Are you tall? Which performance car do you drive?

J.A.
By J.A. Ackley
Nov 22, 2022 | Buyer's Guide, Discussion, Tall people

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Can you slam dunk a basketball and still drive something sporty?

While most performance cars adequately fit a person of average height (5-foot-9 for the American man), what about those who are taller than the norm? Which performance cars would you recommend for them?

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BlueInGreen - Jon
BlueInGreen - Jon UltraDork
11/21/22 2:19 p.m.

And this is why I like sporty hatchbacks.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
11/21/22 2:32 p.m.

Other than "a convertible," I hate to admit that I don't have a solid answer.

It's probably safe to assume most Kei cars are off the list.

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/21/22 2:35 p.m.

The '17 86 fits me at close to 6'2" but it's a fairly tight fit, I might change seats to gain a little headroom in the future. Pimpm3's taller than me and owns a 2022 BRZ, I had to slide his seat forward a couple clicks to drive it.

NickD
NickD MegaDork
11/21/22 2:41 p.m.

I'm 6'3", I drive a '90 Miata with factory seats, although the driver's side one has had a time-induced foamectomy (the foam has turned to dust and has sifted out through the bottom)

TheTallOne17
TheTallOne17 Reader
11/21/22 2:46 p.m.

I'm 6'6" and begining a new project to fit myself in a Fiat X19 without ruining the looks of the car. It's not a smart venture, but I have a plan

Stock car wise, I actually can fit in a Lotus Evora quite nicely, though I'd need a race seat and fiddling to fit with a helmet

Karacticus
Karacticus GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
11/21/22 2:49 p.m.

At 5-11 7/8 with a 32" inseam, I just barely fit in my old E86 (Z4) Coupe, i8 and Mark V Supra with a helmet on. No problem without helmet. 
 

To tell the truth, I have more problems with my size 13 feet than anything else. 

ShawnG
ShawnG MegaDork
11/21/22 2:55 p.m.

2019 Sierra High Country.

AWD and 420hp. It's plenty sporty. Fight me.

dps214
dps214 Dork
11/21/22 2:59 p.m.

Anything made by porsche, after 2004.

RadBarchetta
RadBarchetta New Reader
11/21/22 3:05 p.m.
ShawnG said:

2019 Sierra High Country.

AWD and 420hp. It's plenty sporty. Fight me.

There's a hairpin turn coming up and a Miata in front of you. Can you flatten it before he makes it to the apex, or do you have to wait until the back straight?

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
11/21/22 3:24 p.m.

In reply to ShawnG :

I'll meet you at the dragon with the Rio.... let's see who's "sportier" devil

 

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
11/21/22 3:27 p.m.

I'm short at 5'8" but I'm also mostly torso. 

The basketball analogy falls flat, Muggsy Bogues was 5'3" and could dunk. 

maschinenbau
maschinenbau GRM+ Memberand UberDork
11/21/22 3:28 p.m.

6'0" in a ND Miata RF. I fit, but had to get a seat lowering kit to be comfortable. Even so, with a helmet I run the top down or have to slouch in the seat.

AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter)
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UberDork
11/21/22 3:40 p.m.

My son is 6'2" or 3".  Teaching to drive manual in an NA was pretty funny.  I swear the top of the windshield was almost eye level.  He really liked his Focus ZX3 and loves my Subarus.  He seems to fit better in those.  Amazingly he loved his mom's Mini too.  I know a few tall guys that swear by Mini's.  

fidelity101
fidelity101 UberDork
11/21/22 3:40 p.m.

if you can't fit - make it fit!

(drop the floor and add a bar) for the seat mounts - the other hole is just rust repair...

XL halos in an FC Rx7 - I'm 6'4" and there needs to be cage space too

 

wearymicrobe
wearymicrobe PowerDork
11/21/22 3:45 p.m.
dps214 said:

Anything made by porsche, after 2004.

Seriously the 911. My 6 foot 8 brother in law is comfortable with the roof up for him. 

Tom1200
Tom1200 UberDork
11/21/22 4:07 p.m.

Sports cars are revenge of the Hobbits................I count myself among them at 5' 7" &  142lbs.  It's payback for the various HS sports we couldn't play.

