Originally Posted by crz1nsider
So the major difference between sporty and sportscar is rwd and big HP??
Any car over $20k better not have drum brakes.
The question is almost as bad as which came 1st the chicken or the egg....
For many people the actual difference is very hard to nail down, they can look at a vehicle and immediately group it as sporty or sportscar, but putting a specific definition to each gets harder.
For me a true sportscar is a 2-seater, and I guess that also has to include some of the 2+2's out there that have rear seats, but they are only big enough for a bag of groceries, more a little shelf than an actual seat, RWD and major performance be it handling or power are also required for my definition.
Ford Cobra = sportscar
Ford Mustang Shelby GT = sportycar
Both are RWD, and both have big HP, but no way will I label the Stang as a sportscar.
MGA = sportscar
This beautiful creation is one of the all time best looking roadsters ever created, and so many cars copied the lines making it an awesome classic. Yes it is RWD, but the 1,500 I4 from 1957 produced 68 hp @ 5,500 rpms and 77 ft-lbs @3,500 rpms, clearly this is not big HP, but to call this a sporty car and not a sportscar is wrong, it is wrong on just so many levels.
Baby oh baby, that's a sportcar!!!