Date: Wed, 19 Nov 1997 02:01:06 GMT
From: (Barney the dinosaur)
Subject: Re: High Perf Hatchback: VR6 vs. GS-R vs. 900SE

On 18 Nov 1997 17:23:01 GMT, "Barry Gross" <bgnopsamnet> wrote: >I'm shopping for a hatchback sedan that's FUN to drive and also great on >long highway cruises and reliable. Would appreciate any comments on the >choices of Golf GTI VR6, Integra GS-R and a Saab 900SE turbo (which seems >available for $20k used, 2 yrs old.) 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. 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. 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. 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. :) ---------------------------------------------------------- Wayne Edelen - 1996 Pontiac Formula M6 - Purple / Graphite Dyno'd:310hp/345ft-lbs Best 1/4:13.365nopsam71 (1.923 60')

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