i've driven the TDI, along with some older diesel mercedes.Originally posted by LostLamb
Diesel is unfortunately a bastard child of gasoline. UK and Europe has a VW that is simply amazing. GTI diesel format. Granted it's not the accellerating demon like an WRX, but it's sure got some POP! One of the faster landspeed record was broken and attempted in a diesel powered rocket car. Diesel baby!! The new diesel will blow your mind.
Once you test drive an VW TDI, you won't go back...well...maybe you'll end up buying another car.
Anywoo...diesel is the most popular fuel in Europe. Don't knock it till you drive it.
I only wish we had more here.
the bottom line is that it is driven in EU more b/c fuel is too expensive, and the economy can't be beat. they've come up with all sorts of half brained attepts to make it a real sports car, but the combustion is just too inefficient. the same efforts on an unleaded gasoline fuel will always yield much cleaner, higher performance based results.