jhsg at sasktel.net
Thu Jan 15 22:51:47 PST 2009
Greg Johnson wrote:
> When you post something general on a discussion board, such as my post about
> the new Bluesport Concept, it's always interesting to see what lister's will
> focus on.
> With the new Bluesport there's much to talk about. It's one of the few
> diesel powered sports cars on the planet. The interior and exterior styling
> is way cool. It's mid-engined and will therefore handle extremely well.
> It's light weight (2600 lbs) which adds to the handling, creates a wonderful
> power to weight ratio, and contributes to its 0-60 in 6.6 seconds time and
> its awesome 55 miles to the gallon fuel economy (hybrid, schmybird). Ah,
> and lets not forget 140 mph! The Blue Concept will run rings (Audi rings?)
> around a Prius, deliver better highway mileage, and probably come pretty
> darn close to the same in town fuel mileage, particularly if you drive it
> like a Prius. As I said: "Yeehaa!"
Well absolutely, you're preaching to the converted in that vein.
> So, with all there is to talk about, I can't figure out why most of the
> discussion is about a DSG tranny that VAG developed about 6 years ago and
> introduced in the Audi TT in 2004. Yawn . . . Snooze
Because a number of us have cars with Tiptronic transmissions. Tip
leaves a particularly awful impression on the owner. So bad, that I
Never, ever want to drive another automatic that Volkswagen has had
anything to do with ever again. I have one in my 05 Passat. Feh. The
car is wonderful. I barely tolerate the slushbox. If I could evict the
damn thing, I would.
While it promises to be an amazing transmission, the concept behind
improving my car by making the transmission a hopelessly complex
engineering marvel that approaches the efficiency of a standard gearbox
is lost on me.
I have found that I can very easily achieve the efficiency of a standard
gearbox with *gasp* a standard shift gearbox and a manual clutch. I
really don't give a crap how fast it shifts unless I plan on racing it,
which for now, I don't, I'm having waaay too much fun with my current
I personally view DSG as a very complicated fix for what was not broken.
My opinion only.
I would probably buy the Blue Concept anyway as it is a wonderful car,
and a damn fine advertising platform for getting diesel vehicles
accepted in North America, and most likely an utter adn complete hoot to
drive, but then so would be a TDI powered Aerial Atom.
As to the service life of a blue concept? I lay money on the tranny as
the first piece of technology to shit the bed.
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