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post #14536 of 14779

Agree that going fast in a slow car with superb handling is really something. I am close (Knock on wood) on closing a deal on an event-eligible car and my choice from the get go was something crazy Italian from a particular marque. I have two cars under evaluation: One from 1950 with 30hp and one from 1954 with 48hp. Looks like the second one will be it. I will know more in two weeks … On the California Mille, I will be the one who starts first and arrives last. What fun!

 

On the S on Cayman/ Boxter or Mini: No need for it if you look for a car that makes you look good and you drive mostly in city traffic. Definitely yes, if you are a driver that enjoys putting the car on the twisties, fun drives, longer trips. Definitely no on the JWC if you intent to use it as a daily driver: You would not appreciate the very stiff set up.

 

Why not a Golf GTI? Clubman/ Jetta/ Mazda3 seems a pretty random thrown together group of cars.

 

Mike

post #14537 of 14779
Going fast in a slow car with shit handling, is even better.
post #14538 of 14779
still a bit surprised people aren't going gaga for the Alfa 4C. 2400 lbs, unassisted steering, carbon fiber tub, fuel efficient and $55k base price (well once the $70k launch editions sell out). If I were looking for a subpremium (I should trademark this phrase and license it to Acura) mid engined sports car this would seem to top the list. The transmission doesn't appear to be that great and the quality is unproven but it has so many things going for it that I am genuinely surprised it's not getting more run.
post #14539 of 14779

Alfa 4C is super sexy and I am the first one to applaud Fiat for bringing Alfa back from the (almost) dead and back to the US. I have not yet personally driven the 4C, but there are two things that still hold back my enthusiasm:

  • Design, while gorgeous, is a bit derivative of Lotus
  • Early reports are a pretty mixed bag with the less than stellar suspension set up and handling pointed out as main culprit. An Alfa getting dinged for handling? Holy shit. Hence I need to drive one to see for myself 

 

Mike

post #14540 of 14779
I'd like to see and hopefully drive before passing judgment - in the some press photos it looks like an ugly squashed Nissan Juke. In others it looks really nice. I guess it's the automotive equivalent of Kate Upton
post #14541 of 14779
I have to say that the 4C looks much better with the headlight update.

I'd love to drive one about.
post #14542 of 14779
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Originally Posted by UnFacconable View Post

...subpremium (I should trademark this phrase and license it to Acura)...

I really haven't spent much time in Acuras. Then last week I had 3 different Uber X's that were Acuras and I couldn't agree with this phrase more.
post #14543 of 14779
I can definitely feel where in some areas my Acura RL feels sorta subpremium, most notably in the steering feedback and general handling (let's be real, it's a wanna be lux cruiser, not a canyon carver) but a LOT of the tech and features are incredibly well thought out and done better than in most current cars coming off the lots.

Pros and cons really.
post #14544 of 14779
That's the beauty of subpremium to me, I don't mean it as an insult. It's like "near luxury" but without being on the spartan to luxury scale and without being so annoyingly aspirational. There are plenty of cars that I would happily own that I consider subpremium. Yukon Denali is probably the top of the list right now. If I lived in the country and/or was Jack Bauer and/or weighed 300 lbs and/or had a bunch of kids, I'd drive the hell out of a Denali. I always feel like a diplomat when I'm traveling and the transport is a Tahoe or Yukon. Really great vehicles for what they are but not quite premium.

Of course no one would ever market their cars as subpremium but I can pretend it's a thing.
post #14545 of 14779
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Originally Posted by UnFacconable View Post

That's the beauty of subpremium to me, I don't mean it as an insult. It's like "near luxury" but without being on the spartan to luxury scale and without being so annoyingly aspirational. There are plenty of cars that I would happily own that I consider subpremium. Yukon Denali is probably the top of the list right now. If I lived in the country and/or was Jack Bauer and/or weighed 300 lbs and/or had a bunch of kids, I'd drive the hell out of a Denali. I always feel like a diplomat when I'm traveling and the transport is a Tahoe or Yukon. Really great vehicles for what they are but not quite premium.

Of course no one would ever market their cars as subpremium but I can pretend it's a thing.
I have to agree on the Tahoe/Yukon. Rented one a few weeks back when I visited relatives in Virginia. The handling was surprisingly good going up, down, and around the mountains with plenty of power to spare. The tech was easy to use and better equipped than I had expected. Lots of room, too. I was very impressed.
post #14546 of 14779
Strolled about Chinatown with a coworker to get some bubble tea; ran into this beaut:

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edit: nice rotation bro
post #14547 of 14779
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Originally Posted by JayJay View Post

I have to agree on the Tahoe/Yukon. Rented one a few weeks back when I visited relatives in Virginia. The handling was surprisingly good going up, down, and around the mountains with plenty of power to spare. The tech was easy to use and better equipped than I had expected. Lots of room, too. I was very impressed.

Really? I took an Escalade out for a ride and found the body roll to be highly distracting.
post #14548 of 14779
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Really? I took an Escalade out for a ride and found the body roll to be highly distracting.

That's funny, cause I find your body roll to be highly distracting as well!
post #14549 of 14779
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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

That's funny, cause I find your body roll to be highly distracting as well!

Oh, that bro crush.
post #14550 of 14779
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Strolled about Chinatown with a coworker to get some bubble tea; ran into this beaut:

Not even an M.

Not that it matters.

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