A SPORTS SEDAN or a SPORTS SALOON is a sedan automobile (US) or
saloon car (UK) that is designed to look and feel "sporty", offering
the motorist more connection with the driving experience, while
providing the comfort and amenities expected of a luxury sedan . A
wider definition that includes related coupé , convertibles ,
crossovers is known as SPORT LUXURY. Most vehicles in this category
overlap with the compact executive car and executive car
classifications, while the sporty small family sedans are called sport
compacts (mostly used in
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1964 Renault R8 Gordini was a sportive compact car for a public consumption price.
The term was originally introduced in the 1930s and applied to lighter, more streamlined closed body coachwork fitted by car makers. Rover , for example, had Sports Saloon versions of several of their models.
It was later applied by manufacturers to special versions of their vehicles that allowed them to enter production cars in motor races with extra modifications not normally permitted by the regulations. Such regulations required cars to be homologated typically by selling them in minimum numbers to the public. Some of the earlier examples were the Alfa Romeo 1900 , Renault R8 Gordini (1964), Triumph Dolomite and Lotus Cortina .
Traditionally sports sedans have a manual transmission and tachometer in order to provide that "sports look and feel" and are rear wheel drive , have good handling characteristics, and adequate power. Because of the US move to automatic transmission and front wheel drive these types are now also to be found in the sport sedan category. Recent sport sedans such as the latest iterations of the BMW M5 and BMW M3 had implemented semi-automatic transmissions .
The term "sport sedan" is not an absolute term, rather it is relative.
In North America, most luxury import sedans are often considered
"sport sedans" because of their higher performance, handling, and
expensive available amenities relative to that of mass market cars.
There is some price overlapping, for instance as an entry-level BMW
328i has a similar (manufacturer's) suggested retail price to a Toyota
Camry XLE V6.
The term "sport sedan" also came into being, when comparing luxury
import sedans (i.e.
Luxury performance sedans sold in North American have a smaller range of engines, tending towards the high-powered side, compared to their European lineups. For instance Mercedes-Benz advertises all of the 2009 US/Canadian models of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class as a "sport sedan", not just the high-performance C63 AMG.
In the family midsize sedan category in North America, the 2008
Nissan Altima has been described as the sportiest in its
classification, compared to the
Honda Accord or
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* ^ "1950 Alfa Romeo 1900". supercars.net. Retrieved 2009-02-08.
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