QOTD: What Makes You Shrug?
June 11th, 2021 5:46 PM Share
I told y’all on Friday that while the Ford Maverick might be a great truck, I can’t get too excited about it for whatever reason.
And now, it’s your turn.
You can make this about cars currently on the road, or about recent or upcoming launches — what vehicle excites others but makes you shrug? Are you indifferent to the forthcoming Bronco? Maybe the Maverick’s rival, the Santa Cruz? Something else?
To be clear, I mean “indifferent”. As in just not too excited or upset. This isn’t about a car you hate or don’t like or wish didn’t exist. This is merely about those models that create buzz on Twitter like cicadas — the kind of buzz you’d wish would just shut up (also like with cicadas).
Sound off in the comments below.
Published June 14th, 2021 10:00 AM
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Would it be fair to say "Hellcat"ing all the things made me shrug? Is that too old hat. I never understand the need for obscene amounts of power. I recently picked up my Mazda3 Turbo and, honestly, anything more powerful would be wasted on me. I finally understand the ease of acceleration that comes with turbos; 195 or so torques available from 1100 rpm at least per automobile-catalog dot com.
Things that make me go "meh": - Supercars. I don't have the time or money to take my cars to the track. I buy cars to drive on the street. There are no circumstances under which you can use performance better than about a 14-second quarter mile or a 110 mph top speed responsibly on U.S. public roads. - Mega-power versions of regular cars (Hellcat, GT500, etc.) See above. The fastest performance car that actually makes me interested is a Boxster GTS 4.0, and I'd be fine with the regular Boxster S if it had six cylinders. - Anything with four cylinders and no electric motors. The only cars that interest me at this point either have at least some level of electric propulsion or five or more cylinders. Fours perform fine these days. I just don't like the sound they make. - Burnouts and drifting. Burnouts are stupid. Drfting requires skill, at least, but I still can't get excited about it. If I'm going to watch people drive fast I'd rather watch them drive fast, as in road racing—or, better yet, rallying on public courses. Being sideways is not inherently interesting. It's only interesting if it helps you race faster. - Making off-road vehicles or pickups taller. I just want everyone's bumpers and lights to be at roughly the same height.
I'm excited about the Maverick because of one, it's a small truck and two, because of price. Trucks have become too large and way too expensive all to gouge the consumer. Manufacturers make vehicles so the consumer think they need these expensive giants.
Anything CUV or car-based SUV and anything 'infotainment.' Basically nothing interests me past model year 2003