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Cars to buy with your heart, not your head

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Some cars make your heart beat faster. Should you care about boot space or passenger seats?

Others may accuse you of having a mid-life crisis, but there are some cars which you simply have to buy at least once in your lifetime. They might have no boot space, no room in the back for the kids or family dog, and they can make your wallet cry out in distress. However every time you drive one you feel your spirits lift and your heart sing with joy. The following are all glorious cars which are entirely impractical on a daily basis.

Impractical but wonderful cars

Alfa Romeo 4C

The best thing to emerge from Turin in a very long time, the 4C is part of a new model offensive from Alfa Romeo designed to showcase the brand's historical excellence in sheer driving pleasure. It'll race around the Mediterranean Riviera with the joie de vivre of Sophia Loren on speed, but you could dislocate a hip in the struggle to get in and out. You might also find the unmuffled growl from the rear end sets all the neighbourhood dogs barking. But you'll look in it!

BAC Mono

Track racers were never designed to be practical in the first place, but the BAC Mono takes selfish motoring to the extreme. It holds the driver and literally nothing else. Other track specials such as the Ariel Atom will carry a passenger and maybe even a bag or two of shopping in the little cargo compartment, but the Mono is strictly for Billy No Mates to have loads of high speed fun, on his or her own.

Bentley Flying Spur

Arguably in the automotive industry you get what you pay for. A Jaguar XE, for example, is far more luxurious than the cheaper Honda Accord, which performs its duties competently enough but without any concessions to luxury or glamour. However what you're paying for with the Bentley is the prestige of that badge. It's certainly smooth and luxurious. But is it really worth several times as much as something like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class? Well yes, possibly, if you move or wish to move) in certain circles.


An SUV which isn't great off road and can't hold lots of people and luggage sounds like an exercise in futility. The X6 M is that curiosity of the industry; an SUV coupe. It's huge like an SUV, but with a fastback that effectively cuts off about half of its capacity from the middle backwards. You can fit people in the back, provided that they're short. However it has got 567bhp to play with, making it essentially a very fast tank.

Caterham Seven

Driving a Caterham Seven is like taking a step back in time. It's a vintage gentleman's plaything offering serious entertainment value and nothing at all in the way of comfort and convenience features - not even a windscreen. You'll require driving goggles and a set of leathers. But you'll be grinning from ear to ear.

Dodge Viper ACR

You can legally drive the Viper ACR on public roads, but there's not much point in doing so. It's designed specifically for brutal speed and only really feels at home belting around the track - where it has set a number of records. Elsewhere it's an experience akin to taking a Doberman to a Chihuahua convention.

Mercedes-AMG GLA 45

The crossover trend has turned a mongrel into a pedigree, but the mixed breeding isn't always entirely successful. The GLA 45 AMG is in many ways a very desirable car. It's very fast and comfortable, with an elevated ride height, plenty of interior space and 375bhp, taking it from 0-60mph in just 4.3 seconds. But unless you're on the rally circuit, who really thinks it's a good idea to take a £45k car at high speed down a bumpy track?

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