Date: Sun, 09 May 1999 19:56:31 -0400
From: (P.T. Goodman)
Subject: Re: Car & Driver Test of the Viggen

In article <>, John Yuen <> wrote: > I think you are reaching the limit on the frontwheel drive car. remember > that they have to limit the torque in 1st and 2nd gear on the Viggen. I > wonder if they did a 50-70mph or a 60-80mph test, there you should find > dramatic improvements. How often do you do a 0-60 burnout anyway? > > Regards > John Yuen > > "P.T. Goodman" wrote: > > > Haven't read the whole article yet. But C&D tested the Viggen at 6.5 sec > > to 60 mph. Recognizong that there is more to a Car's performance than a > > 060 mph time, I still have to ask "where's the beef". For $38,000, I'd > > have expected more. > > > > Hell, put a sport exhaust ond wider throttle body on my 900 Turbo and I > > can probably get that 0-60 time. With only 400 coming to the states, it > > probably doesn't make much difference. > > > > Disappointed, > > Pete John: Point taken. They do limit Torque in first gear to 184 lb-ft in 1st gear and 243 lb-ft in 2nd gear. And the aricle does say that the car is a real handfull to drive because of torque steer. I noticed that the shift point from 2nd gear to third is right at 59 mph which would hurt the 0-60 times by a considerable amount Top gear tests: 30 mph to 50 mph in 9.9 secs and 50 mph to 70 mph in 7.6 secs. When I leave a toll both in wet weather, even my 95 900 Turbo spins a wheel, and I'm a fairly gentle driver. I think they should have found a way to get a limited slip diff in the car or at least some traction control. And $38,000 is way out there for me. At that cost I expect car that is very fast and with no handling anomlies. But, I still weant one ; ). Pete

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