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Sportcars! Sportcars?

In former times, 20, 30 years ago, there have been 3 and a half sportcars on the roads. A Ferrari, a Porsche, a Lamborghini and a Corvette.

A Range Rover was build for hunters, a slow 4 wheels drive car with a big trunk for dead deers and pheasants. A Mercedes S class for old directors, driving bad and not too fast. A Volkswagen for the standard people, a Golf (rabbit) for single and couples and and a Passat for the typical family father.

Today each car is mutating to a sportcar. You find a Mini Cooper Works with 211PS a Golf with 250, a Passat with 300PS, a Cayenne, a follower of the Range Rover with 510, a Mercedes E class estate with 514. Everybody wants to be a racer. But we forget the sense of the cars. Why should a Cayenne run more than 170km per hour (it is able to go more than 270!)? A Mercedes estate 300? A little Golf 260? But why? 90% of the year we are driving slow on bad roads. There is no fun to drive a deep hard Passat with 300PS.

On the German Autobahn a Golf is following a Porsche easliy meanwhile.

Where are the soft, calm and peaceful cars? And we? Who is a real good driver, who is owner of a race license?

The development is scaring me.
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not following you on this one im afraid.
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The developement of the automobil industry is walking the wrong way, I believe. We are writing the 21st century, we are talking about electric cars or cars with alternative engines, about CO˛ control. We are talking about automatic breakes and distance control. About safe cars and good air, but in the same time, a lot of cars are build with more than 500PS. And just for carrying 4 persons and 3 suitcases to the airport. Some sportcars are charging the environment just a little, but too much?

Stop!

My answer will be political more and more. Please delete this thread.
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Times are changing the good old days are gone. Most cars today are faster than any of the cars from my time. The horse power/speed race is on again but this time the gas mileage is better.
Over here most people with a drivers license figure they are race car drivers.
All cars seem to make a sport edition or GT version even Ford Escorts.
These car are not SPORT CARS in the true sense of the word.
Don't know where this will all end up.
Sport utility vehicles that can do 145mph guess they want the hunters to get to the hunt faster doesn't make sense to me either.
Station wagons that go 0-60 in 6 seconds maybe to get the ice cream home before it melts?
Anyway even though we get passed by 4 tons of metal with 4 wheel drive six kids (watching a movie) mom doing make-up and dad talking on a cell phone and rover in the back barking they all look at us and wish they could have our car.
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But these are generally the high range models that are much more expensive while the more bulk models are always the cheaper less powerful .

They are just catering for the market. A guy who in his mid 20's and single has a little golf gti he loves to race around in. 5 years later the 2nd kid is on the way and he has to swap cars. He wants a car he can use practically for the children and all their things while also have a little fun in, when he's alone nipping out down into the countryside. I feel a little differently, Sportscars are not what they once were. A McClaren f1 or xj220 are much more cars than the new supercars of today.

What would you like to see? personal I think every family should have an estate car and a sportbike for the man.

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Estate Car = FX45
No Bike = SORRY
Sport CAR = SLK350
Hows that easty
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