my old xB was perfect as a DD. rated at 105/108 from the factory, i threw on an exhaust, intake, headers, springs, other useless crap, so it was probably 90-100 hp at the wheels and matching torque. completely enough for highway and daily commuting usage. sure, it would strain a little if you were climbing a really really steep hill or mountain, but that's a rare situation. MPGs were generally awesome at 30+. it could haul EVERYTHING. i basically fit my whole dorm/apt room into it when i moved around. i think 100/100 whp/tq is plenty for a practical DD.
Last edited by evosky; 05-10-2012 at 10:20 AM.
I'd say 200hp is good enough for a DD. Lower weight is preferable.
But I guess it all depends on how far your commute is...mine is all of 1.5 miles before I'm dropped off. So really, on a nice day my old 5hp motorcycle would be fine on a nice day.
Last edited by JMURiz; 05-10-2012 at 02:48 PM.
99.5 A4 2.8 Q Tip
73 914 2.0 / 2.7 conversion in progress
64 356 SC
74 MB 280C
I stopped by the VW dealer yesterday, the Golf TDI is a decent looking car. I'd love it if I could put GTI bits into it though. I need to go for a test drive.
'78 MGB for sale...contact me for details
Just because you have a boring drive doesn't mean all of us do.
I have more fun on my daily commute route around a mountain than I did while at an autocross.
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Last edited by curvedinfinity; 05-10-2012 at 08:17 PM.
I have 240 whp in my daily driver and I'm more than intrigued by it on a daily basis
2010 GMG GT-R: bolt-ons, 10.72 @ 132 so far / 09 E92 335i M-tech 6MT: JB4, Helix FMIC and E85 mix
Past: 300 hp A4, 500 hp Evo, 430 hp 335, and a 520hp Z06