The definition of a sports car is pretty simple. Merriam-Webster defines a sports car as “a low, small, usually 2-passenger automobile designed for quick response, easy maneuverability, and high-speed driving.” It’s pretty obvious when you see a Corvette or Miata speeding down the road to classify it as a sports car. However there are plenty of cars out there that are just as sporty, but because of their looks, don’t always receive the classification they deserve.
These vehicles are generally referred to as “sleepers.” A sleeper has a very unassuming exterior. They often look like any regular, eco-friendly family car. But when the driver hits that pedal, the car’s performance and handling that were so overlooked, become instantly apparent. Would most people love to fork out the cash and be seen in an obviously sporty two-door coupe? Of course! Yet, these types of cars can be a great alternative for the everyday driver. Or the family-man who loves speed, but also has to drop his kiddo off at soccer practice. Or the working professional who wants a fun drive, and also a comfortable and safe commute.
In the last 25 or so years, we’ve seen these humble vehicles come from just about every make of auto manufacturer. They boast high horsepower and extremely quick quarter miles. Their modest (if not sometimes unattractive) exterior gives anonymity to a car that would otherwise be pulled over. Best of all, you can’t beat the surprised faces at the track when a “real” sports car loses to your 4 door sedan.
Let’s take a look at 10 sports cars nobody wants to admit are sports cars.
The Chevy SS has garnered a huge fan base that is now fighting to get their hands on one of the less than 13,000 released to the US. The sedan, manufactured in South Australia, rolled its last SS out of the factory in 2017. As of now, there aren’t any plans for a second generation model.
The SS isn’t much to visually admire. It doesn’t have any of the usual characteristics of a sports car. It’s your standard sedan engineered for passenger comfort and cargo space. The only sporty detail about it is hood vents. Yet this discreet design hides a car that achieves a 13.2 second quarter mile at just over 108 miles an hour.
Under the hood hides a 6.2 liter V8 engine that roars to life, hitting 60 miles an hour in a surprising 4.7 seconds. The 6 speed manual transmission attached to this LS3 is a combination fit for performance, despite its average 4 door nature. The SS also features an adjustable suspension system, which allows you to customize the handling with multiple settings.
The downside, for those looking for a sports car that’s also a good daily driver, is its unfortunate lack of fuel efficiency. But what do you expect from a 3,600 pound car that uses premium? If you value performance over the price of your gas, the Chevy SS is an awesome choice.