Dead on Arrival

Daihatsu X-021 sports car – dead on arrival
Daihatsu X-021 – front
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Daihatsu X-021 sports car – dead on arrival

Daihatsu was on the verge of launching a lightweight MX-5-rivalling roadster in the '90s, but it never came to be
2 Nov 2023
Ford GN34 – dead on arrival
Ford GN34
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Ford GN34 – dead on arrival

This Ghia-styled, mid-engined V6 coupe came close to becoming Ford’s answer to the Honda NSX
28 Sep 2023
Volkswagen Golf A59 – dead on arrival
Volkswagen Golf A59
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Volkswagen Golf A59 – dead on arrival

This 4WD homologation special with 400bhp potential could have rescued the Mk3 Golf’s reputation
24 Aug 2023
MG PR2 – dead on arrival
MG PR2 – front
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MG PR2 – dead on arrival

In an alternate reality, the MGF could have been a front-engined V8 roadster
20 Jul 2023
1990 BMW M8 – dead on arrival
1990 BMW M8
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1990 BMW M8 – dead on arrival

A 613bhp V12 and a 340kg diet could have enhanced the original 8-series’ reputation – but for the price
14 Jun 2023

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Talbot Horizon Lotus – dead on arrival
Talbot Horizon Lotus
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Talbot Horizon Lotus – dead on arrival

The Sunbeam Lotus successor was mid-engined and turbocharged, but lacked another vital ingredient
4 May 2023
Alpine A710 – dead on arrival
 Alpine A710
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Alpine A710 – dead on arrival

It didn’t get to succeed the A610, but instead transformed into one of the ’90s most extreme sports cars
30 Mar 2023
Mercedes-Benz C112 – dead on arrival
Mercedes-Benz C112
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Mercedes-Benz C112 – dead on arrival

Despite strong demand, this V12-powered supercar was denied production – but its legacy lives on
23 Feb 2023
HSV HRT 427 – dead on arrival
HSV HRT 427
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HSV HRT 427 – dead on arrival

This racing-inspired 7-litre Holden Monaro garnered more than enough interest for its limited production run to sell out. But sadly the sums didn’t ad…
19 Jan 2023
Mini-based sports car – dead on arrival
Mini-based sports car
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Mini-based sports car – dead on arrival

Not one but two attempts were made to spin a two-seater sports car off the original Mini’s platform, but flaws in their designs would see both stall a…
1 Dec 2022
Volkswagen AE 266 – dead on arrival
AE 226
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Volkswagen AE 266 – dead on arrival

Few cancelled automotive projects have had such significant consequences, or been as costly, but the culling of VW’s original choice for a Beetle succ…
27 Oct 2022
Ford GT70 – dead on arrival
Ford GT70 DOA
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Ford GT70 – dead on arrival

It was supposed to be Ford’s first mid-engined rally contender, to be joined by 500 homologation road cars, but a plethora of problems saw it stall at…
22 Sep 2022
Leyland Force 7 – dead on arrival
Leyland Force 7
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Leyland Force 7 – dead on arrival

This V8-powered hatchback was all set to take on the Australian muscle car establishment until the twin 1970s woes of the oil crisis and Leyland build…
18 Aug 2022
Lamborghini P140 – dead on arrival
Lamborghini P140
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Lamborghini P140 – dead on arrival

A V10-engined ‘Baby Lamborghini’ was in development more than a decade before the Gallardo was launched in 2003. This is the story of why it it never …
14 Jul 2022
Opel Omega V8 – dead on arrival
Omega V8
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Opel Omega V8 – dead on arrival

​​It would have been the understated successor to the Lotus Carlton, if only it could’ve stayed cool
9 Jun 2022
Rover P6BS/P9 – Dead on arrival
Rover P6BS/P9
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Rover P6BS/P9 – Dead on arrival

