Re: [DML] Sports car or GT
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Re: [DML] Sports car or GT

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, mike.griese@... wrote:
> It's a little unfair to compare a new very high-tech sports car to
> one that is 25 years old and based on technology that is even older.
> The Elise is a stunning handling car.  NOTHING else on the road
> compares - for any money.  And with only 190hp in a 1900lb package, 
> you really understand what weight does to kill a car.

I agree. You can't compare 25-35+ year old DMC-12 technology to a
modern Elise. Still, it does not mean the DMC-12 is an overall poor
handling car. It handles well.

> In my mind, the DeLorean is more of a grand touring car than a
> sports car.  The main reasons is that it is underpowered compared 
> to cars in era, and it is generally heavier, which doesn't help 
> handling.
> Lotus did a reasonable job getting the car to turn,  but to really 
> know what a backbone frame is capable of delivering in terms of 
> handling you need to spend some time in a Europa or an Esprit.
> The DeLorean is decisively ponderous compared to those cars

I will agree with this as well. It will, however, out handle a stock
late C3 Vette. I know because I had a '79. My Vette had far more
horsepower, but it was best to keep it in a straight line. My D is
more nimble than my Vette ever was. It was also up to 700 lbs lighter
than a C3.

> Simply put, the DeLorean is a better grand touring car than it is
> a sports car.

I said the DMC-12 is a sports car. I never said it was great at being
one. It is a great car, but not due to how it performs. I can also
agree that it can fit in the role of a grand touring car very well,
even though it is not one. It's a sports car, not a grand touring car,
but it's more useful as a grand touring car than it is a sports car.

One of the things I have to tell my Vette buddies when they urge me to
try and mod my DeLorean into more of a performance car is that my D is
a lover, not a fighter. I use the car as a "cruiser", not a track toy.
If I want high performance, I'll get a C5.

Dan W.
VIN 16192

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