There is something to be said about the way a big heavy German luxury car drives at speed.
Lightweight is fine for sports cars on a backroad, but it isn't the same on the freeway.
Current VAG collection- 08 TT coupe 3.2 MT | 06 Phaeton 4-seater 6.0 W12 | 04 VW R32 | 03 GTI VR6 - all of them 24v VR6 based.
Current other- 00 M Roadster | 12 Kia Soul 1.6 stick | 14 CB1100 | 01 ZRX1200R | 03 KLX400R | 00 XR200R
I need to find a base turbo four with a blown engine and swap in the premium luxury car drivetrain that completely transforms the car.
"I owe it to myself, and to my choir students, to not be upset about barns."
I actually don't care about this sort of stuff in the normal sense. There's a kid on campus who honest to God drives around in a bright yellow Gallardo Supperlegera. It's incredible what some of these college kids are driving around in. Regardless, whenever I see it I just think "Meh, good for them," and go about my business. However, when someone pulls up to a stoplight in a nice MGA or SAAB c900 turbo or something like that I always covet it massively. People who drive those types of cars have to go out of their way to do so though, so you always know that the owner appreciates what they have.
The W8 was a really nice motor that suffered from terrible packaging and ****ty cam adjusters (made worse by the terrible packaging).
Attached to the 6-speed it was a pretty nice motor for the era. The power numbers didn't tell the whole story: a very flat torque curve, lots of low down power.
It was no where near as good driving with the 5-speed.
Too bad about the maintenance costs that would make an M5 blush.
Originally Posted by Ducky TSX