Over the past few years we have reviewed over 100 different vehicles, be it cars, SUV, CUV, pick ups.
They are all good vehicles, although we might find something that is not to our taste, other folks will find it to their liking, we are all different. They are all good...each vehicle in its own way is a good vehicle.
As individuals we all have our personal preferences on how a vehicle should drive, and we have our own preferences on what we appreciate in the way a vehicle drives.
This morning The Colonel is with us lets see if he will share his own personal preferences on how a vehicle should drive.
Q: Colonel, what do you expect from a vehicle, what do you like.
A: I like them all, and they all drive well. Incredible how vehicles are engineered today. Yes...you know that ABC will drive this way, and that XYZ will drive that way.
Q: We know...but what inspires you?
A: Guys you know that already, a sense of power, a V8 will inspire me the most, a V12 will fire up my imagination. Lately a V6 with a couple of turbos that feels like a V8 is very interesting.
Q: We know that you have a a preference for sedans.
A: Yes I do, they are practical. Although a sportier car is also fun.
Q: So it would be a V8, sedan, with an automatic, with a good feel...can you define good feel?
A: What do I understand as a good feel. They all drive well, the car with the V8 is usually a little heavier, its rear drive which makes it balanced, and it has a level of "waftability" not how fast it is in acceleration, but how much power it has when you need it for whatever reason.
Q: Its starting to sound like a luxury sedan or darn close to a luxury sedan.
Q: You want to leasurely cruise down the highway with power to spare.
A: It must be totally effortless...I really mean effortless, comfortable, reassuring.
Q: What do you expect when you get in "apex" mode.
A: Being pragmatic "apex" mode last less than 60 seconds, the entire car must come together instantly and perform flawlessy.
Q: Its sounds like a tall order...
A: It is...but most cars will come together, and perform...agreed some better than other.
Q: You have a thing about brakes.
A: Simple...if there is X under the hood, the brakes have to be at least 2X, and must remain at 2X for a consistent period of time.
Q: As a personal preference you want a sedan with a V8, that is an effortless highway cruiser and becomes a good performer in apex mode.
A: Its that simple, and that complex.
Q: Are you impatient when a car does not perform.
A: What do you think, impatient, unforgiving too. While realising that they are my expectations, my preferences, what inspires me.
A: A while back we had a 4 cylinder, turbo, performance sedan, with a manual transmission. The car that most enthusiasts rave about...it was a cool car. I had this feeling that the brakes were not 2X, the moment I confirmed that they were not 2X...you know the answer.
Q: You persist in saying that cars drive well.
A: Absolutely, a FWD 4 cylinder econobox drives well for what it is...would it make me happy...we know the answer. Surprisingly most cars also keep their composure on rough pavement.
Q: Is it the reason you endure Walter.
A: Put it this way...Walter has a V8, its real wheel drive, it has vented discs in the back, would love to cruise all day long at 2,600 RPM, has a great sound system too. Yes...it instantly gets in apex mode.