Originally Posted by proton007
I'd appreciate if someone can enlighten me on this. Why is it that American car manufacturers have never really made good sports cars? Good muscle cars, yes, but I haven't really seen anything comparable to the European sports cars or even Japanese for that matter.
Not sure what you mean, exactly. There's plenty of American sports sedans and tourers, but the RMR thing is fairly rare.
Is it because the public is not really interested? Or is it because the roads are mostly straight, so there's not really much of a need for good handling?
I would say it's more a combination of history and geography that dictates automobile design. There are considerable differences between Japan and the Japanese, and the USA and Americans. Europe is distinct from those two (and individual countries are unique; I don't mean to conflate all of Western Europe into one thing). What works in Japan won't necessarily work in the US, and what's popular in Japan isn't necessarily popular in the US. And vice versa. In other words, cars like Lincoln and Plymouth are distinctly American. Just like Honda and Daihatsu are distinctly Japanese.
I mean, one one hand there are firms like Apple and Google, very innovative and good with design, whats going on with the Auto industry?
It'll be a cold day in hell that I would call Apple or Google "very innovative" or "good with design" - what they *are* good at is creating "cool" and getting people to fork over hilarious sums of money for it. And Detroit does the same thing - they produce what will sell (or what they believe will sell), and therefore make them money. Of course legal regulations restrict their options, as do the limits of engineering and manufacturing (which can be financial or functional). Trucks and SUVs were the popular choice for a long time in the US (and have died out basically due to fuel prices); and you don't see many European or Japanese companies even producing such vehicles (sure, the Japanese tried really really hard to produce SUVs and trucks to get more market share in the US, but in most cases they're just taking a unibody car platform and lifting it and throwing a wagon body on it; and they perform about as well as you'd expect that to).
The only 'sportscar' that comes to mind is the Saleen S7.
Vector, Ford, Dodge, Tesla, Panoz, DeLorean, Chevrolet, Cadillac, Plymouth, Shelby American, SSC, and probably some others I'm forgetting.
I think though, we're getting into a semantic problem - you say "sportscar" but based on Magick's response and your example, I think you mean "supercar."Edited by obobskivich - 11/21/12 at 9:37pm