Is an imperfect car actually the perfect car?
As MOOG explained in the fellas' latest video (you can watch it HERE), sometimes a car needs to make way for something better. His Mk7.5211345 Golf R is a deadset weapon of a machine: fast, comfortable, reliable, practical and fairly anonymous it ticks the boxes for what many of us would consider the ultimate street car. So why do these highly acclaimed cars leave us cold?
With a 0-100km/h time of 2.8-seconds and an ability to reel off countless low-11-second quarter-mile times, yet still be reliable and comfortable enough to drive the family on an interstate roadtrip immediately afterwards, MOOG's REVO-tuned Mk7 Golf R (watch the buid HERE) is a genuine modern day tuner supercar. But does its success across so many areas of its performance actually mean it doesn't have any identity, and do we as car enthusiasts need our cars to have an element of fault in them so that they then have a personality?
MOOG's Date Night 240Z (check out the build HERE) runs a Skyline GT-R RB26DETT engine making over 300kW at the wheels, and is one of Japan's most awesome designs. It is also difficult to drive without spinning the tyres and the classic car interior isn't fun in summer due to a lack of air conditioning. On top of this it isn't easy to park with no power steering and it is quite loud, plus there really isn't a boot (or trunk, for the Americans reading this) so it's as practical as a screen door on a submarine... and yet this car is loved by everyone who drives it.
MOOG's JDM, VTEC-swapped Mini (check it out HERE) is probably his all-time favourite car, despite it being one of the least practical or sensible cars in the MCM fleet. Psychologists and other Very Smart People have, in the past, suggested that when an inanimate object like a car has flaws we tend to build an attachment to it, because a machine's flaws give it a human-like quality we associate with as we recognise our own faults and flaws.
So, is the Golf R actually the perfect daily, and the worst car we could have as a long-term machine to love and pour our hearts and souls into? Should we keep a spot free in our garages for some unreliable, overpowered, impractical nugget that tugs at our heartstrings? Or should we just buy Evos?