[Biturbos4] Turbos Reliability & Replacement Cost (was: 2000 S4

Ti Kan ti at amb.org
Tue Aug 30 18:27:07 EDT 2005

j y writes:
> With the E46-M3 @ 330+ HP, Infiniti G35s @ around 300 HP, Pontiac GTO
> @ 350+ HP, B6-S4 @ 340 HP, etc. A 250 HP performance sedan is kinda
> of a joke. Your basis Acura/Honda sedan produces those nbrs.

Yeah, but horsepower numbers only tell one facet of the story.
Our B5 biturbo S4 have a super flat torque curve and reaches
its torque peak at 1850rpm.  The "area under the curve" is prodigeous
and is what gives the car such a nice kick.  The B6 V8 S4 *is* a bit
faster, but not as much as its 90hp advantage would seem to provide.
I've driven the G35 and it doesn't feel all that fast either.

I don't know of basic Honda/Acura sedan that does 0-60 in 5.5 seconds
in stock form whatever the horsepower figure is.

It's true that we have a lot more cars on the market today with big
horsepower specs, but that doesn't make our S4s "a joke", at least
not yet.

Ti Kan
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