Dubbed the ‘Wildebeest’ by it’s owner, this Mini forced induced monster is indeed a beast. It’s not only turbo charged, but supercharged as well. The matte green wrapped mini copper churns out upwards of 350+ BHP. A lot of custom work was done through out the car to accomadate the power, and is the epitomy of a ‘pocket rocket’
I like it, it’s not overly different from the Mark 6, which I have, but it’s different enough to make it look new and refreshed. I think it is a bit more angulared than the previous generation, more sleek looking. I’m not sure if I like the single red accent on the bottom of the grille which extends to the head lights.
I do like the fact that they colour matched the lower part of the front fascia, which they dind’t do with the Mark 6′s. Some owners colour match it, and I think looks more aesthetically pleasing. The only other thing that I’m not too crazy about is how the fins extend to the fog lights. Overall, I think the face has this mischeivous grin look to it, and it suits the personality of the car well.
Volkswagen GTI Mark 7
I also like the new look Detroit/Huff’s. I’m not sure what city they are going to be naming these new wheels after, but they do keep that same unique and distinct look. The stock wheels by far gets the most attention. I’ve been asked a lot if they are aftermarket or custom wheels, and more often than not, it grabs the attention of on-lookers, and that usually starts off the conversation about the car itself.
With an all new platform, and some weight reduction from the use of lighter weight materials, the Mark 7 GTI will sure be a blast to drive, just as it was to drive the previous generations. I’m entering 1 year of ownership with my Mark 6, and it still gives me a smile on my face everytime I get behind the wheel.
Season 3 of the US version of Top Gear premiered today, and I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s still lacking something, but, it has gotten better since it the first season.
My only gripe still is, that they only really have about 45 minutes (1 hour, save time for commercials) so, they can only do so much. They covered the Crown Vic’s replacement on the law enforcement side, which proved to be entertaining. I still don’t get why it always ends up Rutt in a Chevy, Adam in a Chrysler, and Tanner in a Ford. I have some expectations for this season, as they do seem to get better and better with each episode, and the chemistry between the 3 presenters also get better.
Check your local listings for re-runs. Next week’s episode seems fun, with 3 urban vehicles being tested.
It shows on the History Channel at 9 EST every Tuesday.