QUOTE What was it the fuzzy guy achieved? Oh, yeah, 8 miles to the gallon!!
Talking about this it was interesting to compare the performance of the old Corvette C5 and the Ferrari 360, recently shown oh-so clearly in a story in Road & Track. The Vette, now made of space-age plastic over an extruded alloy frame of very low hertz frequency, out-performs the 360 in EVERY segment (acceleration, braking, top speed, cornering speed, comfort, amenities) while the EPA-measured fuel consumption is nearly ONE HALF of that of the Ferrari.
So something funny happened earlier this year, which was briefly reported on Car On Line: during a conference in Brussels on front of a "European Commission on Environmental Matters" or something like that, Ferrari's (and now FIAT's) Luca Di Montezemolo blasted the US for their apparent wasteful automotive habits. This is when a well-known automotive journalist apparently pointed out the eer... facts cited above, and Luca just did not know what to say, then muttered something about the wasteful US SUVs. But this is when the journalist in question (an employee of a German specialty magazine) pointed out that the Jeep Cherokee V8 was getting better mileage than the Euro BMW X5.
I don't think this guy is going to be invited in Maranello any time soon to drive an Enzo in a private session with MS, eh?
So the Yanks may have a few aces in their sleeves? I just saw the new Vette at the Anaheim auto show. It does not look any worse in finish and materials than the 360 on display there... and still costs only 1/5th of the price of the Italian stallion while guarantying 19-28 city/hwy mileage and 196MPH top speed, with a 0-60MPH in 3.9". The warranty is also a lot better... and it HAS a large luggage space.
But no cavallino rampante on its sides...