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Which car defied your expectations?

Artistic photo of an Acura NSX Type S, extensively cut out on vertical light bars

Things don’t really seem to surprise us anymore. At least not like they used to – like they did when you were a kid, and the whole world was big and foreign. Now we have the Internet, with Comments and data sheets galore, and it sucks in a lot of mystery and wonder. With cars and their easily comparable horsepower, torque and weight figures, the problem is even worse.

However, sometimes we can still be surprised. No matter how many first drives you read, how many specs you cross-check, there’s always the chance for a car to change what you think once you get behind the wheel. You can set all the expectations you want in forum threads and comments, but cars – for better or worse – can always feel different in person. With that in mind, let’s discuss: which car defied your expectations?

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Photo: Steve Da Silva

Photo: Steve Da Silva

I confess that I was not convinced by the second generation NSX at launch. His the final production reveal, after years of teasing and editing, was immediately overshadowed by the new Ford GT. On the spec sheets, the NSX was heavier than a Lotus and less powerful than a Camaro ZL1 – what kind of supercar has been this?

But then the NSX made me change my mind. Acura threw the keys to a bright yellow Type S model at me for about half an hour, and I walked out of this experience. reform. The torque rush, the feel, the sound – driving an NSX is an incredible experience, which accompanies you like a rush of adrenaline. You want more.

The NSX defied my expectations, proving to be a more involved and entertaining driving experience than I had ever imagined. But which car challenged yours? Have you bought a high-profile new car, only to be disappointed in its driving feel, or have you ever bought a Craigslist beater that absolutely ruled? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll collect the best responses after the holidays.

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