[Biturbos4] Naughty thought...

Quincy Chiang b5quattro at shaw.ca
Tue Apr 19 13:43:47 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.John

Try 700 lb lighter.  But if you compare the size, the Mini isn't that light at ~2800 lb.

> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Quincy Chiang" <b5quattro at shaw.ca>
> Subject: [Biturbos4] Naughty thought...
> Gang,
> 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.
> Quincy
> '01.5 S4
> '90 CQ
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