||08-13-2012 02:08 AM
oh but it will. i had alot of hope for the dart and im afraid it is a flop. i went "car shopping" otherwise known as joy riding a few weeks ago with my girlfriend and we test drove the new volvo c30 t5 (this IS exactly the same car as the euro focus ST/RS), new focus ST, boss mustang, hyundai genesis, hyundai veloster turbo (the veloster is a hell of a car for the money), dodge challenger SRT-8, dodge dart, VW jetta GTI, honda civic Si, and probably a couple that im forgetting. by far my favorite car was the volvo. the car makes sense in every way. its safe, its roomy enough for 4 adults at 6 feet tall and 200lbs to comfortably ride in and its a hatchback so you can fold down the back seats and make alot of room in the rear. the car screams and you can get an optional factory tuning package for another grand that bumps the power from about 225 to 280. and the car drove like it was on rails. it stuck to the road like someone superglued the tires to the ground. but it also costs $30,000 and you cant find them used because the people who can afford them want to keep them because they are that good.
my least favorite by a mile was the dart for the same reasons you said. it drove like a boat, my poor old beat up, frankenstein's monster of a focus could outrun it without having to push past 4500rpm i bet. i was cramped and uncomfortable. there just isnt room for anything and the car makes no sense. its like a sports car that isnt sporty. no functionality and no performance. the one i drove wasnt a turbo tho.
but if i had to pick a single car that i would personally buy if i were to buy one new... it would have to be the hyundai veloster turbo. $21k is what i talked them down to just to see if they would come down. the car is a hatchback. it makes over 200whp but its very light so it moves very well. it handled very well also. the car is very comparable in interior space and comfort to a first gen zx3 focus except that it has a door on the passenger side only that opens to the back seat. the car has every conceivable safety feature, it has a 100k mile 10 year warranty on the drivetrain that follows the car, not the first owner so you can buy one used and still have the warranty. the warranty isnt voided if you upgrade the intake or exhaust but they dont like tuning or upgrading the turbo. but the salesman said it is very simple to reflash the computer and change the turbo lol. he popped the hood for me and sure enough it looks like it might take 15 minutes to pull the turbo off. my only gripe about the car was that it has an open differential and wheel hops like a son of a gun if you take off spinning.
i damn near bought that car even though i was just out joy riding that weekend.