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Re: 2014 ecodiesel test drive

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It fells a liittlebit weaker than in the Touareg, however, the car is as well a 450 pounds heavier..
Thanks for the report! Did you happen to test drive either the V6 or the V8 as well? I'm curious how the performance (speed off the line, passing on highways) differs between the V6 or the V8. Is it about the same as the V6 and noticeably slower than the V8? Or almost as powerful as a V8 and noticeably quicker than a V6?

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Re: 2014 ecodiesel test drive

Hi Guys. I was leaning towards the EcoDiesel myself but just got back from a test drive in the 5.7L V8 which makes the decision that much harder. Differences are really acceleration and throttle response, as you would expect. The V8 feels (and sounds) like it gets off the line quicker. The diesel is no slouch and gets off the line pretty quick too just in a different way and you just don't feel that kick in the pants like you do in the V8. Once you are up and running it's hard to tell the difference unless you quickly hit the pedal again. The diesel is very quiet even when idling. I think the only thing the V8 offers over the diesel is the 'fun factor'. Probably preaching to the choir but you get more range out of a diesel, the engine last longer and here in Australia, the resale value is higher and when gas/petrol prices are high, resale is harder. But until then, go nuts.

If there was ever a Zombie Apocalypse I know I'd be glad that I got the diesel.
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Hi guys,

I got the new Diesel here in Switzerland and I can tell you... it's a fabulous car!

I test drove the V8 too.

As Achim and the others already told, the Sound of the V8 is of course 'better' but I got a farm together with my brother... I like the Diesel Sound as well, and the VM Engine produce a nice, clear and strong Sound like a big Tractor or like a Truck! Not the same synthetic noise like almost all German Diesel!

The power to drive especially on 'Autobahn' is more or less the same. The V8 is in fact a little bit quicker at the moment, when you push it (big Engine, no Turbo...) but guys, the Torque is it, what we want and need... so when I drive with 80 or 120 km/h and I go ahead... the Diesel is as good as the V8!

I drive it very often for short ways (not the best for big Engines)... actually it takes 9.2 lt. But don't forget, the V8 on the same way uses (tested) 15 - 16 lt. And that's a lot, I mean! Another point why I made the decision for the Diesel.

According to the Sound a - few weeks ago, we hade an invitation from Maserati (my brother got the Quattroporte) for the presentation of the brand new Ghibli. It comes with the same VM Diesel like the GC as well. The Italian boys bring it out with 275 hp and a Torque of 600 Nm. So, with a tuning of the GC, the same power should be possible ;-) but as I wrote... the Sound... they work in fact with a Sound generic system (like Audi and BMW do), that generates a V8 Sound... fantastic!!!

Anyway... take the Diesel. I promise you, you will be veeeery happy with it.

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Diesel porn... that's what this tread is...
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Re: 2014 ecodiesel test drive

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Hi Guys. I was leaning towards the EcoDiesel myself but just got back from a test drive in the 5.7L V8 which makes the decision that much harder. Differences are really acceleration and throttle response, as you would expect. The V8 feels (and sounds) like it gets off the line quicker. The diesel is no slouch and gets off the line pretty quick too just in a different way and you just don't feel that kick in the pants like you do in the V8. Once you are up and running it's hard to tell the difference unless you quickly hit the pedal again. The diesel is very quiet even when idling. I think the only thing the V8 offers over the diesel is the 'fun factor'. Probably preaching to the choir but you get more range out of a diesel, the engine last longer and here in Australia, the resale value is higher and when gas/petrol prices are high, resale is harder. But until then, go nuts.

If there was ever a Zombie Apocalypse I know I'd be glad that I got the diesel.
Reading these first hand reviews (and comparisons) really help in the decision making process; thanks to everyone sharing their experiences.

Has anyone also driven the V6? I'm not considering the V8 (don't really need all that torque), so I'd love to also hear someone's thoughts between the V6 and the diesel.
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Diesel porn... that's what this tread is...
Indeed it is. Probably not too dissimilar to life in the 19th century, when showing a bit of bare calf was considered porn as well. Look at those legs!!
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Re: 2014 ecodiesel test drive

My personal decision to switch to diesel when it comes out is for the torque and economy especially while towing. The power out of the hole and fun factor are almost the same as a v8 in stock form, however the v8 can barely be tuned so you've hit a wall there. The turbo diesel however has A LOT of gains available for a relatively cheap price and a negligible hit on reliability and economy (diesels love boost and can do more with less fuel), just check out the tuning thread on is same forum. IMHO the diesel version of the JGC WK2 is a no brainier. Just wish CJD would hurry up and release the damn thing.
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Hi Guys. I was leaning towards the EcoDiesel myself but just got back from a test drive in the 5.7L V8 which makes the decision that much harder. Differences are really acceleration and throttle response, as you would expect. The V8 feels (and sounds) like it gets off the line quicker. The diesel is no slouch and gets off the line pretty quick too just in a different way and you just don't feel that kick in the pants like you do in the V8. Once you are up and running it's hard to tell the difference unless you quickly hit the pedal again. The diesel is very quiet even when idling. I think the only thing the V8 offers over the diesel is the 'fun factor'. Probably preaching to the choir but you get more range out of a diesel, the engine last longer and here in Australia, the resale value is higher and when gas/petrol prices are high, resale is harder. But until then, go nuts.

If there was ever a Zombie Apocalypse I know I'd be glad that I got the diesel.
But in the event of the Zombie Apocalypse, where would you get the Urea solution for the diesel?
... recycled Fosters?
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My personal decision to switch to diesel when it comes out is for the torque and economy especially while towing. The power out of the hole and fun factor are almost the same as a v8 in stock form, however the v8 can barely be tuned so you've hit a wall there. The turbo diesel however has A LOT of gains available for a relatively cheap price and a negligible hit on reliability and economy (diesels love boost and can do more with less fuel), just check out the tuning thread on is same forum. IMHO the diesel version of the JGC WK2 is a no brainier. Just wish CJD would hurry up and release the damn thing.
The infamous Gale Banks already has considerable experience with that specific diesel, doing work for the military on using as a hummvee engine.

Allegedly the thing is virtually bulletproof, with all sorts of capabilities to get ridiculous power once Banks and other aftermarkets get hold of it.
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According to the Sound a - few weeks ago, we hade an invitation from Maserati (my brother got the Quattroporte) for the presentation of the brand new Ghibli. It comes with the same VM Diesel like the GC as well. The Italian boys bring it out with 275 hp and a Torque of 600 Nm. So, with a tuning of the GC, the same power should be possible ;-) but as I wrote... the Sound... they work in fact with a Sound generic system (like Audi and BMW do), that generates a V8 Sound... fantastic!!!

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It's the same block. But many things are changed, for an instance Maserati version has a twin scroll turbo.
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Gigi,

I'm about to order an Overland in the Granite like yours. Looks great. Your GC looks fantastic with those wheels. What brand rims and tyres are they if you don't mind me asking?
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