[Biturbos4] Naughty thought...

Quincy Chiang b5quattro at shaw.ca
Tue Apr 19 01:21:09 EDT 2005


Have any of you ever felt like our S4, even in stock form, is too much car (power wise) for daily use? I've been frustrated somewhat since I got my S4, that I can't really use its power 90% of the time, due to traffic and not wanting dates with cops.

And it really is pretty bad on gas for a car this size, mostly due to its weight, which also affects handling.

I'm stock right now, except a boost gauge and Tracksport suspension, which really helps to address its handling and eliminate the "all-road" stance.  But still I can feel that weight lugging around.

Lastly, there's the reliability. Replacing those pesky K03s aren't cheap by any means, and owning it past warranty is starting to concern me.

All this leads me to the Mini Cooper S. I drove one last summer and it was fantastic. It's certainly not as fast as a stock S4, but with its slick gearbox, I can genuinely use all its power most of the time. And it will run circles around the S4 and most cars for that matter when it comes to handling.  Not to mention it's easier on the wallet at the gas pump, and it's just so damn good looking.  Some call it cute, I prefer handsome, and you can't ignore its giant-killing ability and its point-to-point speed.

If the standard car it's quick enough, the Works package will make it more interesting with 210hp and a pretty mean soundtrack. But it comes at a price.

I only bring up the Mini because it's the only car I like on the market right now other than my S4 and CQ, and its within my financial reach.  So what do you guys think?  I'd like to hear some of your thoughts.

'01.5 S4
'90 CQ

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