"Better" is somewhat subjective

Theron J. Bliss tbliss at mestek.com
Thu Oct 5 13:53:57 EDT 2000

In better, lets see, where to start.  You must decide what you want.  If you
just want to piddle around town, go for the VR-6.  If you want any
performance, go for the 1.8T.  The t is a much more durable motor, that will
outlast, and outperform the VR-6.  The 6 has 174hp this year, and the t has
150, which is choked by Audi and VW on the exhaust side, to cut back on hp, so
that more people might be drawn to the larger and much more costly motors.
The 1.8t offers much less weight, therefore, less power is needed, and it
handles a ton better with less sprung weight over the front axles.  The 1.8 is
also probably the most tunable motor of all time, and definitely since the
350.  It's not uncommon to see over 400hp coming out of those motors, and for
just about $500, you can have 200 reliable hp from the 1.8t, and still keep
your factory warrantee.
  That's what I term as better IMO.

Theron J. Bliss
1990 V8 Quattro
194,000 miles
Lago Blue, Grey Connolly leather


Unka Bart wrote:

> Theron J. Bliss opined:
> > He should have opted for the 1.8T.  Much better motor, and 10 times
> > better handling.  Those are great cars though.
> >
> > RICHARD MEZIC wrote:
> >
> > >  Warning: No Audi ContentBut you'd probably like to know anyway...I
> > > went with a friend of mine to pick up his new 2001 Jetta GLX, with the
> > > VR6.  Nice car, BTW.The car comes with a 2 year / 24,000 mile
> > > bumper-to-bumper, 10 year / 100,000 mile powertrain warranty.  What
> > > knocked me over was that he got an extended 10 year / 100,000 mile
> > > bumper-to-bumper for $1,400.  And VW also gave him free lifetime oil
> > > changes.-RJM-
> Please feel free to expound on the basis of your pronouncement, but this
> ol' soldier wouldln't call a buzzy turbo-4 "better" than a six cylinder
> motor, especially when the outputs of the two are reasonably close.
> Unless, of course, the 1.8T has balance shafts

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