Date: 19 Nov 1997 17:22:30 GMT
From: Gary Kercheck <>
Subject: Re: High Perf Hatchback: VR6 vs. GS-R vs. 900SE (Barney the dinosaur) wrote: >Depends on your uses for the car. > >IMO, if you're a stoplight racer, you'll love the GTi. That torquey >2.8L 172hp VR6 is a real runner. The other two cars won't have the >grunt down low that the VR6 has, but they'll nearly match it on the >top end. The Saab turbo motor makes more torque at lower RPM than the VR6. While its tripped up by abrupt clutch take-up and somehwat sloppy cable shift linkage (the new 900s have rods) it's a very good match for the VR6 off the line. >If you're looking for a silky smooth rev-machine, go for the GS-R. >That VTEC engine is a real singer, with nearly 200hp and a willingness >to be flogged to 8000rpm, it is definately a winner. Throw Honda >quality on top of that and you've got yourself a car that will run >0-60 in under 7 secs and still not take you to the bank on service >costs. You'll have to wring the piss out of the engine to get anywhere near 6 second 0-60 times. If it were my money and I *had* to have an Integra, I'd opt for the sportiest non-VTEC. >Last, if you're looking for something different, check out the Saab. >Great interior ergos, excellent handling, good power and unique looks >all add up to a great driving experience. You'll have to flog the >engine to really make power (like on the GS-R), but you'll be rewarded >excellent, smooth acceleration. I disagree with the "flog-the-engine" part. I've driven the GS-R as well as the Saab 900 SE Turbo and the Saab has much more immediate response. Acceleration is very smooth as you say - it's very hard to tell there's a turbo under the hood. >So, all things being equal, if you're looking for the best bang for >your buck in performance... the GTi is the winner. It will edge out >the GS-R and 900 in any stoplight race AND the torquey motor will make >it more liveable in everyday traffic. On the other hand, unique >looks, great performance and incredible interior room will be your >rewards for picking up a good used 900 SE. > >In the end, the choice is yours. I hope I've helped give you a little >info. :) You didn't do too bad for a big purple dinasaur, Barney. -- Gary Kercheck <> '91 300ZXttnopsami-> It's not a habit it's cool I feel alive...

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