Can ‘Diesel’ Really Be Part of Our Vocabulary?

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2007 – The Year From The Diesel Hot Hatch

Looking towards a new year always takes a look back on the trends that developed just last year. What was innovative in the automotive industry inside the first 6 months of 2006 is bound to be main stream come August.

I guess most of us knew subconsciously that it would come, maybe we tried to convince ourselves that oil-burners could never give us that grin inducing performance.

Perhaps the most surprising trend is the introduction of the diesel hot hatch. I guess many of us knew subconsciously that it would come, maybe we tried to convince ourselves that oil-burners could never give us that grin inducing performance. But it is here, and it’s only planning to become more important.

Seat were the first to introduce a true Diesel hot hatch in the guise of the Cupra. An amazing car producing 170bhp from a 2. TDi, while returning anything up to 70mpg (my mate has one and he swears it does this).

Of course high performance diesels will not be new. Audi, Mercedes and BMW have already been making some unbelievably good diesels into two.5 and 3. litre form for a couple of years. However, if we start getting accessible diesels, modders have to ask are they prepared to switch to oil?

Hopefully TorqueCars can be at the forefont in helping you decide. We will be reporting on the new Golf, Leon and Astra Alfa 147 and 159 Diesels over the next few weeks, and also discussing the merits of some the older diesel options.

For the time being, it may appear to be sacrilege to even look at a diesel, and to be honest we aren’t exactly sold on the thought ourselves.

But think of this…should you do 10,000 miles a year with your modded car then switching to a diesel could save you over £500 per year just in fuel – in my book that’s an uprated ECU in year 1, plus a nitrous kit in year 2! Hmm…let us know your ideas.