Unpopular Carpinions/Discussion: What is currently your favorite car and why?
In an age of dividedness, it's time to unite and share in some love.
Gather around, kids. From Zoomers to Boomers alike, all are welcome. It's been a while since I've hosted a friendly discussion here on DriveTribe, and it's time for not just another, but one focused on love and positivity. You know. Hippie shit. Share with the community what your favorite car currently is and explain why. Give us insight on what makes it so special from your perspective, and see what others have in mind for their idyllic garage. Allow me to lead.
My Favorite: 2016-2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
Bidding farewell to the one-hit wonder that stood ready to take on the world.
This was an easy pick, at least for now. I had always grown up loving Mustangs as a kid, but at the same time, my wandering mind was equally invested in Asian and European metal, cars that have always had dynamism leagues ahead of almost anything from the States.
By the early 2010s, America were showing a verve for cornering prowess with cars like the Camaro ZL1 and Mustang Boss 302 which had apexes in mind and M3s as rivals. By the latter half of the decade, Ford had fully realized their goals for a world-class sports car with the wonderfully manic and exuberant Shelby GT350.
Over five model years and a mid-cycle refresh, there seemingly wasn't a single human being alive who couldn't vibe with the Voodoo motor and all its 8,200-RPM raucousness or the capable chassis that threatened benchmarks from overseas. If it didn't win some magazine comparison, it was often up there on podiums being acclaimed for giving the burly Detroit pony car credit as a driver's car worthy of competing on the global stage alongside wildly fierce competition.
"The GT350 is like the American exchange student in Europe who spent his after-school hours hanging out with the E92 M3 kids and picking up a behavioral trait or two," I described to my friend, Gavin, as we raved about high-revving engines.
Is it a perfect car? No, absolutely not for reasons either specific to the GT350 or inherent across all Mustangs, but even so, it stands as my personal favorite for now. I'd like to believe I've driven a fair amount of wickedly fun cars, but the Shelby stands as one of the few to have successfully brainwashed me into wanting one to call my own.
Honorable Mention: 2013-2019 Fiat 500 Abarth (Yes, really.)
With the soul of a Ferrari and the shout of a WRC car wrapped up in a cutesy city car body, what's not to love about a Fiat 500 Abarth? It's greatly compromised by the mere fact that it's still a sub-sub-subcompact car underneath, but you can't fault its efforts to be the most dynamic and spunky little city runabout it can be.
They're decently quick-ish and boast acceptable handling for what they are, and a passionate fanbase and turbocharged MultiAir engine mean they're highly-tunable platforms. Biposto build, anyone? Later models included digital gauges and a uConnect touchscreen for added modernity, but older models are more abundant and usually trade hands for five shillings and a peanut butter and crack sandwich.
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I've driven a few, and even my dad briefly had one as the best impulse buy he ever bought. Like the GT350, they're not perfect. In fact, it's probably the most compromised enthusiast car to ever launch within the last decade and has always lived in the shadow of things like the Ford Fiesta ST. I didn't care. Neither did my dad and neither did many owners. It's just that freaking fun.
So what are your personal favorites and why do you like them? Share with the community below, and we'll see you in the comments! Anyone who says the Dacia Sandero for the millionth fucking time on this site will be ostracized, reported for harassment, and subsequently banished to Ohio.