A quick address, on American cars!
I feel there are a few things we need to clear up!
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!