…on Sri Lankan roads are a reflection of our economy. We, taken as a collective whole, are not rich enough to possess a high per-capita amount of, oh say, Ferrari’s for instance. So while more prosperous nations may have a Ferrari for every ten thousand people. We may have just one for a few million.
I have counted about five Ferraris on Sri Lankan roads. I’ve seen an Aston Martin, a few Porches and moving further down the sports car prestige ladder, but still high for SL standards, a few Celicas and RX8s here and there.
High duty costs prevent even the rich from importing. Lack of infrastructure (like appropriate roads) and a lack of potential buyers prevents companies like Lamborghini opening up plants or even showrooms in SL. So what are we, as common Sri Lankan pedestrians, left to go ‘oooh look at the curves on THAT baby!’ at when we walk the sun drenched streets of Lanka?
Civics that’s what. Ordinary meant-for-the-city-commuter Civics, brainwashed into becoming souped up speed machines in the face of a lack of competition and the presence of glorious admiration from all passers by in lower income levels, of which there are many.
They are modified; they sound like demons and are meshed out with finest body kits courtesy Duminda. They’re decked out with sound systems from Petco-Lanka. They in short, are the envy of any red-blooded petrol head on the island, which is a term that encompasses most males between the ages of six and sixty five.
The Civic is chosen by virture of its aerodynamic design and stable chassis. I presume it is also easily modifiable both performance and appearance wise.
And its not only Civics. Subaru’s are generally considered to be superior machines. And if you have a real Mitsubishi Evo (and not an ordinary Lancer body kitted to look like one) you are pretty much largely unrivalled. Other than these babies the only other contender i can think of for the category of most popular modifiable vehicle (economy class) is the Toyota Starlet.
Yes it may look like a mite. But as connoisseurs (meaning people who talk about cars a lot) know, there is nothing much that can rival the GT on most Sri Lankan roads. So pray, don’t diss it.