I don't agree that they are bland even at lower speeds, but we all have different tastes, so I respect your opinion. The sound is there (albeit not as good as it used to be in the N/A days - the V12s maintain it though), all the controls are ultra responsive, the cars feel tight and alert. I guess what you are missing is a degree of crudeness, but for me that's just bad engineering, not a presence of character. We all have different tastes after all. You may as well turn all the nannies off, but then you really have to know what you are doing, given the colossal amounts of available power and insane speeds attained. Regarding the opportunities to "open them up", I regard all sportscars as weekend/Sunday cars, to be enjoyed on proper occasions. Perhaps what you like in older cars is that they are not as demonically quick, which makes their full performance more usable every day. I get that argument and an Alpine is a great little sportscar indeed, but that doesn't diminish the thrills that the big boys offer IMHO. Fair enough. Personally, I was disappointed by the F40 though... Thrilling? Hell, yes! Composed (by today's standards)? Not one iota... I feel that all good sportscars do that. The Elise is just crude. Totally agree! Driving a slow car quickly makes you a better driver. You learn not to rely on power, but on momentum. When you get into a more powerful machine, you need to be very careful though, as stabbing the throttle without mercy is much more dangerous with all that firepower... The Roma is a GT, or a sportscar in the vein of a AM DB11/Vantage. If a 488 doesn't thrill you, a much less focused Roma certainly won't! Well, you can't take a 60 mph turn when you are doing 100 mph... The Autostrada, the Autobahn, mountains all over Europe, Welsh B Roads, tracks etc... Usually for financial reasons, but our club holds track days and everybody bring their Ferraris. Slow and puny, not worthy of the Prancing Horse. Ferraris have always been about power and speed.