Why does it make you laugh... I have a car I love and know is pretty damn quick. It also weighs about 150+kg less than the vxr and has more torque. it you look at power and torque to weight it's not a huge amount in it.
He was without any doubt trying to pull away from me in the straights as you could see when he was putting the power down and when he started to drop a gear. And the look on his face when he was checking out the rear end of my car confirmed he was trying.
I can't see why it makes you laugh though. I had a fun little tussle with a vectra VXR and we were evenly matched at road speeds. remember the 20v is 4 seconds quicker 40-80 than a bimmer 330d so is no slouch.
Just had a little fun. I didn't used to like diesels and only bought it for the economy and it is saving me a bucket load over the 1.8TS. but I am finding this car and engine more and more impressive and addictive. My story is nothing to do with diesel vs petrol it's just car v car story (why does it have to be a diesel is good story).
PS I didn't pull out a story.... Just relayed an experience I have had - tbh I was impressed when on the road but quite shocked myself when I looked up what the vxr had under the bonnet (wasn't expecting what it actually was). I have same in gear acceleration as a 156 GTA and at road speeds there isn't a hell of a lot of gear changes (which tend to affect diesel 0-60 times).
i assumed yours was a 150hp model? im not so clued up on the 2.4, my bad.
4 seconds quicker than a 330d? what model? if so thats fairly nippy.
but please dont fall into the whole torque thing.
1) A cars acceleration is directly linked to the torque AT THE WHEELS and the mass of the car.
2) A cars top-speed is directly linked to the engines power and the drag (air resistance primarily). (this assume the gearing is such that the engine power is limiting factor.. ie not running into rev limiter).
So why do so many people see a large engine torque figure and forget to ask at what revs it is produced? You need to know this to guestimate the torque at the wheels.
For example, if you installed two engines with the following figures in the same car, with gearing adjusted appropriately:
A) Max torque of 200lb/ft in an engine range of 2000-4000 rpm
B) Max torque of 100lb/ft in an engine range of 4000-8000 rpm
You'd end up with a car that accelerates at exactly the same rate. It is just that the engine in car B will be revving twice as fast, but will have gearing 'half as short' to allow for it.
explains why a civic type r with 150lb will beat a gt jtd with 230lbs in a drag race. Power.
people who drive modern turbo diesels (like myself) seem to always harp on about in gear times and how fast they are. a similarily powered petrol car has a gearbox people fail to see this.