Unfortunately, life is full of stereotypes. This can also be applied to the motor world. Who has not heard about the reliability of Japanese manufacturers or the unreliability of Italians? We could give examples such as Volvo and its security, Mercedes for older users and dozens more. But throughout history it has become clear that we should not fall into the easy topic and that there are always brands that have wanted to distance themselves from what is said about them. To prove it, we bring you cars that we probably did not expect from their manufacturers and that despite this they are there and in some cases have reached success.
Kia Stinger (2018)
A decade ago nobody expected that Kia (or any Korean) dared to stand up to the Germans in their field. Well, the Kia Stinger is a statement of intent, a coupe-style four-door sedan that wants to stand up to the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. Despite never having done a GT, this copy has proved to be up to the task. It may be somewhat behind its rivals in terms of quality, but it comes with a much tighter price and dynamic behavior that stays close to them.
Lexus LFA (2010)
As we said Toyota was pigeonholed in its reliability and little creativity. But everyone was surprised by the launch of the Lexus LFA in 2010, a true Japanese supercar that is still remembered with nostalgia today. Lexus, who was more specialized in saloons, took off his sleeve a two-seat coupe with carbon fiber body and a sublime 4.8-liter V10 engine. They are still remembered their howls at 9,000 rpm and the 326 km / h that reached thanks to the 560 HP of power. Only 500 units were made and are highly valued. Lexus has not dared to do something similar, being the closest the new LC 500.
Honda NSX (1990)
Another one that surprised in the 90s was the Honda NSX. The brand was used to making sports models and took the experience gained in Formula 1, but in this case it managed to face even the contemporary Ferrari with its atmospheric V6. Its set-up was carried out by Ayrton Senna himself, the lauded pilot of the McLaren-Honda team. Now Honda has wanted to mark time again with a new NSX. Its philosophy is totally different, as it has a hybrid propulsion system with a V6 twin-turbo and three electric motors.
Audi R8 (2007)
Audi has always had one of the most extensive and varied ranges on the market. However, until 2007 they did not dare to enter the supercar market. The Audi R8 was made in honor of the winning prototype at Le Mans and broke schemes in every way. It was a two-seater coupe with engine in the rear center position for the first time in the history of the brand. It started with the 4.2-liter FSI V8, but over the years it has reached the 5.2-liter V10 FSI and up to 610 HP of power.
Subaru SVX (1991)
Subaru had always been classified as a purely off-road brand, with its Symmetrical AWD traction and its boxer engines. But at the beginning of the 90 they surprised with the Subaru SVX coupe of two squares that pretended to achieve the balance between comfort and performance. It mounted a 3.3-liter six-cylinder boxer engine that was linked to a four-speed automatic transmission.