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Join Date: May 2009
Location: United Kingdom
How many of those criticising the diesel have actually driven it though?
The 2.4 JTD is a bit clattery when starting up, but on the move actually makes a pleasingly throaty burble that is really quite nice. Best sounding diesel I have ever heard.
There is torque everywhere and a remap and exhaust should see you to 270bhp which is more power than the V6 petrol, whilst giving you far superior economy.
I drove Mikey's Phase II JTD Spider which was putting out 270bhp (proven on the rollers) just from the Mangos mods and it was seriously quick.
I haven't driven the 2.2 but have heard it is underpowered, whilst the 3.2 is mega thirsty.
A lot of people still struggle with the idea of performance diesels but times have changed and there is a lot to like if you approach them with an open mind.
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