Now I LIKE Clarkson, a lot! For me, Clarkson IS funny, stupid, infantile, childish, and daft; but above all, HONEST!
So this, from today's (23 Feb 2014) Sunday Times, is an extract from his review on the Peugeot RCZ R, and which has a lot of resonance for us RS3 owners as it puts the brake squeal some of us have experienced into some perspective, so just laugh about it:
"First, my test car was delivered with squeaky brakes. Yup. A press demonstrator was sent to be reviewed in one of the world’s most respected newspapers. And Peugeot couldn’t even get that right. So what chance do you have, Mr Normal of High Wycombe?
I’m not sure there’s a worse noise in the world than the shriek caused by tiny vibrations in the braking system. It’s up there with accidental feedback on a village show’s public-address system. Or the yell of a baby at three in the morning when you are at 30,000ft over Turkmenistan. Or Céline Dion.
And there’s nothing you can do to stop it. It doesn’t matter whether you brake gently and early or hard and late — you get exactly the same noise, and exactly the same look of pained disdain from everyone within earshot. Which is everyone within about 17 miles.
If you are at a party and a man vomits on you, you will spend the rest of the evening looking for other things to dislike about him. And I’m afraid that’s how it went with the RCZ R. Because of those brakes, I went on a mission to find other stuff I didn’t like. I found quite a lot."
And there's more, but that's the relevant bit.
What's the betting the Peugeot RCZ R has Brembo brakes...
Oh! And don't forget that Audi gave Clarkson an RS4 to evaluate in 2012 complete with Audi RS brake squeal: go see the December 2012 thread "AUDI UK gives CLARKSON a NEW AUDI with brake squeal to evaluate", and Jeremy reported that as was...