Reviews Block #3 (Test Drives and Results)
After having sorted out which cars he likes the most, he called Jeff from accounting once again, and (bribed) him to help with the car shopping.
The first dealership in the list was Albury’s, where the Crusader 5.7 Touring was already waiting for us. The interior seemed to be pretty well built in person, and quite comfortable as well. The salesman also told me the safety equipment was high-quality, which is good to hear. I started up the car and took it for a quick spin. The V8 engine, apparently a pretty old school OHV design, like those in 60s muscle cars, was pretty adequate, and putting the foot down made the car take off quite swiftly. It was pretty easy to keep under control, and the suspension did its job pretty well. It’s paired with a 5 speed automatic. The car body is made of aluminum, which is a new thing manufacturers are doing. The MSRP is $54,600.
Next up they went to the Cordia dealership, which is right next to a Mitsushita dealership for some reason. Oh, Jeff told me it’s because they’re the same company. Anyways, the Cordia Spada 42. It looks just as good in person. Once i opened the door i was greeted with a high quality interior and a very expensive looking entertainment system, that even features a small touch screen. Though the safety equipment wasn’t really anything out of the ordinary. I started the 4.2L Inline 6, it felt really smooth and silent. The promotional material went on for days about the active suspension, and boy did they have a reason for that. It feels like riding on a cloud, you feel none of the road’s imperfections, even though as i accelerated off the line the wheels spinned quite a bit. The MSRP for this is $54,000.
Valiant’s dealership was in a different part of town than the last two for some reason. As we entered the dealer, Jeff’s eyes widened, as the salesman was talking about the 9.6L Liter V12, he whispered “Holy shit”. The GT960 had some dents on the hood for some reason, that’s odd. The interior is nice, but not quite like the Cordia’s, but it seems to have a few more airbags. The 9.6L rumbled to life with a deep booming sound. As soon as i pressed the accelerator pedal i was shoved against my seat, as the car took off really quickly without much of a fuss. This is weird but pleasant. The car handled easily and the suspension soaked up bumps and potholes effortlessly. The MSRP of the GT960 is $55,000.
Scarab’s dealership has a distinct Scandinavian look to it, clean and modern. The Eruption GT is equally clean and modern, and i quite like it. The interior is the most average i’ve seen so far. Only the CD player seems to be quite advanced. This car is Turbocharged and AWD, it should be interesting to say the least. The car felt kind of sluggish until 4000rpm, then Jeff told me he could hear the turbocharger’s whine. Going through corners with this feels very “on the edge”, and feels really sporty, even if the suspension is pretty good at its job of keeping my butt comfortable. It’s got a few aluminum panels with the rest being steel according to the salesman. The MSRP for this one is pretty low, at $48,800.
The Cavallera dealership is pretty small, but they had the Ryujin waiting for a test drive already. I have to admit, it looks a little odd in person. I stepped inside and was greeted by a very nice feeling, high quality interior, which made me want to start it up already. The 3.0L engine seems a little small, and 303hp aren’t that many, but it’s got really good fuel economy for some reason, 28MPG combined. I turned the key, and barely heard anything, it’s THAT silent. It’s a little slower than the other cars i’ve tried, but i can live with it. It’s a really comfortable machine,driving it feels nice and effortless. This one is also half-aluminium, The MSRP of $46,200 is quite impressive.
We stepped in the JHW dealership and took a closer look at the JHW Wyvern 550L. It’s quite simple looking indeed, but it has some elegance. I opened the door and got in the driver’s seat. This interior is pretty average, but Jeff noticed something that i didn’t, as usual. Despite the luxurious features, active suspension, and V12 engine, it didn’t even have a passenger side airbag. Which meant, there were other cost cutting measures on the car’s safety measures. I expect more from a $50K car than airbags from my cousin’s Accord. At this point i left the dealership, and threw the brochure in the nearest trash can.
The next one in the list was the large Erin dealership, where a dark blue Berlose Coupe was sitting in the middle of the showroom. I have to say, i’m quite liking it. I grabbed a chrome door handle and entered the 4-seater, finding an interior of roughly equal quality to the other cars i’ve seen today, with good safety and entertainment features. Its 3.6L engine is quite reasonable, and offers similar performance to the Cavallera, without being as silent though. Which is not a bad thing, since this engine is a melodious soundtrack. For some reason it’s not feeling as comfortable as i’d like it to be, but driving it is pretty nice, it handles well enough. It has a 5 speed automatic and has an MSRP of $49,400.
