On the road: spotting and pondering

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Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis concept
Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis concept

If you’re like me, a complete car nut, then the chances are you see or feel something while on the road that makes you stop and think – be it a complete car or just a small and intricate detail of a part of one.

I’ve spent a lot of time driving on motorways recently, and my idle observations – some general, some specific – have brought a few things to the forefront of my mind, like:

For me at least, the looks of the Range Rover Sport seem highly dependent on spec. Boggo cars – if you could ever call even an entry-level Range Sport one of those – sometimes look a bit odd, as do the Premiership footballer spec big-wheeled, body-clad Cheshire chariots.

If it were me, I’d go for one somewhere in the middle – maybe a nice TD V6 HSE with conservative wheels.

Aston Martin DB9
Aston Martin DB9

I’ve seen a lot of Aston Martins recently. Maybe it was just the stretch of Tarmac I was on – business park city, on the M4 just outside of Reading – but in around five miles I saw three DB9s, a DBS Volante, a V8 Vantage and a new Vanquish.

You can now pick up an early DB9 for under 30 grand, so the more accessible they are, the more they get used, possibly?

Renault Laguna Coupe
Renault Laguna Coupe

The Renault Laguna Coupe is a great-looking car.

The Nissan Juke, well…

Some motorway drivers’ speed control is awful. Dialing my car in at 70mph on cruise control proves it.

Would turbocharging the Toyota GT86/Subaru BRZ ruin the immediacy and power to grip balance of the standard car?

Toyota GT86
Toyota GT86

Old BMWs are ridiculously cool – this judgment was provoked by the appearance of an E38 740 Li in my wing mirror that proceeded to waft by me serenely in the outside lane.

Should Audi et al. be worried about brands like Hyundai within the next decade?

Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis concept
Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis concept

Why do the ECUs of many modern cars stop you left-foot braking when you’re on the throttle too?

These are just a few of the thoughts that flashed through my head recently, some of which I pondered more deeply than others. I’m sure following my next motorway slog there’ll be some more to add to this list.

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