TG drives the Kombi in Brazil
It's one of TG magazine's greatest ever adventures: a white-knuckle ride around the favelas in a new, 50s-style Kombi van
Posted: 11 Oct 2013
The latest Kombi is powered by a water-cooled 1.4-litre Total Flex engine, which can run on gasohol (a petrol-ethanol blend) or pure ethanol. It's actually half a second quicker to 60mph gurgling ethanol (16.1 seconds), and, once you're up there, the lack of mass - and interior - means it feels genuinely spirited. And a little scary when the heavens open and unleash a downpour that is definitively tropical. A man with no teeth or shoes tries to take shelter in the Kombi. There's no central locking, and I can't reach the sliding side door from my seat. Luckily, he doesn't bother trying that one, and just gurns disapprovingly instead.