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I just want to start by saying that I don't have as much merits as you au
tocrossers and others who have driven every car ever built. I also don't want
to start any flames. <nomex on!>-for protection!
I agree with Eliot. I think the Corrado VR6 is a great car, and I was ve
ry impressed with the VR6 engine. Not only was I impressed with it, but so wer
e several of the leading car magazines. I distictly remember Automobile magazi
ne saying that the Corrado SLC (VR6) was "the closest thing you could get to a
Porsche 911 under $25,000." Although, I always found that price a little disco
uraging though...at just $25k. I thought they were very smooth too. I like sm
ooth....OK! Any problems? I don't think I'm the only one on the list who appr
eciates the beauty of smooth acceleration. Just because an engine is smooth, d
oesn't mean it's slow. But maybee I'm just a wussie! (just kidding ;-))
> the I5 is dead and buried. live with it. after 20 years of development it
> has reached it's logical end.
I disagree here. Read...the Audi RS2 Avant (Performance Car of the Year
). Although the I5 is being fased out in the US, I believe they will continue
to use them in european models. And, this doesn't mean Audi will not use them
again in the future. The I5 is actually based on a Porsche engine desighn from
the 1950's...and still maintains the same basic desighn. Although, it is safe
to say that Audi has perfected the 5 cylinder engine. I consider the 20V turbo
charged 5cyl engine perfection!
> the I5 is easily outdone by most sixes. it is not going to defy any laws of
> physics. odd number of cylinders is never going to be as smooth as even.
Again, I disagree here. The Audi turbo fives are much nicer than the n
ew V6s. They have a lot more spunk, and have more character. The new Audi V6'
s aint got no soul, man! Just my opinion. Now when Audi adds its 5 valves per
cylinder technology, and turbocharges it, I'm sure it will be real nice. But,
at the moment, the current Audi V6 didn't really do anything for me. I think t
he Audi V6 is much more impressive in the lighter A4 (but, I haven't driven it
yet...just what I've heard).
> racing engines are loud, but that is because of the open exhausts. they are
> very, very smooth. they have to be to run at 16000 rpms.
Jeremy, he's got a point there. I couldn't have said it better myself
. Like when racing on the track....the smoothest line is always the fastest li
ne. A race engine that runs smoothly is usually more efficient.
I have seen many sickeningly fast Audi quattros, and they all were lou
d and ferocious, as well as very smooth. If an engine runs rough, it is usuall
y the result of some internal problem. Do you see my point?
BTW, let me just state that I have only driven the Corrado VR6, and ha
ve not driven the Passat VR6. But, I did drive a Passat with a 4 cylinder engi
ne. It handled well, but man was it a dog! No get up and go! Remember this i
s all opinion based, so correct me if you like, but lets be civil here ;-).
- I5 now....
- From: Eliot Lim <email@example.com>