LL - NY
larrycleung at gmail.com
Fri Nov 20 08:21:12 PST 2009
You forgot RPM. At steady state, the lower the RPM (therefore *rate* of
air/fuel throughput) the lower the fuel consumption. That explains why the
low numerically geared V8 monsters (like, surprisingly, 6sp 'Vettes and
neu-Camaros, and the latest Mustangs) can actually get near 30 MPG on the
highway. They're barely ticking over 1800-2200 RPM at full highway speeds.
On Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 11:12 AM, Grant Lenahan <glenahan at vfemail.net>wrote:
> Weight - absolutely F still = MA
> Driving style - sometimes, and rarely when on the highway
> Engine size - very relevant - defines effective compression ratio,
> pumping losses, and combustion efficiency, assuming some small power
> is required to maintain a body in motion at say 70 mph
> Counter intuitively (unless you think like carnot or otto), a driver
> who accelerates foot to floor, and then cruises at maximum vacuum to
> maintain speed, will do better than one who accelerates slowly and
> then maintains the same speed.
> On Nov 20, 2009, at 10:57 AM, Louis-Alain Richard wrote:
> > Kent,
> > I bet all these cars are about the same weight.
> > Fuel consumption is closely related to weight and driving style
> > more than
> > engine size.
> > Louis-Alain
> > -----Message d'origine-----
> > De : quattro-bounces at audifans.com [mailto:quattro-
> > bounces at audifans.com] De
> > la part de Kent McLean
> > Envoyé : 19 novembre 2009 16:55
> > À : quattro at audifans.com
> > Objet : Re: MPG
> > victor norman wrote:
> >> I have a 2000 A4 2.8 quattro and never seem to get more than 20mpg in
> >> mixed town and highway driving.
> > I get in the low 20s (22-23), but that's without a lot of stop-and-go
> > traffic
> > slowing me down. That's about the same as I get with the 20V and
> > the V8. Go
> > figure.
> > --
> > Kent McLean
> > 1990 V8 w/5-speed and other mods
> > 1991 200 TQA #3, with mods
> > 1999 A4 Avant, V6 Tiptronic
> > gone: '91 200 TQA x2, '94 100 S Avant, '89 200 TQ "Bad Puppy"
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