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Old 10-09-2020, 11:55 AM   #1
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'Cars You've Never Heard Of' Thread

I'm probably going to make a series of posts in this thread about 1965-1973 911s, but before that, I'm going to start with something I'd never heard of.

Honda made an AWD, supercharged DC2 prototype. It was based on the GS-R and made 235hp through their Real-Time AWD system. Apparently, other markets got AWD Integras, but never with a performance-oriented engine.

AutoCar magazine tested it and loved it. Other AWD economy-car-derived platforms used turbocharged engines, but the supercharged B18 meant immediate power delivery. The automotive landscape would likely be a bit different if an Integra threw its hat in with Evos, WRXs, Delta Integrales, and Cossies.

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Anyone is welcome to post a car they'd never heard of in this thread. Discussion is also cool, but please don't quote pictures unless you need to point something out.
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Old 10-09-2020, 02:42 PM   #2
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Toyota made a 3S-powered, limited-slip-having tribute to their E100-chassis JGTC cars: https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/enth...rm/ar-BB17HfeP

They "made" 99 and "sold" 10 because they were more expensive than the Celica GT-Four ST205.
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Peugeot in the '80s was trying to compete with Renault's 5 city car and came out with the 205 in 1983.

The standard 205 wasn't all that special- MacStrut front, torsion bar rear. Unvented discs front, drums rear. Choice of boring engines... unless you chose the Rallye or the GTi.

I'm ignoring the 205 GTi for now; it's fairly ubiquitous in the "hot hatch" rankings. I'm going to zero in on the 205 Rallye, specifically the Euro-spec 1.3L Rallye, not the anemic and unflared 1.4L UK-spec or the lard-ass 1.9L German-spec.

Why should you care? 1,750lb curb weight, 103hp 1.3L with sports camshaft and twin Webers, five-speed close-ratio gearbox, decontented interior, no sound deadening, special steel wheels, flared arches. It was a rally homologation model that was definitely not built for commuters.

It shared the 1.6GTi's front end and ran a drum version of the 1.6GTi's torsion rear. Chris Harris famously drove his 205 Rallye side-by-side with a 911R and the Rallye won the "fun to drive" award. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfDHULZZjpQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GZgI6D1zEs You can auto-translate to English for this one.
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I am not familiar with most of these cars and I find it interesting.

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Nissans Mid-4, the mid engine vg30 awd supercar that never was https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nissan_MID4
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Looks like the Rezvani Tank is zombie apocalypse ready.
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