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Rick's comment "It's a lot more fun to drive a slow car fast, than a fast car slow" has alot of merit. I certainly have enjoyed driving some slow, but with stick shift, cars fast. I can't say the same for fast, stick shift cars. My 1983 Scirocco didn't have a very high terminal velocity but with its' five speed and its' peppy 90 hp motor, it never failed to bring a smile to my face when I drove it! I also remember tooloing around town in my relatively big, four speed, Jags ..... nice to be seen in but not alot of fun to drive on slow city streets. For out and out fun ... today's Miata fills the bill as a "fun" slow car! Let's hope Alfa Romeo comes back on the scene with some of their less expensive gems!
 

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+1 on the Miata. Which I would only drive with a stick. Stick that up your Jeep's tailpipe, Rick.
 

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:histeric:

You two are a trip...
 

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I loved to drive my RR's briskly, especially when I was running late, which was almost always, or even just put the pedal down for the fun of it. They appear to be sedate sedan chairs but they are still European thoroughbreds under all the pomp and circumstance and will play the hussle game if you're in the mood. :)
 

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^ Yup. Same with the S-Class. It was fun to break 100 in that thing because it never seemed like it was going that fast, because it was built like a bank vault. I can only imagine how that big thing looked flying by you at speeds in excess of 100.
 

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^^^ the operative term here is "briskly" not fast, when you really stick it too these cars they once again show their compromises toward straight-line, smooth pavement alacrity ... not to be confused with real speed and agility.
 

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I get that sensation in the wagon too, I think it's just all large cars for the most part. 100+ doesn't feel or LOOK like 100+, but people move out of your way like you're going a million miles an hour.

By contrast, our Mazda 929 which I JUST took for a spin, I had it to 120 and it felt like every bit of it and more. It's a strange difference from car to car.
 

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I've never really had a small car that's fun to drive briskly, so I can't comment on how that feels. I suppose I could drive my friend's Focus ZX5 really fast down a windy road and let you know.
 

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Well the 929 (to me) is definitely small.

I'm only 5'9, and while I'm a big guy, it's EXTREMELY cramped. No tilt steering (I don't even think it was ever offered) so it's like all up in your nuts, and the car is short. I feel like I have a back ache after getting in and out of it. By contrast, the wagon is gigantic. lol
 

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I could get my brother's '96 Nissan Sentra up to 120, but I don't have four hours to spare.
 

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lol Yeah. Exactly


The 929 takes a noticeably longer amount of time to get to 100 than the wagon does. Which is very, very strange. At least, it FEELS longer. I should measure it sometime just for the hell of it.
 

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I kind of know what you mean. The only place you can really open the Z28 up is on a desereted stretch of road or on the interstate on-ramp. If you get on the loud pedal driving around town, its about two seconds before you have to hit the brakes from rear ending somebody driving the speed limit.

But man it feels glorious when you get the perfect launch, nail that 1-2 upshift and then it gets a little squirrely on you at 40mph, then you execute that perfect 2-3 shift around 80mph, throw it into 4th at 100mph, then hit the brakes and hope a cop didn't see you.
 

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I envy you. :(

Only thing is here where I live there are LOTS of stretches of open road just before my house, and it's pretty easy to hit 100+ or so without hitting traffic or ever seeing a cop (I live in a large, but sparsely populated town so cops are few and far between. :thumbsup:)

I actually thought I was a goner today in the Mazda, because I saw lights waaaay behind me and I figured I got spotted making a U-turn but that cop was just running to catch up with a firetruck headed the other direction. Scary as hell. To date I have no tickets :highfive:
 

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For my next fun car, I think a Miata is in order. I've never had anything that really handles worth a damn. You can carry a lot of speed through the corners in a 4th gen fbody, but I've never trusted them 100% from a handling perspective. I put Koni's on my old Z28, that made a world of difference in my confidence, eliminated that snap oversteer tendency when you get to the limit. Still, these things are just too damn big and wide, and no steering feel to boot.
 

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Orr, I thought I was the one that said "briskly." :) I was driving briskly this morning - spotted the state trooper in the median, slowed down, there were cars coming up fast on me, and I was doing upper 70's in a 65 zone, the trooper moved off his perch and found a customer - not me thankfully. I like moderately high speeds that I can get away with since I despise visits with law enforcement officials, especially when they are doing state or municipal revenue enhancement. :)
 

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Briskly? You mean like down a curvy, winding road while going over the speed limit in a car that makes you confident of it's abilities and not worrysome?
 
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