Top 10 Cars We Wish Were Sold in America

Top 10 Cars We Wish Were Sold in America

1.Lotus Evora GTE

Go to the Lotus International website and look for the Evora GTE, and words like ‘race-car’ keep sprouting up. That’s no mistake, but the good news is that Lotus made a limited run of street-legal versions of the GTE. Essentially, this is an even lighter Evora, being pushed by an even more powerful engine. A street-legal race car, it uses the body and other parts of the Evora endurance racers and showcases gobs of carbon fiber.

A supercharged 3.5-liter V6 pushes out 444-hp, and is considered to be the most powerful Lotus vehicle to date.

It sounds like an absolutely incredible machine, and it’s a shame that it’s limited to such a small run, all of which will only be available outside of the U.S. Why won’t it come to the US? Blame it on our emissions regulations.

  • Guest

    so, were is the A1 quattro sold exactly?

  • David the guest

    Only 3 of them are good anyway, and what the hell are you talking about, Honda Civic Hatchback whatever?…. I see them a lot….fail

  • Colum Wood

    What 3 David?

  • James J

     They sell it in Europe. Personally I couldn’t give a damn about it… but there are a lot of cars on that list that are AMAZING. Even that Citroen. It’s kind of a dudd… but it looks INCREADIBLE

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  • Guest

    the australian ford falcon xr6 turbo 4L straight 6 absolute monster

  • JasonSandy

    Bring Alfa Romeo to the U.S. already!!!!!!

  • Carlover

    Regarding the Lotus…  I’m sick of lazy automotive journos saying that strict US emissions and crash testing for the reason cool cars can’t come to the US.  That’s nonsense.  They make it sound as though the cars don’t make here because they pollute more or are unsafe (or both).  The problem isn’t the US regulations per se – the  European regulations are stricter than their American counterparts.  The problem is that even after they pass the more stringent Euro specs, the US Department of Transportation demands that the cars retake all the tests here instead of simply allowing them in.  This creates massive expense for the car companies who, for less mainstream vehicles, decide that it simply isn’t worth it for them to import the car.

    Speaking of Lotus, don’t forget that Lotus introduced the Elise in the UK in 1995 – a full decade before the US.  Lotus didn’t care much because they could sell all the cars they were making in the UK and Europe.  Once sales started to fall off, in order to sell it in the US they had to replace the smaller, lighter and more efficient Rover engine with a Toyota/Yamaha mill that had already been certified for sale in North America.

  • VWrest

    I don’t understand why a market as big as America doesn’t have these.  Nearly all of them are available for us in the tiny Australian market and there are no issues with one version eating in to sales of others in that companies range.

  • Ivansarakula

    I am a workshop manager for a prestige dealership based in Sydney
    Australia and am curious as to how difficult it would really be to get
    some of these Australian cars over to buyers in the USA. Please guys
    google things like the HSV Maloo or Fords’ FPV F6 and F6 typhoon. I am
    genuinely interested on finding an American market for these performance
    vehicles and getting them over there. If anyone would be willing to put
    in some time and effort into research in terms of US compliance and
    cost of conversion, I am sure sourcing parts to do so from a G8 platform
    would not be too difficult and I may be willing to put together a team
    to take on some of this labour myself. Obviously the cost of these
    vehicles to the driver in the USA would no doubt be 150-200% higher than
    the Australian driver or maybe more however these would be truly unique
    vehicles to own and drive in the USA. Anybody with useful feedback please contact me via email:

  • Autocad44

    It would be nice to see the French brands return to the U.S., their cars
    are nice and they sell very well overseas, reliability has supposedly
    improved drastically as well. Unfortunately they probably won’t because
    the US market is already over saturated. I’d gladly take trade them for
    all this Korean crap flooding our shores. Despite the mediocre
    reliability ratings on some major publications, I work in the industry
    and in my experience, these cars are garbage mechanically and the build
    quality is horrible. Good thing they come with strong warranties, but no
    way I’d keep one after it expires.

  • audi rs6 avant! out of all the ones listed the sciracco for sure! also many of the alpha romao line i want especially the awd ones.

  • iamamerican

    The title for the article is not adequate. It should be “top 10 cars we wish were sold in the states” or something like that. The A1 and the RCZ for example are sold in Colombia and other countries in America (Or suddenly all other countries in America are not america?)

  • 2015j

    Its because the demands for hatchbacks and wagons are more popular in Australia than the US.

  • Bigbassdrum60

    Exactly…I agree totally with you about the Korean Crap that keeps coming here. You should see a KIA which stands for Killed In Accident, when it is indeed in one. Car literally falls apart and I wouldn’t want to be hit in a head on, offset head on, T Bone or rear end crash. That’s why I drive Volvo’s. Forgiving and SAFE.