Hi guys/girls! As a middle-age crisis man who fancies a Spider, always wanted a sports car, and an automatic, but the fun of a sorts car is ' driving' it, can anyone please kindly describe the pros/cons of the Qtronic 6 speed gearbox, is it, as name suggests, you have best of both worlds with a manual & auto if you wish, and how does performance/economy compare to a conventional/ manual box? Your experience/ comments much appreciated!
As you mention the Qtronic i guess you're looking at the 946 spider... The Qtronic is available on the 2.4 JTD and 3.2 V6 (4x4 only for the QTronic if i'm right).
I'm not aware of any significant issue on the Qtronic, the biggest "problem" will be what engine is coupled with it.. When i looked at the Spider to buy mine i was at first tempted by the Qtronic too, but after testing the cars i decided to avoid it and get the 1750, manual:
I really didn't want a diesel spider, so the 2.4 was not a choice (even if it's a nice engine, if a little bit too thirsty), the 3.2 did not impress me at all and was far too heavy on the wallet (i already have a 3.2 on the GTA that is draining it).
The 3.2 is not the bad engine is pictured by many, but lacks the character of the old v6, which is inevitable as the Euro norms go on, but is mated to a gearbox that doesn't help it to shine.
My personal opinion is also that both the 2.4 and the 3.2 are quite too heavy on the nose to help the Spider handling (which is wonderful but indeed more biased toward a GT than a sport car). Still, i find the Spider a huge fun, and though is not as light as a sport car should be (but as i said, i consider it a wonderful GT) i would not define it "lardy", at least not with 1750 and MY 2008 modifications (if you combine the two things you get some more than 100Kg shaved off the 2.4 and 3.2 pre-2008 weight).
Mind, the 1750 has its drawbacks too: almost no sound (except you work on it) and a behaviour that is so linear that makes you think it's much slower than it really is, and lacks of revs.. but i still think it's the best engine for the 946 - i'm heavily biased of course