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OK but not a detailed development history
on 4 December 2012
I am a little sorry to spoil this book's fun of five stars but I must confess that I was a little disappointed after reading it. The book is lacking in any real in depth coverage of VWs development of this awesome car and is pretty thin on technical development. I suppose I should have investigated the book more online before buying but I can't really complain at £12! However the author is not a motoring journalist of car expert. He is a celebrity ghostwriter (Westlife etc) and he is more obsessed with the "bling" and "celebrity" factor of the car than the towering technical achievements of the car. Details of the engine, gearbox and features of the car are reeled off as quoted from the sales brochure with no real analysis and a lot of the book covers the guy trying to blag a test drive in the car.
I am not slating the author for this as obviously his brief was to write a mainstream book that will appeal to the general car enthusiast/Top Gear viewer hence the generally "tabloid" style of the writing. It is no technical bible such as Paul Frere's book on the Porsche 911 nor as other reviews have said in any way like "Driving Passion" the development history of the McLaren F1, although that last book costs £150. By all means if you just want to dream about owning one of these cars and fancy and enjoyable light read then go ahead and buy it but if you are an anaorak/geek like me who wants all the nuts and bolts etc you will not find it here.