My best friend at El Camino College was a Brazilian mad man by the name of Sam DeMattos, who had this hot-rodded Brazilian made Volkswagen microbus. He explained that a Volkswagen is nothing but an ugly Porsche and you have to drive it like one to really appreciate it. Said that the torque curve had a double hump, and you had to run the RPM up to find the second hump. So anyway, we took this beastie down to Death Valley during spring break, and by golly, he was absolutely right. Pedal to the metal, this microbus was a screamin' demon. Sounded like you were going to launch a piston right through the cylinder head, but it just LOVED being driven like that. Anyhoo...had a blast driving through the desert at about 85 miles an hour...not another car in sight for practically the whole weekend. p.s. Sam is now a big wig international sales dude at a big textile firm back east.