We just pulled off the road for the day in Lexington Kentucky to catch up on some work, and to get some rest for our next stop at Don Jacobs Volkswagen. After getting settled in at the hotel, I started to unwind. I popped the laptop open to check all my emails from friends and family. As I was doing this John, the producer of the Portland 2 Portland Green Test Drive comes into my room and askes Dane and myself if we could zip over to a Best Buy to pick up a USB cable for his computer. I said “Why not? We’re on it!”. I was stoked! For most of the time on this trip, John has been riding with me in the TDI, so this was my first chance to really check out its get up and go. We grab our things and head on out. As I starting the Jetta TDI, I knew that for once, I was really going to put this car throw its gears. I had already driven the Prius, and it had no power what so ever. The little 1.5 liter motor only produces 110 horsepower at 5000 rpm’s and 82 pounds of torque. I was like a little kid on his birthday in the TDI. We pulled up to a red light slapped the automatic transmission into dsg shift mode, and waited. The light turned red. Shift for shift from 0-60 was just amazing. The diesel motor has so much power that it lets out right off the bat, so you just can’t ignore its 140 horsepower at 4,000 rpm’s ,and its 236 pounds of torque at 1,750 rpm‘s. There’s so much power out of a 2.0 liter turbocharged motor. Between these two green cars the mpg in some ways are close. Comparing the power between these twogreen cars is like comparing apples to oranges. With the Volkswagen Jetta TDI you get the best of both worlds. You get awesome gas milage any way you need to go weather driving in city or on the highway, and power and performance to get up and go when you need it.
Maybe we can just keep going and leave John in the hotel.