Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2003 09:56:03 -0000
From: "DervMan" <>
Subject: Re: Saab 93 Sports Saloon 2.2 Tid

"Rawnsley Charles" <charlie> wrote in message news:3e44ef3e$ > Hi, > > Thinking of buying a Saab 93 Sports Saloon 2.2 Tid, however, looking at the > performance compared to an Audi A4 or a 320d BMW it looks a little on the > sluggish side. Anyone out there got one and can tell me if it's got any > poke? > > Thanks in advance. Interesting question! I'm guessing that you've looked and compared the 0 - 60 acceleration times? To be blunt, these mean little other than the "my car's faster than yours" argument, usually used by Citroen Saxo VTR drivers 'cos Citroen lengthened the VTR's gearing to hit 60 in second (and thus robbed the car of a decent response at low speed). What's more telling is the way the engine delivers it's performance, the gearing, the mid-range acceleration, and the power and torque to weight ratios of the bunch, but even this is only a base point: you need to drive the cars! However. The BMW has the highest output, and that 2.0 litre donk is a peach. It's more powerful than either the A4 TDI 130 and the 9-3, and - of greater significance - it has more torque. 328 Nm of the stuff. The A4 and the 9-3 are closely matched, with the A4 having a small advantage (130 PS, 284 Nm for the A4, 125 / 278 for the Saab). The BMW is the heaviest, the A4 the lightest. And on paper, the BMW is the quickest. But comparing the BMW and the A4, in a straight line, I found the A4 felt quicker. Which one would I have taken? Neither, actually, but that's a long story. I would have been more inclined to take the BMW rather than the Audi, but I'd not swap the Ka for it. I've not driven the current 9-3, and won't until the next colleague wants something in this class! My Datasheet reckons the 9-3 will be slightly slower than the other two, but it may not *feel* that way, and the datasheet cannot take into account gear ratios and suchlike. You need to drive all three cars back to back! -- The DervMan

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