Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Mid Week Match-Up: Pick A Car For A European Assignment

It is Wednesday so that means it's time for another edition of Daily Turismo's version of a secret Santa, also known as Mid Week Match-Up!  Last week, we asked readers to find us a car for taking to an amateur drift event and received lots of great suggestions for going sideways.  Today we are going to go another direction and ask our readers to find the best car for an extended European assignment.  


If you are going to spend some time in the old world (let's say a 6 month assignment for your day job), you'll need to pick up something that is out of this world, and nothing fits the bill quite like a Peter Wheeler era TVR.  They are virtually unobtanium here in the States but can be found for reasonable prices in the UK due to their high insurance costs and thirst for expensive premium fuel.  This 1999 TVR Cerbera 4.0 Speed 6 offered for £13995 ($23613 USD) via carandclassic.co.uk would be a fantastic car to own for a 6 month assignment in Europe -- it even has back seats for the kids and small trunk for your weekend trip baggage.


The inside of the Cerbera looks like the Apollo 13 control room, and the snarly inline-6 under the hood sounds like a rumbling Saturn V rocket at idle.  The Cerbera Speed 6 is powered by a 4.0 liter inline-6 that puts out 350 horsepower and 330 ft-lbs of torque from its DOHC 24-valve setup.  If you've never heard the BMW meets the Wolfman sound of a Speed 6 engine, you owe it yourself to watch this video.  

What would you pick?  Comments below.

12 comments:

  1. Alfa 159 Sportwagon - che bellissima! - thanks Giugiaro

    didn't get the best reviews, but some of that was fixation on relative quirkiness in some areas, meaning they are not for everyone, which for me is a good thing - also leading to lower demand, lower prices on the used market

    they sure do stand out on European roads, lately an undifferentiated stream of genericars, blobbymobiles and Audis

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    1. I was thinking Alfa also, but 3.0 V-6 166 if the Euro assignment involved any Autostrada or Autobahn work.

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  2. I think you can probably get these in the states but still I love the Wiesmann GT MF5.

    Wiesmann

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  3. If (when) I'm in this situation choosing a car will be the easiest decision I'll face: Audi RS2.

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    1. Great choice -- and owning an RS Audi would be perfect for 6 months, just long enough that the repairs done by the previous owner don't have enough time to fail.

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    2. snap! - cue zingy retort - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lu0xbOJ6fFo

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    3. (Un)Fortunately I'm a former VAG tech so keeping an old Audi on the road doesn't scare me. However keeping a new Audi on the road...let's just say there's a good reason I've changed careers.

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    4. Hey - you'd be a good friend to have. I owned/drove daily a B5 Passat for 100k miles and 8 years, but it was oddly trouble free. The entire time I had it, only 1 single coil pack needed to be replaced, 1 set of brakes and I did have to get a new valve cover gasket...and maybe a battery by the end. Otherwise, the original clutch was still good, never needed an alternator, no electrical issues whatsoever. Paint was still nice. Sold the car before I had to do a timing belt. I miss that car. Regardless, I've known some folks with the Audi version of the same car -- 1.8T and 3.0 -- didn't have my experience. Lots of trips to the dealer.

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  4. Something like this bad boy would be really sweet and somewhat affordable. Or something like the greatest car ever may break the bank, but who cares! Its a 6 month assignment and you only live once. I would be buried in that car.

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  5. As an American in Europe for just 6 months I have only one answer: A loaded Ram Hemi 4x4 crew cab. We can go short bed for parking ease but everything else must be as accessorized as possible. Lights, naked lady mudflaps, maybe a leveling kit. Why go to Europe and blend in? Oh, gun rack is a necessity.

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  6. Something long-legged with good gas mileage. Peugeot 605, diesel stick-shift. Probably ludicrously cheap.

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