This mid-engined, V8-powered three-seater could have been Rover’s first sports car, but a wary rival within the British Leyland empire ensured it wo…
5 May 2022
Renault Clio RS16 – Dead on arrival
Renault Clio RS16
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Renault Clio RS16 – Dead on arrival

With 271bhp, a manual gearbox and a weaponised chassis, this ‘SuperClio’ could have restored the Renault Sport Clio’s reputation, but instead it had t…
31 Mar 2022
Ford RS1700T – Dead on arrival
Ford RS1700T
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Ford RS1700T – Dead on arrival

Even turbo power and a switch to rear-wheel drive couldn’t make the Mk3 Escort competitive against the upcoming mid-engined, 4WD weapons of 1980s rall…
24 Feb 2022
Lotus M90 Elan – Dead on arrival
Lotus M90 Elan Dead on arrival
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Lotus M90 Elan – Dead on arrival

Financial issues, the death of the company founder and a change of drivetrain ethos at a Japanese giant all played their part in the demise of this 19…
20 Jan 2022
Mid-engined Audi Quattro – Dead on arrival
Mid-engined Audi Quattro
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Mid-engined Audi Quattro – Dead on arrival

When Lancia and Peugeot threatened Audi’s early-’80s rallying dominance, a secret plan was hatched to build a new car. But one photo was all it took t…
30 Dec 2021
MG ZT XPower 385 – Dead on arrival
MG ZT XPower 385
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MG ZT XPower 385 – Dead on arrival

MG Rover’s collapse put paid to plans for a 385bhp production version of the Prodrive‑developed, rear-drive V8 Rover 75
2 Dec 2021
Honda NSX V10 – Dead on arrival
Honda NSX V10
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Honda NSX V10 – Dead on arrival

Just one year after it was first spotted testing at the Nürburgring, Honda’s front-engined V10 replacement for the original NSX was dead in the water
28 Oct 2021
Yamaha OX99-11 – Dead on arrival
Yamaha OX99-11
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Yamaha OX99-11 – Dead on arrival

Drawing comparisons with McLaren’s F1, Yamaha’s $1m OX99-11 supercar promised light weight, V12 power and a central driving position
23 Sep 2021
Lotus Esprit – Dead on arrival
Lotus Esprit
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Lotus Esprit – Dead on arrival

Whilst Lotus’s 2010 Esprit concept never made it past the styling stage, there was a fully functioning prototype of its all-new in-house hybrid V8
19 Aug 2021
Jaguar F-type – Dead on arrival
Jaguar F-type Dead on arrival
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Jaguar F-type – Dead on arrival

In the early noughties, Jaguar had a second stab at a successor to the iconic E-type, even proposing a V6 mid-engined Boxster rival. But once again it…
15 Jul 2021
Triumph Lynx – Dead on arrival
Triumph Lynx
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Triumph Lynx – Dead on arrival

With a 3.5-litre Rover V8 under the bonnet and TR7 fastback styling, the Lynx could have been British Leyland’s answer to the Ford Capri
18 Jun 2021
Caterham C120 – Dead on arrival
Caterham C120
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Caterham C120 – Dead on arrival

A lack of funding may have killed Caterham’s dream of a new sports car, but its tie-up with Renault did help spawn the brilliant Alpine A110
22 May 2021
Jaguar XJ41 – Dead on arrival
Jaguar XJ41
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Jaguar XJ41 – Dead on arrival

The blighted ’80s ‘F-type’, the demise of which led to the creation of the Jaguar XK8 and launched a new era for Aston Martin
8 Apr 2021
Porsche 965 – Dead on arrival
Porsche 965
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Porsche 965 – Dead on arrival

In the second instalment of our series looking at evo cars that never made production, we spotlight a troubled 911 Turbo successor that fell victim to…
3 Feb 2021
Lamborghini Canto – Dead on arrival
Lamborghini Canto profile
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Lamborghini Canto – Dead on arrival

It’s the Lamborghini Diablo replacement that some considered to be the work of the Devil himself
7 Jan 2021