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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 1:04 am    Post subject: American Muscle ? Reply with quote

When I collected my Hire Car from Boston I was upgraded to a Pontiac G6 GT, spent the next week driving mainly around Cape Cod and a couple of long trips to Rhode Island and North Massachusetts.

Typical American 4 speed slush box, but I thought the performance was poor for what I thought was a 2 litre 4 cylinder with about 140 bhp.
I was amazed when I checked the spec to find I had a 3.5 litre V6 churning out about 220 bhp.
How do the Americans produce such rubbish cars, on even slightly wet roads it wanted to head towards the nearest tree, steering in a straight line was interesting Confused
I can understand now why I only returned only 20 MPG albeit American gallons.
And of course it was Fugly Sad

Interesting kickdown, the only noticeable difference was the noise, it got louder but progress was pedestrian.

If you enjoy driving don't go to the States, I was very tempted to take my
B10 for a couple of months, but I think I would explode with frustration Evil or Very Mad
If you think we have road hogs, try to overtake cars all doing 55 mph in all 3 lanes.
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's what the hard shoulder is for

Only kidding
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please do not forget that the Americans have designed and built some WONDERFUL
machinery

listen to the following
a clip that a sound team made of my 1968 race camaro for an undisclosable project!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZVyq3zEc_s&hd=1

notwithstanding due acknowledgement of some real horrors built since!!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Take it back, and ask for a G8 GT. Basically the same as my wifes car, you should find it a little more rapid. Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Araf wrote:
Take it back, and ask for a G8 GT. Basically the same as my wifes car, you should find it a little more rapid. Cool


Didn't you see the date of my post Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 1:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have now. Embarassed I thought it was odd, that the hire company still had cars from the now defunct Pontiac.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 4:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This must be the Easter holiday instead.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 9:57 am    Post subject: Driving in the USA Reply with quote

I visit the US on a regular basis, and have a half share in this:


Cadillac Eldorado 1971.

Amazing to drive, totally different to my UK cars Cool

8.2 litres, front wheel drive, and room for 8 people! Not for shrinking violets!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 11:23 am    Post subject: Re: Driving in the USA Reply with quote

Mike Pitt wrote:
I visit the US on a regular basis, and have a half share in this:


Cadillac Eldorado 1971.

Amazing to drive, totally different to my UK cars Cool

8.2 litres, front wheel drive, and room for 8 people! Not for shrinking violets!


Looks like Boss Hogg's old motor Very Happy , where's the cow horn Laughing
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