Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Adam and his wife, Leah, both in their late 20s, step out of the front door of their house and walk down the path towards the road, which held a car to its curbside. A shining silver 2007 Farox Talbot sits in the sunlight, packed full of stuff. They’re making their way down south to visit some family for a few days. Adam opened the door for his beloved wife and let her in, and after closing it, he walked around and met her on the other side. The V8 purred to life with a flick of the key, and they set off…
Fast forward about six days, a few hundred easy highway miles, and some slithering back roads that Adam wanted to try out, they’re finally back home. Everything went as smoothly as the roads outside of their home state. Stupid Michigan roads.
can’t have shit in detroit
Adam and Leah love their Talbot, but mister pseudo-racecar driver can’t help but long for something a little more thrilling in the corners. The two of them live comfortably in a in a quaint neighborhood, and have plenty of financial cusion to own and maintain a nicer car. Additionally, his wife takes little interest in cars – as long as it has heated seats, preferably comfy ones at that, it’s good. So, Adam strikes up a convorsation and they come to the conclusion that it’s time to look for something a little more fun!
They both decided that a compact executive sports sedan would be the best segment to look into. Things like Audi S4, your spicy Mercedes-Benz C350, or the tried and true BMW 340i. Something in between the standard models, and full on AMG or M performance models, as a compromise between luxury and sport.
None of these options appealed to them however: The Mercedes is less powerful than the others and dated for 2012, the BMW too pretentious, and the Audi a bit boring. They could jump up to a less optioned-out E-class or Jaguar XF, but then you lose the sport in favor of price. Read on to see what they’re looking for.
Restrictions and Guidelines
- Trim year: 2012
- Max Engine ET: 170
- Max Trim ET: 150
- Use premium fuel only (90 AKI / 95 RON)
- Minimum Safety 50
- Max loudness 40
- Must have catalytic converter
- Must have ESC minimum
- Minimum 4 full seats
- Soft retail price limit of $55,000 (not the material costs). Read on to find out the kind of car they’re looking for – it can be over by a small amount, but it had better be worth it!
- Sedans are preferred! Maybe even a coupe? You could go for a wagon to earn cool points, but it may not be necessary.
NO RACE PARTS. Should be common sense for a production car but if it isn’t in the rules…
Car and engine model name: CSR123 - FORUM USERNAME
Car trim: Brand, model and variant of car
Engine trim: Engine model/variant
WHAT’S IMPORTANTEST -
Styling! Adam likes a handsome car with a strong appreciation for attention to detail. Make it look the part! If it doesn’t, you’ll feel it in the judging.
Drivability. Just because Adam wants something sporty doesn’t mean he wants something hard to drive. And Leah has to be able to drive it, too. They do share the vehicle. Also, snow. Michigan. All four seasons have actually happened in one day. They will happily buy a RWD car and put snow tires on it though, so don’t let that lead you astray. An automatic transmission is strongly preferred.
Performance and Sportiness. Fast is fun, being able to hold the road and put down the power is even better.
Comfort. Keep in mind that they’re coming from a near $90,000 Farox, and that they’re used to plush interiors, competent suspension, and excellent quality. They’re fine with giving up a bit of ride quality for a better handling car, but this isn’t a race car. Michigan has crap roads. This is probably the only thing Leah is looking at as well, so bare that in mind. Heated seats, boys.
WHAT’S IMPORTANT -
Safety. Ann Arbor is busy, and Michigan is known for their unnecessarily aggressive tailgaters. It’s 2012, it better be a very safe car.
Running costs and general price. They’re not penny pinching, but let’s not spend too much time off the road and in the shop. Spending too much time at the gas station would also be a turn-off.
Prestige. They’re giving up name brands for something more suitable to their desires. Keep it classy lads!
WHAT’S NOT AS IMPORTANT -
Practicality and utility. All sedans in this class are about the same. Make sure it has a logical seating layout and enough room for two people and their luggage if need be, really.
I am open to answer questions about most anything within reason! Additionally, feedback feedback feedback so I can tailor this to work better.
Here is some visual inspiration to get you started!
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT THE NEW GAME UPDATE
This CSR will run on the new release version of the game (4.24) that is expected to drop soon. Better to play it safe than be sorry, because it would mess everything up if we were in the middle of a round and the game-breaking update came out. So the when the submission window opens and closes will be definitively set once that happens.
Submissions are open from June 10th at 12:00 AM to June 15th at 11:59 PM, EST.