OK on a serious note keep the answers coming I get asked all the time about what sports or race cars fit tall people and I would love to be able to list some.

Ironically enough there is a surprising number of open wheel cars that will fit tall drivers.

M007chan
M007chan New Reader
11/21/22 4:08 p.m.

I'd suggest the Mazda RX8; but only without the factory sunroof and leather seats. The sunroof eats at least an inch of headroom due to the rails and the leather seats, even at the lowest position, are still higher than the cloth seats, although there's a partial work around where the rear mounting of the seat pan can be inverted.

preach (dudeist priest)
preach (dudeist priest) GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
11/21/22 4:23 p.m.

I am 6'2" I fit in my 987.1 fine, but not with a helmet, Then I need to scrunch down.

I also fit well in my Opel GT and my 914 as well as my Golf. I also was fine in a GC8 2.5rs and a '91 Integra both even with a helmet.

I did not fit well in:

Our old NB Miata, though I could not have the seat all the way back. My eyes were at the top of the windshield and my head bubbled the soft top up if it was bad weather. To see my lanky ass get out with the top up must have been hilarious.

Mk1 Audi TT, not great at all. I was fine once I got in but it was a pain to get in and out. Bonk.

ojannen
ojannen Reader
11/21/22 4:31 p.m.

It isn't just a question of height, torso to leg ratio is important.  I have a 32" inseam.and I am 6'5" so I rarely have legroom issues but often have headroom issues. 

I don't fit in the brz, any BMW sedan with a sunroof, minis with sunroofs, all miatas, all mr2s, corvettes, Honda Civic type r, and all Porsche sports cars due to headroom issues.

My head was pressed hard against the headliner in the last 911 I sat in.  It was a sunroof car but you have to pay big money to get a non-sunroof 911 in my experience.  I had a bit more room in the Lotus Evora GT but there is an integrated roll bar behind the seat that meant I couldn't lean my head against the headrest.

I fit in non-sunroof minis and I have owned 3 (r53, r56, f54)

I fit in non sunroof bmw sedans if I swap the seat (e28, e36, e46)

I fit in BMW z3s after swapping the seat and building a custom seat bracket.

Vw gti, Ford focus, and Subaru WRX are generally good but I have never owned one.

Captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
Captdownshift (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/21/22 5:01 p.m.

In reply to z31maniac :

Bogues couldn't dunk, Webb (who was 5'5) could. 

I'm 6'2 with a long torso (seriously my build is weird, my torso is long and my arms are long, but my legs are actually quite short for my height. The real challenge for me is finding something that I can fit in while wearing a helmet. Even more so if you taken consideration. Things that I fit in with a helmet but the roof tapers at the front cutting off my field of vision. 

ClearWaterMS
ClearWaterMS Reader
11/21/22 5:05 p.m.

at 6'2 with a 32" inseam (long torso) I find my c6 corvette roomy and with a helmet I have to slouch just a touch...  As a rule of thumb, german cars are easier for me to fit in.  

Porsche 911 (996 and 997) I fit fine in and have no trouble driving/getting comfortable in.  

Miata's I can fit in an NC with a seat lowering kit but can't adjust/move around too much.  I sat in an ND and fit about the same, roof down i could make it work, roof up

first gen BR-z i fit in the passenger seat with a helmet on, never given the opportunity to drive one.  

F series and G series BMW's I fit fine in with a helmet.

 

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
11/21/22 5:08 p.m.
Karacticus said:

At 5-11 7/8 with a 32" inseam, I just barely fit in my old E86 (Z4) Coupe, i8 and Mark V Supra with a helmet on. No problem without helmet. 
 

To tell the truth, I have more problems with my size 13 feet than anything else. 

I have size 15s, and I've encountered that once or twice. However, more times than not, I don't have this issue, strangely enough - maybe it's because I'm just too tall to fit otherwise (6'4").

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
11/21/22 5:11 p.m.
M007chan said:

I'd suggest the Mazda RX8; but only without the factory sunroof and leather seats. The sunroof eats at least an inch of headroom due to the rails and the leather seats, even at the lowest position, are still higher than the cloth seats, although there's a partial work around where the rear mounting of the seat pan can be inverted.

The RX-8 has always tempted me, but I've been worried about fit. I got to give one a try.

