I watch car reviews on yootoob and sometimes I can't help but be curious if new car 'quirks & features' are all that worthwhile. If all the fancy functions and launch controls are worth it?
Call me a bit old skool and cynical, but newer cars come at a major cost (not just financially, but complexity and longevity):
direct injection build up and upgrade/replacement costs
infotainment systems that age like milk
gearboxes designed for 0-100kmh numbers
no room in engine bay to adequately troubleshoot/fix/upgrade anything
built to the most stringent emission laws, resulting in inefficiencies and compromise
ugly c pillars and low bonnets resulting in all cars looking like mazda 6's
different driving modes which alter everything and make aftermarket support limited
engine noise coming through speakers with no option to disable
crappy tyres and wheels that buckle or blow out multiple times a year
complexities and specific tools mean you're at the mercy of dealerships
The only newer car I've ever driven is my 2018 work vehicle. And it's pretty barebones. So is it just me?
Do I need to drive some of these newer cars to be swayed? Am I just burnt from owning 90's cars where HICAS is a safety hazard, not a feature? And GTR AWD plus twin turbo makes them soul-sapping to work on? And 'Power' or 'Eco' buttons don't actually do anything anymore? Am I too skeptical that allthese newer 'quirks & features' will ultimately break and can't be repaired? I mean, it took like 15 years and $100k pricetag for R34GTR to get a replacement screen for the G's & boost.
The only newer cars (for weekend use) that even tempts me is Lexus F models. NA V8, comfy, sound, dual injectors to reduce direct injection build-up, relatively reliable and solid aftermarket support.
Lexus LC500 is still new and pricey, GS F has some flaws and still heft pricing, RC F is small and heavy for it's size.