German sports cars? - "Porsche" you usually think. But apart from this legendary GT firm, there are mighty brands here that had produced quantities of luxury and sport models, some really exclusive. Why has automotive passion been expressed this side of the Rhine ? In Great Britain, Italy, the cloud of small sportcars brands seems to be constantly budding. But in Goethe's country, there is a certain pragmatism: Sport is just an option for "generalist" firms, which built first machines able to satisfy all needs. Mercedes is the typical example, BMW also, and Audi has gotten into late.
Mercedes 300 SLR. The star brand developed early on an appetite for competition, as much for the technological challenge and image.
But nothing is equivalent to the phenomenon peculiar to Germany alone, this tuners success. But these are not your average joe's tuning garage: Starting with models of large series, they just goes beyond the sportier and luxurious variants and goes for more tailoring and exclusivity. Famously some motorways had no speed limits, therefore most berlinas are free to reach 250Km/h (which is often not the top graduation, but a mechanical capping). Home of the sports sedan, Germany is undoubtedly that of automotive pragmatism, quiet love of engineering brio more than pure passion.
Small brands are also numerous, sometimes anecdotal but well present. They are the subject of the second part of this page. However, there are many different one-shot exotic models to discover as well.