They Shoot 20-Second Cars, Don't They? - 1989 Yugo GVL Long-Term Road Test

They Shoot 20-Second Cars, Don't They?


1989 Yugo GVL: They Shoot 20-Second Cars, Don't They?

July 16, 2015

1989 Yugo GVL

Some of the crew decided a 1989 Yugo GVL would make an ideal penalty box, one to which you could be assigned for a multitude of sins: missing a deadline, delaying the car signout sheet, opining that the seats in our long-term Mustang really aren't that bad.

Around here, there are fewer penalties more severe than a slow car. What's the old saw: it's more fun to drive a slow car fast? Well, I'll believe that when we finally take the Yugo off-highway in one of our local canyons, where we can have fun driving it slowly and destructively. 

In the meantime, we're gathering data on the car. What follows in the video after the jump is our earliest instrumented testing - using two mobile phone apps - of the Yugo's acceleration, in a valiant effort by Kurt and Josh to extract some sass out of the old girl.

It's not pretty.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

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