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Re: super Q.
> Date: Tue, 08 Apr 1997 19:19:08 -0700
> From: Aaron LaPointe <email@example.com>
> Organization: none whatsoever
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: super Q.
> OK, thank all of you for your helpful suggestions on my future
> "project" car. I now realize just how ignorant I am about prices. The
> figure I proposed is a starter figure. I am not Donald Trump by any
> means, nor do I plan to be in the future but I am 22, not married and
> have no kids, and I love quattro.
> I have gotten differing opinions about the v6, some say there
> isn't room for a piece of insulation. But they say with money, all
> things are possible. The V6 sounds nice, but what are the problems
> associated with a 300 hp I-4? Someone mentioned driveability. What
> specifically? So far the general consensus leans toward the V6. I
> initially was bent on the I-4, but I am looking for a fast, fast car
> that I can drive every day. Any further suggestions would be
> Aaron LaPointe
> 85 4ksq 300,000+mi
Try a Camaro Z28. I hear they're fast and cheap too.
Seriously, I don't think most people buy Audi's for their stop light
drag winning abilities. In fact, in just about every comparo that is
run, Audi's are outgunned by their competitors horsepower-wise. And
yet they often put in good showings against their rivals, many times
taking top honours. The combination of driveability (is that a
word?), ergonomics and style seems to win them more points than brute
Take my case, my previous car was a GTi VR6 (just the Golf VR6 for
those of you across the pond). It was called a "GTi" in North
America to boost sales. That car had some serious power. I could
beat just about anything at the stoplight and what made it even
better was that most of them thought I was driving a Geo Metro or a
Sprint. I loved watching their jaws drop. "That idiot in the
Hyundai is GAINING on me!" The stealth factor was excellent. I'll
tell you something else: the car was a pig to drive. Its nose would
dip and bob through turns. Heaven help you if you wanted to goose it
a little through a long bend. Areas that I had been able to rocket
through in my Jetta GLi I was suddenly finding myself easing up on.
And the torque steer? Yikes! It was second gear before the front
wheels finally decided to let me drive. The interior was well laid
out. It also had more buzzes, whistles and pops than a bowl of Rice
Krispies(tm). It had not been news to me about the body buzzes, it
was, after all, my fourth VW. But somehow I had expected a better
car when laying out around 20 grand.
Now I have an 87 Coupe GT. Do I win any stop light duels? Sometimes,
when the other guy doesn't realize he was in a race. But the power
and low end torque is more than adequate for the around town driving
that the car is subjected to. It lacks the interior snap, crackle
and pops, at ten years and 70k's, that the VW had at 2 years and 15.
I love the sound of the door closing. It sounds so damn expensive.
And the thing loooves corners. I go home the same way every night
and the long bend I used to ease up on in the GTi I take in third
gear careening in the Coupe, big sh*t eating grin plastered on my
This wasn't a flame, by the way. I just think there's more to these
cars than speed. I'll leave the stop light duels to the Mustangs and
Camaros. I don't begrudge them that. It's why they bought their
cars, I bought mine for different reasons.
87 Coupe GT
- super Q.
- From: Aaron LaPointe <email@example.com>