I spent a couple of days recently driving a Porsche 911 Turbo and its rivals for the test. And yes, that was just as much fun as it sounds. It was also extremely easy. Easier, in fact, than driving a Smart ForTwo home.
We drove the 911 and its rivals around Wales, down some exceptionally wet and narrow mountain roads, on to some awkward town roads, and then proceeded to Castle Combe race circuit. I drove the Smart down the M3 and round Woking town centre on a normal damp evening, and found that it was harder to drive smoothly than any of the supercars had been.
You can read the first drive here, but in order to get the Smart down the road without it rocking backwards and forwards every time the ‘box changes gear, you have to put it in manual mode, lift off the throttle before you change up and then gently apply throttle just as the gear engages.
This is great fun, but not ideal for a car that is meant to be easy to drive. Equally, setting off from a standstill requires the gentlest throttle application and lots of patience if it is to be done smoothly. Apply a normal amount of throttle and it takes so long for the car to respond that generally you’ve already reacted by inching your right foot further towards the floor, which causes you to leap forward with unexpected verve.