If you are a person born in the 80’s or later - unless you are a classic car enthusiast or owner - the chances are that you may not have driven a car with a carburetor – at least not for any reasonable length of time to learn the characteristics of such a car.
Those of us who have used cars with carburetor/s as day to day transport and indeed in competition, know and “feel” the difference between a carburetor equipped car compared to modern Efi equipped cars.
Sure, a carb might not be the most reliable or most efficient way to make power and there’s a reason why cars haven’t used them for decades, but if anything that’s only made petrol-heads appreciate them more.
After you take in a car’s looks, the next thing you want do is hop in, turn the key and see what she sounds like. Carbs deliver in this department as well. Sure, the exhaust system does a lot of work in the audio department, but we all know the heavenly sound you can get with a good set of carbs. Contrast this to the way that many modern performance cars need to have synthetic noise piped into the cabin to make them feel more ‘alive’. Few things generate more aural pleasure than a set of high performance carburetors under hard throttle – even if there’s nothing particularly exotic about the motor they are affixed to!
Once you have the car fired up, you put it into gear and see how it feels out on the road. You dip into the accelerator to see what the power is like – and this is another area where carburetors deliver their own unique character. Of course, I’m not trying to say that carburetors make more power than comparable fuel injection setups, but the way they deliver that power is much different. It’s much different from the straightforward power delivery you get with many modern engines; and no, you can’t put your finger on what it is that makes them different and indeed more fun to drive!
So this month we have tested three new cars, in addition to our usual Past Blast feature which features probably the oldest Land Rover currently running in the country, plus we have featured a tweaked Honda Civic RS and we revisit the Abarth experience with a recently imported Abarth 500. The new Test Drives are – the Audi A5 Sportback, Mercedes Vito Compact and the Citroen C5 Cactus – all very efficient and clinically good with their state of the art Efi systems!
So sit back, relax, and drool over what we have been up to this month, and do let us know what you think!