Edmunds' InsideLine.com Names Top 10 "Most Fun Vehicles"
SANTA MONICA, Calif. — September 9, 2010 — Edmunds' InsideLine.comSM, the premier automotive lifestyle publication that can be accessed via computer or smartphone at www.insideline.com, has named the ten "http://www.insideline.com/features/the-10-most-fun-vehicles.html.
"Our criteria included whether the vehicle in question could convince us to take on a car payment we really couldn't afford and whether a drive in said vehicle leaves us in a stupor after the endorphin flood recedes," wrote Senior Editor Daniel Pund.
Here, as Dan described in the article, are the vehicles "in the order that they leapt to mind:"
Ferrari 458 Italia: It is the car you would want to use to wear out a racetrack.
Mazda Miata: Every aspect of the car was designed and engineered by people who love cars and love to drive.
Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Ford's SVT unit took the whole idea of a hot-rodded pickup and turned it on its ear...and then kicked sand on it...and then jumped over it, flying with its wheels dangling at full droop like a hornet's rear legs.
Ford Shelby GT500: It's capable of doing the knuckle-dragging muscle car thing: looking menacing, sounding wicked and vaporizing its newly designed Goodyear rear tires at will. But it's also a helluva track car.
The Beater: The best-handling car is the one that isn't worth fixing and is already paid for. Its only value is that is has utterly no value.
BMW M3: Like few cars new or old, the beautifully balanced M3 has always made its operator feel like a better driver than he is.
Cadillac CTS-V: There's a muscle-car heart beating at the center of this upper-end sport sedan.
Jeep Wrangler: It's rugged, it's perfectly and simply designed to do its job well, and it's used for a sometimes dangerous, sometimes uncouth and usually fun activity.
Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupe: When you're steaming along at an absurd speed in the Drophead Coupe and the world is parting in front of you and swirling in your wake, you are having fun.
Porsche Boxster Spyder: The 2,900-pound, 320-hp Boxster Spyder and its perfectly judged chassis tuning makes all those zillion-horsepower, fire-breathing super exotics seem a bit silly and desperate.
A number of comments have already been posted in response to the list, including the following from a person who uses "weege" as his screen name: "I expected you folks to go all crazy over supercars and forget real fun like [the Wrangler.] You didn't. This website rules."
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