Oh, the heady days of 1993, back when the Clinton Presidency was just getting underway, and it seemed like every hot new rock band was coming out of Seattle. Sports cars in the US had finally shaken off the shackles that slowed them during the '70s and '80s, and you could buy any number of legitimately quick vehicles again. MotorWeek recently went digging into its archives to find this six-model test from 1993 showing off some of the best semi-affordable performance coupes that money could buy at the time, and it's priceless.

Featuring the 1994 model year Toyota Supra in twin-turbo guise and MY 1993 versions of the Porsche 968, Nissan 300ZX TT, Mazda RX-7, Dodge Stealth R/T Turbo and Chevrolet Corvette LT-1, MotorWeek definitely covered all of the bases. One thing that might surprise younger readers is these cars' performance. The video only provides 0-60 acceleration times, but several of these vehicles would still be considered pretty potent today – over 20 years since going on sale. The Supra is especially impressive, hitting 60 miles per hour in just 5 seconds. Even today, that's nothing to sneeze at.

Given their performance potential and still-attractive looks, it's amazing that some of these coupes are old enough to drink now. The progress of interior design and safety equipment in the intervening years is pretty shocking, though. In most of these models, having two airbags is touted as a big deal. Scroll down to watch a Throwback Thursday blast from the past about some of the '90s best sports cars.


