So we got a 411 hp CSV CR8
We spent the entire morning today at the Dubai Autodrome, driving around in the most unusual vehicle, at a German manufacturer’s launch event. But we will talk about that drive later, because we came home to have a new unrelated test-drive car delivered to our doorstep. And that new tester is the CSV CR8, which belongs at the track, but just to clarify, it’s not the car we drove at the track. As tired as I am, I took the CR8 for a 2-minute spin before typing out this note. And I am already sold on it. It is the most pleasurable driver’s car I’ve had the opportunity of piloting in the past year. Notice that I skipped over the Corvette ZO6, the Continental GT and even over the new Mini. It is that much easy fun.
I’m sold on it because it mates an easy-to-shift 6-speed manual with a burbly 411 hp V8. The Corvette was faster, but had a truckish transmission and annoyingly low ground clearance for the streets. The Continental GT was automatic, with badly-delayed responses. And the Mini Cooper S has been softened in its latest iteration, and is still too painful to pedal in traffic jams.
I’ll write more about this machine later, but for now I’ll doze off.