When A Single Mistake Ruins A Potentially Great Car

Developing a car is exceptionally difficult as every single detail needs to harmonise with each other, requiring close cooperation and constant testing.

Some of the greatest cars ever made, such as the Range Rover, are the consequence of years of dedication, developing passionate enthusiasts that continue to create and sell parts to this day.

However, sometimes a single mistake can ruin a potentially great or at least car, much like how engine rebuilds can sometimes be caused by a single part or wire coming loose.

Fitting The Wrong Engine

In the early 1980s, the Chevrolet Camaro was redesigned to create a car that in almost every area was relatively well-liked and lasted a decade.

However, the area that utterly bewildered people was the choice to fit the 1982 model with an Iron Duke 90 horsepower engine and accompanying three-speed automatic gearbox.

With power described as equivalent to a Volkswagen Beetle, the performance-minded Camaro was a figure of abject mockery for years until the Iron Duke option was finally dropped in 1986.

Collaborating But Not Playing To Each Other’s Strengths

During a time when Japanese cars were taking over the market due to their reliability, Nissan and Italian company Alfa Romeo opted to collaborate and create cars with the idea that this sensible approach could be combined with style, passion and power to create truly wonderful cars.

What happened, in reality, was the unbelievably awful Alfa Romeo Arna, a combination of the hideous-looking Nissan Cherry with electrical components taken from the somewhat unreliable Alfasud.

The result is often considered amongst the worst cars ever made and to this day people are baffled as to how two legendary car manufacturers managed to play to each other’s weaknesses.

Designing With No Central Vision

In the age of the crossover, many car designers have looked at ways to combine the best elements of wildly contrasting models.

Sometimes this works, as was the case with high-performance SUVs such as the Lamborghini Urus or Porsche Cayenne, but in most cases you end up with the Chevrolet SSR or the Suzuki X-90.

The X-90 was meant to be a mix between a buggy, a 4×4 and a roadster, but the result was an almost useless two-seater car with no space, bad handling and no off-road capabilities.

The SSR was a bizarre attempt to create a combination between a pickup truck and a hot rod with a retractable folding roof. It was the definition of a car designed for no one.

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