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post #31 of 102
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post
There's some good N. American made cars in this range, some you can get new, some you'll have to get used.

Viper, used
Corvette, used
Dodge Challenger (the souped up version) new
Mustang, (whatever they're calling their fastest version this year) new

For nearly 100% impractical, either a Ford Lightning or Dodge SRT pickup. Both are useless as a pick up, have no cabin space, and go like bats out of hell.

A viper is definitely an awesome car, most impractical on your list actually, and you can get a nice one for $50K.. Extra points for a 1st gen GTS for that extra impracticality..

Corvette you can get brand new for $43K and up.

Challenger is pretty badass, but I am scared it will become white trash once it's widely distributed and the 6cyl comes out. But a 6.1L Challenger SRT with over 400 horsies would be fun. But not a bad daily driver, and not as pure as a viper, elise, or even a vette.

A mustang cobra GT500 would also be badass, 500hp+ and very upgradeable, and pretty damn impractical.

As far as lighting and ram SRT, they are both actually somewhat practical, more practical than an elise, or a cayman, or a viper, or a cobra.. you get the point.
post #32 of 102
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Lotus Elise / Exige is probably the most fun car you can get in that range.


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post #33 of 102
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For nearly 100% impractical, either a Ford Lightning or Dodge SRT pickup. Both are useless as a pick up, have no cabin space, and go like bats out of hell.
Perhaps I should have further defined impractical - an emphasis on performance and handling over anything other consideration (such as back seats or trunk space). I wouldn't mind having an SRT-10 as a "work" truck, though. There is a place a few hours away from me that has hundreds of miles of wonderfully curvy roads, beautiful scenery, an absence of 5-0, and best of all, perfectly maintained road surfaces. Therefore, I think the Lotus and Porsche Cayman S fit my needs the best. I still plan to look at the NSX -- but I am seeing silly prices for the 2002+ versions, and am probably only really considering one as it was one of my dream cars growing up.
post #34 of 102
Ariel
post #35 of 102
I think impracticality is overrated. It's nicer to have stealth practicality and only appear to onlookers as impractical --- all the benefits and none of the drawbacks.

If you're going to have any fun with your car, you'll be going to the race track, and if you do, and it's not anywhere near your home, you'll need to carry your tools, clothes, and other random track paraphernalia, so practicality matters.

I'd get a new Cayman, which starts at a little under $50K, and you can get discounts on them all day long. You have pretty reliable engineering, more than enough power to get into trouble, and a very fine handling car that's track-ready out of the showroom. At the same time, the car can carry to you and from the track in comfort (important after a long, exhausting weekend) and a fair amount of cargo to get you through the track weekend. It's a hardtop so you can run with any school.

For options, stick with the 17-inch wheels, get the short shifter (factory or B&M if you're handy and want to save a few hundred $$$ and still get a better shifter), the manual sport seats or even better the carbon fiber buckets, and the sport steering wheel (the regular one, not the slightly thicker but more $$$ XPA). Full leather is nice, because the vast expanses of plastic approaches a Corvette's cheesiness. I'd get the middle sound package, and install an iPod interface from Dension. You may want PCM for better control of the iPod.

The 09s due out soon will have more power, better mileage, optional dual-clutch semiautomatic tranny, and (finally!) factory iPod integration. The 09's backlights unfortunately are even gheyr than before, being a fine tribute to drag queens and their lips.

If you want loud, get the Borla exhaust, which will make the car sound like an exotic, except louder. Gaiety aside, it also happens to be the best-looking car Porsche makes, though the 997 is pretty sweet (but ultimately flawed).

Its only real practical flaw is that the seats don't really recline, so it's not so easy to nap in one. Sometimes I look at the BMW sedans' backseats in envy.

If you still want a truly impractical car, I'd get the Exige over the Elise, because its supercharger completely blocks the rear view, giving it far more impractical street cred. The rear view mirror is optionally installed because it's totally useless.

