Yes you read it right: a reputable car company has turbo-charged and super-charged a 1.4 litre engine. This is bad enough. But what madness might bring a civilised country to purchase such a thing? Handing over real money for a this Frankenstein of cars?
The sensible thing to do would be to give the car a larger engine - say 2 litres or more. If more power is what you are after, a higher capacity is the quietest, smoothest, most fuel-efficient way of doing it. A tiny 1.4 litre engine, super-charged or not, is no to use to anyone at under 3000 rpms, and all the action is above 4000 rpms.
I am my no means an engine expert. I am sure that the Germans have produced something truly remarkable in the 1.4 TSI 160 PS (all those numbers - presumably the 159 PS didn't quite cut the mustard?) But here is the real question:
Yes, why would anyone bother trying to make a 1.4 litre engine more powerful when there are perfectly good 2 and 3 litre engines around with all the power you need?
Why would people want to drive to work at an average of 4000 rpm?
Why would a company actually advertise that their car has such a small engine, as opposed to hiding it in the small print like sensible crowds?
Why would anyone buy it?
The answer, of course, lies in environmentalism:
- The environmentalists who ensure that when you fill up your tank, 80% of the cost is tax
- The environmentalists who make everyone publish CO2 emissions figures even though no one else cares
- The environmentalists who tax you more because their car actually has an engine instead of the regulation-friendly rubber band
- The environmentalists who think a petrol head is someone who sniffs glue
- The environmentalists whose answer to everything is 'reduce, re-use, recycle'
As Jeremy Clarkson might have mentioned once or twice, a lot of car advertising is aimed at gullible middle-class enviro-guilt. This car is no different. 'So what' if it actually uses more petrol than a proper car because you drive everywhere at 140km/h and 4000rpm? 'So what' if you only actually achieve the CO2 emissions figures as you carefully manoever the car into your pokey little garage? 'So what' if your noise emissions are driving all your neighbours around the bend?
You have a crappy little car with an engine two sizes bigger than it looks. You are burning rubber and saving the planet at the same time.
So my new name for England is Revland. I have pissed myself laughing at these crappy little cars so many times.
Seldom has so much noise been made by so little cubic capacity to so inadequate a result.
Wake up United Kingdom, your enviro-government is laughing all the way to the bank.