On Tue, 21 Mar 1995, Eliot Lim wrote:
> On Tue, 21 Mar 1995, joff wrote:
> > On Mon, 20 Mar 1995, jason douglas wrote:
> > >
> > > Another example of why BIG fours are a bad idea...
> > Lotus Esprit Turbo SE?
> there's nothing impressive about the lotus four banger other than bhp and
> bhp/liter. lotus stuck to a 4 because they were too poor to put in
> anything else. ditto saab until they were bought up by GM. the 1950's
> triumph (?) farm tractor engine still lives on till this day. ugh!
> the balance shaft saab 4 (which i have driven) is still no match in terms
> of sweetness to a good 6. the porker big 4 may have some of the big
> vibes cancelled out, but it still make 4 banger sounds..
Come on. A Lotus four is one of the most sophisticated engines in the
world, and it makes a lovely zing zing noise. Same with the Saab: it may
not be smooth compared to a six, but the noise of the turbo at idle, low
speed and full chant is a delight, the waste gate chatter is just superb.