Question of the Day: What's the Best Summer Vehicle?
Yesterday we discussed snow vehicles, so let's go for some contrast. I mean, it's mid-March and already the sun is shining. (Come April, I'll stop wearing socks until November.) Sure kids get murdered picking lemons off my old tree, but I love Los Angeles. I was having a beer with my neighbor last night and he mentioned that he had seen a yellow-nosed green Se7en parked on some studio lot. My pulse sped up. I know I talk about Se7ens with as much passion (and as often) as Farago mentions his Boxster S, but why on earth not? It's my opinion that if you boil the notion of "car" down to its marrow, you get a Se7en. A totally pure automobile. Of course, this weekend's question is concerned with the best summer vehicle. And it's hot in the summer, so I'll need AC. And Boxster's have AC, don't they? Real and/or aspirational, what's your fave summer steed?
It all depends on what you would like to do. An Ariel Atom for when you want to go out for a drive (we can do that in an Ariel Atom on public roads here in California). Aclose second would be a Shelby Cobra, followed by a Lotus Exige (it's nice to have AC and protection form the sun at times). A '68 Mustang with a V8, the larger the better, for the car shows and cruising around town. For camping, I still like my 58 Chevy truck. Simple to work on if anything breaks, great ground clearance, and better gas mileage than todays monster SUVs. Plus if I'm driving my 58, I've always got a good friend along even if I'm the only one in the cab.
I've gotta say, as much as I love a good sports car, in the summertime it's really all about how many friends and how much gear you can comfortably take on the road trip. To that end: Getting to the hiking trails in the Smoky Mountains: Subie WRX M5 Touring RS4 Avant For when you need to go off-road: 4-door Nissan Frontier 4-door Toyota Tacoma
Best summer vehicle ? In the winter I like my STi with dedicated snow tires. In the summer it is going to have to be (for the time being) my gixxr-600. I miss that bike so much. I was recently in Brazil riding a Honda Falcon NX4 (2006 model iirc) 400cc and it is fun, but no comparison to the gsx-r Other options I miss: My roller blades....I live next to the lake now. I really should blade more. A bicycle (miss having one.....no place to put it in this apartment). I'd really like to get one of the BMW sport/tourer bikes for my wife & I to ride, except for the price. 50-60mpg, 11-12 second quarter miles stock (IIRC) and enough luggage for a 3-5 day trip. Navigation available, heated grips...yum! For now I'll have to settle for the gixxr and my June 1100 mile, 4 day trip around lake Michigan. I am going with a few friends. Anyone in the Chicago area is welcome to come, however we have no patience for stupidness.
Sorry all. A motorcycle is the best summer car! Any motorcycle. Yeah I know this is a car site, but I love my 2 wheels too.