Discussion in 'Petrol Heads Forum' started by Calliers, Jan 14, 2013.
From the website yes, but its a render so a little artistic license I think.
American car industry have never really been much when it comes to design, with a few exceptions. This isn't one of them.
I would agree on some points, but enthusiastically disagree on others. We are not Europeans, nor have substantial interest in building anything that "looks" European. That in itself is why America is great, we rarely copy anyone.
Good or bad, its our homegrown design and we relish the chance to make our automobiles even more "American" in appearance.
There simply is no comparison.
The picture of the Volvo with a Furnace is not American.
Good work SPOCK!
to the original picture, the Corvette: UGLY!!!
So what is a beautiful sports car then?
Alfa Romeo 8C
To name but a few front-engined examples
They may not be the same ilk as the Corvette, but certainly draws the interest of collectors and enthusiasts too.
But Corvette is a Blue Collar ride with American written all over it...I can see why snob appeal makes the other cars more interesting.
It's not snob appeal that makes them interesting, at least not to me. Corvettes are fairly exotic over here anyway.
If you want a more mainstream example, I'd consider VW's Scirocco to be a better looking car (though obviously not in the same class for performance).
I also don't universally dislike the appearance of American cars (some 50s and 60s American vehicles are still very beautiful, if somewhat yacht-like), but I can't think off the top of my head of a recent American design that I find visually appealing (GT40 doesn't count because it's not a new design!).
A matter of taste then, I understand
I like the Morris Minor....
I suppose so, yes.
Hardly see any of those anymore. I've also never understood why British Leyland didn't make a V8 variant - they were producing V8s and Morris Minors at the same time, and the things have a huge engine bay
What a freakin monster such a car would have been.
I often wonder if the dislike for American Sports Car design is merely a reflection of partisan views about the origin and quality of cars in general. I think on the whole, with the exception of the german designs, is about average overall.
When I lived in the UK I owned a C class Merc, which I was very happy with. When I fancied a Mondeo with a six cylinder I actually enjoyed the experience of driving again, with the exception of B roads where I took photographs. But the most fun I had was not my Diesel Puegot, but of all things my VW Lupo...what a gem!
I suppose my taste in cars is not driven by my dream sheet, but rather my pocket book and the "neck snapping" acceleration when I stomp on the gas pedal and pop the clutch.
Think I would or could ever afford the "point A to point B" racing cars is foolish.
Perhaps I am more like Mr. Hammond and I enjoy the car that I happen to drive for all that it is...and all that it is not.
btw...had loads of fun at UK speeds with this one for years.
I drive a Seat Arosa, which is basically a badge-engineered Lupo, and it's hilarious fun. It makes less than 50bhp, but it's got skinny tyres and a light weight, and you can drive in an entertaining way without breaking the speed limit or using a great deal of fuel. It's also got a very close-ratio gearbox and pleasant sounding straight-4 engine, which helps (though not on the motorway!).
I don't think that British people are under the impression that British cars are in general superior - not anymore anyway. German and Japanese cars do have excellent reputations for quality, but imo it's easy to see why when you look at the cabin material qualities and reliability statistics.
Cabin materials...the bane of my motor driving experience. I recall an episode of Top Gear in which Jeremy points out the absolutely rubbish plastic bits on the dash of a 70k sports car. AND it was Japanese !
Yeah, I'm not surprised. I've been in Japanese cars with terrible cabins, though in general my experience of more modern Japanese cars is more positive. My experience of cabin material in Volkswagen group cars is excellent, across a fairly wide range of models and ages.
What I find alarming is that the boot has no room at all, save for a duct taped cat or two and maybe a golf bag.
If you buy a sports car for transporting stuff you're doing it wrong.
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