Date: Fri, 09 Mar 2007 21:03:27 GMT
From: - Bob - <>
Subject: Re: Difference in ARC and AERO

On Thu, 08 Mar 2007 08:15:43 -0500, Fred W <> wrote: >Have you drive one of these newer 9-3's Bob? The turbo lag is almost >not present (at least compared to prior models). I have to confess I have not. But, there has to still be lag - it's a law of engineering. That motor is just not big enough in NA mode to pull a car that heavy into traffic with any speed. The turbo has to wind up. >Being that the OP is writing from the Yoo Ess I'm guessing he would be >looking for only (steptronic) automatic equipped cars. With the auto >box it takes about 3 minutes to get used to the turbo lag. Yea, I'd think the automatic would just accentuate the problem. Don't get me wrong - I know I can pull into traffic faster that most other cars on the road and have more fun doing it - but I don't think it's the kind of challenge a new driver should face. Personally, for a new driver, I see a small V6 with an auto as the ideal combination. Reasonable, predictable power, and no shifting to worry about. New drivers have enough worries.

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