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
11/21/22 5:17 p.m.
ojannen said:

It isn't just a question of height, torso to leg ratio is important.  I have a 32" inseam.and I am 6'5" so I rarely have legroom issues but often have headroom issues. 

I don't fit in the brz, any BMW sedan with a sunroof, minis with sunroofs, all miatas, all mr2s, corvettes, Honda Civic type r, and all Porsche sports cars due to headroom issues.

My head was pressed hard against the headliner in the last 911 I sat in.  It was a sunroof car but you have to pay big money to get a non-sunroof 911 in my experience.  I had a bit more room in the Lotus Evora GT but there is an integrated roll bar behind the seat that meant I couldn't lean my head against the headrest.

I fit in non-sunroof minis and I have owned 3 (r53, r56, f54)

I fit in non sunroof bmw sedans if I swap the seat (e28, e36, e46)

I fit in BMW z3s after swapping the seat and building a custom seat bracket.

Vw gti, Ford focus, and Subaru WRX are generally good but I have never owned one.

OK, so cars that I've found that I fit comfortably in at 6'4", with room for a helmet and then some (as there should always be space).

BMW M3, G80/G81 gen - the M Carbon seats are a tad narrow for me, though
BMW M4, second gen - the M Carbon seats are a tad narrow for me, though 
Mini (take your pick)
Subaru WRX, second gen - probably the roomiest and most comfortable car I've driven
Toyota Supra, fifth-gen - takes some gymnastics to get in, but once in spacious

I'd love to get a car for under $5k that's RWD, has a manual and fits me. That's my personal challenge.

w123mb
w123mb New Reader
11/21/22 5:25 p.m.

I'm one of those tall guys that swears by mini's- 6'4 and 37" inseam and i fit with helmet and very minor slouch in stock seats. Was able to put aftermarket seats/sliders/brackets 3" lower from stock which helps. Next up is getting the steering wheel a little closer......

 

 

 

 

 

Datsun310Guy
Datsun310Guy MegaDork
11/21/22 5:33 p.m.

I'm 6'4"tall.  Supra. Not.

 

 

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/21/22 5:34 p.m.

Oh, one more - I test-fitted myself into an early S2 Elise and the fit was similar to my '17 86, maybe a little tighter (in terms of headroom, laterally there's a lot less gap to the passenger seat). Getting in and out is another matter though, and if you have big feet that car might be your worst enemy...

Toebra
Toebra Dork
11/21/22 6:06 p.m.
z31maniac said:

I'm short at 5'8" but I'm also mostly torso. 

The basketball analogy falls flat, Muggsy Bogues was 5'3" and could dunk. 

No he couldn't.  Spud Webb could at 5' 8"

 

Tall fits in a Porsche, even a 914

AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter)
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UberDork
11/21/22 7:16 p.m.

In reply to J.A. Ackley :

My son loves my Subarus too.  He fits fine with the helmet too.

84FSP
84FSP UberDork
11/21/22 7:25 p.m.

6'4" here with a lot of leg.  After much surgery and seat fitting my mk1 rabbit fits me like a glove, and I get clown car points.  My Tesla M3P fits me pretty well as the edge of it's adjustment.  

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
11/21/22 7:42 p.m.
Datsun310Guy said:

I'm 6'4"tall.  Supra. Not.

 

 

Yep, that's the gymnastics I was referring to.

obsolete
obsolete GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
11/21/22 7:49 p.m.

C5-C7 Corvettes are great if you have long legs. The seat goes waaay back. Not as great for the long torso crowd, though, especially if you need to fit with a helmet. Aftermarket seats can help with that though.

Loweguy5
Loweguy5 GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
11/21/22 7:50 p.m.

S197 Mustang GT is extremely comfortable for me at 6'1", 230 lbs and 30" inseam with 14w feet.  Plenty of room every direction.

Also on my list is the E46 BMW.  My 06 330ci was also super comfortable.

RacerBoy75
RacerBoy75 New Reader
11/21/22 8:12 p.m.

At 6' 1", I can drive street Miatas and Boxster/Caymans, but there is no extra legroom at all (especially the Miatas). Wearing a helmet in my Cayman is okay, except my head is constantly against the roof over the side window. It must be that I'm used to that, because I used to race a Spec Miata - I had the aluminum seat mounted to the floor, but my helmet still hit the roll cage bar that went over the side window. Same with my first gen RX7.

