That’s a difficult one. I have to admit that I could quite fancy a 924 turbo or a 924S whilst considering them to be really uncool. I’d also happily run a plain old 924 (which really should have been badged as a VW in my view), at least partly because I know how much 911 aficionados hate them.
When I was thrashing around in a MKII Escort, one of my routes for a thrash took me past a farm where the farmer had a 924 Carrera GT and I always thought it looked brilliant. I can’t see how the GT, or the whizzier rarer version we are talking about here, could be anything other than brilliant to drive too. Light, RWD, enough power, perfect weight distribution, what’s not to like?
Is it cool though? I personally like how it looks, it’s more muscular and purposeful than the 944 and obviously much rarer. However, I’m not absolutely sure that unbiased eyes would say that time has been kind to it. There’s maybe a hint of the boy racer in it with the bulged arches and bonnet scoop, they are there for a purpose but the casual observer might assume you had done it yourself.
I think if you asked petrolheads, they would probably agree that it’s a cool car but I imagine it would fail Clarkson’s Kristen Scott-Thomas test. Based purely on appearance, it’s a pumped up version of something really uncool which reeks of failure on the cool wall.
I think this is one of the most difficult ones we’ve had. I’m leaning towards uncool I think, but can probably be convinced.