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Re: oh yeah (little more) (archive)

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Posted by Shawn Fogg on February 11, 2000 at 15:13:12:

In Reply to: Re: oh yeah (little more) posted by jim on February 11, 2000 at 15:07:41:

"...and to any true driver the miata is a roadste NOT a sports car,"

Here is something I wrote on this board awhile ago to another flamer like yourself....

It seems to me like you don't have a clue what a 'true sports car' is. Since all you talk about is the acceleration (and raw feel of an engine) I would say you are looking more for a muscle car or a GT type of cruiser. A muscle car would be the brutal acceleration type of a car. It can do that very well but not much else. A GT is more of a loaded vehicle that removes the driver somewhat from the process of driving but is very comfortable at high speeds.

Look at history to define what a true sports car is. Some examples would be: Porsche 356, most any older MG, Austin Healy, Triumph, Lotus, a bunch of Fiats, Lancia and Alfa Romeo and dozens of other cars. (Sorry if I missed any good candidates here)

In all cases they pretty much have the following in common. They are two door, mostly two seat(though some have very tiny back seats), mostly convertible, not very practical vehicles that are extremely fun to drive. They all involve the driver greatly in the process of extracting the best performance out of them. They usually are pretty basic cars as well, a bunch of them don't even have roll up windows. Some were pretty advanced for their time while others used outdated equipment that still got the job done.

Just about all of the cars above would be considered slow as hell today. Doesn't matter a bit if you were ever to drive one and get involved with the process. They struck a balance between acceleration, cornering, some times braking and just plain laugh out loud fun.

Having owned one of those 'true sports cars' and used it as my sole means of transportation I can tell you that my Z3 is in a lot of ways damn close to a 'true sports car.' Where they differ is that they have a lot more equipment in them...and BMW seems to be adding more every year.

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