Remember last week’s Generation Gap comparison between a 1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS 454 and a 2004 SSR? Both worked as light-duty trucks, even though the El Camino was car-based and the SSR was truck-based. Now we have a comparison that’s much more lopsided: 1970 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser versus 2012 Ferrari FF.
Davin, the nostalgia-seeker, and Matt, the young’un who prefers new cars but is open to nostalgia, are on a quest to compare “family cruisers.” Would you consider the FF a family cruiser? Perhaps it’s stretching it a bit, but it is a 2+2 that can carry more than most Ferraris. And the Olds? One of the greatest wagons in America’s history − stuffed with 7.5L of Rocket power and a vista roof for those times when the stars shine, although this one is modified to be more like a 4-4-2 wagon.
Here’s some specs for the Ferrari:
- 6.3L V12
- 651 horsepower
And the Oldsmobile:
- Supercharged Lingenfelter LS3 (Wait? What happened to the 455?)
- 650 horsepower
- 6-speed Tremec and other modern hot-rodding tweaks like suspension and brakes
Davin was very impressed with the FF, while Matt warmed up to the charms of the Oldsmobile despite issues with the old-fashioned aspects like the mirrors, which are lackluster to contemporary eyes (pun not intended). However, he did say it feels “sure-footed,” which ain’t a bad thing to say about a wagon. Would you take “this is fun!”?
But rather than have us relate the opinions of Davin and Matt, why not watch it for yourself and see which car came ahead in the comparo?