I had someone come up to my Camaro and ask me how I thought it compared to the first gen. I replied that I thought it was better.
He said, "It looks more comfortable." I said, "Yes, it is."
"And it goes faster, stops faster, and turns faster."
I didn't even mention the reliability, driveability, fuel mileage, or safety.
Obviously unimpressed, he said again, "It looks more comfortable." and shook his head.
"Yes, it is." I replied again and turned away.
I agree, it is more comfortable.
My new '15 is OK and easy to drive with its smooth hydraulic clutch, 6 close ratio gears and a nice smooth quiet engine that you have to look at the tach to confirm it is really running during idle.
Thought I could regain the feeling, but there's "nothing like the real thing" in its day.
.....a first gen out of the box, the first of their kind, wolves in the day of sheep, when the only real competitors were 'Cudas, 'Vettes, T-birds, Chargers and Goats.
My new red '69 R/T striped "cop magnet" with a 302, 4bbl, 4 spd Hurst, a high rise cam and dual exhaust whose staccato rumble vibrated the windows of the car next to you and shook the fillings in your teeth at idle. But when you popped the clutch she smoothed right out burning rubber through the first 3 gears as the babe next to you let out with a scream and you're pushed back into the tacky vinyl seats. Yes, the new ones may go faster, stop faster and turn faster just like every other modern vehicle on the road compared with its predecessor....but smooth and easy operation takes a lot of the fun out of it.....gone is the bite when you pull back on the T handle shift, feel the pressure plate rod kick the pedal against your left foot as your ass gets a boot, your head snaps back with the sound of screeching rubber filling your ears. You really felt the speed and felt at one with the road.
And yes, the reliability, driveability, fuel mileage and safety is better.....so what? Gone is the fun of lifting the hood with your buddies and goosing the carb mixture and timing to get an extra kick and who even checked gas mileage when you could fill the tank for under $5.......and safety functions were limited to a belt designed to keep you in your seat on a fast turn and the excitement of your skill in driving rather than depending upon crumple zones and balloons to save your ass when you screw-up.
Nowadays the ride is so smooth, I have to set the stupid beeper in the DIC to warn me that the **** thing is going over the speed limit. Sometimes progress sucks! I'd trade my new '15 for a new '69 in a heartbeat.