Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2008/09/27

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Subject: [Leica] a serious question
From: Frank.Dernie at (Frank Dernie)
Date: Sat Sep 27 01:58:15 2008
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The problem with the modern car market is just this, mainly quoting  
straight line acceleration figures. You may well argue that the only  
time 99.9% of car owners use the full performance of their car is in a  
"drag race", and you would be probably correct. The thing is, if you  
don't care about fuel consumption or the weight of 4 wheel drive, put  
a big motor into an overweight car and the straight line performance  
comes back. However, there is nothing you can do to get the cornering  
agility or braking performance back, heavy vehicles have accidents  
lighter ones can avoid.
I am swimming against the tide here I know because the vast majority  
of people who can afford these cars would be scared rigid long before  
they had reached anything like their chassis limit whereas even my Mum  
can do the "full throttle down the straight for a while" routine. From  
a purist point of view I am unable to admire these things.

On 26 Sep, 2008, at 18:36, Jeff Moore wrote:

> 2008-09-26-09:29:12 Brian Reid:
>> The Phaeton is still being manufactured.
> ...and note that the Bentley Continental is based on the VW Phaeton,
> isn't it?  (Some body and interior tweaks, stuff in a [VWAG-designed]
> motor which, depending on flavor, might deliver as much as 600 HP /  
> 553
> lb-ft and your Bentley-badged 5500-pound steel-bodied car scoots from
> 0-60 MPH in 4-1/2 seconds.  They don't need no stinkin' Audi A8  
> aluminum
> body when there's entirely too much power on tap!)
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