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      11-05-2012, 05:10 PM   #85
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Originally Posted by mjh93sa View Post
I think part of the feel that has been lost is due to the fact that these cars make such light work of what they do. By contrast my JCW Clubman on a fast start will merrily spin up, be hopping about fighting the (admittedly minimal) torque steer and be giving a two gun salute from the exhausts with each shift. Ultimately it isn't as quick, but it feels quick because you are so much more involved in the process.

Clearly MINI is about involvement, whilst BMW does all of that and more, just with more refinement. The down side then is that it doesn't feel as quick because you don't feel the car working for it.

Also, as the tree huggers force us into ever more efficient cars turbocharging is becoming the norm. The perceived wisdom of the manufacturers then seems to be that we don't want them to seem like they are turbocharged, so they linearise the power.
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