Bob Lutz remains a busy man, despite stepping down as “the car guy” at General Motors and, before that, Chrysler. One of his most recent gigs finds him penning pieces for Road & Track, where he covers a variety of topics.
In the most recent slew of letters, Lutz responds to too many vehicles among one lineup, fun-to-drive performance cars and what makes for a long-lasting, successful marriage. Nothing is too big, or too strange for Lutz to handle, apparently.
Lutz responds to a letter regarding the capabilities of the Fiat 500 Abarth, and the author questions his sanity over having so much fun in what would be consider a “Cracker-Jack toy” by so many, especially after spending his youthful days behind the wheel of 1963 Chevrolet Impala.
Simply, Lutz states:
Modern muscle cars have enough power to push through any series of corners, whereas a small-displacement, high-revving, tiny sporting car encourages you to hone your driving skills, conserve energy going into a turn, and come out the other side with as much momentum as possible. It’s a distinct pleasure, one I think you’ve found in your Abarth.
As for a successful marriage, Lutz says he not really the right guy to ask, since he is now married to his fourth wife. But, he does provide a few words of wisdom:
Infidelity doesn’t work. Yes, it’s tempting, but the minute you start hiding a portion of your life from your spouse, you’ve destroyed the emotional intimacy.