Matt Prior: Modern cars are too effective for their own good


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Yes, our man would like cars to get a bit worse - a bit lighter, narrower and therefore more fun to drive I want cars to become more dangerous. Well, obviously I don’t, but that’s the uncomfortable natural conclusion of the argument I’m about to make. Modern sports cars are too fast for the road. Nothing particularly controversial there, I don’t think. “APorsche 911 Turbo’s limits are only attainable under conditions of total brain fade on the road,” we once said. Was that recently? About one of those big ones whose power output starts with a six? Hmm. Much as I would like to think that ‘during my lifetime’ counts as recently, it was in December 1978 – when the 911 Turbo’s engine had recently been uprated to a whopping 300bhp. Today, a maker of hot hatchbacks will barely bother getting out of bed to produce one with 300bhp. TheHyundai i30 N has a little less than that, which in some quarters makes it deficient. Yet recently I drove one on an autobahn at an indicated 170mph. In that

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