Grand tourin’ on the cheap

NZ Performance Car - - NZPC Team -

When I pur­chased my Mit­subishi GTO a few months back, it never crossed my mind that my new grand tourer would be some­what af­ford­able on fuel. The GTO has a very large-ca­pac­ity petrol tank, and even so it doesn’t cost me over $100 to fill up. What mileage do I get to this $100, you ask? Well, that’s a sen­si­tive sub­ject, but at least the pain of fu­elling the big-bod­ied, high-ca­pac­ity tur­bocharged ’90s ma­chine is far less painful than it was six months ago. Me­dia have blamed the low fuel prices for many things, in­clud­ing the ex­tremely high road toll, but from my point of view it has only in­creased the quan­tity of peo­ple en­joy­ing their petrol-guz­zling per­for­mance ve­hi­cles and hit­ting the open road, cruis­ing to events, or get­ting down to their lo­cal cir­cuits. Although I doubt the main­stream me­dia will ever do a news piece on the hap­pi­ness this cheaper fuel brings the per­for­mance-car cul­ture.

Not only does it al­low more en­joy­ment, it also makes for more pen­nies in your pocket at the end of the week, which as we all know equates to more per­for­mance up­grades and bet­ter main­te­nance for our pride and joys. I find my­self get­ting the GTO out from un­der the cov­ers more of­ten. I even drove the Po­hutukawa Coast Trail the other week­end to stretch her legs, and boy did the car per­form well.

While on said drive, I had the op­por­tu­nity to have my car re­viewed by an Amer­i­can YouTube chan­nel named The Smok­ing Tire, af­ter it had fin­ished film­ing Faizal Ramzan’s 600kW R34 GT-R. It was great meet­ing the team for many rea­sons, but most of all I wanted to know what they thought of the Kiwi car cul­ture. From what I could gather, they think that ev­ery New Zealan­der has a welder in their shed, that we refuse to pay some­one to work on our car un­less we have to, and that we have very odd dream cars. In­stead of dreaming about ex­otics such as Lam­borgh­i­nis and Fer­raris, we’d pre­fer a “Toy­ota Star­let with an RB”. I think they’ve hit the nail on the head, well at least for some of us.

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