Whilst the Nogaro Blue paintwork and two-tone blue alcantara and black leather interior ain’t exactly subtle, the car still has to work for a living – that means transporting myself and my colleague to and from events which we attend, as well as providing support vehicle duties whilst on tour with Petrolhead Nirvana.
As you can see from the picture above the car is now “liveried” to suit our purposes, so I shall expect Auto Journals readers to post a “spotted” comment if they see one of us out and about in the car.
The Milltek exhaust continues to mature and is now doing sterling service, sounding bassy at below 2k rpm, relaxingly quiet at motorway cruising speeds, and opening up a V8 warble above 4500rpm. This engine really likes to breathe, really likes to sing, and sounds fantastic doing so.
If only I could say the same for the driving experience. It’s a comfortable place to be and if I had to drive from Lands End to John O’Groats in any weather I know this car would do it very quickly and very comfortably (and safely too, with four-wheel-drive and more airbags than a lowrider convention) but it can’t disguise its weight, or the position of the engine in relation to the front axle, or its front-wheel-drive parentage. Supremely capable it is, but exciting it is not.
Nonetheless I shall look forward to its maiden voyage as “Tour Support” on the upcoming BASE Tour (http://www.petrolheadnirvana.com/tours/2010/base_tour.php) where I hope to be able to test its abilities further…