Cars, we need to talk about your future

This week a somewhat frightening thought popped into my head. We live in a world with some pretty established classics. We have 60s Stangs, 70s Corvettes, basically any M from the 8os. From E-Type Jags to old SLs to GTOs there are many to chose from.

There are two very, very important questions that need to be asked. First of all, what is going to happen to these classics. Even the first cars, model As and such are still around. Will they ever be extinct? Will there be a day when they are gone? Granted, the greats will live on in some museum, but car people don’t like museums. We like to drive and experience the cars, not just look at them (though we do like to look at them, just not only look at them).

I really don’t want to think of the day when the Mustang dies, or when there are no more Alfa’s broken down on the side of the road. Yes, classic cars aren’t practical, and sometimes, when compared to modern cars, inferior, but they are part of a culture and a history that needs to be kept alive. I don’t want to be on my rocking chair one day explaining what M meant for BMWs back when they existed,  I want to show him how to drive mine.

The second important question: What will the future classics be? In 2050, what car will I see a youngster driving to which I give a nod of respect? Will all these complex electronics stand the test of time? It’s a very scary thought. When you have a car like the 458 which, without electronics, probably wouldn’t move, you have to wonder what will happen with time.

Maybe someday I will make a list, I don’t know, I’m still too scared. And who knows, maybe Orwell and Rand and these other guys are right and someday I will be driving my Carmobile and all culture will be lost. Or maybe we will live in a mad max-esque post-apocalyptic wasteland where we drive jacked-up BA-Mobiles.

I’m scared.

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Road test: BMW E46 M3

APPEARANCE

Exterior: I love BMWs I have relations with quite a few thanks to my enthusiast friends. They are great cars, well made and excellent to drive. But their exterior designer isn’t exactly creative. Yes, the M3 is sharper than a regular 3 series. It has big ol’ shiny wheels andImage chiseled features. Despite this the M3 is still nothing special. If you look at it from the front it definitely has some fierceness to it. The headlights are blinding and it has the classic kidneys on the grill that let you know you’re dealing with the Bavarians. I also have always thought that soft tops look a bit weird. Hard tops are definitely better looking. With Bimmers like this, it’s like a black suit; you look professional, you may even look good but you’re not going to stick out in the crowd.

Business as usual, leather stuff, electric stuff, but the stuff works and will forever.

Business as usual, leather stuff, electric stuff, but the stuff works and will forever.

Interior: The inside is truly a nice place to be (unless your in the back, but I’ll get to that later). It has fancy illuminated dials and easy-to-use features; body hugging seats made of high quality dead cow skin; even some Steve-Jobs-style brushed aluminum on the doors. Once again, it’s all business. It’s designed to do its job and do it well: nothing more nothing less.

PERFORMANCE 

Engine: This is where the Bimmer loosens its tie a little bit. This is a piece of art. It means business but it’ll make you giggle. The acceleration will put a smile on your face. Driving this car is a pleasurable experience you leave it a happier person overall. You have a lot of power at the disposal of your right foot and it is truly something you need to be careful with, but when used correctly, it’s magical.

Handling: This may be the best part. Being Jeep driver I am used to horrific steering, but in this you are so planted and there is so much grip. Corners I normally had to brake for I now find myself accelerating through , it’s a much better way of handling corners. Really is.

PRACTICALITY 

Ability to be lived with: This car is comfortable; the suspension is not too hard. It’s fun to drive; it’ll make your commute to work or anywhere else a little bit better. An M3 everyday? Yes, please.

Economics: This is a performance car, its not made to break any MPG records. It doesn’t have a hybrid engine; it has a large supercharged dinosaur-bone-burning engine. This car burns fuel and it does it well, but not in respects to your wallet. Its got a big gas tank and a thirsty engine. If your keeping baby polar bears in mind when buying a car then you may want to check out a different market.

If you are one of those people who have feet it might be a bit difficult to get in back here.

If you are one of those people who have feet it might be a bit difficult to get in back here.

Backseats and Trunk: Once again: performance car. Not a soccer mom car. Honestly; the back seats are bad, all 5’10” of me really has trouble both getting back there and being comfortable. The trunk on the other hand is good. Some rear leg room may have been compromised so the execs that are supposed to buy this car can fit their golf clubs in the back.

All joking aside this is a great car. It’s a driver’s car, but if you’re a driver, you won’t want anything else for the rest of your days.