The prices seem to be coming down now. It won't be long before you they can be regularly had for £9k I would guess. My wife also has a Picasso, I'll probably be laughed off the board, but what a car that is! As the saying goes 'it does what is says on the tin'
We bucked the trend and bought a petrol Picasso, 117bhp against the better diesels 90bhp...
I could never find all the horses though until I serviced it, when I reset the service light, and boy it did make a difference, only thing is the chassis is probably better suited to a 90bhp engine
And who hoons around a 3 figure speeds in their car with the kids in it? Which is exactly what the picasso is designed for, its not a "drivers" car, but its bloody good at what it is supposed to do.
Back to the thread, where I live all the roads are twisty, no dual carrieageways, and very short straights.
Now in my honest opinion, the limiting factor of my cars cornering ability is based on the fact that The car shoots down the straight, around the corner with loads of grip to spare, and a tractor, land rover or old biddy in a diesel rover doing 20mph, may be 20 yards from the bend and you've got to stop swerve or somehow avoid a collision, the fact that on a top gear track a lighter engine will make for better handling is a joke, true but not really relavent on the roads, not if you like living that is...
My work mate asked me at what speed my car would go round a certain fast corner on the way home, His golf gti being able to scrape around at 90, I've done that bend at about 105 without drama, in the V6, which is a bloody good engine for making the most of the short overtaking oppurtunitys that present themselves on a twisty back road.
It is also fair to say that any figures on a spec. sheet don't tell the whole story, the punch from my little 2.5 V6 in third gear is astounding, far more than I got from my 5.7 litre V8 Corvette, and the other thing is driver ability/recklessness I was chased once by a guy in a diesel non turbo D reg. transit van through a set of twisty wet slippy bends, and even though I was pushing hard, to the point of loosing the rear end
I was struggling to lose him.
Oh and he teaches rally driving at the Higgins boys rally school three doors down from my house, the best rally experience there is, if your interested.!!!
But the whole and entire point is the sound and feel of the V6 is something else, it may not be quicker than car X, it may not handle as well, but if you have one ounce of petrol in your veins, you will know why Alfisti love them so much.
End of sermon
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