This is the 'Sploder. We went on a little trip today, up to North Branch. That's about an hour north of my house.
This is a Cobra. It's in absolutely beautiful shape, it looks like it's been completely restored from the nuts up. It's not very big, and it's about half engine, with a 427 taking up a lot of real estate under the hood.
So very pretty.
This is a 2008 Cobra. It gets 14MPG, and goes very very fast.
It's a limited edition. It looks a little like it could eat you.
Incidentally, it's got a $45,000 price tag.
This is a Ford Escape. It's "Titanium Green".
It doesn't go fast. It doesn't have a 427 under the hood.
It does have this on the side though.
I took it for a test drive. Considering the whole small-engine fuel-economy basis, I wasn't expecting a kickin' time.
Boy, was I wrong. This thing is a blast to drive. The steering is really responsive, and the acceleration is a bit like a kick in the pants, particularly compared to the 'Sploder with the V6. The weirdness is the engine shuts off at low speeds, and it feels like you killed the engine but the car keeps going. And it's quiet; stopped at the stop sign, I was hearing the engine noise from other nearby cars.
So yeah, I said my goodbyes to the 'Sploder. She's been a good girl, and I've known her intimately, but it was her time. She stayed up in North Branch, and I came home with a new friend.
And here's the big reason why:
That's coming down 94 at 70 MPH and freeway most of the way home. The city mileage promises to be even higher, but considering the 'Sploder was coming in at 12-16 MPG in mostly city driving, it's a solid win.
She needs a name. There's a lot of personality there, but it's still too early. I'm leaning toward "Nookie", and we may see how that goes.
Now me and Nookie are gonna go get ice. In the meantime, you get naked.