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Re: S6 vs. Volvo 850 Turbo R (was Re: ipd)

Scharf@aol.com writes: 
> In a message dated 96-08-26 18:19:22 EDT, spowers@spdg.COM (Steve Powers)
> writes:
> << Engine performance was comparable. The Volvo had less than 6% more
>  horsepower at the expense of torque. It had more than 14% less torque.
>  Audi: 227 bhp/258 lb-ft  vs. Volvo 240 bhp/221 lb-ft. Torque gets
>  you off the line, horsepower gives you top speed. >>
> Just as important as the maximum torque is the rpm level at which it occurs.
> The S6 achieves maximum torque at 1,950 rpm, then holds it constant through
> about 4,500.  That is torque from scarcely above idle, all the way through
> the mid-range.  That's plenty of oomph and right off the line.
yup, you do start from idle and zero speed...

from a '95 brochure on the S6:

"Meet the newest Beast of the Boulevard: The 1995 Audi S6 Wagon. Its flared
wheel wells, twin exhaust pipes that look big enough to swallow an old MG
and low-profile tires merely hint at this car's extraordinary performance.
Sports-car quick with a 0-60 time of 6.6 seconds, the S6 Wagon attacks the
standing 1/4 mile in 15.1 seconds. And places others in its class-the BMW
530i Touring, the Mercedes E320, even the Volvo 850 Sportswagon Turbo-
clearly in its rearview mirror." 

strong words - even for marketing fluff...

steve powers                        stratos product development group
spowers@spdg.com                    seattle, washington
'This year all Volvo 850s are equiped with front-seat side-impact
airbags, optional traction control (TRACS), and an "Accidental
Loss of Life" policy that will pay $250,000 to anyone who loses
his or her life in the Volvo as the result of an accident.' (Edmund's
webpage on the '96 Volvo 850)

Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride! (Volvo's own webpage)