30 May 2008
A different tach
As I've mentioned before, I've owned six automobiles. Four of them were equipped with tachometers, and while there are those who will argue that it's pointless to have a tach with an automatic transmission, I consider it a useful guide to, among other things, what gear the slushbox is in and the state of the car's idle.
The gauge panels of all four of those cars had big double dials. The Toyota and the two Mazdas had the tach on the left, speedo on the right. The Infiniti reverses that pattern: speedo on the left, tach on the right. I really don't have any reason to prefer one variation over the other, but it's puzzled me for some time, especially since I've checked out the occasional G35 from the dealership and its tach is on the left.
When you get into industrial-strength sports cars, though, all bets are off: the Porsche 911, far back as I can remember, has had the tach in the center of the cluster.Posted at 9:39 AM to Driver's Seat