Now driving a BMW :(
AO Platinum Member
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: West Yorkshire
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by PR:
<strong>Why is speed off the mark (not neccessarily 0-60) not real world driving? Pulling out at a junction, away from a roundabout, from traffic lights?
Is is because a JTD is about 2.5secs slower?</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">The main reason is because the techniques used to extract the times are completely unrepresentative of how people actually drive. You are right - it's good to have the ooomph to nip out into gaps, but it bugs me that so much emphasis is put on 0-60 and 0-100 times to the extent that people dismiss certain cars just on these figures alone.
My last car was a 145QV - 0-60 8.1. The JTD is about 9.5 I think. To be honest, I can't tell in everyday driving, but across country I would take the JTD any day of the week. If I was hung up on 0-60 times, I would have bought the JTS (same price), but that would have been a mistake.
Don't get me wrong I am not knocking the GTA - far from it. It has a lovely engine, lovely seats and lovely wheels. I am sure the brakes are a big improvement on standard as well. But, I am so pleased with my JTD that I do like to defend it's corner, and the everyday performance you get from it for £20,000 makes it a real winner.