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Top Ten Soulless Sports Cars

Okay, just to clarify, the title of this list is 'top ten soulless sports cars', not 'top ten worst sports cars'. That explains why some of these cars are quite good - some very, very good. They just don't have much personality or character about them.

Some are just too packed with technology and electronics to be a driver's car. Others were the result of badge-engineering and designed by accountants. And others, through no fault of their own, have been brought down by the type of people often found behind the wheel.

Lexus SC 430

The Lexus SC430 was Lexus' first attempt at a hardtop coupe-convertible. It can often be found lurking around golf courses and sitting on driveways in weathly retirement complexes.

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Bentley Continental GT

The Bentley Continental GT has become the car of choice for the well-heeled driver who doesn't seem to know what they want. They've seen their rich neighbors driving one, so of course they must have one too.

Stylewise the Continental GT is imposing in proportion, but lacking in character.

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BMW 8 Series

The 8 Series was one of the most technologically advanced vehicles ever developed by BMW. When new it was extremely expensive - even now a good one will set you back a considerable chunk of change. It's still highly desirable, and an unusual option for a luxury sports coupe. However it's like a computer; very clever, but you don't want to stare at it all day.

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Honda NSX

The NSX is an absolutely fantastic car, there's no doubting that. But for some reason, despite the fact it was developed with the help of Ayrton Senna, it just doesn't have much soul. It's reliable, driveable and relatively easily maintained. But it doesn't have any passion about it. It's an engineer's car, not a designer's.

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Infiniti G35

The Infiniti G35 was just a rebadged version of the Nissan 350Z. Except whereas the 350Z had the Datsun heritage to give it some historical appeal, the G35 was merely created to suit a slightly older clientele.

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Cadillac XLR-V

The Cadillac XLR-V is the ultimate expression of GM's failed badge engineering badge-engineering philosophy.

Essentially the XLR was a rebodied Corvette with a few more luxuries and a considerably higher price tag.

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Volvo C70

Volvo's always had a bit of an image problem. Safe and solid, but not exactly exciting. So it's easy to understand why Volvo sports cars are not going to get the blood racing in most people. The C70's sensible generic styling makes it a choice for the head, not the heart.

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Mitsubishi 3000GT

The Mitsubishi 3000GT is the perfect example how too many electronic driver aids and engineering witchcraft can ruin a vehicle. Due to all the technology, the 3000GT was incredibly heavy, and it completely removed all driver feedback - making it one of the worst driver's cars ever.

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The MG TF, and the MGF which preceded it, were designed to re-ignite fond memories of the MGA, and MGB.

But sadly it looked better than it went. Accountant engineering strikes again.

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Mercedes-Benz SL

The Mercedes-Benz SL has always been an impeccably engineered car. However it's never been a car with much personality. With the latest generation, the designers have tried to inject some excitement into the styling. But the SL's still a sensible choice, not a choice made out of sheer desire.

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