80s sports cars provided the perfect mix of speed, style and hair-raising handling – and that’s why you
look back on them so fondly. It was a decade when the big manufacturers went toe-to-toe in an attempt
to outdo each other… and the results are this collection of incredible machines that can still turn heads
A sports car with class – Ferrari Testarossa
Any fan of 80s cop show, Miami Vice, will have a soft spot for the Ferrari Testarossa. With its hard-edged
styling, pop-up headlights and distinctive side grills, the Testarossa was the star of the show and the
decade. The 4.9-litre flat 12 mid-engined beast growled like a big cat and oozed the kind of attitude the
80s was famous for.
Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2
By the time the Carrera 3.2 arrived in ‘84, the 911 had been around for almost 20 years, but this is the
model that sets the heart racing. Take the 3.2 out for an A-road spin and you’ll soon discover that all
those old fears about the engine position are unfounded – this car handles beautifully if you treat it with
respect. It’s, simply, a practical, reliable and great value entry into the world of 80s supercars.
Lamborghini Countach LP500 S
The Countach was always a little bit insane. It had terrible driver visibility, the kind of turning circle that
would make an ocean liner wince, and terrible overheating issues in traffic. But, despite these obvious
flaws, the LP500 S was one of the most iconic 80s sports cars – it had gull-wing doors, after all! Oh, and
the 4.8-litre engine hit 182mph and 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, so it was well deserved of its supercar status.
Nissan Skyline GT-R R32
The Nissan Skyline might not be the most beautiful car on this list, but it sure packed a punch. The 2.6-
litre twin-turbo engine could be tuned to give almost 1000bhp in racing trim, but the road version’s
276bhp still made it as quick as the Lamborghini to 60mph! Despite this incredible performance, the
Skyline was entirely unassuming on the road, making it a practical town car for the boy racer!
We hope you’ve enjoyed our trip down memory lane, but if we’ve missed your favourite 80s sports car,
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