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

Peter asks:
> But isn't the max torque on the 20v turbo engines achieved with some
> sort of loading up of the engine to get it at 1950rpm? It sure doesn't
> feel like 227ft. lbs. at 1950 when I accelerate from a dead stop.

next time you're in downtown Seattle, try this.

Turn the corner onto a steep uphill street. You should be in first,
possibly second gear. Take your foot off of the gas and feel the
motor load up as it climbs the hill. That's torque which carries you
up the hill, not horsepower.

The car will absolutely not stall... I use it to get up my driveway
all the time (uphill and gravel). I'd like to see a test of the car
against an immobile wall. I'd imagine it would just break the wheels
loose. (not our car, thank you)

steve powers ... '95.5 S6 ... '95 620RX/C ... '91 K100RS-16V ... '88 R100S
spowers@spdg.com * stratos product development group * seattle, washington

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