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Re: S4 vs. Cadillac w/Northstar

Wouldn't the slushbox disadvantage the Caddy, Graydon?

'86 VW Quantum GL5
Auburn University, Alabama, USA
Hometown - Reidville, South Carolina, USA

On Sun, 25 Feb 1996, Graydon D. Stuckey wrote:

> On Sat, 24 Feb 1996 Nivi@aol.com wrote:
> > The car to the left, a Citation, and the Caddy both get off the line faster
> > than me - "oh no, going to lose this one"...then the turbo kicks in, second
> > gear, catch up, and in third, the Caddy is back there in my rear view
> > mirror....    :-))   AMAZING!
> With all due respect to the S4 (it's certainly a much better car than any
> Cadillac made up 'til '97), I think you encountered an inferior driver.  I
> think that the cars are fairly equal in terms of straight line
> acceleration.  The STS has 300 HP, and the torque band although maybe a
> little lower than the turbo at 3000 rpm, is very broad and usable.  In
> fact, at teh GM proving grounds, test drivers have found that the STS will
> pretty much keep up with a 'Vette for the first hundred feet or so.  I
> really don't remember the numbers for the two cars (surely someone has
> those handy) but the A8 with 3700 pounds and 295HP felt roughly equal to
> the STS in terms of acceleration.  I am not going after the STSs quite yet
> in my hopped up 5KCSTQ - I don't like being beaten. :-)
> Wait a minute, have you hopped up your S4?  "That changes everything" as 
> the other famous 'murican carmaker says. :-)  Also, if it was an Eldo or 
> an SLS with the 275 HP engine, that would make a difference in your favour.
> Later,								
> Graydon D. Stuckey								
> graydon@apollo.gmi.edu								
> Flint, Michigan   USA
> '86 Audi 5000 CS Turbo Quattro, GDS Racing Stage II				
> '85 Mazda RX7 GS 12A-leaning-towards-a-13B-soon