Is it an Exotic or is it a High-End Sportscar/Touring Car? If a variant is an exception, call it out. Pick any or add your own.
Dodge SRT Viper
Alfa Romeo 4C
Aston Martin Vantage
Ferrari California T
Rolls Royce Wraith
Tesla Model S P90D
Mercedes SLS AMG
I have always considered the Corvette to be the “All American Sportscar,” while the Viper held the “All American Exotic” distinction. The way I (and it seems most others, car enthusiasm absence or excess) react to a Corvette the same way we react to a Porsche. The more track focused, the more we freak out. Hence why the GT3 seems to be more exotic than the Turbo S and why the C6 ZR1 still seems more special than the C7 Z06. But if someone pulls in with a Viper, regardless of trim level, reactions run more similar to a Lamborghini Huracan than Audi R8. If that Viper is an ACR, it can probably be parked next to a Super Trofeo Gallardo without looking out of place. But this made me think that maybe price point, sales volume, performance level, and brand cache have less to do with the title than the vehicles character.
McLaren keeps saying the 570s is merely a sportscar, and the price point seems to agree. But that car in base form is still more appealing than a 911 Turbo S, the venerated everyday supercar killer. However, the 2017 Acura NSX does not have any exotic cred for me. I feel like the Alfa Romeo 4c and Aston Martin Vantage are entry level exotics while the Acura just doesn’t hit that sweet spot even with the price and nameplate prestige. And yet, somehow with the exact same issues, the Ford GT would still be an exotic even at $120,000.
So help me out, what cars are exotics and which ones are just sportscars/touring cars? Like Maserati GT, exotic for me. AMG GT, just a sportscar. Or Ferrari California T is a high end touring car like a V12 Mercedes SL, but the BMW i8 is an exotic. I don’t know Oppo, maybe I’m crazy. You ladies and gents have any thoughts on this?