I've driven a X1/9 and don't remember it being a problem.

In the past I worked with a guy who was 6' 7", but had a 31" inseam, so his torso was comically long. He could only drive pickup trucks, because they had lots of headroom.

 

 

FieroReinke
FieroReinke Reader
11/21/22 9:03 p.m.

I'd you don't fit, like me at 6'4" and mostly torso, just build the car to fit you.  I have no problems fitting in my Locost 7 smiley

LanEvo
LanEvo Dork
11/21/22 9:06 p.m.

I'm 6'2" (34" inseam) 235 lbs. with size 13 feet. I like to sit upright. A lot of compact cars from the '80s and '90s work for me.

My racecar is a 190E Cosworth. Plenty of room for my helmeted head, even with a full cage. The E30 platform fits me very well. Same for various Lancers: I've owned all generations (an Evo 2, 5, and 8) and they all fit me fine. My sister had a second generation Mini Cooper, which was HUGE inside. Lots of options.

Modern cars seem much more cramped inside, even thought they're bigger in every dimension. 

ojannen
ojannen Reader
11/21/22 9:14 p.m.

In reply to J.A. Ackley :

E36 325i or e46 330i.  Replace the sunroof cassette with a blanking plate for extra headroom.  Unicorns with slicktops generally don't exist in that range.

ae86andkp61 (Forum Supporter)
ae86andkp61 (Forum Supporter) Dork
11/21/22 9:41 p.m.

I'm just a whisker under 6'2" with a 34" inseam. Another vote for the twins. I fit just dandy in my FR-S, even with a helmet. I extended the steering hub, which made a big difference. I sit with the seat slid all the way back. I recently switched to aftermarket seats and got a couple inches lower in the car, so now I have lots of headroom.

My other car is a Suzuki Cappuccino, which is snug, but doable. I haven't tried a helmet with the roof on yet. Legroom isn't great, but way better than the AZ-1! Narrower than an early Miata, but roomier than a Lotus Seven! I'm constantly amazed at how many people watch me pull up and get out, and then ask, "You fit in that thing?" I've stopped the snarky of course answers and now I respond with, "Yeah, but just wait 'til the other nine clowns climb out!" laugh

OHSCrifle
OHSCrifle GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
11/21/22 10:22 p.m.

Opened this thread expecting to read lots of responses from people who aren't tall saying they fit fine in cars.

Wasn't disappointed. 

Nativopr
Nativopr
11/21/22 10:24 p.m.

This is a great subject which should have a two part divided by budget.

Am 6'3" 250+Lbs and one of my first demands for a car is head & leg room. For that reason I've stuck with cars longer than most because once you feel comfortable don't want to risk it.

Currently stuck with an 1998 Subaru Impreza with a complete jdm power & drivetrain swap, and for that matter any wrx/sti would provide plenty of room.
For that matter taller individuals should consider an aftermarket reclinable bucket seat  as part of getting a sport car.

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/22/22 8:16 a.m.
OHSCrifle said:

Opened this thread expecting to read lots of responses from people who aren't tall saying they fit fine in cars.

Wasn't disappointed. 

I'm seeing mostly replies from people at 6ft+ which seems reasonable, so tell us Wilt, what should be the minimum height to ride this thread? cheeky

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/22/22 9:28 a.m.

6'3-6'5 depending on who you ask and time of day, 35" inseam.  First generation RX-7s.

 

The black car has tall-person mods like a driver's seat that has held my bony butt for something like 220k miles across two different cars so it is well broken in like a Brooks saddle, an extended shifter, and a 2" extended steering wheel.  Fit with a helmet just fine.

Red car is an '81 with its less bulky dashboard and vinyl headliner, but it has '84-85 seats which sit higher if they have not been crushed over twenty years of ownership.  No tall-boy mods.  Fits real well too.

 

Not getting a roll cage in either one, mind you.

Berck
Berck Reader
11/22/22 9:52 a.m.

6'2", and I fit just fine in an Autozam, if I don't have to close the door or work the pedals.

bmw88rider
bmw88rider GRM+ Memberand UberDork
11/22/22 9:55 a.m.

