QOTD: Ahead of Its Time?
Being accused of being out of touch is one thing. Ahead of the curve, though? Sometimes that can be equally problematic.
Whether loaded with a host of unbaked tech or saddled with styling that wasn’t quite ready for primetime, what’s your pick for a vehicle that was ahead of its time?
It doesn’t have to be an example of abject failure, either. The Mitsubishi 3000GT (née GTO, née Dodge Stealth) was packed with technology like four-wheel steering, all-wheel drive, adaptive suspension, and active aero bits. It was also heavier than a collapsed sun and extremely difficult to repair.
Speaking of 4WS, that trio of characters in sequence arguably became introduced to the public consciousness via the trunk lid of Honda’s excellent 1987 Prelude. Steering either with or against the front wheels, depending on a few variables, this tech added roughly 10 percent to the car’s price and was arguably hamstrung by the analog era, compared to today’s digital interpretations of the same. I’ll lump GM’s Quadrasteer in here, too.
There’s no shortage of examples. Citroen DS, all the AMC Eagles that foreshadowed the current CUV craze, that OG Honda Insight, even the Pontiac Aztek. Which one makes your list — for better or worse — as a machine that was ahead of its time?
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