I haven't posted much in a while, but my situation these days has resulted in a lot of rather mundane driving in ... mundane vehicles. In large part because I don't want to use my wonderful Solstice up on lengthy commutes.
A lot has been said on this forum about perma-grin, and as I drove my Sol around weekend before last, it reminded me once again how I'd never realized that driving a car could be so much fun before I bought my Solstice.
I've described it to my friends as being like having a "roller coaster with a steering wheel". Driving it, I find myself finding excuses to enjoy a little extra lateral G-force here and there. I've personally found the stock GXP to be a nice blend of sporty fun and adventure while still retaining some sanity and comfort.
So, that leaves me with a dilemma. A friend bought a Z4, and while nice, and somewhat more practical (and much more $$$), it didn't have that same ... immediacy as the Sol. I've driven other cars, but I realize now that even "sporty" cars like the Grand Prix GTP I had weren't really all that. I find myself sometimes thinking that if this is good (and it is) I want ... more! What is this fun and where can I get more of it??? (For a reasonable price of course...)
Or would I even want to? Another friend has a 95-ish M3, and riding in the passenger is like an endless journey of kidney punches and kicks to the rear. I doubt I'd really want that much 'fun'.
I don't know. I feel as though the Sol has introduced me to this wonderful world where there are all these amazing things, and cars are great to drive, and ... I don't understand the language. And I don't want to eventually be just another geezer in a Corvette. Someday, I'd rather be a geezer in a Sol or Sky. Perhaps I should buy another and put it in storage.
Anyway, I've rambled here. I guess the real question here is ... I'm sure that there are others here who are more knowledgeable and eloquent than I am - is there some way to quantify this smile factor? Who has it? Who doesn't? I'm really quite curious, because having discovered this wonderful thing called Solstice, I never want to be without it again.