matt_lisa at sprynet.com
Mon Feb 23 19:09:49 PST 2009
The Arial Atom was definitely a hoot! My favorite review of his is
the mk5 GTI. It made me want to ditch all my diesels and get one.
What was I thinking??!
On Feb 23, 2009, at 5:13 PM, James Hansen wrote:
> yeah, Clarkson in the jag was a howl. That was one of the best overall
> shows ever I think...
> I still think his best ever review was driving/reviewing the Aerial
> When I think of it, I still chuckle over it...
> Matt_Lisa wrote:
>> 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.
>> -Matt http://matt_lisa.home.sprynet.com/
>> -----Original Message-----
>>> 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]
>>> 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) Mark
>>> ----- 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 http://www.finalgear.com/
>>>> 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'.
>>>> -Matt http://matt_lisa.home.sprynet.com/
>>>> -----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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