View Thread: Sport Compacts


RSXDriver
Okay, I'm sorry... I'm trying to breathe a little life in this topic area. I noticed the last post made here was on the 16th of October.

So, I ask you: What is your favorite sport compact? Okay, and you can go current and/or past.

Currently, I'd have to say... Ta da!!! The RSX Type S. Since I drive one, I know what I'm talking about when I say it's fun to drive.

From the past, the Prelude. I've also driven one of these, and I like it as well.

lsr78
88-91 CRX Si. Fun to drive, relatively quick, great gas mileage, and I think it still looks modern 13 years later.

God I wish this whole F&F thing would pass so the price would drop on these things. It is actually rising a touch, I think. $5k for a 13 year old car with 100k miles is a bit much.

A-Tech
1st gen rx-7.

SLP Addict
The CRX's are great car's, if they were only AWD! tehy would be damn close to perfect!

911GT2
AWD would fuck up the lightweight nature. Maybe RWD would be cool.

ahahn
I really like the RSX, but I will stick to cars that I have actually driven. I have always liked the 1992-1996 Honda Preludes and the last generation Acura Integra GS-R. I am sure there are more that I would like, but those two are the only ones I have ever driven.

Enigma
VW GOLF V6 4MOTION, tha best compact ever
:cheers:

http://www.oakrivercars.com/cars/V64%20MTN/55_large.jpg

http://www.oakrivercars.com/cars/V64%20MTN/61_large.jpg

http://www.oakrivercars.com/cars/V64%20MTN/33_large.jpg

http://www.oakrivercars.com/cars/V64%20MTN/35_large.jpg

http://www.oakrivercars.com/cars/V64%20MTN/6_large.jpg

http://www.oakrivercars.com/cars/V64%20MTN/16_large.jpg

http://www.oakrivercars.com/cars/V64%20MTN/Interior/13_large.jpg

http://www.oakrivercars.com/cars/V64%20MTN/Interior/34_large.jpg

http://www.oakrivercars.com/cars/V64%20MTN/Interior/43_large.jpg

:hitit:

SLP Addict
Thats a BAD ASS car, whats the specs?

RSXDriver
I do like the blue gauges VW uses... Yes, even in the Beetle.

SLP Addict
The cars just so...........clean!

Andronicus1
My first post here just to say...

That's a nice VW Golf! :cool:

SLP Addict
Hey welcome to AWF man, hope you enjoy!

A-Tech
Ive always loved VW, the handling is kinda slushy on almost all of their models.

RSXDriver
I've never driven a VW. Haven't really had the desire to. I don't think I've driven a Toyota, either. Or a Chrysler product. Mostly GM products, a couple Datsuns, and a Ford or two. Yep, family cars when I was younger, and I owned a Ford and a Pontiac.

SLP Addict
Id think that VW would have good handling, well i guess not!

scubie02
Originally posted by SLP Addict
Id think that VW would have good handling, well i guess not!

Well, "good handling" is relative. They have decent handling compared to the average vehicle, and they handle bumps fairly well on a high speed curve--very "solid" feeling. But they aren't as sporty handling as alot of sporty cars, and they lean a bit. But then they have a relatively comfy ride--not a bad balance overall.
I sometimes miss the interior lights and feeling of refinement, but my wrx has it all over my old jetta in performance.

badmana
I had a chance to play with my friend's Jetta 1.8T...sweet car, nice gauges with the sport shifter (I couldn't get over the fact that it had no clutch). I also got to drive my friends' new WRX. Both are nice cars but pretty expensive and I don't think are worth the price.

In the sport compact class I like the Celica (pricey but nice) and the RSX - S. I gotta admit RSXDriver, that's a sweet car.
I, of course, will stand by my XRS.

The_Joker
Yep, the RSX-S has to be a great choice. It won a comparison in C&D against the Celica, Eclipse, Tiburon, and Beetle. :D

scubie02
Originally posted by badmana
I had a chance to play with my friend's Jetta 1.8T...sweet car, nice gauges with the sport shifter (I couldn't get over the fact that it had no clutch). I also got to drive my friends' new WRX. Both are nice cars but pretty expensive and I don't think are worth the price.

In the sport compact class I like the Celica (pricey but nice) and the RSX - S. I gotta admit RSXDriver, that's a sweet car.
I, of course, will stand by my XRS.

I've driven a Celica alot and they are nice enough cars--decent handling, ok ride, decent looking--but they do have their drawbacks--lousy rear visibility, seats that seem comfortable for short drives but reveal themselves as torture devices on long hauls, and they're awful in the winter, even with snows. And talk about pricey for what you get!

mustangdriver
What's up Scoob! Good to see you. Welcome to the forum.

scubie02
Originally posted by preludedriver
What's up Scoob! Good to see you. Welcome to the forum.

Thanks! I WONDERED what had become of you! Now I see where you went :D

mustangdriver
Yeah, C&D got a little monotonous for me so I have strayed a bit :) The discussion is a bit better here and there isn't as much bitching/trolling/arguing. I still post over there though, just not as much lately.

And over here I get to be a moderator have some creative input (the banner at the top)

Oh and this guy -----> :hump:

You can't beat that guy!

thewalrus
Hmmmnnn I really like the new Mini's. I don't think the WRX counts as a sports compact necessarily, but if it does it'd be near if not at the top of my list. Overall I'd say that the RXS - S is a really nice car, love the interior for sure and I think that the GTI's have the nicest exterior - very Germanic and solid looking.

