It seems that American car companies are the worst when it comes to factory installed badging, bodywork, and marketing gimmicks. Yes, some of them are functional, Yes, some of them are installed on vehicles that actually DO perform well, but it just occurred to me that there are very few understated performance cars from America. Especially before domestic companies embraced 4-valve per cylinder designs and variable cam timing.
Discuss and post up some of the absurd gimmicks as well as some examples of understated Domestic cars with good performance.
"Powered By Ford", "Cold Air Induction" That awesome 5.0 shouldn't need those kind of labels to give the owners a warm fuzzy feeling.
"Ram Air" hood scoops There is nothing performance oriented about this car. Sure its a V6 tail-dragger but the steering has as much feel as a 10mm thick prophylactic rubber and is outgunned by many lesser cars that don't try to pull off a boy-racer appearance.
And possibly worst of all, any car with the word "SPORT" plastered across the side. What in the hell is sporty about a base model car with a pinstripe and a spoiler?
There are plenty more, post em up.