Finally the weather is warmer, the motorcycles are out, and the toys are coming out too.
The other day we were reflecting on what constitutes a toy at Strada. The car that usually spends its time in the garage under a cover.
Here is the summary:
Push rod V8 naturally aspirated, clutch pedal, 6 speed manual transmission, some form of positraction, well calibrated fast steering, robust brakes, sticky tires.
Lets get The Colonel involved in this conversation.
Q: Push rod V8...sounds archaic
A: Not at all push rod V8 with a Bow Tie, reasonable displacment, is not archaic at all. Its a reminder of a different time, and its a toy that awakens the emotions. The Chevy engine does the trick.
Q: Clutch pedal, why not paddle shifts.
A: No...a clutch pedal is de rigueur...its old school, it demands a level of concentration.
Q: You mean a 6 speed manual with a shifter...H pattern?
A: Precisely...with synchros that are noisy...you need the synchro sound.
Q: Positraction...limited slip, whatever...why not traction control?
A: Its a throwback to having both rear wheels engaged...(smile).
Q: Well calibrated steering?
A: A slightly heavy steering feel, well calibrated, good on center, and a fast steering ratio.
Q: Robust brakes...we can understand.
A: The brakes have to be strong, dramatically stronger than the engine, obvious discs all around.
Q: Sticky tires...what is that?
A: High performance tires with strong adhesion, that will wear out fast.
Q: What level of performance?
A: Up there to generate fun, enjoy.
Q: Colonel why is this toy sounding like a Z28?
A: Perhaps the folks that put together the Z28 have the same understanding of what a toy with a push rod V8 should be.
Q: Don't you have one of those?
A: Yes from a few decades back, push rod V8, clutch pedal, manual transmission, reasonably fast steering, acceptable brakes. Good thing you reminded me.