Posted by: Lisa Pampuch | May 19, 2009

A new high in describing lows

Jeremy Clarkson writes in The Sunday Times about the Honda Insight, a car he really doesn’t want you to buy. Whether or not you’re in the market for a low-priced hybrid, his column is worth reading for his biting prose. Here’s a sample, but please, read the entire piece:

And the sound is worse. The Honda’s petrol engine is a much-shaved, built-for-economy, low-friction 1.3 that, at full chat, makes a noise worse than someone else’s crying baby on an airliner. It’s worse than the sound of your parachute failing to open. Really, to get an idea of how awful it is, you’d have to sit a dog on a ham slicer.

So you’re sitting there with the engine screaming its head off, and your ears bleeding, and you’re doing only 23mph because that’s about the top speed, and you’re thinking things can’t get any worse, and then they do because you run over a small piece of grit.

I hereby bestow upon it my highest and rarely given honor: I wish I’d written that.

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