Nowadays, cars are all about comfort and luxury. Gone are the days where manual transmissions used to be fitted to virtually almost cars, and where luxury features such as infotainment systems, air conditioning or even seatbelts used to standard only on the priciest of vehicles. Chances are that your modern daily driver is just as comfortable as an older Mercedes-Benz model.
While the average level of comfort has definitely increased, there is a catch. Vehicles seem to rely less on the driver, being only tools to be used to move from place to another. Often times, you will be asking yourself whether you are driving a car or just using another household appliance. The fun factor of car driving seems to have disappeared in the face of technological advancements and safety. Even the most basic models of luxury car brands such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz face the same issues. Just ask any BMW or Mercedes mechanic to check the condition of your vehicle.
While it is true that most vehicles in the last couple of years have turned out to pretty boring, all hope is not lost. If driving pleasure and fun behind the wheel is what you need, why not consider buying a sports car? Although owning a sports car takes a little more patience and diligence, it can be considered as a practical proposition if you have money and time to spare to dedicate to your car’s maintenance.
Sports car production volumes tend to be quite smaller than mainstream models. Usually, they cost more to purchase, although it is possible to get smaller sports cars for the same price of a fully loaded Toyota Corolla. Sports cars tend to focus on driver entertainment first and foremost. Most of them will offer a traditional manual transmission, or a very quick semi-automatic transmission, along with a suspension system specifically tuned for handling at high speed and precise car control. You will also get a powerful engine with the package, ready to out-accelerate anything you can find on the road. All in all, a sports car is something to be seriously considered if you want something more out of your car.
Contrary to popular beliefs, most sports cars are just as reliable as your average car. The part replacements and servicing will cost slightly more, but if you take proper care of your car, it will last for a very long time. High-performance engines can be very costly to maintain, but this is the case only if you own an exotic supercar such a Ferrari or high-end Porsche 911 model, such as 911 GT3 or 911 Turbo. Even the basic Porsche Boxter or Cayman won’t be too costly to maintain if you can find a good Porsche repairs centre.
One problem associated with sports car ownership is practicality. Often times, sports cars only come as two seaters or in a 2+2 seating configuration, where the back seats are too small to use for fully grown adults. Four seater sports cars are pretty rare and difficult to find. In such cases, it might be a better idea to purchase a sports car as your second car besides your daily driver. If you cannot afford to maintain multiple cars, your choices become quite limited. But if you cannot give up on driving pleasure, try to at least buy the higher end models of regular cars, with the most powerful engine option. Chances are that they perform similar to a conventional sports car, albeit with the added practicality of a daily driver.