[200q20v] V8 vs old S4/S6 in reliability and handling

Calvin & Diana Craig calvinlc at earthlink.net
Tue Feb 27 21:15:09 EST 2001

As someone who just moved from a '91 200TQ to a '92 S4 I must say that I
like the S4 more and more everyday.  It sort of depends on what you want.
The V-8 is definitely the way to go for the cruiser, but for acceleration,
handling, reliability, etc.  I would say the S4 is a winner.  As far as
handling goes I don't think the V-8 comes close to the 51%/49% Front/Rear
weight distribution and the linear pull of the turbo is great.  I simply
won't do the normally aspirated thing because I live in Denver where turbos
make a HUGE difference.  The other thing is the aftermarket mods for the S4
are much more productive than those for the V-8s.  One thing I will have to
say about the S4, though, is that I don't know who decided to redesign the
window and seat memory controls from the 200 but they should be shot!

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