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Cars We Drive!

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Bert1568, Jul 18, 2006.

  1. jet

    jet Senior member

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    shit looks like an insect
     
  2. whiteslashasian

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    Aston Martin Vanquish Volante.

    Pretty droptop in a stunning color:

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    Starting price at $300k.
     
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  3. gomestar

    gomestar Senior member

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    ^^^

    i went "woah" to three individual elements in this post.
     
  4. Find Finn

    Find Finn Senior member

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    It's not much bigger either (the Tesla roadster is based on the Elise).



    Sexy
     
  5. HRoi

    HRoi Senior member

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    For all the talk about Porsche 911 designers being the laziest in the industry, Aston Martin designers have to be the second laziest

    Still drop dead gorgeous though
     
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    Just curious what was the SUV? In the end physics wins heavier object > lighter object. I'm guessing the SUV was triple the weight of the lotus lol

    My truck at the time, a Silverado 1500HD crew cab, plowed right through a Toyota Echo at 60kph. Literally shattered the Echo into bits until the front bumper was resting on the back of the Echo Driver's head rest. (very lucky woman).

    The truck needed a new grille, bumper, lights and hood. Nothing else. The Echo on the other hand ... there was less than half the car left.
     
  7. gomestar

    gomestar Senior member

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    i don't remember exactly, but it wasn't some puny X3. Of course I'd expect the Lotus to take the bigger hit, but i didn't expect the Lotus to be so heavily damaged while the SUV was mostly unscathed.
     
  8. HRoi

    HRoi Senior member

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    The most reassuring thing about stories like this is that I always see the dumbest, most inattentive motherfuckers driving the biggest SUV's (not referring to you, pinkformen)
     
  9. pinkformen

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    Haha I know what you mean. I think a big problem is many drivers go from a car to a full size truck or SUV, then drive it like a car. You have to drive a truck/SUV very differently and know where every part of your vehicle is.

    In my case I actually have the opposite problem. I have trouble driving "small" cars. Being 6ft 3 definitely doesn't help but the lack of size makes parking that much harder as I'm used to a large turning radius and lane changes... the wheel is more responsive making things jerky etc.
     
  10. BrianVarick

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    I just saw a GT3 RS and man did that sounds like sex.
     
  11. gomestar

    gomestar Senior member

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    found. Sorry for the blurry pic, this was from 2009, and camera technology was just awful back then. Clearly.

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  12. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    As it's been pointed out, the crumpling of the body shell and collapse of the crash structure is engineered into the car. It's how the car absorbs damage before it gets to the passenger cabin. I had a really awful accident in my Prelude back in high school. The car was totaled. The entire front end was wiped out. I mean, it looked like the car had been disintegrated forward of the windshield. But I walked away without a single scratch or bruise. The airbags didn't even deploy. That's how Honda used to engineer their cars (don't know if they still do). I do know that the Elise was engineered similarly. The exterior damage will always look far worse than what's actually happened to the car.
     
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    i see the point behind that for a track car, but not a car to be driven in NYC (granted, the latter is another discussion)
     
  14. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Point is, the car is safer than its post-crash appearance makes it look.
     
  15. Trompe le Monde

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    So....between a 2010 Alfa Romeo brera, 2013 renaultsport Megane, and 2011 renaultsport Clio (before current flappy paddle iteration)

    The prettiest vs the fastest vs lightest and most practical

    Opine on
     
  16. JuyLe

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    I'd get the latest Megane RS, that thing is a beast. The brera is nice but unless you get the 3.2L (and even if you do), it is quite underpowered and not the most reliable of the 3. Don't you want to have more options ?
     
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    Have to keep the size small to conform with parking spaces. Also popping up and down curves is a common occurrence so already iffy in the Megane's being shod on 18/19"

    Prefer to stay on the sportier spectrum -- driven at most 4/5 times a month -- ruling out Audi 1, MK7 GTi, etc....

    BRZ is nice proposition but won't cope well when slushy winter comes. Not sure what else on the market is compelling...
     
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    300? To hell with Astons, nice bodies, old and depleted technologies.
    Its just a matter of time until this company dies and is never heard of. The initial excitement for any Aston is great, but they get boring quite quickly.
    For 300k, Mc Laren MP4, 458 Italia, Scuderia, would be sitting in my garage.


    Hope my eyes are seeing a Lotus and not a Carrera GT :fu:
     
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    The 6 series is also supposed to be large. It's unnecessarily large and that's what I like about it. There's no need for the front end to be that long and there's no need for the back to be that long. However, they did it because it makes it look much better. Long, wide, and low. :slayer:
     
  20. HRoi

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    My colleague just bought a white 640gc. What a lovely car. She parks right next to me so I always stop to admire it before I get in my car
     

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