[Biturbos4] Naughty thought...
j.koenig at adelphia.net
Tue Apr 19 09:23:28 EDT 2005
I keep pondering all of the same ideas ... weight, mileage, out-of-warranty
cost, usefulness, Mini, etc. One can argue that the enthusiast driver can
get more fun out of the challenge of maintaining momentum in an underpowered
car than by correcting any mistake/inefficiency with the throttle,
especially in traffic and at legal speeds. Here in the fun-car-deprived
USofA, the Mini is the smallest, lightest, sportiest option out there. Ya
gotta love the idea of hauling around -- what 500lb? -- less weight with
lower cost, better mileage, etc., but there are, of course, trade-offs.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Quincy Chiang" <b5quattro at shaw.ca>
Subject: [Biturbos4] Naughty thought...
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
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.
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