posted by djhorace on 10/04/2005 21:24:09
posted by Union Jack on 10/04/2005 02:36:57
Got an American guy at our place at the moment.. he can't understand UK's (Europe's!!!) love with small cars.. just can't see why we like them. 'In the US we prefer to drive big SUVs because they're safer and better, why did you buy such a small car as a Mini? Everyone drives such small cars here!'
Typical yank by the sounds of it. Because of them, we are all paying a fortune for fuel such is the American demand for cheap oil. They have no regard for conservation or any other country/nation but the USA.
To heck with any world treaties all other developed nations have signed to - We are the good ol US of A and we will kick all yo asses if you try to change our ways. We need huge vehicles to drive about in with engines the size of yo cars in the UK......
Yes he did find it amusing when I told him the engine was a 1.6. He said it must be 'puny' Which is a tad ironic really.
Anyone remember the episode of top gear where they were laughing at yank engines.. "This one 3.2 litres.. 160hp" or something. I did remind him that the 'puny' 1.6 did kick out 170hp and a bucket load of torque and he shut up. Could have rubbed salt into the wound by pointing out its actually capable of dealing with 170hp round a tight corner.. but I didn't.
He said 'Don't know why, but Minis are becoming quite popular in the States' I'm thinking.. its probably because, same with Golfs over there, the sensible public suddenly has the chance to own a car that isn't a tank, looks great, goes great and is quality.
Maybe if the yanks learned to build proper engines they would find oil was relatively more plentiful. Think about what Europe and Japan are capable of. VAG 1.8T 225hp stock. Honda 2.0Vtec 200hp stock... and relatively speaking they don't use that much 'gas' compared to the 5.7litres they need. Don't get me onto VW's 1.9TDI 150hp+ STOCK!
Hey, lets not slate their pushrod engines.. they get a bit defensive about it.. wonder why