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Postby Sergei82 » Wed, 29 May 2013 2:47 pm

Wd40, I don't see any Lamborghini on that photo!


Hmm... you edited the post already...

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Postby Wd40 » Wed, 29 May 2013 2:59 pm

Yeah, sorry, I am doing it for the firsttime, i.e uploading an image in another site and referencing its URL here.

1st time when I did it the size was too big and finally got it right.

I mentioned this before this forum is still working on ancient technology, but X9200 wont agree with me :)

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Postby nakatago » Wed, 29 May 2013 3:28 pm

Sergei82 wrote:Another Singaporean fetish: what is the point of having a sports car in Singapore that make A LOT of ear-damaging noise??? You can't drive fast in Singapore, you can only make noise - that's it! Idiotically ridiculous...


This. A thousand times this.

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Postby zzm9980 » Wed, 29 May 2013 3:31 pm

nakatago wrote:
Sergei82 wrote:Another Singaporean fetish: what is the point of having a sports car in Singapore that make A LOT of ear-damaging noise??? You can't drive fast in Singapore, you can only make noise - that's it! Idiotically ridiculous...


This. A thousand times this.


What's the point of any sports car here, ear-deafening or dead silent? Just a status symbol. You can't drive fast anywhere south of the causeway, and of the people I've met here 99% of them would be scared shitless to drive a nice car to Malaysia.

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Postby nakatago » Wed, 29 May 2013 3:38 pm

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nakatago wrote:
Sergei82 wrote:Another Singaporean fetish: what is the point of having a sports car in Singapore that make A LOT of ear-damaging noise??? You can't drive fast in Singapore, you can only make noise - that's it! Idiotically ridiculous...


This. A thousand times this.


What's the point of any sports car here, ear-deafening or dead silent? Just a status symbol. You can't drive fast anywhere south of the causeway, and of the people I've met here 99% of them would be scared shitless to drive a nice car to Malaysia.


A sports car is for thrills. And showing off while getting your thrills. Otherwise, it'll be like those people who buy really nice couches but have them wrapped in plastic. They just want to be able to say they have something but not truly enjoy what that something is for.

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Postby Wd40 » Wed, 29 May 2013 5:58 pm

Sorry I dont get it. You can still go on expressways upto 90 kms/hr and normal roads upto 60 kms/hr and its not the speed that matters, its the 0-60/ 0-90 in ?? Secs that matters :)

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Postby zzm9980 » Wed, 29 May 2013 6:33 pm

Wd40 wrote:Sorry I dont get it. You can still go on expressways upto 90 kms/hr and normal roads upto 60 kms/hr and its not the speed that matters, its the 0-60/ 0-90 in ?? Secs that matters :)


Have you ever driven a high performance car like that? I have, quite a few. 90km/hr would be mid-range RPM second gear on most of the Ferraris or Lamborghinis, etc, driving around here. You'll have fun for less than 3-4 seconds, then have to let off. There is no enjoyment in driving those cars around at low speeds on the roads here. What is fun is sustained spirited driving through curves and along scenic roads.

Here, this is what we'd do for fun a few times a month back when I lived in California:

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The Gallardo is about 5 years old, and the Ferrari about 7. Sadly my Honda Fit is now 5 years old, but costs more here than either of those do in California :(

But even that cheap, I only had a 'lowly' S2000 :P
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Postby nakatago » Wed, 29 May 2013 8:08 pm

Wd40 wrote:Sorry I dont get it. You can still go on expressways upto 90 kms/hr and normal roads upto 60 kms/hr and its not the speed that matters, its the 0-60/ 0-90 in ?? Secs that matters :)


I haven't driven a sports car like zzm above but if I want a rush that short, I'd get on thrill rides. If I know I have a car that can go fast, I'd want to drive it as long as a drive is feasible.

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Postby Wd40 » Wed, 29 May 2013 8:37 pm

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Wd40 wrote:Sorry I dont get it. You can still go on expressways upto 90 kms/hr and normal roads upto 60 kms/hr and its not the speed that matters, its the 0-60/ 0-90 in ?? Secs that matters :)


Have you ever driven a high performance car like that? I have, quite a few. 90km/hr would be mid-range RPM second gear on most of the Ferraris or Lamborghinis, etc, driving around here. You'll have fun for less than 3-4 seconds, then have to let off. There is no enjoyment in driving those cars around at low speeds on the roads here. What is fun is sustained spirited driving through curves and along scenic roads.

