The Most Underrated Exotic Cars of 2023
Exotic cars hardly ever “flop”, but there are some models that were maybe born in the wrong time (pandemic, recession, large market shift) or have had to share the market with other vehicles that may have dimmed their light. Let’s explore some of the most underrated exotic cars of 2023 that might have slipped under the radar but deserve their merit.
The Lotus Emira represents a compelling blend of affordability and high-end performance. Positioned as a mid-engine sports car, the Emira holds a reliable 3.5-liter V6 Toyota engine that ensures both power and dependability. The sub-$100,000 starting price makes it an enticing option for those aspiring to join the exotic car league without emptying their wallets. Notably, the Emira is a great alternative to the Chevrolet Corvette with a similar body and look. With the Emira, Lotus has seamlessly merged thrilling driving dynamics with an accessible entry point, making it a beacon of inclusivity in the world of exotics.
The Porsche 911 has historically outshined its Cayman sibling. However, the latest Porsche Cayman GTS 4.0 proves to have better balance and an incredible engine that gives the 911 a run for its money. Aside from turning heads on the road, its incredible chassis, luxurious interior comfort, and sub-$100,000 starting price point make the Cayman GTS 4.0 more than worthy of standing shoulder-to-shoulder with its iconic sibling.
Since its 2021 debut, the Aston Marin Vantage has flown under the radar. However, the lack of buzz around this supercar is not an accurate reflection of its stellar performance. It holds an incredible v12 engine, with a true front-mid-engine designed to be very reliable and robust. Aside from service and part costs being high, the Vantage has zero fundamental flaws and offers a great combination of performance, reliability, and aesthetics. With an MSRP of $146,986, the 2023 Vantage Coupe truly is a car that we would like to see on the roads more.
While the Audi R8 has been in the market for a while, it has occasionally been overshadowed by flashier newcomers. However, the R8 is far from being a relic; it’s a lifestyle vehicle that balances the thrill of high-speed driving with the comfort of everyday usability. With its sleek design and performance, the R8 stands as a reminder that beauty, speed, and practicality can harmoniously coexist. The newest 2023 Audi R8 model starts at $168,000 and cannot be denied visually or functionally.
Since the Maserati MC20 debuted in 2022, it has been well-loved in the enthusiast community. However, as manufacturers move to meet the market demand for hybrid and electric vehicles, we must come to accept that the MC20 will be Maserati’s last fully petrol-based coupe. Although it is built with a carbon fiber frame, like many EVs on the market, it is not a battery electric vehicle. However, the demand for EV vehicles is changing the automotive industry year after year, and there are rumors of all-electric Maserati MC20 in the near future.
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