Who Will Make the Next Game-Changing Sportscar?

Naturally, the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S marked the revival of the rear-drive, lightweight sports car. Along with Hyundai's Genesis, these little sportsters re-introduced a segment that was nearly long and forgotten with the mid-90's. With all this hype, some automakers are taking notice and implementing their very own lightweight sportscar ideals for the near future. But who will actually develop the next great sports car? Which company has the will, the manpower and the creativity to dive deeper into their arsenal with something new and exciting? Well, from what we hear, a whole boatload of automakers are doing just that. But our question is; which one of these new sports cars will be the next big thing? Nissan / Datsun

Who Will Make the Next Game-Changing Sportscar?

Aside from the Supra, when you think affordable, lightweight, fun sports cars of the late 80's and early 90's, the name Nissan most definitely pops into your noggin. Models like the 240SX, 300ZX and of course, the classic Skyline, were all immediately heralded as cult classics with an enthusiast fanbase. But what would it take for a new set of classic Nissans to make a splash in today's sportscar world? For one, the revival of the Datsun nameplate in the U.S. is a must. The classic nameplate was responsible for some of the most iconic and classic sportscars that are claimed as collectible today; with that, Nissan can translate its ideals for a sportscar fan base into reality, without jeopardizing Nissan's signature for the mass market. Chevrolet

Who Will Make the Next Game-Changing Sportscar?

Chevrolet has never been one to be synonymous with a lightweight rear-drive sports car. Although, the base Camaro is technically considered direct competition with the BRZ, FR-S and Genesis, the Camaro is not a sportscar. Throughout history the Camaro has held a piece of the muscle car crown with the Mustang. Why then would Chevrolet be in contention for the next great sports car? Think about this; moving forward, companies like Ford and Chevy, who ostracize a European market with less-than-efficient V6's and sharp (illegal) design, are looking to appeal to a mass market with concepts like the Code 130R and the Tru 140S. This could be Chevy's answer to the sports car critics come 2015. Hyundai

Who Will Make the Next Game-Changing Sportscar?

Hyundai was indeed the pioneer of the sports car movement back in 2009 with their Genesis. Design was phenomenal, sales were above average, and in general it was a 'genesis' for the ailing Korean company. Getting overexcited though, Hyundai may have rushed their latest Genesis. With the new design throwing out nearly every positive aspect of the first generation for more power and less enjoyment, it's about time for Hyundai to get back to the drawing board and re-imagine the Genesis for the future. Ford

Who Will Make the Next Game-Changing Sportscar?

  Like Chevy, Ford has never been one to compete in the sportscar segment. The Mustang- questionably sportier than the Camaro- is another portrayer of a longstanding muscle car movement. Come 2015 though, when Ford officials have already confirmed a movement into the European market, the Mustang will get a 4-Cylinder engine, a lighter, smaller body with an Evos design, and a more responsive transmission. All this, equating to a true American sportscar, hopefully. Mazda

Who Will Make the Next Game-Changing Sportscar?

Mazda is another automaker that has had a history of producing a sportier, more enticing lineup. The Miata has stood the test of time heralded as one of the greatest sportscars ever built, but lately has been a bit under the radar due to added weight and technology from the previous bare bones Miatas of past. But there is hope indeed. Together with Alfa Romeo, Mazda is developing an even lighter, sportier new roadster within the next few years, and with the killing of the RX-8, rumors have already begun swirling of an RX-7 replacement. Mitsubishi

Who Will Make the Next Game-Changing Sportscar?

Oh, Mitsubishi... With all the work lately (or lack thereof) in the American market, it's hard for us to determine where the Japanese automaker will even be by next year. Thankfully, there is still a loving Mitsubishi fan base for cars like the 3000GT and the Eclipse. This is the answer for Mitsubishi's struggles. By developing an affordable sportscar for the American market, the company will be able to regain a foothold as far as sales and overall strategy. Truthfully, we don't see this happening from the struggling group, but if anyone needs a new persona, it's Mitsubishi. Chrysler

Who Will Make the Next Game-Changing Sportscar?

Last, but certainly not least, is Chrysler. With the rise of Marchionne, the ailing automaker has found a new light at the end of the tunnel. Revamps like the Charger and Challenger were both swell indeed, but come 2015 (along with the Mustang and Camaro), Chrysler is going to have to find a way to re-create their Challenger into a lighter more efficient sportscar. Enter, the 'cuda. The Barracuda, which we last saw in American showrooms under a Plymouth badge, is next in line to receive the sportscar treatment. For some, this may come as a bit of devastating news, but for others, this could be the exact recipe needed for Chrysler to push more sales overseas.

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