Here, this is what we'd do for fun a few times a month back when I lived in California:

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The Gallardo is about 5 years old, and the Ferrari about 7. Sadly my Honda Fit is now 5 years old, but costs more here than either of those do in California :(

But even that cheap, I only had a 'lowly' S2000 :P


By that logic, then you shouldnt have any cars in Singapore more than 1.6 Ltr engine. The BMWs and Audis too are way more capable than what people get out of them here in Singapore.

What about the R1s and hayabusa's then? :o

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 29 May 2013 8:56 pm

I reckon this is the only sports car needed in Singapore

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Postby zzm9980 » Wed, 29 May 2013 11:04 pm

Wd40 wrote:By that logic, then you shouldnt have any cars in Singapore more than 1.6 Ltr engine. The BMWs and Audis too are way more capable than what people get out of them here in Singapore.

What about the R1s and hayabusa's then? :o


In your quest to be extreme, you actually hit on a valid point. See all of those BMW 520s, 320s, Benz S330s? Well in the US, you'd be hard pressed to find a BMW 5-Series under a 4.0 liter V8, a 3-Series under an inline six turbo, or an S-class benz under a 5.0 liter V8. They exist, but they don't sell many at all. And the smallest engine options are still much larger than the most common engine options here. The reason? Because it really just isn't needed here.

If I decide to stick around for more than the short term (likeliness decreasing daily), I already decided I'd wind up with a 316i. More than sufficient merging power and acceleration for Singapore, with sufficient umph to deal with Malaysian highways too. Honestly, my Fit is enough for Singapore. It's the 5-speed with 1.5l engine, so a bit peppier than the normal fit, but the way most people drive here like they're peddling the car manually, I have no problem down shifting and having sufficient power to merge.


Liter bikes (or 1.3 liters in the busa's case) *are* overkill for Singapore. Hell, they're overkill in the US half the sport bikes are R6s or CBR600RRs. I used to ride an SV650S personally, which I've noticed there aren't any of in Singapore. And again I attribute that to the speed not being needed here which is why you see so many small displacement bikes. Funny enough, anything under a 600CC sport bike or a 750CC anything else is a "girls" bike in the US. Or OSOD's Harley Sportster heh.

What happened to OSOD anyway?

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Postby zzm9980 » Wed, 29 May 2013 11:12 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:I reckon this is the only sports car needed in Singapore


I agree 100%. That is the perfect car for Singapore, its looks perfectly personify the masculinity of this island. Right JR8? :lol:

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Postby x9200 » Thu, 30 May 2013 5:42 am

zzm9980 wrote:
sundaymorningstaple wrote:I reckon this is the only sports car needed in Singapore


I agree 100%. That is the perfect car for Singapore, its looks perfectly personify the masculinity of this island. Right JR8? :lol:

Some middle-size / longer furniture from Ikea won't fit. Ferrari and Lamborghini are better, because they are more flat at the back part so you can fix it there.

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Postby ScoobyDoes » Thu, 30 May 2013 9:47 am

zzm9980 wrote:
Have you ever driven a high performance car like that? I have, quite a few. 90km/hr would be mid-range RPM second gear on most of the Ferraris or Lamborghinis, etc, driving around here. You'll have fun for less than 3-4 seconds, then have to let off. There is no enjoyment in driving those cars around at low speeds on the roads here. What is fun is sustained spirited driving through curves and along scenic roads.

Here, this is what we'd do for fun a few times a month back when I lived in California



Wow, complain about everything THEN bring up the US as an example of how to do it where the bulk of speeds limits are 50mph? Top Gear's American road trip even found a superb road at 30mph.

Sorry but by all logic, that's illogical where at least from Singapore there is always the option of heading to Malaysia, where many do go....hunting in packs for safety. Of course, there is a lot of time spent at Sepang as well but that's a different discussion.
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Postby Hannieroo » Thu, 30 May 2013 9:51 am

This is what I never get about muscle cars. Why even bother with a car that's faster than the speed limit? I had a v8 and I loved her but she didn't need 5 litres. The only time it comes in handy is if you are first at the lights and need to change lanes.


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