Re: Passat Tip std 0-60 in 7.8s... do you believe it? (mayte)
quote:[HR][/HR]Car & Driver's performance figure have been suspect for years. Manufacturers have been handing them factory hop ups for road tests since dinosaur days.[HR][/HR]
I must disagree. Car & Driver has provided quite a bit of consistency in their acceleration tests. They periodically publish their methods. They are usually not the fastest because they leave their testers in driveable condition, but their posted times are usually up there. You might be referring to the 1964 scandal of the Pontiac GTO vs. Ferrari GTO when the Poncho pulled a 13 flat 1/4 mile time and 0-100 in 11.9 secs. Later it was discovered that Royal Oaks Pontiac in Michigan had delivered a ringer for testing. But that is the stuff of legend by now.
I think C & D is subject to similar limitations as other mags when acquiring test cars, as evidenced by VW of America being unable to supply a manual 1.8T Passat for the latest sedan comparison, even though C & D specifically sought a manual. This farce on VW's part affected the outcome of the comparison. Negatively.