The new Supra is over rated and I'm tired of all the press coverage it gets.
Despite their amazing performance, I hate that all of the German supersedans(E63/M5/RS6/Panamera Turbo) have all converged down to the same exact drivetrain.
"In-vee twin turbo V8 with 600+hp, AWD, an 8+-speed automatic...we're done here. Enjoy. "
2017 VW GTI
As for my take, I kinda like crossovers in so much as I'm happy that others enjoy them and have a vehicle form factor that appeals to them in a number of levels beyond just the practical. My Highlander is a great vehicle overall. Practical, reliable, and my wife finds it to be a wonderful every day car.
What if a car was designed to make you smile or laugh?
What if a car was designed for introverts?
What if a car was designed for extroverts, who had no desire to go fast?
There's just so many human personality types, but cars are designed to be acceptable to everyone, while still fitting into a very narrowly defined zeitgeist.
3. this is a very popular opinion here
praise the lowered
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It's so obnoxious when VW Golf/Jetta owners comment
- I don't think air-cooled Porsches sound good
- I think all 4WD trucks should have a manual transfer case lever and not electronic actuators
- Except when needed for brake sizing on supercars, wheels over 18" in diameter are ridiculous, especially on trucks where you want some sidewall
- Having things like power windows and high beams controlled through the CAN bus instead of just using a switch is stupid and needlessly complicated
- Owning a workaday car that can be thrashed relentlessly with zero issues is more rewarding than having something more fun but temperamental
- I love the Lexas LFA
- I care more about mechanical durability and reliability than features
- I hate straight-piped exhausts on anything
Improving the signal-to-noise ratio
It's probably a whole lot less controversial, but it kind of sounds like what you're really saying is special versions of "ordinary" cars are underrated relative to cars deemed inherently "special" if that makes any sense.
Now this was a superior machine. Ten grand worth of gimmicks and high-priced special effects. The rear windows lit up with a touch like frogs in a dynamite pond. The dashboard was full of esoteric lights and dials and meters that I would never understand.
Smile or laugh: Modern high hp pony cars are sure to make anyone laugh when the go-pedal is mashed to the floor. Something like a boxster/cayman are sure to make someone smile every time they drive it.
Introvert car: Anything that's understated in a muted color. A GTI is a good example of this. But so are things like an S6 (particularly older generations) or even like an e39 M5. You aren't getting much attention in any of these cars unless you happen across the small swath of the enthusiasts who know what they're looking at
Extrovert with no desire to go fast: A miata in a loud color or even a base-engine pony car in a loud color
I'm not saying that these are the only options, but there is a enough of a variety of vehicles on the market that every one of your personality types or objectives could be met. But of course, what makes someone smile or laugh is going to be WAY different, so you can't exactly make something like that to a particular standard.
Ring times only resonate for those where such stats matter. Plus it's an objective marketing tool to get people into the seats of their cars. The elements you mention are important on an individual level but have very little value in a broader marketing campaign. Having said that, most manufacturers will show people behind the wheel of their car smiling, but that's a bit more about psychology than it is about a car actually being enjoyable to operate.
Improving the signal-to-noise ratio