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Are The New Cars Too Perfect To Be Fun & Exciting?
Also, for all the differences the auto magazines write about, the more similar cars are today. Since there are no more underpowered cars, the really powerful ones seem less exciting...at least to me. With more and more speed camaras, speed bumps, radar and heavy traffic, what are you going to do with 500+ horsepower?
Do you share my feelings?
What could the industry do about this? Here are a few ideas, in no particular order:
Honda, reintroduce a real CRX instead of that hybrid fiasco. Also, offer a convertible version this time.
Toyota is on the right track with new Scion fr-s, as is Mazda's
Nissan, resize your Z to approximate the original 240 dimensions, and make it as affordable as the '70s Zs were.
GM, you need a spiritual successor to the '55-'57 Chevys.
Ford, how about a RWD spritual successor to your '30s V8s? And while you're at it, bring back that melodic flathead V8 sound, please.
Chrysler, you need to hit more home runs by updating your 300 and Charger. Also, convert your mid-sizers to stylish RWDs for middle class BMW 3-Series intenders. Your Italian engineers and designers can help you do it.
Audi, BMW, Mercedes, MINI and VW, stay the course. Your products are differentiated, and you're doing fine. But BMW, please replace those run-flats and add a spare. Make run-flats optional, if you must.
Formula: Differentiate looks, sound and driving dynamics more, like the cars we fondly remember in these forums.