Cars for women : From a man’s standpoint

Does your car say ‘check me out‘ or ‘check my license’? If the message is rather more ‘park out of sight’ than ‘park up and make out’, I can let you into a secret.

I’ve asked hundreds of men, from all over the world, which cars they’re most impressed to see a woman driving (your cue to get ahead in the traffic).

If you’re hoping to attract some male attention this year, we can reveal that the Mercedes 300SL Roadster is the car you need. The classic German model, built between 1957 and 1963 topped our survey as the sexiest car for a woman to drive.

Although most of the favourites are performance cars, including the Porsche 911, Mitsubishi Evo and Subaru Impreza – the Queen’s favourite vehicle the Land Rover Defender also scored highly in the top ten.

Martin Schlaeppi who races in the Radical Enduro series, voted for the Evo. ‘It’s a car for people who love driving and it takes effort and concentration to drive well,’ he said. Evo drivers know about their cars and that’s why it’s sexy to see a woman behind the wheel.’

Do you agree? We asked a number of women from the motoring industry which cars they felt most fabulous driving. Two-seater convertibles scored strongly, from the luxurious Jaguar XKR to the stripped-out Caterham, as did performance cars like the Porsche 911 and Mitsubishi Evo.

The following are the Top 10 cars that will make you go ‘ooh’:

10. Caterham R400

Engine type Four cylinders, 1796cc
Power 200bhp @ 7200rpm
Transmission Six-speed manual
Acceleration 0 to 60mph: 3.9sec
Top speed 140mph
Price £29,950
Verdict Still the supercar-slayer to beat them all, 30 years

9. VW Golf R32

Body Type: 3-Door Hatchback

Performance ~ manufacturers figures

0 – 62 mph: 6.2 Seconds

Top Speed: 154 mph

Transmission DSG (Direct-Shift Gearbox)

Fuel Type: Unleaded Petrol

Euro NCAP Rating: 5

Warranty: 3-Years / 60,000 Warranty

Price when tested on the 18/11/06: £25,570

8. Fiat 500

Price Range: £7,900 to £10,700

Petrol Engine Range: 1.2, 1.4

Diesel Engine Range: 1.2

Manufacturer’s Warranty: 3 year(s)

7. Range Rover Sport

Body style: SUV

Trim levels: Supercharged

Available Engine: Gas

6. Rolls-Royce Phantom

6,749 cc, 6.7 liters

V 12 front engine with 91.9 mm bore

84.6 mm stroke

Fuel economy EPA highway (mpg): 19 and EPA city (mpg): 12

Gasoline direct injection fuel system

26.4 gallon main premium unleaded fuel tank

Power: 338 kW , 453 HP SAE @ 5,350 rpm

531 ft lb , 720 Nm @ 3,500 rpm

5. Subaru Impreza

Body Type: 4-Door Saloon

Performance ~ manufacturers figures

0 – 62 mph: 5.4 Seconds

Top Speed: 158 mph

Transmission: 6-Speed Manual Gearbox

Fuel Type: Unleaded Petrol

Warranty: 3 Years / 60000 Miles

Price when tested on the 14/09/06: £28,540

4. Land Rover Defender

Body Type: 3-Door Four Wheel Drive

Performance ~ manufacturers figures

Top Speed: 87 mph

Transmission: 5-Speed Manual

Fuel Type: Diesel

Insurance Group: 10

Warranty: 3-year unlimited mileage warranty

Price when tested on the 05/02/05: £25,595.00

3. Mitsubishi Evo

Estimated Price: $31,099

Layout: Transverse front engine, all-wheel drive

Transmission: 5-speed manual

Redline: 7000 rpm

Crank HP: 286hp @ 6500 rpm

Height: 57.1 in

Curb Weight: 3,263 lbs

2. Porsche 911

Engines: 3.8L H6

Power: 355 HP SAE @ 6,600 rpm

Torque: 295 ft lb @ 4,600 rpm

1. Mercedes 300SL Roadster

Price: DM 32,500

Transmission: 4-speed, manual

0-60 mph: 8.1 Seconds

Engine speed at 100kmph: 3000 rpm

Engine: 6-cylinder, 2996 cc

Power: 215 hp @ 5800 rpm

Torque: 28.0 mkg @ 4600rpm


About theultimaterenaissance

I am an Engineer and a Management Graduate. I love writing poetry and research reports on cars. Surfing, listening to music, and Reading and writing Technical & Research papers are among my most savored hobbies.
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4 Responses to Cars for women : From a man’s standpoint

  1. Susie says:

    Well… you are assuming that women will base their car buying decisions on mens’ fantasies?!

    A while ago I was interviewed on behalf of on Colourful Radio by Amina Taylor who had previously interviewed the likes of Janet Jackson, P. Diddy and Mariah Carey. We concluded that although the number of women buying sports cars has risen sharply in recent years, (14% according to a survey by Citroen and IPC magazine), men and women both essentially want a sports car for the same reason: As a status symbol!

  2. No Susie. Never have I assumed that. I have just given an opinion. That does not mean that women will base their car buying decisions on mens’ fantasies.


  3. Yes, your females are grand but these are comfortable with their bodies. Here’s Penny Quickel

  4. Pingback: Mitsubishi Evo 5 Performance Stats | Mitsubishi Photos Blog

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