At 6'1 and a 34 Inseam, I tend to run out of leg room first or on a smaller car, I end up with the B pillar even with the shoulder. I am super comfy in the Twins. That was actually the best fit that I've had. I fit well in my integra. Because of the short torso, I do pretty well in the NA and NC miatas. (Needed thin shoes for the NC) 911 is like a perfect fit. the 997.1 and .2 were like made for me. I'm sure the 981 is too just have never driven one. 

RX8driver
RX8driver Reader
11/22/22 9:56 a.m.

6'-3" here and I fit decently well into my RX8 R3 (no sunroof), having to only lean back slightly with a helmet. I had to practically lay down in my old sunroof equipped FC with a helmet. My current sunroof-less 2015 WRX fits my helmeted head with room to spare. My wife's 2019 Rav4 with sunroof has significantly less headroom than the WRX.

I think in general tall people will have better luck in sports sedans or hot hatch type cars than "sports cars".

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/22/22 10:05 a.m.

In reply to RX8driver :

I had an FC, a GXL.

I realized I could never had a good time with it when I got in with my helmet and had to scoot the seat all the way forward so I could lay the seatback so far that it crushed the bin area and I still had not much headroom and could still barely reach the steering wheel.

Then I see fidelity101 who is probably taller than me stage rallying an FC and I am all, WTF

 

 

I want to like the ND Miata.  I really do.  It is everything I want in a new car, except it has a whole lot of Little Tykes plastic inside.

I can drive NBs, barely.  I can drive NAs like they were gloves.  Fit wonderful.  With a hardtop, fit better than an SA RX-7 even.

I sat in an ND once.  Customer car, someone else was working on it.  The problem is there is so much berking plastic in the interior that the seatback can't be moved back enough to make enough headroom to be able to drive it, because the dashboard is so bulky with plastic bullE36 M3 that there isn't room to poke your knees up between the dashboard and steering wheel.

 

Low inseam people right now be like "knees between dash and wheel?"  Yes.  First rule of tall people club is you can't put your legs under the steering column.  This means that driving manual transmissions properly is impossible unless you have unusually articulate ankles.

Second rule of tall people club:  All of your joints south of your hips suck.

Toyman!
Toyman! GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/22/22 10:18 a.m.

6'2" and 350 pounds. A G35 is a pretty good fit. 

Plenty of head and foot room. My only complaint is the narrow seat. If you are under 275 pounds it shouldn't be an issue. 

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rattlecan
rattlecan New Reader
11/22/22 10:56 a.m.

6'4" 34" inseam. I fit remarkably well in my buddies r53 mini, even with a helmet. I drive an NA Miata with a deep foamectomy and a 330mm deep dish wheel. My helmet still hits the hardtop on bumps. I'll be moving to cutting out the humps and mounting a seat to the floor soon. 

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/22/22 11:01 a.m.

In reply to rattlecan :

I've never hit my head on the hardtop of an NA but I do scooch so low in the seat that the easy way to open the door involves using my right hand to work the door handle.

 

What was fun was the first time I drove an NA in anger.  The car's owner is shorter than me, and hard mounted the seat.  I could not reliably reach the brake pedal, which made for an interesting time driving.

 

 

OHSCrifle
OHSCrifle GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
11/22/22 11:08 a.m.
GameboyRMH said:
OHSCrifle said:

Opened this thread expecting to read lots of responses from people who aren't tall saying they fit fine in cars.

Wasn't disappointed. 

I'm seeing mostly replies from people at 6ft+ which seems reasonable, so tell us Wilt, what should be the minimum height to ride this thread? cheeky

Here's my yardstick: If you can purchase pants and shirts (that fit) off the rack at normal retail stores... you aren't tall.

If pressed for a number, I'd say tall = 6'-3" or more. 

Love,

Wilt

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/22/22 11:12 a.m.

In reply to OHSCrifle :

Difficulty:  Growing up I was used to clothes that didn't fit because it's not like my mom could buy me a new wardrobe every six months.  That is unreasonable.

Off the rack clothes seem to stop at 34 inseam.  It was 20 years before I realized my inseam was 35.  All the same, it is really hard, but possible, to find 28-34 pants.

MadScientistMatt
MadScientistMatt UltimaDork
11/22/22 11:17 a.m.

