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    New car time!

    I sold my Chevy Volt in June, before moving to the US, and deeply regretted it - no car I've driven since (including more luxury things like a BMW 520d) have come close to the sheer joy of driving the Volt. Electric makes all the difference.

    My grand plan after arriving in the US was to transfer my Tesla Model 3 reservation to the US, buy a used Tesla Model S which has already bottomed out on depreciation, then maybe keep it, maybe trade it in for the Model 3, when that reservation activated in March-May next year. I'd buy something as soon as I had the money from selling my house back in the UK.

    In that time, two things happened - Tesla retroactively decided that my UK reservation couldn't be transferred to the US after all (despite what I was told in 2 separate stores and on their website); and all "affordable" ($40-45k) Model S got sold, meaning the cheapest car was $54k instead of $40k.

    After discussion with management, we decided to drop our Tesla plan. And have gone for a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt - a small hatchback with a Tesla-sized battery.

    It's a front wheel drive, 200 PS fixed-gear system, delivering 360 Nm of torque, and a 0-60 of 6.3 seconds (same ball park as a Vauxhall Corsa VXR, Renaultsport Clio 220 Trophy, Lamborghini Countach LP400, Jaguar XE 25t Prestige). Tiny boot, but surprisingly spacious seating (the flat floor helps). And extremely low center of gravity.









    I'm getting the top trim level with every single optional extra for $41,507 on the road - and from that I get a $2,500 rebate from the state, and $7,500 tax cut. Picking it up on Monday (have already driven it around a bit)!
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    Re: New car time!

    TrueCar say $41464. You did fine.

    But that would buy you a Camaro V8 (0-60 in 4 seconds) with two years of fuel. If you'd settle for the V6, you have fuel for the lifetime of the vehicle, along with 0-60 in 5.1 seconds. They also have a tiny boot.

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    Re: New car time!

    Camaro boot is even worse, in my experience. And sucks at cornering.

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    Re: New car time!

    1.0g, the same as a BMW M4 vs the 0.77g lateral of the Bolt.

    They've really tightened up the Camaro, it's not the soft US car of the past. Meanwhile the Bolt handles like a minivan. Sorry.

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    Re: New car time!

    1g is very good on stock tyres and suspension, higher than I'd have thought for a Camaro!

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    Re: New car time!

    Quote Originally Posted by Butcher View Post
    1g is very good on stock tyres and suspension, higher than I'd have thought for a Camaro!
    The range topping ZL1 1LE manages 1.11g. It's incredible for what is little more than a fancy rental car. Fit and Finish are typical Chevrolet. Ford are also doing great things with the Mustang, which would be my pick of the two. The Challenger is the outlier. Gorgeous looking, but much weaker cornering at about 0.9g. Of course the top of the range 808bhp 'Demon' is a little out of the price range. (And the sub-4mpg figure makes the Bolt a good value!)

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    Re: New car time!

    That said, most people consider ~0.3g to be really pushing it in a car, so 99% of users will never get close to these numbers.

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    Re: New car time!

    After watching this guy's channel, i wouldn't touch a Tesla, especially used.YouTube: Car Guru

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    Re: New car time!

    Quote Originally Posted by TeePee View Post
    1.0g, the same as a BMW M4 vs the 0.77g lateral of the Bolt.

    They've really tightened up the Camaro, it's not the soft US car of the past. Meanwhile the Bolt handles like a minivan. Sorry.
    TeePee - where do you get those g readings from please?

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    Re: New car time!

    Quote Originally Posted by Zak33 View Post
    TeePee - where do you get those g readings from please?
    Probably Car & Driver?

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    Re: New car time!

    Quote Originally Posted by Zak33 View Post
    TeePee - where do you get those g readings from please?
    They came from Motortrend:

    http://www.motortrend.com/news/chevr...r-of-the-year/
    http://www.motortrend.com/news/2016-...t-test-review/
    http://www.motortrend.com/cars/chevr...t-test-review/

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