[Subscribe to Daily Digest]
|[Main General Bulletin Board | BBFAQ |
Prev by Date | Next by Date | Post Followup ]
Member Login / Signup - Members see fewer ads. - Latest Member Gallery Photos
Re: Saab Acceleration vs Others Posted by Justin VanAbrahams [Email] (#32) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Justin VanAbrahams) on Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:55:44
In Reply to: Re: Saab Acceleration vs Others, ELaw [Profile/Gallery] , Wed, 28 Jun 2017 03:34:11 Members do not see ads below this line. - Help Keep This Site Online - Signup
Exactly. A Porsche or Ferrari is probably geared to do 180mph (even if it can't) so being in top gear is a big penalty. Also, with the Aero and later, Saab used small turbos that developed maximum torque at 1800 rpm, so you have the full capability of the engine available at a low speed in a high gear. Most the cars Saab compared against were high-strung naturally aspirated motors or peaky turbos (eg the Lotus)- 40mph in top gear is going to be *way* out of their power band. It's a completely loaded comparison. Great for marketing, of course, but as you point out any reasonable driver of a Ferrari is just going to downshift. I mean, 40mph in 6th in my CTS-V is 1100rpm - *nothing* useful is happening down there. It's not even a place you'd drive the car.
I'm not harshing on Saabs, but we gotta be realistic... :)
posted by 12.195.130...
No Site Registration is Required to Post - Site Membership is optional (Member Features List), but helps to keep the site online
for all Saabers. If the site helps you, please consider helping the site by becoming a member.