Recently we spent a week with Subaru’s diminutive rear drive coupe and we came away with a bit of insight regarding the facts and fiction surrounding the
CG-Lock (CG stands for Center of Gravity) is a fairly simple device that attaches to your seatbelt, and can be installed in just a few minutes. It acts to keep your seatbelt tight, which holds the driver or passenger firmly in place. At about $60, it costs a lot less than a racing harness, and is still comfortable and easy to use when taking grandma to the grocery store or driving clients to lunch.
Its suspension is noticeably softer than the 302, with a higher degree of roll and vertical motion. It still feels rather planted, but it requires more thought, lacking the ability to charge into a turn. The balance is impressive, and steering with the throttle is definitely a viable option. It took some adjusting, as the crisper throttle response on the Boss made this sort of technique easier to manage. There’s still plenty of feedback, owed in large part to the same heavily bolstered Recaro seats (this time wrapped in leather instead of fabric). That’s a good thing, because much like the 302, the GT is pretty devoid of feedback through the steering.
There are cheaper, quicker, more reliable alternatives to owning a Ferrari. There are other machines that look positively stunning from all angles while still delivering pure motoring brilliance. There are other vehicles that motivate drivers with endless powerbands and delicious aural soundtracks, born from the act of converting gasoline into horsepower. There are cars that deliver all the above without the need for frequent service schedules that can top $10,000 per visit; in fact some of them can even reach 100,000 miles with just some oil changes and a few sets of tires. There are many sensible, logical reasons why an auto enthusiast shouldn’t purchase a Ferrari. But for many, that’s exactly the reason why they do.
For Winding Road Issue 76, in the Under The Hood column, Editor-In-Chief Miersma recounted the week he spent piloting an Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Using an exotic sports car as a daily driver is a lottery dream for many of us, and Seyth was fortunate enough to live it (if only for seven days and 1000 miles).
About a week ago my office phone rang, with caller ID telling me that someone from Aston Martin was on the other end; I love calls like that. As it turned out, Aston PR had a V8 Vantage just lying around and wanted to know if I would have any use for the sultry coupe over the course of a week. As you might guess, it took me about four milliseconds to say, “yes.”
When I wrote my review of Dodge Charger, I pretty much raved about everything in this new car being better than the one it replaces. Except for the engine. The Pentastar V-6 just felt underwhelming in the Charger. Thankfully, our tester was fitted with a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, which cures virtually all the Charger’s accelerative ills.
The Involvement Index Awards draw near, folks, in our upcoming issue of Winding Road. We’ve already brought you our most involving American cars, all-wheel-drive cars, and the overall most involving cars per dollar. Now it’s time to take a look at the highest-rated Asian cars that we’ve driven since the inauguration of the Winding Road Involvement Index 2.0.