We know Lamborghinis are exotics, but what makes a car exotic? Would you consider NSX, Viper and 996 GT2 exotics? How about Lotus Esprit, BMW Z8? Any more borderline sportscar/exotic cars you can think off?
The webpage and the site is in need of repair but the qualyifing list was well received at the time. I've seen this quoted on various boards for defining just what is an exotic car. Of course it's not current and inclusive but served at the time.
I don´t think exotic applies to many new cars at all. Virtually all are machine made and some just expensive. I suppose the Zonda might be one.
You have to go back to hand built cars like the Countach which was so exotic and so far ahead of design at the time to really get to the meaning of exotic. IMO only
I suppose for the most part there are Exotics then there at very/super Exotics. Is it from styling, speed, production #'s, hand-built?
I tend to just think it's a car that is practically unseen in the public, may have a sport racing heritage, have a celebrity associated to the model, probably is/was expensive and you can't take to the average Pontiac dealer for servicing or get a tune-up at the local gas station. But when you arrive somewhere or when just motoring along there are specatators and admirers. That's knowing what an exotic is.