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The Analogue vs The Digital Cars

This is not a new debate nor is it one only argued upon in the automotive world. This article serves to show what I believe is the better choice.

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Old versus New is always an interesting debate whether you’re talking about music or cars. As the idea came into my mind a few days ago, i relentlessly pondered on it trying to have a deciding answer but discovered that this is no easy feat. Nonetheless I came up with five factors to consider and whichever bested the other would be the winner...according to Me of course. Lets get started!

Safety

Audi RS5 and Original Audi Quattro

Audi RS5 and Original Audi Quattro

With regards to safety I am not only talking about the safety of the occupants alone but the safety of others around the vehicles. Honestly this is a no brainer as modern cars are far much safer than older cars. Newer cars are built in such a way that upon a collision, the occupants stand a chance of survival thanks to crumple zones, airbags and seat belts. Preventative measures like traction control, lane keep assist and sensors that detect when a driver is unfit to drive have also ensured high levels of safety. Environmentally speaking, newer cars emit far less harmful gases whilst electric cars do an even better job as they release 0 emissions. As a result the win here goes to Digital Cars.

Fun Factor

Old and New Alfa Romeo QV's

Old and New Alfa Romeo QV's

When car enthusiasts and/or automotive journalists make this sort of comparison, they often prefer older cars mainly because the newer cars more often than not lack driver engagement and perhaps because it’s not a manual or that it has electronically assisted steering or a bunch of other modern features. Nonetheless a lot of them prefer the raw driving experience of changing gears themselves with hydraulic or no power steering and no driving aids and I agree with them. Yes back to the Basics! Fun also comes from working on your own car as well whether one is fixing or upgrading parts of it. With newer cars there is only so much you can do as the electronics are just overwhelming and can even prevent you from tinkering your ride. As a result the win goes to the Analogue cars.

Reliability

Original Range Rover and New Range Rover

Original Range Rover and New Range Rover

This might not be as clear cut as you might think as modern Range Rovers for example even though are mighty luxurious are often plagued with reliability issues whether electronically related or otherwise. Analogue cars in that regard will appear to be more reliable however, they too suffer reliability issues as things like quality control were not really a ‘thing’ back in the day (60’s, 70’s and 80’s). With all this in mind, I believe the win here goes to the Digital Cars as in spite of numerous recalls from a lot of manufacturers these days, for the most part especially when comparing to old classics, they win this round.

Relevance

Old and New Ford Mustang Bullitt

Old and New Ford Mustang Bullitt

By ‘Relevance’ I am referring to how the cars stand the test of time in terms of desirability and how much attention it manages to retain over time. 2000’s cars can be classified as modern cars as they feature primary tech we see in new models. However when you look at a W203 Mercedes C Class for instance it is safe to say that it has not aged well. This is mostly down to its tech features. Compared to the latest model it is very primitive. Older models like the 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback remain relevant because its styling cues are from a distinct period of time and with less electronics to make it look older than it actually is. Till this day, people around the world still lust over the likes of the BMW E30. That speaks volume! Some cars have even become collector’s items, like the Lamborghini Miura thus appreciating over time rather than depreciating as most modern cars do. As a result, the win here goes to the Analogue Cars.

Looks

Mercedes SLS AMG and Mercedes 300SL

Mercedes SLS AMG and Mercedes 300SL

It’s now down to the last round and it could go either way. There is no denying that the analogue cars ooze charisma. It is easy to see why as designers and engineers had a bit more freedom in developing cars that were just drop dead gorgeous. The 60 ‘s brought us the Jaguar E Type whilst the 70’s got us the Lancia Stratos HF. These are absolutely stunning examples. However, even though modern cars’ designs are heavily influenced by various regulations, absolute jaw droppers have still come from it such as the Pagani Huayra, the Rolls Royce Dawn and the Aston Martin Vanquish. As a 90’s kid, I do admire and respect the classics but I do find myself drooling over modern cars like the McLaren P1 more and as a result, The Digital Cars win this round and the overall debate.

Which do you prefer, the Analogue or Digital Cars? Let us know in the comments.

Author: Tinotenda Nyakudzuka

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Comments (6)

  • Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but older cars by and large look better. Here's why: most sedans, SUVs, minivans, hatches, whatever, look super similar. The new cars you mentioned (which do look stunning,) are all very, very expensive. You likely have to buy an expensive modern car for that "stunning" look. Old cars, like you said, ooze charisma, and they don't really age, also like you said. You don't need to find a 60s supercar to find a beauty. It could be as simple as a rusty Falcon, or even a humble Beetle. I follow your other assertions, but old cars win the debate.

      6 days ago
    • You bring a good point of accessibility of the stunners for modern vs older cars and by using that justification, it makes sense that the analogue cars win. I just so happen to like modern cars just a hair more. I appreciate your contribution...

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        6 days ago
  • Good article.

      4 days ago
  • Both have their place and I kind of have one of each for that very reason. There is an honesty to analogue cars which I like however the techno fest of modern ones are hard to ignore as they do everything. I have to have both.

      4 days ago
    • I agree here. Both have their place for a wholesome experience behind the wheel.

        4 days ago
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