A quick address, on American cars!

I feel there are a few things we need to clear up!

35w ago

I'd like to start by making very clear that I am a British petrolhead. I feel no Anti-American bias like many do at the moment, and equally I don't feel to closely aligned either. That's my position.

However, this article is here to address the 'American Car'. Because I feel quite strongly about a few things that I would like to clear up. (see also, rant).

We love muscle cars just as much as you do, but we can't really have them!

Ok, I'll start fairly uncontroversially. Over here in Europe, I think I speak for most of us when I say we like muscle cars. They are blunt, inexpensive and pretty cool, and yet it's impossible to buy one. The first reason is simply availability, Ford brought the Mustang over here in 2016 for the first time, and the Corvette is arriving next year. Everything else? Out of bounds.

Secondly? Fuel price. Over in Europe, fuel is taxed highly as an incentive to move to cleaner cars and preserve what we have left of fossil fuels. The notion of having a 'truck' or muscle car as a first car is absurd over here! Therefore, it makes sense to go with cleaner diesels or, possibly, electric cars.

European Cars are not unreliable!

Over here, I think there is a strong narrative that American cars are highly unreliable. Whether that is true or not, the opposite plays out on your side of the pond. Countless Americans dominate social media comments saying: 'Don't buy European... oil leaks... reliability... repair costs!' Now, while I would not trust a French car for that very reason, the rest of us do very well!

Mini, Skoda, BMW, Alfa, Fiat, Citroen and Volvo all finished before any American car brand in WhatCar's 2015-2020 reliability survey. Similar results came out from Autocar and Top Gear, and even more niche brands that weren't included, (Rolls, Bentley, Aston, Lamborghini), have all done incredibly well in other reliability surveys. We'll stop pushing the 'American cars are unreliable' narrative, but it has to go both ways!

The Corvette C8 is not a supercar!

Ok, here is where I get controversial. And, I would like to say that I genuinely understand if you don't agree with me on the next two, and please don't be offended. This is just my opinion. I do not believe the C8 is a supercar. Here's why.

Anything with below 500bhp is really a sports car. All variants of the 911 have always been called sports cars, so has the Nissan GT-R, so has the M8. They are all more powerful and faster. The C8 compares more with the M3 or Giulia. It doesn't get the title just for looking like a supercar. Sorry.

Tesla's whole brand is a scam!

I know you are all bored of me saying this. So I've just written a list of my moans...

- Tesla keeps announcing cars that they haven't even tested yet.

- It's stock price is way too high and they have kidded people into thinking they are the future.

- The people who drive them truly believe they are regrowing the earth.

- A Model S is not faster than a similarly priced M5 or E63.

- The build quality is shocking.

- They look like ducks.

Thanks for reading!

As I have said. The first two are more factual, the last two are just opinions. If you disagree with me, I would love to hear in the comments! I hope you enjoyed the article!

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  • First of all, the main reason American cars aren't loved much over in Europe are because the auto magazines there like to be really snotty towards them because they still see them as cumbersome and unsophisticated. That is not so much the case now. Cars like the Hellcat and the new Shelby GT500 now have the same brakes, horsepower, and technology as the Italian exotics for just a 5th of the price. American cars have always been pretty reliable throughout the 20s and the 60s with flat head engines that were low revving and very easy to work on. Most European cars were seen as unreliable here because companies like Citroen and Renault didn't know how to market their products and had no established dealerships here. And if something did go wrong the mechanic at the local gas station wouldn't know how to work on it and would just wrench on it like it was a 283 Chevy. Also most people went with American cars was because they came with everything. I could get a Rolls Royce with a six cylinder, wind up windows, and a stick, or a cheaper Cadillac with a big lazy V8, air conditioning, electric windows and seats, and an automatic transmission as standard.

      8 months ago
    • Clarkson's one of them.

        8 months ago
    • Some American cars have got way more sophisticated, but I’m still going to argue that Euro and JDM cars are better engineered and more complex. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but American cars just aren’t quite up there in terms of...

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        8 months ago
  • I feel that they haven't really built TRUE muscle cars since the early 70's . These were basic cheap sedans and coupes that they shoe horned enormous and very inefficient engines into without doing a whole lot (usually) to improve the braking or handling. Thus they were relatively cheap. If you look at something like the Challenger Hellcat it is actually fairly expensive considering how old the underlying platform is but to their credit they actually handle and brake pretty well for something this heavy. Not my cup of tea however worthy of grudging respect.

      8 months ago
  • For real i don't know what's going on with VW in USA. Is like they lost that Deutsch qualität.

      8 months ago
  • 1. i think the whole unreliable stereotype is based off of Maseratis and 90s euro cars

    2. how are you complaining about not having muscle when i thought that other than ford there were no US brands in Europe

    3. i've always considered the 911 to be a entry-level super car so imo the C8 is the same

    4. you also get lots of special cars we cant get because of import laws like the R34 or the Speedtail for example

      8 months ago
  • Teslas look like eggs.

      8 months ago