All Hail a New Breed of Motoring God
Regular readers of my motoring based tripe will no doubt be quite shocked to read that my favourite new car available is not a Saab but is in fact the brilliantly engineered and beautifully styled Audi K8. There isnít an angle from which this car looks anything other than stunning. It proves just what Audi can do when they set out to give anyone with £80000 burning a hole in their pocket, a no holes barred sheer driving experience.
Itís the true supercar for the 21st century, a super car that has the looks, build-quality and performance to stick an absolutely insane grin on your face and yet itís reliable and docile enough to use every day with ease. The drivers of such cars are to be heralded as true bastions of the road for one simple reason: Logic and fashion dictates that, in this market sector, the weapon of choice is a Porsche 911. Itís the obvious decision for anyone who wants to be seen on the road as an over-indulged, rich tosser. Yes, the 911 is an accomplished sports car nay, supercar but after being built for 40 years it bloody well ought to be. No, my main beef with the 911 is that first and foremost itís a car for people who want the decision made for them. Itís so bloody obvious, no thought is required.
Anyone who buys an Audi R8 on the other hand, could have had a 911 but, rather than go with the very affluent and fashionable herd, decided instead to go for something a bit different, just as dynamic from a company who had never made a supercar before, with the added bonus that, on the grounds of pure taste, the R8 will never make you look as big a w****r as the 911 does.
But, there is a much more modest car that, in my worthless opinion, makes its driver look like a gold- plated, all conquering, motoring hero, the MG 75ZT V8. Now I sense a certain amount of dissension here. I suspect that many a reader of this will be saying well, heís really lost the plot this time, next stop stark-screaming-bonkersville but hang on, think about it Ö
The MG75ZT is a car that stands out on the road but is SO not fashionable; thatís one big tick in its favour. The driver has looked at all the chav chariots available from BMW, Subaru, Audi, Mercedes, Alfa Romeo and VW and decided to spend the same kind of money on an incredibly good looking car thatís:
(a) Going to drink petrol by the barrel
(b) Going to be hideously expensive to insure
(c) Going to be hideously expensive to maintain
(d) Will undoubtedly have reliability issues and
(e) Going to depreciate like a brick.
To use one of my favourite quotes by Jeremy Clarkson,Ē this guyís gonna be wearing margarine trousers on a slide into financial oblivionĒ but heís going to be doing it with a great big smile on his face. This guy is not just a motoring hero, heís a motoring god. Discarding fashion, common sense and approval, to have a true enthusiastís car. I salute you, Sir, quite literally.
If only I could be so brave.