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    test drove a 996TT X50 yesterday

    my business partner picked up a 450 HP turbo yesterday for a tryout. slate grey with painted rims. really looked nice. interior was black -- EVERYTHING was covered with leather, even the air outlet nozzles... a little bit O.T.T. if you ask me -- didn't look too good, reminded me of slightly melted plastic at some locations. i just took the car to the autobahn for a quick tryout (i was curious -- never drove a turbo before) -- acceleration up 2000-3000 rpm was kind of like my 2000 C2, then there was a slight lag (at least in my opinion) and then the emerging thrust was really impressive. but too short .
    anyway, i always preferred naturally-aspirated engines and this experience didn't shift my opinion. i expected the power to be delivered more consistent. for sporty backyard or track driving i would still prefer a N/A porsche, for the for the real "catapult take off" experience i would opt for the SL55 AMG which i test drove some month ago. just pedal to the metal and off you go.
    btw, maybe it was just the test car... but the TT's clutch was very easy to operate. my C2 clutch needs much more power.
    cheers; zz

    Re: test drove a 996TT X50 yesterday

    Well, power IS delivered very very consistently. Starting at approximately 3200 revs/min I would describe the power delivery as very smooth.

    Comparing a high-end conventionally aspired engine with the 996tt engine is very difficult. Both have their advantages...

    Re: test drove a 996TT X50 yesterday

    The "trick" is to always drive in the upper 3000 rpm range on the Turbo. This isn't something really annoying, you get used to it. But you're right: my E55 has that "point and shoot" engine, one reason why I think this is one of the best engines in the world. I only wish AMG would have put it in a 4WD, 1500 kg weighting real sports car.

    Re: test drove a 996TT X50 yesterday

    @ RC,

    yea, sounds like you should get yourself an Audi RS6...(it is stiffer, more responsive, tons of grip, and a relatively neutral handling balance.. but it is a heavy pig, too)

    best regards

     
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