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      aruca2526
      • 4 Months Ago
      Motorweek is such an underrated show. Just good-natured, entertaining, and honest reviews about cars.
      SquareFour
      • 4 Months Ago
      Great stuff! I would've sold a nut for any one of these cars back in the day. The Supra, Z & RX-7 have really aged well. As a side note, I have a soft spot for MotorWeek. I don't even mind John Davis & his fake-ass announcer-guy delivery anymore...funny how familiarity and nostalgia breeds fondness. Except for Pat Goss, that is. I'll neer understand how that dude has a television job.
        carnut0913
        • 4 Months Ago
        @SquareFour
        agree with every statement. John Davis is the Dick Clark of the auto world
        thatguy88
        • 4 Months Ago
        @SquareFour
        Never liked Pat Goss's segments. He's knowledgeable and surely a nice guy. His segments are so boring, though. Nothing from those segments motivate me to learn maintenance on my car.
      Rex Seven
      • 4 Months Ago
      Proud owner of a 1993 RX7. I wish it were new or I had the money to restore it to perfection. Maybe someday. 160,000 miles and at least that many smiles. Still love it.
      Ben Towery
      • 4 Months Ago
      What an awesome video. I was 18 in 1993 and these cars were incredible. The Sports car golden age IMHO. Once car missing though, the MR2 Turbo. Down market from the Supra but awesome regardless. I owned one from '98 to 2001. My favorite car. Thank you for sharing this bit of history!!
        graphikzking
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Ben Towery
        There were a bunch of down market nice cars back then as well. Wasn't the 240 around that time? Mitsubishi 3000gt (same as the Dodge I think), Eclipse turbo etc. I still love the Eagle Talon from 1995 ish years. Thought that car was just gorgeous. Doesn't hurt that at the races there was one that had such a loud turbo and would win just about every race possible. Also downmarket from the Corvette was obviously the Camaro and Trans Am/Firebirds. (I was a Trans Am fan more than Camaro but mechanically they were the same for the most part anyway)
          Chris
          • 4 Months Ago
          @graphikzking
          During these years, at different times, I owned a 1985 Supra, 1991 240SX notchback, 1992 Talon AWD Turbo, and a 1995 Eclipse GSX AWD Turbo. The turbo'd cars were modified a bit. Fun times.
          Carpinions
          • 4 Months Ago
          @graphikzking
          The Nissan 240SX came out in the late 80s, and the Sentra SE-R broke cover in 93 as well. Ford had the second-gen Probe (which looked awesome in GT form). The Miata was also still in its first generation at this time, and Mazda also had the MX-6. The Celica was in its heyday, and Toyota still had a GT-S Corolla with that screaming little engine (the last truly interesting Corolla). Honda had the Prelude Si and Civic Del Sol Si, and this video did not cover the Acura NSX, though that car was at least another $20k more expensive at the time. I was more of a Trans Am fan as well. At least, the 92-96 version that had cleaner looks than the 97+ balloon fest styling. They also had the Formula Firebird back then too. A 275hp V8 in a cheap RWD ride was a lot of power back then. But my fondest memories are of the Hyundai Scoupe...
      Michael Scoffield
      • 4 Months Ago
      Oh, the good old times when cars weren't tanks due to all the electronic crap. Simpler times when people didn't need a computer program to help them keep the same lane or brake for them.
        purplewonagain
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Michael Scoffield
        Wow, are we going to have to become accustomed to the early/mid 90's being referred to as the "good old times?" Feeling kinda old. But where's the Miata ? ;)
          superlightv12
          • 4 Months Ago
          @purplewonagain
          Not really in the same league as these, but still a great car.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Michael Scoffield
        I don't know about that. All these cars were pretty complicated in their own rights. The RX-7 had a sequential two turbo setup with a million vacuum hoses. The 3000GT had an electronic wing, electronic exhaust valve and rear steering.
      dohc73
      • 4 Months Ago
      Nissan's designs were WAY ahead of their time in the 90s. They were an example of purposeful attractive restraint that still look modern today. Japanese automakers had soul back then. The Koreans are repeating that history now, but Japan set a standard with state of the art technology to go with that style.
        Carmaker1
        • 4 Months Ago
        @dohc73
        Very true. All of these cars were designed during a high point in the Japanese economy during the '80s (1992 RX-7 design completed in 1988 and Supra in 1990). The 300ZX was actually designed in the '80s and the body design finalized around August 1986, later arriving in showrooms by late April 1989 as a 1990 model. Very much ahead of their time back in 1985-86. New models that started development after the Japanese recession in 1991, had cost-cutting and arrived as early as 1994-95. Anything before that, mostly escaped cost-cutting.
      L1011
      • 4 Months Ago
      I still drool over the 300ZX TT. That is a car that to this day I really, really want to own. It's styling is timeless. It looks just as modern now as it did back then. It's been frustrating trying to find a low-mileage 300ZX that hasn't been ruined by stupid fanboy modifications. I came within inches of buying a '93 TT with 58k for $10k. Still kicking myself for missing that deal.
      tenspeeder
      • 4 Months Ago
      Sure do miss the 300ZX
        superchan7
        • 4 Months Ago
        @tenspeeder
        The last 300ZX/Fairlady has a timeless look. Too bad so many of them are clapped-out junk now. A well-maintained, waxed and lightly modified car would still look killer today.
      HAL
      • 4 Months Ago
      That 300ZX interior still looks good! And I will always love t-tops. I wish they'd make a comeback.
      Carpinions
      • 4 Months Ago
      The FD RX-7 will never stop looking like an 12/10.
        mechanicallyinclined
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Carpinions
        The only thing that looks a bit dated is the front bumper. But since the RX-7 was made in Japan until 2002 with an updated front end that looks much nicer.
      superchan7
      • 4 Months Ago
      Only kids think the sports cars of yesteryear were slow, simply because of the lower horsepower. Today's cars are much heavier, and even a 270 hp Camry V6 is not "fast" beyond a 0-60 test. The drivetrains in normal cars are not designed to deliver 270 hp in the way a sports car driver would expect. Premium sports cars have been delivering fast 0-60 results for a long time.
      davebo357
      • 4 Months Ago
      I can't think of a time period where I wouldn't choose a Corvette against its similarly priced peers.
        superlightv12
        • 4 Months Ago
        @davebo357
        Of those presented, I would chose the Corvette last. The Supra Turbo has held it's value much better than the rest. I'd chose it first, RX-7 second, 300ZX, Stealth, Corvette.
          Warren
          • 4 Months Ago
          @superlightv12
          My '95 looks and runs as it were new. I have offers to buy my car just about every day, mostly from drivers of European performance cars.
          XXXX
          • 4 Months Ago
          @superlightv12
          Porsche 968, then Corvette, Mazda RX-7, 300ZX, and then the Stealth.
        Karfreek
        • 4 Months Ago
        @davebo357
        The early to mid-90s comes right to mind. It was VERY long in the tooth by 1993.
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