If you missed tonight's Top Gear you missed a good show. A highlight was
Clarkson waxing lyrical about the new BMW 1 Series M coupé. To say that he loved
it is an understatement - he even said that it was today's equivalent of the Mk1
Volkswagen golf GTI - which is as good as any endorsement gets.
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Dizzy's wish is granted:
116 - 204 HP
Scroll down to 1M.
Which traffic lights Grand Prix does dizzy wish to win?
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"Dean Dark" < snipped-for-privacy@gmailNOTTHISPART.com> wrote in message
Well then, I'll ask who could possibly make use of the superior
balance and handling characteristics of rear-wheel drive?
I could go on. It was a cheap little car. Fun to drive under the
right circumstances? Maybe so, but still left in the dust by many
others. IMO, of course.
It depends on the car. For example, I owned several Minis, ranging
from stock bangers to a 1091 that was tuned up the wazoo and made
close to 100 bhp. What did it weigh? How quick was it? That is an
exercise for the math student, if you don't happen to already know.
FWD can work very, very well in small, light cars. Do you remember
how Minis whipped and stomped all over Jaguar's arse in saloon car
racing in the early 60s? How do you explain that?
Free Clue: Look at the power to weight ratio.
Second Free Clue: Compare the weight of a Mk. I Golf GTI to the
current iteration of the same.
No, I'm not that old to remenber that.
I did own a second-generation Honda CRX Si, and it was a fun car. It
could go 0-60 in about 8.5 seconds, while, as I recall, the MK I GTI
was a couple seconds slower. Not sure why, considering the CRX was
just 105 HP.
Maybe I just have a bad taste in my mouth from the "Rabbit" I once
owned. I think it was a Mk I Golf.
Well, power has almost doubled, but weight has certainly not...
As an aside, WTF is it with VW/Audi and that awful inline-5? Talk
about a red-headed stepchild of an engine...
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