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Re: Audi stuff in "Automobile"

> From quattro-owner@swiss.ans.net Wed Jan 25 17:50:28 1995
> Date: Wed, 25 Jan 1995 13:54:17 -0800 (PST)
> From: Eliot Lim <eliot@u.washington.edu>
> On Wed, 25 Jan 1995, John Greenstreet wrote:
> > That's exactly the output that was listed in Auto, Motor, und Sport in
> > their recent comparison test between the 1.8/I4 turbo and the 2.6/V6,
> > and Audi's DIN HP ratings generally carry over to this country
> > unchanged.  Note that most Japanese cars claim 10-20% less HP
> > in Germany compared to what they claim here.
> actually the DIN hp numbers are slightly different.  e.g. 3.6 V8
> makes 250 DIN bhp, while it makes 240 SAE bhp,  the V6 makes 174 DIN
> vs 172 SAE, the S4 makes 238 DIN vs 227 SAE...  unless the cars
> are slightly detuned but i thought they stopped that practice.

I'm not sure why the 3.6 is so different, but as for the V6, that's
only a 1% change.  As for the S4, the test I have in auto, motor, und
sport shows 227 HP, the same as here.  The main factor in HP
discrepancies recently is the elimination of "Volllastanreicherung" or
full-power mixture enrichment.  Under fully-loaded conditions, a richer
mixture allowed a few extra HP to be produced without burning-up the
engine's valves, but also increased emissions.  This was quickly siezed
by the "greens" as a reason to introduce a speed limit on the
Autobahnen, so Vollastanreicherung started disappearing in 1991-2.
Therefore--all other things being equal--newer tests will usually show
a lower HP number

My point was that Audis keep have essentially the same HP numbers when
comparing the US to Germany, while Japanese cars suffer radical
decreases when moved to Germany.

John Greenstreet, Senior Engineer           (jgreenst@motown.ge.com)
Martin Marietta Government Electronic Systems    Moorestown NJ 08057
WPI Class of '75, Temple Class of '94

My new car history:
  1975    1978    1982       1986        1989      1992      1995
   VW ->  Audi -> Audi  -> Mercedes -> Mercedes -> Audi -> Mercedes
Scirocco Fox GTI  4000S    190E 2.3    190E 2.6    100CS     S320

POSSLQ's* new car history:
         1978       1981       1985      1988        1990     1993
       Triumph ->  Toyota ->  Toyota  ->  VW    ->   Audi  -> Audi
       Spitfire    Tercel     Corolla   Jetta GL      80      90S

*POSSLQ = Person of Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters
Note: All Audis and Mercedes above were sold to friends or family.