Buying a fast car to drive slowly
Is it really worth it? Maybe it is...
Well, it's been a while, but I'm finally back!
During my extended hiatus, I stumbled upon a strange concept that I haven't really thought about before in such an in depth way: Most of the world's car enthusiasts (who buy a fast car) then proceed to drive it slowly. Let me explain what I mea.
I used to live next to a fellow car enthusiast. I remembered how cool his car was (Something to the tune of a Holden Commodore SS V Redline), and how a friend of his owned a Mercedes SLS AMG. I was lucky enough to go for a ride in said SLS once, and all I remember is the sheer power it possessed. As we powered down the not-so-quiet-anymore streets of my suburb, something dawned on me; what does he do with this car all day? While the prospect of dailying it would be cool, I later realised this would not be feasible.
The question still remains; what DID he do with his SLS all day? Sydney isn't really known for it's racetracks, and Bathurst is too far away for a regular visit to be logical. Adding to the curiosity is that he recently sold the SLS, which leads me to believe that he eventually stumbled upon the same question as me.
When you come to think about it, the use cases for supercars as "cars" are few and far between if you intend on using them everyday. You can't really use them for shopping runs, as the fear of the Mitsubishi ASX's expedition into your driver side door looms over you. You can't really use them for school drop offs, since you'll look like a complete compensator doing so, and you definitely cannot use them for learning drivers because, well, god help you if you're even questioning that.
But there are two "everyday" use cases where the supercar can really come into it's zone.
The first is the morning commute.
You don't have to be a genius to know that morning bumper-to-bumper traffic is a nightmare for most. There is nothing redeeming about sitting in your car, next to hundreds of other people in their cars, doing absolutely nothing. Sure, you can listen to a Podcast, or catch up with a friend on a phone call, but at the end of the day, you can't put lipstick on a pig. A great way to improve this experience would be to add a nice car to the mix. The deep bellow of an idling German V8, or an Italian V12 rarely becomes boring, so if you can afford one, why not?
The second is the road trip.
Now it seems obvious, but road trips are the perfect places for supercars to really show what their capable of on public roads. Aside from the fact that most highways have speed limits in excess of 90kph (55mph), they are generally quite straight, meaning you can (in theory) put peddle to the metal, and ride off into the horizon without having to do much else in the way of steering. You might argue that this climate is more suited to Grand Tourers, but think again. The idea of a grand tourer is to have the roof down, cruising while baked in sunlight. Good luck having the roof down on the M1 Motorway. Grand Tourers are suited to winding coastal roads, desolate highways and mountain passes. Not motorways packed with other motorists.
Enticing, isn't it?
Best Supercar for the job?
So what would be the best supercar for these purposes? The answer is not definitive, rather a list of different cars that have different strengths. Cars like the Audi R8, Honda/Acura NSX, McLaren 720s are all great choices for this role - all have decent comfort, great low rpm / low speed drivability, and the backing of (with the exception of McLaren) powerful companies with years of experience in making daily drivers, who know that not everyone wants jet engines and missile launchers for a supercar - some people just want a car.
Why buy such an expensive car with such speed capability if you're only going to drive it at 60kph? The answer is inherently stupid but has a deeper meaning.
Driving a fast car slowly is actually really fun.
This may sound anomalous, but hold the line.
Flying down a highway at 275kph at 8,500RPM is not always invigorating, let alone fun. Think about how stressful it can be, maintaining control over the car, watching for other motorists, and checking that you still look good doing it. Now think about doing that everyday. That can get tiring. Sure in bursts it's a blast, but would you really want to do that every single day? No. Sometimes it's fun to enjoy a supercar at 35kph, with the rumble of the V8, ready to pounce at a moments notice. As mentioned earlier, the deep bellow of a V8 has really nice sound to it, take a listen.
Another reason you may have for buying one is to diversify. As much as some enthusiasts can cringe at the sight of a supercar with more than 20,000km on it, dailying a supercar can be rewarding, knowing that you've been there for thousands of kilometers, and disproving the idea that supercars don't work on the road, only on track. I am a huge supporter of the idea of getting your moneys worth, and using what you buy. Cars are made to be used, not stared at through a bulletproof glass window, or locked away in a garage never to be seen again.At the end of the day, if you can actually afford it, then why not?
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