I gained even more respect for this car last weekend. The back end let’s loose without too much prodding, but it’s the manual steering that really shines once it steps out. .
The front end has grip for days, just so long as your out of boost. Which brings us to the noises. Fluttering, whooshing, spitting, farting and barking, but man doesn’t she also sing🎷 .
60 on a back road feels like 90, yet 90 on the highway feels like 60. The slightly panoramic view and low seats really set the mood, and I never once while driving was worried about the cheap hvac controls or wished for a manual. Which brings up a contested issue... .
I believe a manual transmission would really make a mess of the 4c. The steering is too manic on the road (not uncontrollable by any means) and it requires both hands on the wheel. The thought of exiting a tight corner, setting your line, hitting boost perfectly, then sawing at the wheel as you grip the flat bottom wheel and flick a paddle to lock the back end down; doesn’t need to be ruined by more operations. .
It already works in harmony, yet it’s still rugged around the edges, in a way that creates the enjoyment that makes you pass your destination and just keep going.
The 4c is truly a car that just makes you want to drive. A lively, not to serious, but still capable, baby exotic.