Yes this is very late, so sorry about that…and yes i know, there are no pictures, because I cannot photoshop…
# The Independent Review: Erin Berlose VS Zavir Espada Part 1
Hello this is Matt speaking…ahh Gavin, how was Geneva?
Really? You lucky prick. Hanging out with Airborne in the S4 and Alpha Clubman, messing around in EADC rally cars all over the Alps, having a photoshoot and meeting your ‘fans’ and you’re going to the Geneva after party! Yes, I know that I’ll probably get to review the S4 and Alpha Clubman later, and yes, I know used to drive for EADC’s Rally Team, but I’m still bloody salty! I’m stuck here back in the UK since I’ve got a bloody cold! Anyways, it looks like you’ve got something for me to do. Wait. Did you just say that Erin and Zavir have something for me to review? Oohh boy I’m excited! Alright, thanks for the heads up. Yes this doesn’t make up for anything…okay maybe it does…slightly…
So here I am sitting on the sofa, drinking tea, eating scones and re-watching old Top Gear on Dave (its a TV channel in the UK) when a friend of mine, Gavin rings up. Apparently I’ve got a review to do. Turns out Erin and Zavir were kind enough to send me their latest luxury sedans. Well I guess I’ll have to review them then.
#Erin VS Zavir
Erin and Zavir are names that are known throughout the world for making sporty and luxurious cars. The rivalry between both companies is fierce. Erin, a UK based company best known for the Erin Scarlet, possibly the best selling sports coupes in the world and Zavir, a company which combines Italian beauty and design, with mad, brutish American muscle, (something I like indeed) have both revealed their latest facelifted versions of their premium/luxury sedans, the Erin Berlose and the Zavir Espada. And Ive got the ‘luxury’ to review and compare the two.
##Erin Berlose Vox
This slick, beauty sitting on my driveway is the Erin Berlose Vox. The best trim that the Berlose has to offer. On the outside, the Berlose is visually stunning. The sleek profile and the smooth flowing curves really make this car look beautiful. The aluminium panels fit seamlessly with each other, with no panel gaps to see.
Under the hood, is a 3.5L Pureon i6. Running it on the Dyno, we can see that the turbocharged i6 provides the car with ample power, 265hp to be precise, and a relatively smooth power curve. The turbo lag, while almost nonexistent, is still slightly noticeable, but nothing to worry about. However, it should be noted that the exhaust and the intercooler are a tad restrictive, limiting the power on the car, not that it needs any more, it is after all a premium/luxury car.
Looking inside the Berlose Vox, you are greeted to a nice, comfortable interior. The Gecko™ voice control and 10" touch screen display make this car packed with technology, and the RoadSmart Safety Pack make the car very practical. What makes this car even more practical, is the 3 seats in the back, allowing a total of 5 people to fit snugly in the car. The rear boot space is also quite large and the overall running costs of the car is very low for a luxury car.
Now, as this is an Erin, I guess the next thing to do is take it to a nearby track…oh how about Silverstone? Taking this car around the track is a dream. While this car clearly wasn’t designed solely for driving on a track, some of the ErinSport DNA is in this car. With a 6 speed Single Clutch Sequential (found in the Vox models only) and some semi-active suspension, the 1.8 ton car accelerates from 0-62 in under 6 seconds. Furthermore, the Berlose reaches a top speed of 170mph and can do a quarter mile in well under 15 seconds. Now time to do my lap of Silverstone then…
…So after an exhilarating drive around Silverstone, I’ve got the lap time here:
2:56:35. For a Luxury car, that time isn’t bad. Just for a comparison, the i6 Spec of the EADC Corsair, a sports car dedicated as a track car will do Silverstone in
2:49:60, making the Berlose very fast indeed. We’ll have to see how the Espada does in part 2 along with the conclusion and final verdict.
See you tomorrow then Matthew Sierra out…