A couple of weeks ago, I drove a Mini S and walked away impressed. A lot of car rags had complained about a "harsh" ride, and I completely disagreed with that. It's firm, but not harsh. But I drove it because I was interested in the Convertible. The tin top seemed a little too boring to me, plus I thought the lower roofline of the ragtop looked more aggressive and taut.
Anyway, I'm a guy and I must be living in my own little world, because it never even occured to me that a Mini convertible was too feminine. I look at it as a little daredevil, if anything, one step away from a motorcycle. I'm also considering adding the Cooper Works package if I'm convinced the chassis can handle it. One thing I noticed was a little torque steer, so I don't think this would be my Porsche, so to speak.
As for the look, I did have convcerns about an interior that was too busy and sort of self-mocking, like the oversized speedometer. Now that I think about it, maybe those big "O" shapes are like the way junior high school chicks used to write O's when I was in school. I dunno. But the interior looks more serious with the facelift and I'd get the speedo and tach on the steering column and generally spec the car in black and silver.
Again, I was thinking all this without ever imagining the car was feminine. What's feminine to me? For one, I associate slushboxes with feminine. Also, I associate an overriding need for safety as feminine (which by the way ought to give pause to guys who drive big SUVs because they think it MAKES them more manly and they feel more secure). Another thing would be color, so I agree with the pink Cadillac comment.
That leads to my next question: what's masculine? A
driving a BMW, one of the smoothest and most refined cars on the road? A guy driving a Ferrari 360 convertible, with its sensuous lines and styling, wind in his hair? How about the guy driving a Cadillac Escladade with leather interior so he can be "bigger" than everyone else?
Nah, the only true man vehicles out there imo are those used for work for a very utilitarian purpose, like a Dodge Ram pickup (used for work) or maybe some old sportscar that may or may not make it to its destination and requires some knowledge of mechanics to own it.
As soon as style and image come into play, you can always find the chick within the man.