new cars performance
just typed this long and extremely well researched , well written and very interesting post and got logged out. arse.
anyway, the guts of it are, cos i am not typing the whole thing again.
someone mentioned the new fiesta against a festiva, and i got to thinking (it hurt like hell, but i am okay now).
there have been great advances in technology, safety, design, NVH, ergonomics etc, but one area that hasnt improved in the last 20 years is small car performance.
1980 ford fiesta 1.3 0-60 mph 10.7 secs
1980 ford escort 1.6, 0-60mph 10.1 secs
1980 ford rs2000, 0-60 mph 8.5 secs.
compare that to...
2001 ford ka 1.3 0-100 kmh 16.5 secs (why not push the thing????)
2001 ford laser 1.6, 10.4 secs
2001 ford laser sr2 10.3 secs.
in fact, it is fair to say that performance for the new equivalents has gone backwards for all models. and for ford to ask $30k for the sr2, when i can buy a rs2000 for $5k and hose it (with a lot more fun) is sheer madness. that is not a hot hatch, in fact, it is about the same as a 1.6 escort!
but ford are not the only ones. i could list the cars that the rs humiliates, but suffice to say that the list is long and expensive...eg alfa 156 2.5 with 140 kw...8.9 secs and $57500.
on a final note though, the daewoo matiz. $12k and 20.8 secs. hahahahahahahahaha.
ladies and gentlemen, i have seen the light and it is escort shaped. sideways.