Yes! My FR-S could be described as visceral, but the Evo has just the right combination of power, handling and all-round rawness that other, more refined cars simply don't. I've had the good fortune to be in some real fast cars (as driver or co-passenger) over my lifetime in the industry. Some are so isolated, you don't realize the speed you're going at because they're just so smooth - I've yet to be in a GT3 RS, but the 911 Turbos (996, 997 and 991 that I've experienced) are fast without being bone-jarringly so. The neck-snapping Aventador comes very close to being visceral. But the most visceral ones have been Viper, C6ZR1 and my Evo. And if there was a 'most' visceral, then the CT9A Evo would be it.
My Mondeo... hell nah. Compared to some other modern cars it still feels relatively decent, but overall it kinda feels like driving on a Playstation. Comfortable, relatively disconnected, even if it is surprisingly quick for a 200hp fwd wagon and actually holds it's own in corners surprisingly well even if it's far from a racecar. In short, it's a good, comfortable daily driver that does not wear you down.
My 944S... I'd say yes. It's not pants-****ting terrifying like some of the other cars named in this thread, but driving that thing through the twisties is an experience. As far as sportscars go it's relatively tame - relatively soft suspension, not all that much power. It can be driven through town and be relatively unassuming. But when you get out of town onto some backroads, that's where this car comes alive. It hugs corners like nothing else I've driven and is so instinctive to drive, mostly due to the feedback you get from everything in the car and especially the driving position. You feel very centered in the car - the car basically rotates around you. The engine, being the 2.5 16v, needs revs to come alive and it's absolutely addictive. It feels like a racecar because the engine just wants to run and run and run. It makes you want to never get out, never stop attacking corners. It's a rush.
Test drove a 2018 718 Cayman S this weekend, first time behind the wheel of one and was a bit underwhelmed. It's 200 pounds lighter and +75 HP/50 lb-ft compared to a base Evora but was not as thrilling/exciting/visceral, very quick but did not feel like a 12 sec car.
Checked out 2 M4's, one with the ZCP comp package and it was a lot more visceral and no where as laggy as the 718. I'm on the lookout for a local 981 before crossing the P-car off the list
My F-Type R , I think is visceral. 0-60 in 3.3-3.5 seconds and with MPS4 tires, can do 11.6 in the quarter mile.
It has a lot of power on tap, 550HP and 502/lbs torque. I think the car is just too fast for me to enjoy as a driver. I can't even shift that fast manually. So some of the fun is lost in driver engagement but oh boy, the sheer amount of speed in short burst coupled with the 95db exhaust note is like music. I just feather it at 2500-2800 rpms so I can hear the crack, pops, and gunfire throaty v8 exhaust. That to me, is visceral. I guess this is why so many people love large v8s.
But the most visceral car I dove is probably the Jaguar XF-R prior. It was that car that made me look for another Jag 5.0 supercharged v8.
The XF-R has no traction control and just pure RWD so you can feel the momentum like a freight train pushing you back. Been looking for one on CL/FB but used ones with 60k miles are still up there versus the plain jane XFs.
Not my car in the videos but you get the idea when it smokes many supercars.
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