HJ's road tests - ijws15
Porche Panamerica road test (see link at right) starts with the words

"It?s a bit dodgy to dislike a car you?ve never driven. . . . . "

So is this really a road test?
HJ's road tests - tack
Well, I suppose road testing is also about kerb appeal. Bit like food, first eating with the eyes. If it doesn't look appealing it may colour your judgement.

I have to say that, for me, it has all the kerb appeal of a pavement pizza. I understand what he means, but at least he recognises that it is dodgy to dislike a car he has never driven. A bit of a dichotomy for a test driver.
HJ's road tests - PST
Well it's a good job it's not a reading or observation test. The car is a Panamera not "Panamerica". The test is not by HJ. And the car that has never been driven is a Cayenne - not the car in question!
HJ's road tests - ijws15
I stand corrected
HJ's road tests - Lud
But Martin Gurdon didn't seem to like the Panamera much either. How does it go?

'Damn with faint praise, commend with civil leer
And without sneering, show the way to sneer...' (Alexander Pope or someone)
HJ's road tests - Lud

?Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer
And, without sneering, teach the rest to sneer;
Willing to wound, and yet afraid to strike,
Just hint a fault, and hesitate dislike.?

It was Pope, referring to Addison's critical method, in his 'Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot'.

Google is so useful to the sloppy non-scholar of today.
HJ's road tests - Pugugly
Ah well and a nice English Lit lesson to-boot !