Monday, August 29, 2011

Four-Seater Supercars

I'm not sure when it became popular to own a Ferrari, Porsche, or Aston Martin with four doors, but it's a trend that I think is going to die out quickly.  People don't go out and buy a $300,000 supercar with enough room to seat a family unless they really have nothing left to do with their money.  If I bought a Ferrari, you better believe I'd be getting a 599 GTO or a 458 Italia, not the incredibly ugly attempt at a four-seater known as the Ferrari FF.  That just goes against everything the Ferrari name stands for!

    I think the big problem here is that the great automotive companies like Aston Martin and Porsche have deviated from the path they have followed for so many years.  They now cater more to the rich and famous rather than the successful car enthusiasts of the past.  I doubt you'd ever see Roger Penske hopping into a Porsche Panamera.  It's a celebrity's vehicle.  This goes back to what I've said about many companies getting rid of manual transmissions.  Our world as a whole cares less about performance and more about accommodations and high-class luxury.  How does the Ferrari FF stack up against a Ferrari F50? It doesn't.

    The German and Italian supercar companies that create all of the dream cars we know and love today need to get back to their roots.  Nobody in their right mind is going to go out and buy the Bugatti Galibier or the Aston Martin Rapide and gloat about how it is better than the Veyron or the DBS.  These companies are targeting an extremely small group of consumers that are interested in their version of a glorified minivan.  Forget about them.  If they want a Ferrari, they should be buying a 458.

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