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Mondial Motor Trend November 1981

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  1. NeedSpace

    NeedSpace Karting

    Nov 23, 2012
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    Bergen County NJ
    #1 NeedSpace, Jan 29, 2016
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  2. NeedSpace

    NeedSpace Karting

    Nov 23, 2012
    55
    Bergen County NJ
    Rats the jpg is very small, I'll see if I can pdf it later.

    What is interesting is in Road & Track 0-60 is 9.4, in Motor Trend it is 8.2
     
  3. paulchua

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  4. paulchua

    paulchua Cat Herder
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    #5 paulchua, Jan 29, 2016
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    My contribution to Wiki:

    "A common misconception of the Mondial 8 is it was a poor performer. The three major US automotive publications (MotorTrend, Car & Driver, and Road & Track) all published reviews in the fall of 1981. Road & Track and Car & Driver yielded disappointing performance results. Road & Track's reported a faulty shifter which contributed to the poor showing.[2] Car & Driver received a pre-production model which may have contributed to poor performance.[3] MotorTrend's review was much more favorable and had performance on par with the 308 GTBi/GTSi and Porsche 928. There was never any definitive conclusion on the performance disparity, Automobile magazine had suggested not being broken in as being the culprit of their observed 0-60 time.[4] (as the MotorTrend review had a fully broken in sample.)"

    MotorTrend's reported "The Mondial is a wink or two slower than the 308...1/4 mile in the low 16s terminal speeds favor the 308 by 2 MPH", and concluded "The Mondial is not the greatest Ferrari ever issued by Maranello, but it is by no means the least".
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  6. Rapalyea

    Rapalyea Formula 3

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    Pathetic era for automobiles. Sad. Pathetic, and expensive as well. Mondial 8 for modern dollars $167,000? And a 1/4 mile time of 16.2. My head is spinning.......
     
  7. NeedSpace

    NeedSpace Karting

    Nov 23, 2012
    55
    Bergen County NJ
    True, but much better than my car of the era...

    1980 VW Rabbit (Golf) 4 SP Diesel
    0-60 mph 21.2
    Quarter mile 21.9
    Top Speed I only got it to about 83 MPH

    At 48 horsepower...
     
  8. paulchua

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    I know!!!! Crazy huh!!??

    But that's what people don't understand about these cars - they were on par for the time. So much asshattery with people saying the Mondial 8 was a dog...compared to *what* at the time???

    Really the only car that ran circles around all of em' was the 911

    we see history repeating with the California...can't please them all...
     

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