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Chubby Cars, 0-60 4000 times, Coupe GT Stuff etc.
> From: Kwattro@aol.com
> Date: Fri, 11 Apr 1997 22:17:10 -0400 (EDT)
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
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> Subject: Re: ABT 1.8T super car
> I believe the reason for that was gearing. if you look at the top speed, it
> becomes appartent that this car is made for mid range punch, not ripping
> acceleration. Remember, it is a 5 speed. Also, there is no getting over the
> fact that the car is a 2L 4 cylinder. That is a small engine with a lot of
> weight. Even with the turbo kicking in at 3K, there is still a lot of
> resistance to overcome BEFORE the turbo engages, and with AWD, popping the
> clutch up high results in bogging down. Also remember that highly modified
> VW 16v's and G60 engines, as well as the VR6, with less weight and lots of
> power, still have trouble getting into the 6's in 0-60. 6.5 secs to 60 is a
> lot faster than stock, but so is 175 mph. What is stock figure? 9
> something? My 4000 could probably come close to that....Speaking of
> which...what IS the stock 0-60 times on Coupe/4000 quattros? Anyone know?
Weight might have a big thing to do with it. The A4 1.8tq with a
manual transmission is carrying 3130 lbs. It picks up 0-60 in about
In the January 1985 edition of Car & Driver they were able
to get a stock Coupe GT 5 speed with the 110hp 5 cylinder engine from
0-60 in 9.0 seconds. Without a passenger (unladen?) this car weighed
under 2500 pounds.
As for the 4000, in July 1985 Motor Trend did a comparo between a
Cadillac Cimarron, a BMW 318i and an Audi 4000S quattro. The Audi
won the comparo handily. The 0-60 times for the 115hp 5speed Audi
was 10.77 seconds (the Bimmer took 12.48). This car was
approximately 300 pounds heavier than the Coupe GT.
For those of you waiting on that comparo between the Coupe GT and
seven other coupes (the Audi won), I haven't forgotten you. I have
to get this stupid scanner working. Then I'll e-mail you a copy. I
also have the glowing review that they gave the Coupe on its featured
test drive from the January '85 issue.
87 Coupe GT