<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by logiclee:
<strong> <blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by TPIACE:
<strong> A high powered N.A. will always be quicker than a turbo in everyday driving.</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Maybe in Oz but not in the UK.
Most UK roads are tight and twisty which suit lighter cars with low down turbo grunt better than a high revving or large capacity N/A engine.
Most UK based magazines such as EVO will quote either a Scoob STi or Mitsubishi EVO as the fastest point to point car on sale and that includes the likes of Ferrari. You can't really argue with 0-62mph in a shade over 4 seconds and 4 wheel drive traction through the bends.
</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">hmmmm u must get a different spec Sti then we do here in Aus, coz our cars have a huge torque hole below 3,000rpm which makes even a humble Hyandai a traffic light threat to 60km/h.....unless of course u rev it to 7K and drop the clutch, but then the Subaru driveline isnt its strongest link. In everyday driving where torque matters, something like the 350Z with a bigger capacity engine will simply be more powerful, and u wont have to row the 'box like a teenager with a hard on just to get it back on the limited boost zone.
Re the UK mags' thoughts, our local mags went through that same rally phase around 4 yrs ago. Now they claim cars like the Honda Integra Type R and Renault Clio Sport r the performance bargains of this era, able to carry higher corner speeds than a WRX, and advocate the 'no substitute for cubes' mantra....in the form of our locally built 5.7L V8 heroes.
Most of my mates went through the WRX phase and bought em back when they were popular about 4 yrs ago. Sure they were quick and cheap, ill give them that, but with today's police enforcing zero tolerance and speed cameras hidden everywhere, i ask what have u got after u accelerate hard to 60km/h from the lights.....an interior of same quality and spec to the base glx, flimsy doors, naff pink badges, garish blue carpeting and a badge identity crisis.
Also i simply just dont share ur view that the 156 has poorer build quality than the Focus. Ill use the interior as an example since its a popular quality decider. After 3 yrs of daily driving on super firm suspension my interior has no rattles or wear. Even if quality were an issue, id rather be sitting behind the classical hooded binnacles and 3 centre guages of the 156 than the dated, futuristic for the 80s style, digital clocked facia of a Focus.
I havnt read on here nething re Alfa ceasing RHD production. Alfa have already pulled out of Aus once b4, and that killed the resale value of Aus delivered cars. Id b quite chuffed, since im already contemplating the color combo of my GTA GT Coupe
Oh and most my mates now drive 4cylinder 3series's and C-classes