Revenge of the hypermiler
I CANT get anything right. A year or so back I went hunting for the perfect vehicle, perfect, in my terms, being something that would deeply offend the current lousy generation of funless carbon scolds.
And I thought I’d found just the thing: a pristine 1999BMW MCoupe, which on paper ticks just about every anti-green box you can imagine.
It only carries two people, so it’s selfish and impractical. It makes a sound like Satan ripping up Christine Milne’s speeches, so it’s anti-social. It hits 100km/h in 5.5seconds, so it’s frightening for children. It isn’t equipped with any traction control or other electronic safety devices, so it’s also frightening for adults (including me). It might reach 280km/h if someone were to hypothetically pay a mechanic to disconnect the top-speed limiter, so it’s probably a threat to the total Australian population.
Best of all, it functions as a simple container for one of BMW’S fiercest engines, the awesome 321-horsepower 24-valve S50 straight six.
The mcoupe suffers from a terrible flaw, however. I’d anticipated petrol station owners running on to their forecourts and cheering as I drove past, each revolution of the rear wheels consuming another entire litre of premium juice. Surely a monster engine like this must be a threat to global fuel reserves. At least, that’s what I’d hoped.
Tragically, no. The min m Coupe apparently stands for Miser. Running through northern nsw and south-eastern Queensland last week, the Coupe frequently returned better than 8.8L/100km.
But with all the money I’m saving I can still fall back on planet-killing Plan B: a roadgoing replica of Ian Geoghegan’s early ’ 70s 600-horsepower racing Super Falcon.
You’ve won this round, nature, but I’ll win the war. 76 WEEKS FOR GTS 86 POPULARITY brings problems. After last week’s item on Toyota’s hardcore 86, reader PaulT. emails:
‘‘ If you want to order a manual GTS version, which I tried to do on Wednesday morning, having only test driven a vehicle a couple of days earlier as soon as it was available, you will be advised there is a 19-month, yes month, wait. Not sure if this applies across the range or I was just lucky enough to pick the winner. On double checking with the Toyota Customer Experience Centre as to the correctness of this ridiculous wait time, I variously was quoted nine months wait, 12 months wait or don’t know when they will be available.
‘‘ Seems the entire forecast sales level of 700 manual GTS cars over the next 12 months have already been snapped up, and Toyota is happy to let everyone else wait. ‘‘ Oh What a Feeling!!!’’ Paul’s frustration is understandable. It took long enough for Toyota to produce this rear-drive smile-maker. Making prospective owners wait yet longer is verging on cruel.
Waiting game: It’ll
take a while to get your hands on a Toyota