matt_lisa at sprynet.com
Mon Feb 23 11:41:41 PST 2009
It's funny, Jeremy Clarkson makes total fun of americans (fat/lazy/etc.), but I still love the show. The chemistry between the three presenters is fantastic.
The Golf W12 concept was neat, but not very practical. Also, it couldn't corner at all. I guess all that power with a sorta square wheelbase made for some scary driving. The Stig didn't manage a very good time in it because of the lack of cornering ability.
To keep it on the diesel topic, Top Gear have featured VW Diesels several times. They drove the M4 in a gas powered Lupo and a Lupo TDI to see how much money could be saved with the diesel. They saved £3.99 over the course of ~120 miles. Not bad. I think the gas one got 41mpg while the diesel got just over 70mpg (imperial).
They recently drove from Switzerland to Blackpool on one tank. Hammond took a VW Polo Bluemotion TDI. It was a 750 mile drive, and they all made it. Good stuff.
>From: mark shepherd <mark at shepher.fsnet.co.uk>
>Sent: Feb 23, 2009 10:30 AM
>To: vw fans <Vwdiesel at vwfans.com>
>Subject: Re: [Vwdiesel] 7-7-7
>Apparently to get on the audience part of the show there's a very long wait,
>technically 20 years IIRC...
>It's a good show because they get to test drive the latest cars, and are not
>afraid of being extremely rude about cars they don't like. Last night it
>was a concept car; a Golf V12 IIRC... 0 to 60 in less than 4 seconds.
>A bit like my Quantum ;o)
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Matt_Lisa" <matt_lisa at sprynet.com>
>To: <vwdiesel at vwfans.com>
>Sent: Monday, February 23, 2009 4:36 PM
>Subject: Re: [Vwdiesel] 7-7-7
>> Top Gear is a British car show shown on BBC2. The episodes shown on BBC
>> America are pretty butchered up; they cut around 20 minutes out of each
>> episode to fit commercials. I've seen all the episodes, and can vouch
>> that it's a great program. Torrents are available at
>> The crew converting the Rabbit is from the American version of Top Gear.
>> They've filmed a pilot plus a couple more episodes, and they are currently
>> shopping it around. NBC passed on it (suckers), so they're trying for
>> cable. If you look at the Rabbit they picked, it's a Westmorland car
>> built in PA, which was not sold in Europe.
>> It's possible that the Polo engine could bolt up to the Rabbit, as long as
>> the mounts are the same. One of the problems with the mk4 Golf TDI is
>> they changed how the engine mounts to the car. As long as the Polo hasn't
>> changed, anything can be made to work. Hopefully we'll get some Polo's
>> stateside, and can start experiencing a proper VW 'supermini'.
>> -----Original Message-----
>>>From: William J Toensing <toensing at wildblue.net>
>>>Sent: Feb 23, 2009 4:13 AM
>>>To: vwdiesel at vwfans.com
>>>Subject: [Vwdiesel] 7-7-7
>>>To my knowledge, TopGear is a British car magazine published by the BBC.
>>>They also have an automotive comedy show that appears on Monday nights on
>>>BBC America. You can watch it on Dish satellite channel 135. Don't know
>>>about various cable channels or Direct TV satellite. If you are a gear
>>>head you will most likely enjoy these shows, especially if you enjoy
>>>seeing foreign as opposed to American iron & many cars you can't buy in
>>>the USA. However, keep in mind their orientation is towards speed vs.
>>>economy. Also, the 70 MPG probably relates to Imperial vs. USA gallons.
>>>FYI for converting, one USA gallons= 3.785 liters.
>>>This article makes me wonder how easy it would be to transplant a 3
>>>cylinder VW Polo TDI diesel into a first generation Rabbit. Also, to you
>>>members living in the UK, how much are good used Polo TDI engines going
>>>for in the UK in junk yards? I think you call them "breaker" yards. For
>>>that matter, what would a good Ford Focus diesel engine & manual
>>>transmission go for? Or would a Focus diesel engine bolt up to a Focus gas
>>>engine transmission? As you in the UK probably know, we can't get the
>>>diesel Focus here but I believe it is legal in most states to convert gas
>>>car to a diesel.
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