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I've always felt a sports car was something that made the driver happy because of the way it performed, and has no real practical use. What do you guys think?
 

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Well, it has to have decent power, and sport suspension, and somewhat sleek looks for it to be considered a sports car. A good sports car should have great all around attributes, not in just one area. The past consensus has been that a sports car must also be two doors, and can seat either 2-4 people. But the times are changing, and we are seeing 4 door sports cars coming out. (Mazda-RX8), and even three doors such as the Saturn. So what defines a sport car? I dunno, what do you guys think?

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A real sports car is an American or German made two seater - may have a back seat but only a chihuahua could fit - 8 roaring cylinders - stick shift and enough horespower to make you grow 3 inches on accel from a stop! Only my opinion
 

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Oh yeah, stick shift. Everything about it has to be beefier too, the engine, transmission and all have to be stronger. Steering has to be right too, I don't care how fast a sho is, if it steers like my mom's taurus its out of the question, but thats my opinion at least. Ergonomics has to be right too, that means things like the radio and air conditioning low down so its not distracting you while your driving. The seats should support you, not be a lazy boy. It also needs a cool name, and should have a good sound to the engine and exhaust.

And it should be as fast as it looks, thats important. Something they forgot in the 2nd gen eclipse rs...
 

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A real sports car is an American or German made two seater - may have a back seat but only a chihuahua could fit - 8 roaring cylinders - stick shift and enough horespower to make you grow 3 inches on accel from a stop! Only my opinion
Hey, don't forget the English, Italians, and some Japenese cars. I'm just playing with you.

Anyway look at the Subaru WRX, that one has 4 doors on it.
 

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Sorry Stacy, but the name Subaru just doesn't come to mind when I think "sports car". Not that they are a bad car! Depending on a persons wants and needs almost any car can be classified as good, but not a "sports car"
 

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I'm just saying sportscars are changing every year. 210 hp isn't bad. A poor mans sports car is what it is. If you buy a WRX you become a member in the SCCA. Trust me it's not a Jag, Vett, or a Ferrari.
 

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A true sports car must have:

1) Two doors.
2) Excellent handling.
3) A good power to weight ratio.
4) Two seats or a rudimentary back seat.
5) Rear wheel drive.
6) Preferably a ragtop.

What's not a sports car:

1) Anything that Ford has ever made as a corporation.
2) Any GM product except the Corvette.
3) Any front wheel drive vehicle.

What is a sports car:

1) Corvette.
2) MR2
3) S2000
4) Miata
5) Rx-7
6) 427 Cobra
7) GT40
8) Ferrari 308GTSi
9) BMW Z3
10) Porsche Boxster
 

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I guess I need to tell all Insurance companies that Mustangs,Firebirds, and Camaros aren't sports cars.
 

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shibashaba said:
A sports car cant be awd?
Unless it's a Porsche Carrera 4, absolutely not. Subaru's are not, never have been and never will be sports cars. Sporty maybe. Sports no.


Stacy94PGT said:
I guess I need to tell all Insurance companies that Mustangs,Firebirds, and Camaros aren't sports cars.
No. They don't think that they are sports cars. If you think so, ask for a quote on one of those, then ask for one on a Honda S2000 or a Corvette. I paid 75% more to insure my MR2 than I do my Mustang.
 

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Back in 87 when I had a Z28 they said it was a sports car, I was paying $4,200 a year in insurance. Also some of it has to do with what a car is worth, and how many are stolen in that year. I'm sure I would have paid a lot more if I had a Porshe, just because of the name.
 

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What makes a sports cars?...

351 V8,... Four doors,... 300+kw (402+hp) going by the name of AV GTHO Falcon... :wink2:
 

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The Subaru WRX is not 210hp, it's 227! The torque is around 210. It's not a weak car! I test drove one and that turbo blew me AWAY! I'm calling it a sports car even though it's got four doors, it's the only exception. Think about it, all-wheel drive, turbo, sport tuned suspension, 16 inch rims, foglights, momo steering wheel, carbon fiber interior, intercooler directly under the hood scoop...... yeah I'd call it a sports car. :)
 
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