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Re: Integrale, the Ferrari killer
> To this day, I still donít understand why people like Ferraris.
Every car must be evaluated on how well it lives up to its design
princples, and whether those principles make any sense. Maybe a
Ferrari doesn't provide what you're looking for in a car (perfomance
per dollar?) but if you can understand what it *is* designed to
provide -- a sensuous driving experience -- than you can see that it's
worthy of respect nonetheless. Part of that, and only part of it, is
Let's consider some other cars:
Lincoln Town Car:
Sofa-on-wheels cushiness. It provides it. If that's what you
want from a car, great.
Economical transport of a large volume and weight of cargo
over a paved highway at fairly even speed, and low
maintainence costs. Not designed for speed, cornering, or
style. But it does move cargo cheaply and go for long
distances without maintainence.
A "Fierrari" Fiero-based Fierrari lookalike:
Designed to look like a Ferrari, and be cheap. It does that.
I wouldn't buy it and I'm not sure I would have much respect
for someone who does, but from an engineering point of view it
does accomplish what the designers intended.
Old VW Bug:
Designed to be cheap and practical, through (a) small size,
(b) simplicity, and (c) modular design for easy maintainence,
right down to the engine. Fabulously successful at these
goals. A poor choice for carrying eight people or displaying
New VW Bug:
This is basically a VW Golf, water-cooled and front-engined
like any other Golf, with curvy body panels and a different
interior. Basically antithetical to the original. It also
costs more than a normal Golf. Its one goal is to satisfy
nostalgia for Dr. Porsche's original peoples-car, but with
modern automotive complexity.
The Lexus SUV:
Designed to be trendy like a truck, but provide cushiness like
a Lexus, and meanwhile point out that you have money. Also
intended to build on Toyota's existing large sunk costs of
developing the Land Cruiser and its tooling.
A competent transportation appliance. Rock-solid reliable,
not objectionable in any way, reasonably priced. My mother
has driven Corollas for years. It's not my car, but it has
its place in the world. In many places you *do* need a car
and if you're not an enthusiast, it's a fine choice.
I don't like this car because I cannot think of anything to
recommend it over a used, say, RX-7. However, it builds brand
image for Hyundai.
Designed for world-class performance but nonetheless in a
practical package. Essentially the same as the Quattro in its
day. The fact that people buy it for image doesn't diminish
the car's respectability.
It's a roadster. Again, this is about driving experience.
In the US at least, this car sastisfies people's desire to
"have a new Bimmer". They are able to charge more for the
318i because the brand image that the M3 and 7/8 series have
built is being converted into cash.
Still hard to beat in terms of acceleration per dollar. Maybe
that's not what you want. Lots of people do.
Every car is built for a reason. Sometimes respectable cars are
bought by poseurs and sometimes a car just doesn't make sense. But
many cars have their place in the world, if not in your garage.
Um, does that answer your question?
['86 Coupe GT]