but do you actually get the same sense of sheer fun you'd get from a Lotus or an MX-5?
The cliche-o-matic did register the inevitable MX-5 mention though...
It's a very good point about the 'usability' of a car. These days the arms race continues amongst the Germans. MB vs. BMW and Audi with 400/500bhp+ road cars - how much of that can realistically be used
On a steep uphill section of an unrestricted autobahn: quite a lot.
Tough one that.
For fuel economy and overall performance it's not a bad idea, but getting behind a fairly vocal 4 banger after possibly the smoothest and nicest sounding 6 pot sludgeburner would take some getting used to.
Think I'll keep stuffing tenners into the spare wheel well for now.