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Hi Guys

Just got back from a weekend in Sutherland and what a joy my GQV TCT was!

We were 4 people in the car and the boot easily swallowed everything we needed for a weekend in the coldest place in SA. There are three things that stood out on this trip. Firstly, how fantastic is this engine/gearbox combination. Those of you who know the road from Matjiesfontein to Sutherland will know the stretch from Verlatenkloof to the top of the plateau is one of the major climbs in SA. More than 700m worth of altitude gain in just a few kilometers. The car just flew up in sixth gear absolutely effortlessly, the few times I went down to fifth because the gradient is such that all logic tells you this can't be done in sixth the gearshift indicator kept nagging me to change up to sixth. Incredible. Overtaking is a non-event, quick, effortless and safe and the TCT box is a joy to use.

The second thing is what a fantastic long distance car this is. With the cruise control set at 140 km/h the engine is inaudible and so is wind noise, just a little tyre noise which I don't mind. I'm not one for long road trips but doing a really long stint such as Cape Town to Johannesburg will be an absolute joy.

Lastly, the fuel consumption. My average for the entire trip was 8.2 l/100 km which in my book is almost ridiculously good. I don't spare the horses and considering that was achieved with four in the car plus luggage over challenging terrain I am more than happy.

This one is a keeper, what a joy.

Cheers.

Chris
 

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How was tge seats comfort?

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How was tge seats comfort?

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I find the front seats very comfortable and had no complaints from the guys in the back. I sat in the back when we drove from Sutherland to the observatory and although I had enough space visibility isn't great, those front seats are bulky! The front is definitely the better place to be.
 

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That part of the country is really stunning. I recall passing the Southerland turn-off on the R27 before Calvinia on my way back from Upington in April. I just took this pic at the turn-off to the gravel road: http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a103/emcon1/AlfaOwner/20160403_124153.jpg

We were traveling at a slightly more hectic pace though, between 150km/h and 160km/h depending if the popo was nearby: http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a103/emcon1/AlfaOwner/20160401_174041.jpg
Ian, were you in 5th or 6th gear when the second picture was taken? At 150 - 160 my car sits around 3000rpm.
 

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Ian, were you in 5th or 6th gear when the second picture was taken? At 150 - 160 my car sits around 3000rpm.
It was in 6th, but remember the V6 revs much higher than the TBI engine. Redline starts at 6500 but the limiter only cuts in at 7000rpm while the TBI redlines at 5750rpm and the limiter kicks in at 6000rpm. At top speed this is the scenario:

My V6 TI at 250km/h and 5500rpm with some room to go in the rev range: http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a103/emcon1/AlfaOwner/20150103_154723_79950.jpg

My TBI TI at 245km/h on the redline at 5750rpm with no room to spare: http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a103/emcon1/AlfaOwner/20130720_144415_86700.jpg
 
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