Now, imagine – the click of the ignition switch, and the turbo wakes up. The torque piles on tempting you to bury the pedal closer to the floor. Your heart starts quickening. You feel the adrenaline kick in. The last drops of anticipation… and you’re defying the laws of physics, flying down the track at triple-digit speeds, negotiating the curves with mind-bending G-force.
But driving fast is a thrill that few can afford. Or to put it in other words, few people can handle it. High-performance cars are not for everyone. But why are we so drawn to fast cars in the first place?
Why do we find supercars so attractive?
First, most high-performance cars are very, very expensive. An average enthusiast can only fantasize about keeping one such stunner in their garage. Only a handful of people can afford to buy a beast with a price tag of 500K or higher. And these are the people supercar manufacturers cater to.
Second, these beasts are meant for racing. Otherwise, what’s the point of driving fast cars, if you can’t bring them to the edge of their abilities? Sure, you can casually ride your Lamborghini around the neighborhood. But is it why you bought it?
Maybe it’s a “power show.” Horsepower and performance specs equal status. It is an instinct to want to show one’s worth one way or another. And what better way to do it than taking your expensive sports car around town. I have been observing this kind of human behavior for quite some time, in various countries across the globe.
And other men (and some women) just love driving fast cars for the sake of driving. It gives freedom and allows them to disconnect from the confines of the human body, become one with the car. When they hop behind the wheel, they get the instant urge to go places. For these drivers, the act of driving a fast car is a very sensory experience.
Why are men obsessed with driving fast cars?
It is not just men. If you give me one of these fast cars, I will not refuse a test drive. Just like 99.9% of the people in the US. I am a car gal. Unfortunately, there is no way to not be a car person. But that’s a topic for another post.
Now, are men obsessed with cars? With fast sports cars? I think it has to do with speed and acquiring something that feels like an extension to their personality. Most vehicles are exactly this – an extension to a character. We buy specific makes and models that match our personality, complement and satisfy our instincts.
With women, it is often perceived that their cars are an extension of their families. With men, – more of an extension to themselves. Men love cars, while what women love more is the freedom cars offer.
Are fast cars here to stay?
Although the most expensive bunch is for a small number of people out there, let’s keep it real. The car industry has taken care of all of us because they (the automakers) think we will never stop buying cars. Owning a car that won’t break your bank and drives fast is possible – check out our list of affordable sports cars.
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