Top Five Features for a Driver. In this week’s installment of The Features You Want, we asked one of our professional driver friends to tell us the top five features he looks for in a true driver’s car. The list is simple, but the features have far-reaching benefits. Take a look below for the top five must-have features for those in the Driver Tribe.
- Manual Transmission — While the transmission trend leans toward automatic, a good ol’ stick shift is a must-have feature for someone who wants as true driver’s car. Sure, automatics are efficient, shift smoothly, and are great in stop-and-go traffic. But, for a driver, nothing beats that shift-it-yourself-feeling. If you dig manual transmissions and go-fast, affordable(ish) cars, check out our Focus ST reviews.
- Forced Induction Engines (i.e., turbocharged/supercharged) — Naturally aspirated engines are nice and all, but a turbo or supercharger can make the vehicle even more fun. Whether you love the sound of a loud aftermarket blow-off valve, the high-pitched whine of a supercharger, or the slam-you-against-the-seat acceleration, a forced-induction engine is a must for a driver. (Not to mention that, sometimes, turbocharged engines provide better torque and improve fuel economy.)
- Aftermarket Parts Support — If you’re in the Driver Tribe, chances are good that you’re going to continually improve the performance of your vehicle. And, the more aftermarket parts that are available, the more you can modify your ride.
- Power-to-Weight Ratio — When it comes to getting the most out of your engine’s power, a good power-to-weight ratio is super important. The lighter the car, the better it can use the horsepower and torque output. Lighter = better. (Consider this when purchasing aftermarket parts, too. The lighter the parts, the better the power-to-weight ratio, and the faster the car will be.)
- Available Sports Package — Looking for something to take to the track on weekends? Check out vehicles that offer some kind of “sports package.” This may include different features that contribute to handling and drivability — things like stiffer suspension, larger wheels, stickier tires, etc. (In lieu of a sports package, aftermarket parts, as mentioned above) are another great way to modify your vehicle to make it track-day ready.)
Did we miss a feature that you think should be on the list? Leave a comment and let us know what features you demand from a true driver’s car.
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