Michitakem
I think sport compacts are a nice alternative to other types of sport & muscle cars, but I'd never pay over 25K for a hopped up econobox unless it was a straight out of the box rally race ready vehicle. Even then I'd think twice.
Any 30K vehicle that has a base version that sells for 13K or so just doesn't do it for me. If I'm going to pay 30K for the car, I want to know that the chassis, sheetmetal, engine and interior are 30K level bits.
Otherwise I might as well get a used Lancer for 8 grand and give it a shot of nitrous. :) Kidding, of course....

I like the actually fast ones that stay under 20K, like the Neon SRT-4 or the SVT Focus.

Rotary Boy
good sport compacts.

Mazdaspeed protege. my freind just got one and even if it is a crazy orange color, it kicks some big time ass.

the last gen prelude. it kicks ass plain and simple, go drive one.

VW corrado G60. it's an awesome mutherfucker. the vr6 version is two strangly weighted. the G60 version is a supercharged 8V and it rocks.

1st gen AWD DSM. yipes, what a bang for the buck beast

Michitakem
Originally posted by Rotary Boy
good sport compacts.

Mazdaspeed protege. my freind just got one and even if it is a crazy orange color, it kicks some big time ass.

the last gen prelude. it kicks ass plain and simple, go drive one.


That protege sounds sweet.

About the Prelude, I never understood why the Boy Racers choose Civics over the Prelude --- the Prelude looks so much better IMHO. Hot. :flame: But I see 10 Civics for every 1 Prelude in the sport compact mags.

masestylez
What years was the Corrado G60 made?

mustangdriver
Originally posted by Michitakem
That protege sounds sweet.

About the Prelude, I never understood why the Boy Racers choose Civics over the Prelude --- the Prelude looks so much better IMHO. Hot. :flame: But I see 10 Civics for every 1 Prelude in the sport compact mags.

Well I went from a 99 Civic to a 2001 Prelude and I can definitely say they are MUCH more expensive!!! Probably why they aren't quite as popular. I hate the fact that they are rarely featured in sport compact magazines. One of the faster, more competent cars produced over the last few years and it gets little attention. I'm pretty biased though.

Michitakem
I guess insurance must be steeper, too...

Rotary Boy
preludes kick some big time ass. my cousin has one, respectable modded out. it's tight car.

anyone here ever driven a prelude Sh? thats a wierd car, you wouldn't think a FWD car would oversteer. it relly does feel like a RWD car.

lexus1581
my favorite sports compact has to be the rsx type s. i like everything about it......the looks, the stock speed isnt bad, and overall excellence.

eric rxb
Doesn't PD drive a type sh?

And on the topic of 1st gen DSM's. A friend of my gf, a guy, just got a 350z. Keep in mind that this kid is in college and is paying out the ass for it. Admittedly I am jealous that he's so young and has such a nice car, but I love to build a wickedly fast DSM for a 5th of the price that he spent on his z and make him look bad.

Rotary Boy
my wife has a 1st gen FWD turbo talon. has a 16G and a LSD, shocks and struts and anti-roll bar,brake swap, turbo back exhuast and a new intake manifold.

6K total and it can handle like no bodies business, all the while being goddamn fast.

it is gonna be a gift to her neice pretty soon though(girls car got stolen)

eric rxb
I'd try to get a AWD one, but yea, that's the business.

RSXDriver
On the topic of FWD and oversteer, I've gotten my car to oversteer on a few occasions.

eric rxb
Did it involve the use of the handbrake?

mustangdriver
I get lift throttle oversteer from time to time while autocrossing. There was one particular setup at Redskins Stadium that had a long straight that bent into a left hand sweeper and as I let off in the bend the rear started to slide. It was unexpected, but a hell of a lot of fun.

RSXDriver
With me, there hasn't been a handbrake involved. Basically, when I take a curve sharp and fast enough, the ass end will swing out slightly. Not as violently as a rear drive vehicle would, but it can still happen.

masestylez
Slowly but surely i'm starting to like 1G DSM cars

Arthur Dent
Originally posted by A-Tech
1st gen rx-7.

agreed

FabUlous
miata........................dreamn you dropped the ball on that one

Carlos Carrera
i like this.
The Golf R32 is the first production Volkswagen to utilize the new 3.2l 24v VR6 and in this application is rated at 240hp and 236 lb-ft. of torque. Power is transferred through VW's new MQ350 six-speed transmission and 4motion four wheel drive system.
http://www.vwvortex.com/resources/gallery/vw/golf_4/r32/images/large/04.jpg
http://www.vwvortex.com/resources/gallery/vw/golf_4/r32/images/large/06.jpg
The sound of that exhaust is freaking awesome. wanna hear it?
http://www.germancarfans.com/videos.cfm?Task=View&VideoID=4020831.001&Page=1

Carlos Carrera
but in performance/price for a new car u can beat the NEON SRT-4
2.4lts turbo engine, 215hp. Max boost 14psi
http://www.turbosmx.com/srt5.jpg
0 100km/h (o-62mph) 5.6 - 5.9 Secs.

Rotary Boy
while I love the stylings of the VW r32 and i like that it is 4 motion, I am just amazed that it can be so slow, with tht much power i would hope it could scurry off the line alittle faster. also i read(so i am just mag racing here) that it understeers like no bodies business.

SLP Addict
1st Gen RX-7