There’s something about the 90’s that will always make me smile. It was the decade that means to most to me with regards to music, style, cars, everything. I grew up around cars and have always had an affinity with them and I think this all really kicked off in the last great decade. Not only was it the era body kits and massive whale tails, it was also the era of some of the best supercars out there. Given the recent wave of nostalgia, I figured there was no better topic to cover in this edition of The 3 Car Garage! Below is my perfect 3 car garage housing 3 greats built in the 1990s.
The Daily Runabout – Audi RS2 Avant
Based on the Audi 80 Avant, the RS2 was Audi’s ever RS car and also their first performance estate and it helped pave the way for some truly fantastic super family wagons – the RS4 Avant and RS6 Avant. The RS2 was a part of a joint project with Porsche and the result was astonishing. A 5-seater family estate car armed with a 20 valve turbocharged 2.2 litre 5 cylinder engine that produced 311 bhp and could propel the car from 0-62 mph in just 4.8 seconds. To put that into perspective, the Ferrari F355 produced an extra 64 bhp and its acceleration was only 0.2 of a second quicker… It was also claimed that the RS2 could go from 0-30 mph in just 1.5 seconds which was quicker than the McLaren F1 and a Formula 1 car of the same generation. These insane figures combined with Audi’s Quattro four-wheel-drive system and a boot big enough for a couple of Spaniels meant that it was a proper wolf in sheep’s clothing. You could drop the kids off at school, do the weekly shop, take the dogs for a run and then get around the track quicker than your mate in his 911!
The B-Road Blaster – Ford Escort RS Cosworth
I have wanted to own a Ford Escort RS Cosworth since as far back as I can remember. I even remember plotting to buy a cheap standard Escort as my first car and whack a body kit on as I knew I would never be able to afford a proper one or insure it for that matter. (Fortunately, 10-year-old James never got his way, and I ended up in a turquoise Rover Metro for my first 6 months of driving…) To this day, I still want one. I even have some saved on my generic car trader app just in case I win the lottery this weekend. Why? Because it’s just so cool and brilliant and it has never been matched since. It was basically a rally car that you could buy and drive on the road, and this is about as cool as it gets. The Cosworth may have shared its name and many parts with the most common car of the 90’s, the standard Ford Escort but the Cosworth was very different from the standard model with flared arches, bigger wheels and of course, that outrageous signature whale tail at the back. Under the bonnet was the same, where there would normally be a 1.3 litre petrol engine or similar, there was a 2.0 litre turbocharged unit that had an output of 227bhp and the car had been fitted with 4-wheel-drive which meant you could launch the car from 0-62mph in just 5.7 seconds which is still quicker than a lot of hot hatches today! The car was just bonkers then and it has only got better with age.
The weekend Supercar – Jaguar XJ220
The XJ220 is possibly one of the most underrated supercars ever produced. With a top speed of over 212mph, it was the fastest production car in the world. However, the financial crisis of the early 90’s meant that sales figures for the £450,000 supercar were far lower than expected and in the end, only 281 were produced between 1992 and 1994 – that’s less than 20 percent of the original orders prior to the crash. Originally designed to house a V12, the big Jag ended up with a 3.5 litre twin-turbo V6 with an output of 542bhp and 475lb-ft of torque. Even by today’s standards, the XJ is quick off the mark, and it can hit 62mph in just 3.6 seconds. The XJ220 really is a truly epic and car and it’s chequered history only makes this Oxford built brute more appealing. It was a proper poster car of the 90’s – it is styled in such a way that makes grown men weak at the knees. It’s just stunning and definitely one of, if not THE best looking cars to come out of the great decade.
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