Today, when I wander through a cars and coffee, I typically hear people boasting to others about their knowledge of a given car (usually with a ton of inaccuracies) and how their opinion of why it sucks is the end-all, be-all. Instead of talking about the positives of a given car like the sophistication of the GTR’s drivetrain, today people seem to be more ego-centric and interested in talking themselves up while focusing on the negatives of cars. They would now berate the GTR for being old and heavy, or the C63 for having a poor handling chassis, the M3 for having no torque, the 350Z for being tinny and cheap, or calling any expensive exotic crap for being slower than a ZR1 on track, or more commonly, their hopped-up daily driver.
This continues on to speculation of new cars. Everyone is an expert and everyone has an opinion. Once a new car is announced, people are eager to jump on the bandwagon to hate on it and display their true ignorance. It’s now the norm to hate on a new car, especially if it’s better or faster than their car (after all, in the name of progress, cars usually get faster), but it threatens them, therefore, it needs to be belittled.
The three main topics at this point of time would probably be the new Supra, C8, and GT500.
-The haters complain that the Supra is ugly, looks like the dumb brother of the FT1, it’s a re-labeled BMW, it’s ugly, I want a manual, it has fake vents everywhere, etc…
-Chevy purists whine that the C8 is stupid for going mid-engine, say it’s ugly, ignorantly argue that mid-engine handles worse, complain that it doesn’t come with a manual, wonder why is it so heavy, assume there must be something wrong with it since journalists haven’t been able to drive it yet, etc… Exotic car owners who are probably secretly insecure that it may smoke their mega-expensive chariots, belittle the C8 as being cheap even though they have never set eyes on one.
-Trolls complain that the GT500 is a heavy pig, assume it won’t turn or be fast on a racetrack, say that it’s too expensive, complain that it doesn’t come with a manual, etc…
Why can’t we praise Toyota for building RWD cars again and for making cars like the FR-S and Supra? Why can’t we be happy that there’s another mod-friendly turbo 6-cyl that will make a lot more power with just a tune and some bolt-on parts? Why can’t we be happy the C8 is now mid-engine, offers a DCT and goes 194mph for $60K, 0-60 in under 3 seconds for $65K, and that Chevy is pushing the envelope and making what the Corvette always wanted to be a reality? Why can’t we praise the GT500 for offering 760hp for less than $100K, and $50K less than the similarly-powered ZR1, that it’s the fastest Mustang around a racetrack ever, that it can do 0-100-0 faster than most things on the road, and that it brings real racing components like the wing from the Mustang GT4 race car to the streets?
I see people constantly regurgitate the idiocy of car journalists the same way people blindly follow a given political party. It’s sad that society has lost its ability to think critically and for themselves. Instead, they rely on political pundits and journalists to tell them what to think and how to feel. I’m sorry, but today most automotive journalists (most journalists for that matter) have no idea what they are talking about and they are far from experts. Maybe this is a route societal issue, but it definitely has permeated the car culture in a very nasty way.