The Most Fun Cars To Drive ?

The Most Fun Cars To Drive ?

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redgriff500

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21,167 posts

226 months

Sunday 26th September 2010
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These days everything seems to be getting heavier and so fast that you can't use half the performance on the road without risking a ban.

What are the most fun cars to drive on the road ?

Standard cars, new or used, below £15k

The first ones that come to my mind are:

MX5
Puma
Mk2 Golf GTi
205 GTi
Elise (although really its limits are too high for road use really)
Original Mini
E30 M3

I'm struggling to think of many modern hot hatches that are fun, I had an Integra R and whilst I could see it would be a good track car it was infuriating to drive on the road as you simply couldn't access its power.

Many like the Megane 225 are very quick but I didn't find myself going the long way home.




r1ch

2,422 posts

159 months

Sunday 26th September 2010
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My 205 gti is fun to drive, i'd say the Clio 172/182 etc are fun modern hatches, like a modern 205.

Jasandjules

65,750 posts

192 months

Sunday 26th September 2010
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MK1 MR2.

surrey7er

3,875 posts

232 months

Sunday 26th September 2010
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Caterfields/furys/atoms etc must be in with a shout?

I bet v8 cobra reps are fun too!

mat13

1,975 posts

144 months

Sunday 26th September 2010
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Anything from a hire company in spain.

Captac007

84 posts

174 months

Sunday 26th September 2010
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I have both a Porsche 996 and recently acquired Mk1 MX (costing all of £600 !).

I have to admit, i get more pleasure from driving the MX5.

MX5 Mark 1; amazing car !

Andy

RWD cossie wil

4,050 posts

136 months

Sunday 26th September 2010
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I have driven my mrs brothers puma a few times in the last few weeks, considering it has 95k on it, it is amazingly good fun to drive and very tight. I love Mx5's as well, just a pure driving experience.

The main things that ruins modern cars is weight, lots of it, and very intrusive driver aids and safty features. The one thing I do really hate is brake assist, meaning you cannot use left foot braking at all, it just cuts the engine furious Unfortunatly the days of great drivers cars are long gone IMHO, every car has to be set up for the moron that is Joe Public.


Papa Hotel

12,760 posts

145 months

Sunday 26th September 2010
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The two cars I've owned that pull the most smiles per mile are the Ford Puma 1.7 and Fiat Panda 100hp!

Neither are rapid but both can carry far more speed than you'd believe. Fiat is slower in a straight line but I feel quicker point to point on a twisting road. Puma edges it for fun and driving almost on instinct but both cars are miles ahead in the fun stakes than anything else I've owned.

vrooom

3,755 posts

230 months

Sunday 26th September 2010
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Morris minor. and any low powered car with good handling.

Ry_B

2,256 posts

164 months

Sunday 26th September 2010
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EP3 Honda Civic Type R.

Westy Pre-Lit

5,063 posts

166 months

Sunday 26th September 2010
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RWD cossie wil said:
The one thing I do really hate is brake assist, meaning you cannot use left foot braking at all.
Every time I've tried left foot braking I've nearly sent myself flying through the windscreen.....I gave up a long time ago. hehe

RWD cossie wil

4,050 posts

136 months

Sunday 26th September 2010
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Westy Pre-Lit said:
RWD cossie wil said:
The one thing I do really hate is brake assist, meaning you cannot use left foot braking at all.
Every time I've tried left foot braking I've nearly sent myself flying through the windscreen.....I gave up a long time ago. hehe
The Difficulty comes from transitioning from a clutch foot on/off to modulating gently... practice makes perfect. Lots of people will say there is no place for left-foot braking on the road, but just try it on a FWD hatch in the wet, makes the front end dig in a LOT better during a spirited drive wink, where there is no one else to upset or hit!

Ordinary_Chap

7,520 posts

206 months

Sunday 26th September 2010
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This PH car would get my vote!

http://pistonheads.co.uk/xforums/topic.asp?h=0&amp...

And sometimes I have to say slow cars can be hillariously fun to drive. When my car had some work done I get a small engined Ford KA which was amazing fun to test it's limits at low speeds.

lewis s

5,523 posts

154 months

Sunday 26th September 2010
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sawman

4,298 posts

193 months

Sunday 26th September 2010
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another vote for the mx5

but also the old AXGT was a great fun car - not sure if you could find one in one piece these days though

My morgan is worth about 15k and is great fun, in a slightly different way!

We had a puma when they first came out and that was a scream on a twisty route


y2blade

56,029 posts

178 months

Sunday 26th September 2010
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with the right frame of mind you can have fun in ANYTHING, no such thing as "dull" cars..only "dull" drivers

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RWD cossie wil

4,050 posts

136 months

Sunday 26th September 2010
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y2blade said:
with the right frame of mind you can have fun in ANYTHING, no such thing as "dull" cars..only "dull" drivers

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Very true, sad as it sounds my daily shed, an astra Mk3 1.7d paperbag is actually quite good fun to hustle!

zippyprorider

723 posts

169 months

Sunday 26th September 2010
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just bought one elise all the way, will out do everything on the road, not saying an mx5 is not fun but not is the same league in my opinion for fun but then its a diffrence price group!

Papa Hotel

12,760 posts

145 months

Sunday 26th September 2010
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zippyprorider said:
just bought one elise all the way, will out do everything on the road, not saying an mx5 is not fun but not is the same league in my opinion for fun but then its a diffrence price group!
I'd go with what someone else said earlier on the thread and others have alluded to, cars that are less capable are more fun, the Elise is too accomplished for balls-out fun on a public road. The most capable car I've had was a Clio 197, a ridiculously able machine but if I explored its limits on a public road I'd lose my licence and probably life. It is completely out-done by a Fiat Panda with half as many horses.

Sline

497 posts

161 months

Sunday 26th September 2010
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Bellow 15k TVR Tuscan hands down!!!