Originally Posted by Cliffy
Gee..talk about taking the bull by the horns!....Have you guys seen Vauxhall's new (at the moment prototype) Twin Turbo Diesel Vectra?....lets just put it this way, it'll wipe the floor with any fourth coming BMW diesel. Ok, it aint confirmed yet, but given that Jaguar have just stuck a TT diesel in the new XJ or S-Type or somthing which struggles to pull of a 9second 0-62 time, I think that Vauxhall's proposed time of just under 6.5seconds and a restricted top speed (due to European regulations) of 155mph is a massive achievment, especially given that vauxhall once had to rely on Isuzu to produce a decent diesel lump for them because they coudn't do it themselves!
I wouldnt trust vauxhall as far as i could throw them, well the reason that they have this loverly new ability to produce there own diesels is Saab and Isuzu are now working together to develop the engines.
Lets hope they get Isuzu fuel economy from there truck division and Saab's performace and not the other way around!
May be its me cliffy but jags are suposed to be mild luxuary expresses, the S-type does 0-62 in 8 secs, and 140 mph and 40mpg. Its not suposed to be all out fast, its 6 speed auto is ment for eating up the M1 and M6 at 80-90mph in a colonial gentalmens club style and comfort.
If you want performance then you wouldnt be buying a diesel jag for £35k would you, with its 27 cows to sit on, silent cabin, large saloon boot, soft suspension and preprogrammed Radio 2 default.
You would go and buy a VX220 turbo from vauxhall/lotus.
Its very much the same with the vectra, yeah it may b quicker 0-62, but do i really care, if i had the choice of my bosses quick vectra or the MD's jag, up and down the country or to take my girlfriend, mother, etc out then i would choose the jag. The seats are in a class of there own, the cabin is silent, the radio isnt half bad, you dont even need to change it from radio 2 it tames you to its whims, the 2.7 TD is far from pedestrian and its 25% more economical than a 2.0 petrol vectra and the same 0-60, same top speed, more torque and more power and both are 6 speed.