And so we arrived at the Diamond dealership. They’ve only been back in business for a few years, but this place seems pretty nice. We were quickly directed towards the Sapphire, which was being polished at the moment. Damn, choosing between all of these cars was going to be a pain. The Sapphire also has a well-built, luxurious interior and entertainment, which i always appreciate. I started the 4.5L Turbocharged V8 and its subdued roar filled the cabin. The 366hp engine can push this car pretty quickly to highway speeds, and the air suspension is very pleasant while cruising along. But this car is somewhat tricky to handle, just slighly unpredictable. It has a partial aluminium body, and a 5 speed auto. We were told the MSRP is $49600
GBF’s dealer could be seen pretty far away, as there was a large banner advertising the Bellisa right above the entrance. A dark blue 4800GTA was waiting for the test drive, and two salespeople were checking if everything was set up correctly. Jeff was mind blown at how good this car looks, i think he’s going to hang a few posters of it in his cubicle at InfoCOM. (Which i would appreciate.) I opened the door and sat on the driver’s seat, to see that the interior is as high quality as even the Cordia, and a fittingly good CD player. The 420 V12 engine came to life with a powerful rumble, and i floored it. It’s pretty quick, but i could feel the wheels spinning quite a bit even with the traction control helping. Comfort is really nice, even if the suspension isn’t one of those fancy types, and it drives really well, sporty but i can still manage it. It has a 4 speed Automatic, an aluminium body, and an MSRP of $51,000.
Next in line was Pearlite. The dealership had a black Vengeance in display, and it does look outlandish. The chrome accents are unlike any car out there, and the rear end reminded Jeff of some 80s futuristic movie or something, which is pretty accurate. On the inside it seems rather average quality, and not as cushy as some others while standing still, but it has the needed features. The Vengeance’s 400hp Turbocharged V12 is almost as quiet as the Ryujin’s I6 and, as i soon found out, can push this car pretty hard. But there is one outstanding thing. This car is stupidly comfortable. I can go anywhere and not feel anything, the active suspension is THAT good. At the same time it’s very easy to drive, because of the AWD system. When the salesman told me the MSRP was only $45,400 i almost couldn’t believe it. It has a 5 speed Automatic and aluminium panels.
This is the last car. The Bonham dealership was right next to Erin’s, and prominently featured the Fleming Six in the showroom. Next to the car was a plate with samples of Martini, which is a good sign. The interior is as good as the Bellisa and Cordia’s, with loads of plush leather everywhere. The relatively small 2.9L Inline 6 has a nice sound, good enough that i stood still revving it for a while. It performs nicely, with good, enjoyable handling, and it’s a very comfortable experience. It’s very easy to drive as well, i always like that, since i don’t want to end up on top of a guard rail yet. It has aluminium panels, a 5 speed Automatic, and an MSRP of $52,400.
Now, it’s time to choose which car gets bought out of these.
I’ve carefully compiled a Top 10 list, and chose the best car.
10th) The Albury Crusader is a car i started off liking but after having tried the other ones out, it’s a bit outclassed, and the old fashioned engine isn’t quite what i’d want from my GT. The rear end didn’t grow on me as well.
9th) The Erin Berlose Coupe has to go, it’s a good car but it sacrifices comfort a bit too much, and 4 seats aren’t a necessity for me. If it was a more comfortable car, maybe a two seater, it would have been a better choice. Too much of a sedan and not enough of a GT.
8th) The Valiant GT960 was quite a surprise, being quite reasonable despite its gigantic engine, but i just don’t like it as much as the other ones, styling-wise as well.
7th) The Diamond Sapphire is comfortable, and relatively good looking, but a bit too hard too drive for me. The turbo engine just has too much of a kick.
6th) The Scarab Eruption GT is a great all-rounder, but it’s too race-y, and not enough of a Grand Tourer.
5th)The Bonham Fleming Six is a good, classic British GT, but despise it being very good in every way, it’s maybe a little too old fashioned, it’s just not clicking with me.
4th)The Cordia Spada 42 is possibly the best all-rounder, but the styling is a bit boring after all, and the active suspension is a technology i’ve never heard about, and neither did Jeff. It does make the car more comfortable, but we have no idea of the reliability, or the costs of it.
3rd)The Cavallera Ryujin, a quite remarkable car. It’s managed excellent comfort, ease of driving, without active suspension and with a turbo engine. It looks weird though, and the MSRP being that much underbudget is excessive.
2nd) The Pearlite Vengeance seriously impressed me, but, first of all, it’s just too strange. It looks too much like a spaceship, a spaceship covered in chrome. The average quality of it as a cost cutting measure was unnecessary, as being 10,000$ cheaper than my budget wasn’t needed. I wanted the best possible. The comment about active suspension applies here as well.
1st) The GBF Bellisa 4800GTA is just everything i looked for in a GT, in a really sexy package. It’s the basics done really good. High quality construction, great V12, stunning looks. It will be fantastic in InfoCOM’s parking lot, i’m sure of that. In the end it was my heart to choose.
Congratulations to @Rk38 for winning CSR47!