Most people would have shot of their first and or most near and dear exotic. Enzo, F40, Lamborghini, Carerra GT, Porsche 911 Turbo. Ok so you get my point right? Wrong! Often I think
the automotive world get's this very very wrong especially in a lot of magazines.
Is say a 2010 BMW 335i better then say a 1999 Porsche boxter, or is a Porsche 996 better then a 911 T or let us even go into vehicular blasphamy and discuss a Toyota Starlet vs 2010 Nissan GTR. Let us for good measure throw in a 1968 Mustang.
I think we have to take a look into the total driving experince.
" What makes an excellent race car does not always make an excellent or good car for the road. " I think many people miss understand this.
I think a lot of car owners sort of fall victim to the heat of the moment in their decision making.
A lot of this is 50% trend of the moment powerd by a overwhelming need to asert ones own status. 25% common sense and 25% purity. A lot of time as we age nestalgia comes into play too, at least as a factor. I watch it happen everyday.
For exsample, present trends amongest youth's are really status and performance oriented. A lot of people today wish to see or view themself as sophsticated and knowledgible.
For exsample if we whent back and looked at particular cars like say a GTR not a Skyline GTR but a Nissan R35 GTR, in terms of all it's electronics and wizardy it's a truely amazing peice of todays state of the art tech. However in terms of excitement and being timeless it will fade.
When we look for exsample at vehicles past such as the R32 or R34 we see that many critics will advocate that the previous Skyline GTR's were exciting and gave a emotional feeling even if not superior to the present R35 GTR.
So what happend?
If we look look at the past Toyota Corolla's for exsample. What sparked the cult classic's that bring so many together?
The rawness and excitement and feeling the brings to it's owner? Perhaps.
One of the biggest issues is infact that automotive manufactuors are more focused on cramming competitive new technologies into a vehicle that far exceed what the daily or average driver really need. They add overly innovative technologies that complicate the process of driving and or make a vehicle feel borning and dull. Or give a driver a false sense of security.
So how do we move foward with out holding back technologies and enable designers to be innovative but keep satisfaction alive and well.
One of the most important things is knowing where to add the technologies. Econ, Performance and so on all really need to be addressed more clearly. Today I think makers try to target to many areas of a vast and competitive market.
Anyways this is just some food for thought.