The BMW M Z4 also has truly ridiculous discounts on them right now, and you can easily get them for near or sometimes even below invoice. They're pretty impractical because their outward visibility is bad, and half the trunk is taken up by the battery.

--Andre
post #36 of 102
How this for impractical? T-Rex, Hyabusa engine, 3-wheel.
Little tooo impractical...
post #37 of 102
Or take your $50k, buy a cheap (<$15k) car, and dump the rest into making it as impractical as you like. That, or either Lotus.
post #38 of 102
Buy a Dodge Viper. You can get a used Gen I, II, or III for less than 50k.

Faster than an Elise, and more comfortable. Lots of fun to drive, especially on twisty roads.
post #39 of 102
I still think that the best bang for your buck, twisty road devouring, speed dripping, impracticality is going to be found on two wheels, not four. I mean, unless you just don't want to learn how to ride... There arent many cars that can keep up in handling or speed with even a mediocre liter bike on a "twisty" fun road. Also, as far as the driving experience itself goes, riding a bike is going to be a lot more thrilling than pretty much any car out there. I mean, there are people out there who just shouldn't ride - but if you want to go out and carve up some road, there arew a whole world of possibilities out there you might be overlooking. I probably wouldn't use a 'busa to carve up twisties. I'd look into something a little lighter and that handles better. But hey - that leaves about... oh.. 80% of modern bikes for you to choose from.
post #40 of 102
While I find the notion of blowing 50 large on "impractical" silly, and would say few of the cars suggested here truly are "impractical" (my nod probably to the Lotus)-

I'll play along...

Some are a little older than you want but they're well within your price range:



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/sarcasm
post #41 of 102
What's the deal with Westfields and Caterhams? Can they be driven in the US or not? I have never seen one, not even in a show.
post #42 of 102
New cars...booo. Not really impractical, just fucking a blast to drive.
post #43 of 102
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There's some good N. American made cars in this range, some you can get new, some you'll have to get used. Viper, used Corvette, used Dodge Challenger (the souped up version) new Mustang, (whatever they're calling their fastest version this year) new
The Viper is probably the crudest car sold in the US in the last 20 years, and the fuel economy is stupid bad. Rolling proof that Bob Lutz was a doddering old fool even in the early 1990s, and he's only gotten more so. The Mustang has a solid rear axle, which disqualifies it among people whose idea of driving involves more than quarter-mile dashes. A Vette is trashy inside, but quick and gets surprisingly good mileage.
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I know two people that have the Elise and they love it. It makes no sense in the rain or snow, is almost obnoxiously loud, will make your teeth shutter, has almost no storage room, and is very small but it corners like it's on rails and is very fast and exotic looking. It's also fairly reliable from what they tell me.
An Elise actually has considerably more storage room than the current Pontiac Solstice/Saturn Sky, and the old mid-engined MR2 Spyder. The Solstice/Sky is another huge sign of Lutz's senility, though I suppose "senile" is as good as it gets in modern Detroit, being simultaneously heavier, less practical, and slower than its competition.
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I think impracticality is overrated. It's nicer to have stealth practicality and only appear to onlookers as impractical --- all the benefits and none of the drawbacks....
Post of the thread. (Though I'd like the Cayman a whole lot better with a Torsen in the transaxle.)
post #44 of 102
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There arent many cars that can keep up in handling or speed with even a mediocre liter bike on a "twisty" fun road.

The reverse is actually true. A middle-of-the-road car can keep up or beat the hottest crotch rockets on twisty roads, because a car has more grip and can outbrake and outcorner a bike. For example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UDXcotDqDs

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(Though I'd like the Cayman a whole lot better with a Torsen in the transaxle.)

09 model refresh has an optional LSD, but it hasn't really been an issue in the current model: you can go plenty fast without one.

--Andre
post #45 of 102
You know what my idea of an impractical fun car is? A Crown Vic Interceptor on some sort of supercharger, in black/black combo.

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