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951 vs urq
As an owner of both cars I feel qualified to comment here. I had an 82
ur-q (which I unfortunately sold) and now have an 86 951. The 951 is by
far the faster car when both cars are stock. I installed a weltmeister
chip which is good for 275 hp and 300 ft/lbs of torque (at 3k rpm). Now
the 951 is a rocket. Off the line both cars are somewhat weak, the
winner would be the driver with the most disregard for his clutch and
driveline. By the way a clutch job pays 28 hours on these early 944
turbos! But at least the tires will break free on a hard launch saving
the driveline. This is not the case in the quattro. At highway speeds
there are very few cars (all of which are very exotic) that can keep up
with a 951, (especially a chipped one.)(performance figures for a
chipped 951 are low 5sec 0-60 high 13s for 1/4 mile)
I quite enjoy the low, firm, on-rails handling of the 951, but if it
was a road I was unfamiliar with or there was potential for debris,
bumps, or water around a blind curve the quattro would be my first
choice. The 951 is a racetrack car or perhaps if you live in sunny
california. The quattro is a better all year car and is not such a
delicate princess. (I can barely get in and out of my driveway because
the 951 is so low.)
NO CONTEST. The 951 brakes are awesome. I've updated to coolcarbons
and braided lines, which makes for phenomenal stopping power. And I
hear the newer cars are even better.
Looking at the suspension you can tell the quattro is a rally car.
It is far more durable looking than the porsche. I haven't broken
anything yet but I was certain I never would in the quattro, even with
the crappy roads here in Cleveland.
Even with the 951 problem areas I would say the 951 is the more
reliable car. It is nice just to hop in and go for a 600 mile trip and
not worry about being stranded somewhere.
Cost of repairs:
In most comparisons between the 951 and other cars this is where the 951
loses. Not the case here. I have found 951 parts to be cheaper and more
obtainable than parts for the quattro.
Definitely an apples and oranges comparison. My recommendation: Buy
both. But only if you are extremely mechanically inclined. These cars are
two of the best performance car bargains (urq is a better bargain IMHO) on
the market. But they are not nearly as inexpensive as their price tags
indicate if you don't do the work yourself or if you don't start with a very