Yes I know my titles are a little strange, maybe a little of the mark in terms of grammar and proper writing technique but I don’t care. So just ignore my extra dots and awkward quotations and hear me out.
If you are an enthusiast like myself, a true gear head who just loves motorpsorts and driving any type of sports car from 1000-1000000$ this is the most important thing I have realized in my days of driving several cars in all different price points and classes. It’s not about how fast a car is or how it performs statistically, it’s the soul the car has when you drive it. It’s the intangeables that make you feel truly connected to that car. Things like the sounds it makes, the way the tail gets finicky if you push it too hard, the way the turbo boost just randomly kicks in, the way the car looks and feels, the way the shifter feels as your shifts through the gears, the engine note as you move higher into the RPM’s, and so much more things that have nothing to do with performance and all to do with how it makes you feel.
Let me give you an example that should rather effectively explain this:
Which car is significantly faster??
For those that have little to moderate car knowledge, the obvious answer would be the Ferrari 360 F1 would be the one you would put your money on, however the E63 AMG wagon would absolutely annihilate and humiliate the poor little Ferrari. The fact of the matter is who cares what’s faster because assuming infinite funds, and having to choose between these two vehicles, 90% of people would trade a limb for the Ferrari for the simple fact of what I said before, the intangibles. Yes it’s way slower, even around a racetrack, however the sounds it makes when redlining each gear, it’s road presence still makes it feel and appear like it’s brand new (when they made from 1999-2004 ending with the challenge stradale), and the Ferrari nameplate make the car so much more desirable than the Merc will ever be. Want more cares that are faster than the Ferrari or virtually a dead tie if racing?? Well to name a few Mustang GT (Boss 302 is faster) Base C7 Corvette, 2014 Chevrolet SS sedan (Too funny haha!), any modern M or AMG car, most modern Audi S or RS cars, Every 997.2/991 911, Cayman/Boxster, virtually any SRT-8 Chrysler/Dodge (including previous GEN’s) and on and on. The whole point is modern cars are fast, efficient, and so much more technologically advanced every single year that they make any previous generation vehicle obsolete in their performance therefore you can’t buy a car and try to always keep up with the modern times. It’s best to simply find a car that makes you happy in a specific price range and looking for the intangibles that make you happy. Ever driven an AP1 S2000 before? Or any old school VTEC motor? Those who have know that around 5000-7000rpm depending on the motor, the car go’s from soft to a complete lunatic and it lets you know by the massive change in engine and exhaust note. Ahhhhhhh real music for a gear head. Or the feel of the old school Honda shifters? Or the sound that a flat-6 Meztger Motor makes when you redline it? Or the look of the classic old school muscle car and the exhaust note it makes? Are these cars faster than modern day sports car?? Maybe some of them are but ultimately they are or will be obsolete when it comes to overall performance. It’s about soul, and the more cars you drive the more you realize that those who put their blood sweat and tears into certain cars really have created an essence of life within these vehicles. They are a representation of the vision these people had and perfectly executed into these cars.
Drive what makes you happy, especially for an enthusiast, drive as many cars as possible in your price range and you will truly understand what I mean. The car with the most soul will speak to you as clear as day.
Your welcome 🙂
Live to drive.