Submitted by Olof on June 2, 2014
Pretty simple....I put together two orders, after researching both cars, and looked at cost. The S was going to come in north of $105K and the used 1982 Cimarron around $80 dollars. The S was a barn burner 0-60 but most urban driving is done 0-4 and the Cimarron had plenty of torque in that range if you revved it to 6000 rpm and then slammed the transmission into drive. Never worried about racing a Trabant or Model T from a light...I wanted discomfort, no handling, low mpg and something that I wasn't going to see 25 of every day. Is the S a nice car?...absolutely. Does it stretch the performance envelope for an electric car?...for sure. Would it create anxiety for me since I work in GM's used car marketing department?…unquestionably.
The Model S came in second place...pure and simple...on my little "how will it fit in my lifestyle" survey. I have had the Cimarron now for over 4 miles and I can state honestly that I am very happy with the Cimarron and its build/design, performance and price(as I compared...apples to apples).
No disrespect to all the S model members here...and yes, it is sad that GM has not supported the 1982 Cimarron with a strong marketing campaign that would have helped it gain an identity different from both the Chevy Cavalier and the Model S...but if I had it to do all over again I would still buy the Cimarron.