Date: Fri, 02 Oct 1998 02:11:12 GMT
From: (lorusso)
Subject: Re: Horsepower or Torque? Which is more significant?

I couldn't agree more with Bill. has any one you ever consider what kind of driver you are? Is the car made for that kind of driving? SAAB in particular is a car (at least used to be b/c I don't have much experience with new ones - b/c I'm short on money!) that relay on its ability to move. SAAB IMHO is not a car that is suited for major US Cities with most commutes of 4 or more lanes going less than 35 mpg in rush hour traffic. That's what early 90's Buicks and Lincoln's are for. That why I can't relate to anyone who is beaching at SAAB turbo and its lag. Hell, even when I was learning to drive in one 12 years ago I rarely dropped my RPM that low (that was in Europe by the way). It's car that likes to rev, push every corner to max (or it feels like it) and truly give that unique experience. My advice to any one who has tried SAAB and his/her experience was shortcoming, to try again and have little more consideration for its own adjustment to the car. I too was going YAK when I first saw it long time ago. Recently I had a chance to sit in a 91 convertible 900S and was thinking what was wrong with the clutch and stick. But for a while I realized that it was me that lost a touch for SAAB, who has been driving girlfriend's Oldsmobile Achieva for too long in the rush hours of New Orleans interstates. I am not saying that you will start liking the car (hey that would kill what actually SAAB represents for many of its owners - and besides that's why many deem it ugly) but if you think you may like it,but you don't like its handling THAT'S NORMAL. I can list 100's of reasons why I like the pre-93 models on 900 line but you need to find it one for yourself. Just give some time... you'll see. lorusso PS. IMHO you will not accomplish anything that I am talking about if you don't pass somebody on a two-lane-two-way road.. That's what SAAB is for. And if you are doing it for the first time, REV IT UP BEFORE YOU RELEASE THE CLUTCH for an exit on the left lane. If you don't like doing that, buy that 88 or Maxima (no offense) and stay on Interstate. On Wed, 30 Sep 1998 20:37:47 +1200, Bill <> wrote: >It depends a bit on where your driving is mostly done. I live in a city >with a lot of hills, and torque matters much more to me than power, as it >gives me a good pull-away on the hills without always changing down. > >However, my Australian friends often prefer power, because so much of >their driving is long distances over relatively easy terrain. > >You need to take a reasonable test drive in the Saab. I recommend that >you make sure that you try out some hill work, and some open highway >work. My bet is that you will like it a lot. > >Bill > >Douglas S. Arnson wrote: > >> I am soon to part with my 92 nissan maxima se with 3.0 v6 and 190 hp >> and 202 ft/lb (I think) torque. >> >> I am considering the saab 9-5 with 178 hp v4 turbo with 207 torque at >> 1800 rpm. (The v6 turbo is almost $3000 more!!) >> >> I have loved the responsiveness of the nissan v6 and didn't want to >> settle for a lower horsepower engine in a new car. >> >> Isn't torque more significant in terms of performance? Just because >> the saab has a lower hp engine doesn't mean it will be less >> performance than I am used to...right? >> >> No flames, please...I am somewhat clueless on these technical items. >> Thanks,DSA > > >

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