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Is there a point in fast cars in Singapore?

By Blogger on 04 May 2010

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Singaporeans are a pretty practical bunch. It is hardly a surprise that certain car marques associated with reliability, fuel economy and resale value dominate our best seller list. We go for the safe bet; the choice that makes sense to us numerically. And so, I am often met with a puzzled look when I explain that the most important attribute for me when car shopping is power (both bhp and torque) or when I tell people that my hobby is modifying my ride to go that little bit faster. Inevitably, the following refrain will be heard. "Fast car in Singapore? For what? Our roads are so congested and traffic lights are everywhere. You won't be able to travel much faster than my [insert choice of unclemobile]."

To them and those of you practical minded folk reading this (yes, even in a car enthusiast's forum, they exist), my answer is a firm Yes.

I personally find it strange that society can look upon practicality with such deference and respect. To me, being conventional and practical reeks of one thing - being a boring person. But I don't expect that practical folk can ever understand this and I just want them to stop being so judgmental and so insistent that their way is the only way. So here goes. This is my tongue-in-cheek list of "practical" reasons why sports cars or fast cars have a point in Singapore.

1) Some sports cars can become future classic cars. Just like art pieces, there is a chance that some day down the road, that sports car may actually appreciate in value or at the very least, retain value much better than the typical bread and butter car would. Well, I will admit that it is a bit of a gamble and not all sports cars will reach cult classic status but there is the possibility right? And isn't this just like investing in art or fine wines?

2) Powerful cars are safer. Yes, you heard me right. Powerful cars allow you to overtake more easily and more safely. Fast cars usually also come with better and grippier tyres, better safety features and better brakes. If driven sedately, I would say that such cars would probably be a lot safer than the typical bread and butter car. Now, isn't being safe a very important consideration, even for you practical folk?

3) Sports cars incentivize you to keep you healthy. You never thought this is possible but your car can have an effect on your health. Driving a sports car with a rock hard suspension is painful for those who do not keep themselves limber and fit. The hugging bucket seats mean that you must keep your weight and girth in check. And if you do not stretch regularly, I doubt you will be able to climb in and out of a low slung sports coupe. Now we are often lazy when it comes to keeping fit, so what better incentive can there be than the fact your ridiculously expensive sports car will go to waste if you didn't?

With all these practical benefits, be sure to make your next car a fast or sporty one!

Note: this is meant to be a light-hearted and humorous article, not genuine advice/opinion!

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Ferraricalifornia May 04 2010 11:14 AM
don't waste your time and money driving fast cars in singapore....

however, owning them is another thing altogether....
Msimax May 04 2010 11:54 AM
it's not so much e issue w e car. it's always e driver.

pretty immature dumb writings. wanna race?
Mustank May 04 2010 12:08 PM
must as well say drive lowlee....confirm safe
Ferraricalifornia May 04 2010 03:27 PM
drive pick-arp even better!!!
Watwheels May 04 2010 04:43 PM
There's no point in buying expensive leather handbags or expensive jewelry also what. But women care? There's a reason why these things(including cars) are called luxury items. Plus it also helps our local economy. Win-win, everybody happy.
HOUSENUMBER May 04 2010 05:02 PM
powerful car yes ! but the price oso POWERFUL
Louisprudent May 04 2010 05:41 PM
owning fastest wheels is dream of every car lover. How actually fast are the meanest machines? Get ready to know about the hottest wheels on Planet Earth!

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Viceroymenthol May 04 2010 06:01 PM
how light hearted and humurous can the article be when it isn't even funny nor entertaining?
Xspace May 04 2010 11:43 PM
Got $, I see WHY NOT?
Ferraricalifornia May 05 2010 01:36 PM
as i said, driving and owning cars is a different thing altogether....

i suppose a driver wouldn't drive his Lamborghini, Ferrari and GTR on a daily basis...

he'd drive a normal 1.6L or 2.0L sedan for that purpose....
Felipe May 05 2010 06:35 PM
Theres always malaysian roads to maximise that sports car or tracks, but yea, if kept in SG, mayb quite a waste
Blogger May 07 2010 10:50 AM
Hmm... seems like this article is attracting lots of flak. wave.gif Didn't expect so many comments. I guess many are mistaken about

To clarify - the article was meant as a satire of the way practical drivers like to list their so-called logical reasons why they bought their uncle-mobile instead of the car they really wanted. Or the way they like to point out the so-called reasons not to buy a fast car. So, the reasons are meant to be farcical and not supposed to make sense!

@Viceroymenthol - your comments are noted; with more practice comes better satirical skill, so I will be working on it. Hopefully, they get more light-hearted in future. biggrin.gif
Whyeme May 23 2010 07:52 PM
i wan a car with powerful pulling power for safe overtaking
max top speed not important
VW 1.4TSI twin charged engine is my dream :)
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