I'm way too young (still) it seems when reading through others' car list.
I've owned two cars myself and both of them gave my heart and Soul much fun.
First off my now deceased Ford Fiesta 5 Door Hatchback from 2009, this was my first car and I paid it in full right away - that was 6 months after starting my first DBA Job. It still is one of the most awesome cars I've driven at it's price. Titanium Spec and the 1.6l Duratec engine (which was rated for 250+ BHP and was the engine used on the last gen Ford Fiesta ST) with "just" 120 BHP, I even got the "S" Airbox later on which added another 7 BHP. Man this was so much fun to drive, Forget the 120 BHP, try 1050 kg curb weight as a factor instead. At one point on the Autobahn I measured 220 km/h (factory claim was 193 km/h!)which was not via Speedometer but via GPS because Ford is / was awesome and didn't limit revs on the last gear, in fact when I was going that fast even a Porsche Cayman S just let me pass because I think either the car was literally screaming at him at 6700+ RPM or he couldn't believe a Fiesta would be able to drive that fast - back then there was no Fiesta ST yet available.
But leave that Porsche aside, while I drove back from Croatia (which is my family's origin) I was while still on twisty back roads approached by a german (sigh!) M3 E92 with that infamous V8 under it's bonnet in my Fiesta I decided not to accept such a fat and (imo) ugly car in my close rear view Mirror. Initially there was 1 car length distance, by the time the next straight bit came which was about 3 km later I've increased the distance to 5 car lengths, and the local guy in front of me in his whatever old car, too!
Ofcourse that Bimmer Fanboi was utterly mad at us so he took that 1 km straight to overtake both of us in his (*yawn*) V8 just to right away leave the motorway for the next gas station. Needless to say I didn't have to stop for at least another 200 km so I never saw him again.
I also got me a 2010 Ford Focus RS in that awesome green color, despite having much more power (last we've measured was 357 BHP up from 306 BHP Stock without even touching the ECU or injectors, there were other Upgrades in place to make that happen, tho - including a custom made set of HRE Wheels) having a LSD and being able to turn off driving aids - there wasn't even an ESC off button in the Fiesta, yet it allowed me to do alot of very silly things including power drifts without a blink of interruption - today you'd call that a "AI based whatever stability control depending on your skills" - to the point that under extremely hard braking it would feel almost not distinguisable to a proper Motorsport ABS System. On twisty roads you could easily keep up with a Nissan GT-R as they have to brake waaaay earlier than you do.
I did unfortunately crash the Fiesta, the RS has taken a different route meanwhile. It's a custom build still in progress purely for racing / track day purposes and it should once finished have north of 700 BHP output at the wheels.
In the meanwhile I've driven only rental cars (I usually only need a car for the weekend, no point in buying and maintaining a car for that) but amongst those the most honorable mentions would be:
- 2015 S350 LWB
- 2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.2l Diesel Engine with 150 BHP and 1450 kg curb weight, RWD mind you! Bwahaha this was fun despite it was a Diesel Engine
- 2019 BMW M240i
- 2015 BMW 530d (that was when "30" was still related to 6 cylinders!)
- 2016 BMW 340i xDrive
and to mention the least adorable drivers' car from a rental: Volvo XC90 man, this was wobbling even if you were going simply straight without any real bumps anywhere on the road.
The most powerful car I've driven would've been a Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 which at that point was running at 650 BHP on the selector (10 driving modes between 350 and 1000+ BHP rolling road ECU Mappings just a click from your hand away!). The most powerful drive I was in was a (losely related in Hardware) Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 with a power output of 1 BHP / kg with selectable AWD / RWD (one click, of course!) mode, or to put it into a different perspective: 1200 bhp and kg means you are a sh*tload faster from 0 - 300 than a Bugatti Veyron - there the Veyron would pass but that's just because of the gearbox rating chosen. The measured 0 - 300 time was 11 seconds flat, and that's before you start cornering (that's the part which you'd want to avoid with a Veyron).
If I'd want to buy a new car right now it would be something between the Shelby GT350R (130k € over here in Europe :-(( ) the AMG GT-R modified with a flat-plane crank or the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV. I don't need the space for kids or even rear seats (I'd even throw out the passenger seat - no more "would you take me out on a ride pretty please?!" - "NO!") as long as I can fit a box of beer (24x0.33l to 0.5l) in the car I got all the cargo space I need, wether for shopping or going on Holiday, if the rest would be otherwise preferrably used by T45 welded round steel going from the front damper mountings all the way to the back damper mountings I'd have enough of a "ok, this is safe enough to drive" feeling.