Ferraris, so it created the NSX. The big difference between this car and Ferrari’s is that it was also intended to be more reliable and slightly more affordable.
1990-1997 Mazda Miata
This car is the spiritual successor to many European roadsters from the 1940’s onward. The Miata was a car that the world desperately needed. If not for this car we might never have had its competitors the BMW Z3, Porsche Boxster, Pontiac Solstice/Saturn Sky, Honda S2000, and the list goes on and on of cars that have tried to unseat it from greatness. While small in size, it is a really big deal.
1992-2000 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
We chose to add the 1990’s Subaru Impreza because it has made the blue and yellow colors of Subaru synonymous with rally racing. Even though this model wasn’t the original, it is a survivor. And the 1990’s versions of this car, if found in good condition, have an appeal all their own.
1996-2000 Dodge Viper GTS
Technically this might not have been the first Viper, but from 1996 onward the GTS Viper meant that the Viper was no longer a convertible show car but more of a Corvette competitor. The blue body with white stripes on this Viper stirs our collective desire.
1993-2000 Cobra R SVT Mustang
This Mustang, which was essentially a street and road-racing vehicle, was revolutionary because for the first time it offered an optional independent rear suspension, instead of a factory installed solid rear axle. Ford’s Special Vehicle Team or SVT made a monster out of a pony, just like Shelby did before them. SVT’s monumental efforts shouldn’t be forgotten.
1992-1999 E36 BMW M3
Every newest M3 somehow always seems to improve upon an original stellar design. The M3 is a precise instrument to carve out roads, and the BMW nameplate has a magic of its own. The M3 of the 1990’s is a great example of this, taken to motor sport extremes. Firmer suspensions, more power, and a great track-or-street car are words and phrases that exemplify a BMW M3.
1994-1998 Porsche 911
This was the last gasp of the air-cooled Porsche 911. Enthusiasts for these vehicles both hate and love change so much so that finding the balance between making a refinement, and leaving well enough alone, must be mission impossible, but those same enthusiasts also know that these vehicles are an extension of Ferdinand Porsche’s genius in automotive design, which still stands the test of time.
1996-2000 Jaguar XK8
This vehicle, with its V8 engine, well appointed interiors and wonderful styling, has been predicted to be a future classic. We do not disagree with those predictions because that truth is hard to dispute.