What is a driver’s car ? You might be wondering.
Firstly, do understand that the definition of driver’s car varies widely depending on who you ask.
According to CarThrottle, A drivers car is a car that sacrifices very very little in the pursuit of speed. It’s a vehicle that has a very few creature comforts. The most they have usually is AC, Touchscreen, some sound insulation and a nice interior (the interior bit is optional).
According to AutoCar, a driver’s car is merely one that can be driven by anyone who has the ability to drive
And my personal favourite, from DriveTribe :
Maybe instead of trying to say what a driver’s car should or shouldn’t be, it’s best instead to think about what emotions it should invoke. It should be a car that you want to drive not merely as a tool to save your legs the walking – but something you want to drive just for the pleasure of driving;
My personal definition of a driver’s car is simple and is similar to the one by DriveTribe – it is a car that is extremely fun to drive, putting a smile on your face when you step on the pedal. You take every opportunity, or find every excuse to drive the car.
Now that is out of the way – let’s get down to serious business. Which are some of the best driver’s cars out there?
Off the top of my head :
Lotus is in the business of making lightweight sports cars – and is known internationally to make some of the best ones in the automotive world.
The Exile is a bare bones, lightweight sports cars and is a testament to the Lotus brand. In a world where performance cars are getting bigger and more complex, Lotus stands out like a gem.
With a kerb weight of just 933 kilograms, it produces a power-to-weight figure of 389bhp per tonne, a 3.3sec 0-100kmh time, 289 kmh top speed and good for 150kg of downforce 😱
Our review of the Nissan R35 GTR
You knew Godzilla was coming.
Nissan calls this the car that has been breaking the rules for decades, and is gonna continue breaking them for time to come. Branded a ‘supercar killer’ for typically half the price, I can understand the appeal of the GTR, you get supercar performance at a heavily discounted cost.
The 2019 GTR has a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 that produces a mighty 565 hp, combined with a six-speed dual-clutch auto transmission and all-wheel drive to put all that power to the roads.
Tests by various automotive journalists worldwide states the GT-R can launch itself from zero to 60 mph (100 kmh) in a mere 2.9 seconds.
The GT-R’s quick steering, rigid structure, and adjustable suspension can make even amateurs feel positively confident from behind the wheel.
BMW E92 M3
More than 10 years after it was released, and even with the new BMW M3 and M4 being released, people are still raving on about how good the E9X generation M3 was.
It’s so good, even Jeremy Clarkson said :
“The M3 is one of the most perfectly balanced machines ever created by man.”
It is a car praised by many, but loved by all, and is a benchmark in the automotive world. Enthusiasts have dissected every nut and bolt and have all come to the same conclusion, the BMW M3 is still the ultimate driving machine.
Porsche 911 GT3 RS
Honestly – all Porsche 911s look pretty much the same. But this car however, is different. What makes the Porsche 911 GT3 RS special is that it is a proper track day sports car.
The Porsche 911 GT3 is for people who value a true “race car” feel and would want to take their car out on a track day.
It is also 180 kilograms lighter than the Porsche 911 Turbo S, has more aerodynamic parts like the fender, splitters and the ginormous wing on the back. Last but not least, it has 500 horsepower coming out of a flat 6 engine (which if you didn’t know, is difficult to do since you are essentially squeezing the engine for every bit of power)
VW Golf GTI – the epitome of a hot hatch.
When you think of hot hatches, the Volkswagen Golf GTI would probably come to mind. It is the poster boy for hot hatches. The VW GTI’s engine produces 210 hp from a 2.0-liter direct inject turbo four cylinder engine.
Some even call it the best car ever made,
The VW GTI is an ideal blend of fun and practicality. It has enough space for you to send your kids to school, and has the power and handling that puts a smile on your face every time you take a corner.
If you’ve never driven a small, fast car – just get behind the wheels of one of these. I promise you’ll have the time of your life.