6'2" here but with legs long enough I had to modify the seat tracks on a Kia Soul to get enough leg room. Some good and bad fits:

Good - 

C4 Corvette

Ford Focus

Mk II MR2

E36 BMW

American 1960s era cars

Modern VW products 

 

Bad -

Mk I MR2

NA or NB Miata 

 

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/22/22 11:34 a.m.

In reply to MadScientistMatt :

How long are your legs that you don't fit a Soul?

billy69
billy69 New Reader
11/22/22 1:40 p.m.

6'7"  300+ i fit the new mustang and can shift, i dont fit the new camaro or corvette.

TR7 (Forum Supporter)
TR7 (Forum Supporter) Reader
11/22/22 1:47 p.m.

6'-ish. I can get my helmeted head into my 944, any VWs, corvettes, or 4th gen F-body no problem, but the 996 I cannot (surprise!). NA miata had no chance.... 

fidelity101
fidelity101 UberDork
11/22/22 2:48 p.m.
J.A. Ackley said:
M007chan said:

I'd suggest the Mazda RX8; but only without the factory sunroof and leather seats. The sunroof eats at least an inch of headroom due to the rails and the leather seats, even at the lowest position, are still higher than the cloth seats, although there's a partial work around where the rear mounting of the seat pan can be inverted.

The RX-8 has always tempted me, but I've been worried about fit. I got to give one a try.

when i had an rx8 as a daily i chopped off the brackets for the seat that mounts the rails to the chassis and fabricated some extensions and welded it up so i could slide the front seat all the way back to the rear seat - very easy to do and was very comfortable

300zxfreak
300zxfreak Reader
11/22/22 3:17 p.m.

At 6'-1", down from my youthful 6'-2", I can fit in my Z32, but I do have my knees somewhat around the steering wheel, but everything else is fine, provided I enter the car butt first.

For a DD, my SQ5 fits me just fine, and is more like a sports car in SUV disguise.

curtisr
curtisr
11/22/22 6:27 p.m.

I had to sell my beloved '82 Porsche 928 (with sunroof) for reasons of height.  The same went for my 2005 Crossfire.  Looking back, I wish I had i) deleted the sunroof and ii) installed a racing seat such as a Kirkey which might not be the best for long-hauls but  would give me the extra space I needed.  At 6'4" I can say that my '84 Nissan/Datsun 300zx is just fine.  Well, at least once I removed the driver's sun visor.  :D

redptc
redptc New Reader
11/22/22 10:35 p.m.

I'm 6'4" and my 2016 Golf R fits great.  My guess is that the new Mark 8 Golf R and GTI would also be fine.

te72
te72 HalfDork
11/23/22 1:25 a.m.

You guys are making me realize that being short is a blessing in disguise. I'm about 5'-8" but like a 32" inseam. Long legs, short arms, I'm kinda like a t-rex. I have to sit very upright to reach the wheel and still be able to work the pedals in most cars.

 

Exocet is about the coziest car I've had, I set up the passenger seat so one particularly tall friend of mine could ride shotgun. No way he could drive the thing, but it has tons of leg room!

Loweguy5
Loweguy5 GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
11/23/22 6:05 a.m.

In reply to redptc :

The Mark 8 GTI/R has an absolute mountain of room for the driver.  I looked at one a few months ago and was shocked at how comfortable it was up front.

buzzboy
buzzboy SuperDork
11/23/22 7:30 a.m.

At a Lemons race I saw a 6'10" guy racing an RX8. He'd dropped the seat, but still I'm very impressed.

TJL (Forum Supporter)
TJL (Forum Supporter) Dork
11/23/22 10:08 a.m.

Im just under 6' now(thanks back probs), but i fit in my E36 coupe with room to spare. Im a non-fat 225lbs or so. Wide shoulders and bigger arms. 
 

but i wear a size 14 shoe and depending on the stile, my shoe fills the gap between the floor and under-dash. Encountering resistance with your foot when you are reaching for the brakes isnt fun. 

BlueInGreen - Jon
BlueInGreen - Jon UltraDork
11/23/22 10:26 a.m.

I had a BMW 318ti without a sunroof and that car was great. Lots of space for my long neck and pretty roomy in general.

I really wish there was a modern equivalent, a rwd hot hatch basically.

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