In the mind of every gearbox, there’s this super-fast car they wish they had. And sometimes these cars are just wishes because they are not street legal. Now, if you think it’s tragic, you might call it a grave injustice when you find out that there are some really fast, street-legal supercars that Americans can’t have, no matter how bad they are. ” legal for the street “.
Street cars are cars that are permitted by law to be driven on the road at any time without restrictions. The problem with legal cars is that there are no general rules that govern them all, because each state controls what type of vehicles it allows to circulate on its territory. One of the main reasons some cars are not allowed in the United States is because they do not follow the country’s safety regulations. So let’s take a look at ten extremely fast sports cars that Americans can drool over, but can’t have.
1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS (164 MPH)
Porsche’s 911 Carrera RS could reach 60 mph from rest in 5.5 seconds and had a top speed of 163 mph. But the reason it was banned in the United States was due to safety and emissions concerns.
Although the original Carrera RS was too aggressive for American roads, 45 units of a street-legal version were brought into the country for racing and sold quietly. Later, Porsche continued to build a toned down version of the car, known as the RS America.
Peugeot RCZ (146 MPH)
Manufactured by French automakers – Peugeot – from 2009 to 2015, the RCZ Coupe failed to break into the North American market because it failed to adhere to strict safety regulations. Originally designed as a concept car, Peugeot built the RCZ because of the rave reviews it was receiving.
The RCZ has amassed a huge fan base due to its affordability and incredible performance. However, since the Peugeot left the US market in 1992, none of their models are sold in the country. There is speculation the vehicle might have performed well in the US, but we’ll never know.
1993 Lamborghini Strosek Diablo (190 MPH)
There are only a handful of people with the resources to buy the Strosek Diablo or even find it. Unfortunately, even though the Americans could afford or succeed in stealing the car, US laws prohibit the Strosek Diablo from operating on American roads. This aggressively styled Italian car is capable of going at a top speed of 200 mph.
Surprisingly, it wasn’t the car’s speed that made it unacceptable in the U.S. market, but the unusual roof-mounted exterior mirrors and additional headlights prompted NHTSA to blacklist the Storek Diablo.
2011 Wiesmann GT MF5 (193 MPH)
This Wiesmann GT MF5 with a top speed of 193 mph is a perfect example of why cars are denied entry into the United States. For the most part, with only 20 models produced, it is extremely rare to pass the test.
Additionally, US safety regulations that were put in place did not allow acceptance of the Wiesmann GT. But even though Americans could have it, the high price tag attached to the car made buying almost impossible for a greater majority of the population.
2003 TVR Tuscany (180 MPH)
The TVR Tuscan is a car known for its acceleration. It’s what you would generally describe as a driver’s car. With a top speed of 180 mph, a six-speed manual transmission, and a sleek outlook, Tuscany is highly sought after by Americans.
Sadly, the lack of airbags and anti-lock brakes has made the United States unsafe for its streets, and reducers who live in the United States have no choice but to watch the car roar from afar.
TVR Sagaris (185 MPH)
Over time, British automaker TVR has strictly taken care of premium sports cars for Japanese and European consumers. It is therefore not surprising that Sagaris models are not allowed to enter America, like most other TVR models.
Designed for endurance racing, Sagaris uses a Tennis GH TVR Speed Six engine that generates 406 hp. Strangely, the car lacks basic safety features like ABS, stability control, and traction control. It’s lack of airbags has been a failure for the NHTSA.
2010 Alfa Romeo 8C Spider Roadster (181 MPH)
As well as being one of the most iconic cars made in Europe, the style and sophistication of the 8C Spider has made it desirable to drivers around the world. It’s fun and fast in a straight line, coupled with incredible handling balance.
Although there are Alfa Romeo models in the United States, the 8C Spider Roadster was not designed for the American market. However, in 2014 Alfa Romeo built a North American version which is not as fast as the European model due to its weight.
1993 Jaguar XJ220S (221.3 MPH)
After the XJS won the European Touring Car Championship in 1983, the owner of the racing team, Tom Walkinshaw, created an amazing version of the supercar. If the XJ220 was the fastest car of the mid-90s, the version produced by Tom Walkinshaw Racing was mind blowing.
Compared to the XJ220, the TWR version was produced with a composite body and a more powerful engine. Equipped with a V12 engine with a top speed of 212.3 mph, the car is so rare and unobtainable that it might as well be illegal. Only six of these cars were produced, and due to its terrifying speed, the NHTSA banned American possession.
Lotus 340R (133 MPH)
The Lotus 340R wouldn’t look out of place in a Fast and Furious movie because it’s the quintessential street racing car. Based on the Lotus Elise sports car, the 340R has no roof, no windows and is fitted with only two bucket seats. Weighing just 1,488 pounds, the 340R can hit 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.5 seconds, and it takes just 13.7 seconds to hit the quarter mile.
However, the top speed of 133 mph was not the reason it was banned in the United States. The 340R did not meet the strict safety requirements for street cars due to its minimal bodywork.
TVR Cerbera (160 MPH)
Produced between 1996 and 2003, the Cerbera is one of TVR’s most powerful vehicles. The car was fitted with a powerful 420 hp engine, which was perhaps the Cerbera’s most remarkable feature. The naturally aspirated 4.5-liter 16v V8 gasoline engine accelerates to 62mph in 3.9 seconds for a top speed of 160mph.
Weighing 2,425 lbs with a 65-liter tank capacity, the Cerbera can average 17.7 mpg and travel 253 miles before needing a recharge. Sadly, Americans can’t have this one because U.S. security officials banned virtually all TVR vehicles made between 1996 and 2005.
Whether it’s custom builds for special customers or test beds for future automotive technologies, the track is the only place to unleash these supercars.
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