There are some cars that appear great on paper, but the real-world experience turns out to be as enjoyable as eating an ice-cream cone coated in sand. As an example, we present you the TVR Sagaris.
Cloaked in a wildly adventurous looking coupe bodyshell seemingly inspired by a Manga cartoon, the Sagaris had formidable credentials. It packed a brawny 406bhp straight-six engine and weighed just 1,078kg, so the TVR’s straight-line performance was electrifying. Its maker claimed a 0-100kph split of 3.8sec and top whack of 298kph, which were eye-watering numbers when the Sagaris was launched back in 2005.
The problem, as was often the case with TVR, was in the execution. Apart from being horrendously unreliable, cars wearing these three letters on their snout appeared to be cobbled together using craft glue. In the case of the Sagaris, this meant the so-called aero features affixed to the bodywork shook alarmingly once you got up to speed. Driving purists would be delighted to learn the Sagaris had no electronic driver aids, but that was hardly a blessing as the car’s on-limit handling was diabolically unpredictable. Even highly capable drivers were known to have been spat off into the greenery by the brutal Brit and were often left clueless as to what they had done wrong.
The interior ergonomics were also a bit of a disaster as the seating position required the driver to have the dexterity of a contortionist, while changing gear was quite likely to give you a dislocated shoulder. Mind you, simply getting into the cabin wasn’t a certainty in the first place as the Sagaris eschewed door handles in favour of a button under the wing mirror that you pushed. If you were lucky, the electrics would work (they often didn’t) and the door would open.
There were numerous other quality issues, ensuring the Sagaris was laid to rest after a short production run.