Love the turbos
First off, Les Bidrawn's ADD when it comes to his vehicles really bothers me. I like to get a vehicle and stick with it, modify it and enjoy it. He seems to get tired of them after he's shifted through the gears once. On to the March '08 issue. If you could bottle what you did with this and keep it coming, you'd have a subscriber for life. First off, I'm not a drift fan, but of course I love 911s. The 911 on the cover just screams bad-ass. The editorial on the old school Rabbit with the bus-sized turbo on it was great. That is exactly what I want from an editiorial and author. "No, hold the wheel tighter." I love it. The succession of turbo cars over the years was great. The Audi Ur Quattro alongside the new S5 was great. The MTM TT, the turbo M6... Combining the new and old boosted cars in one issue is great. This was the best I can recall in a long time.
We feel your pain. Now Bidrawn's been talking about picking up a new project, either an old Alfa or another Corrado. Buckle your seat belt.
Six of one...
I'm a big fan of the magazine. However, I noticed a couple of curious things in the March 2008 issue. First, on page 30, it seems the higher-hp turbo kit from Evolution Motorsports for the 997TT cost less than the lower-hp kit that has less parts. Also, on page 54, the Audi S4 (B5) did come with a six-speed as stated. However, the previous S4 came with a five-speed, not a six-speed as the article states.
Regarding the Evolution Motorsports turbo upgrades, the pricing on part number EVT-738 represents the added cost on top of the cost of the base EVT-700 kit. Sorry for the confusion.
Ten plus one
Any listing of 'Europe's most notable force-fed performance cars' that fails to include the Porsche 944 Turbo (especially the 1988 to '89 models) is seriously defective. The 944 Turbo was so good that Porsche had to dial it back just to keep it from scaring the 911. And any four-cylinder car that can do that is indeed one of Europe's 10 best turbos. By the way, for your 'Icon' page, I respectfully suggest the Colt .45 auto, the M1911A1. John Browning's masterpiece is not only a true classic mechanical design, it's still wildly popular today and the standard by which all new designs are judged.
Regarding 'Foursight' in the March 2008 issue: beautiful cars, great story, but I noticed two odd things. The S5 has really small front brakes (five-inch drilled rotors). And its so-called perfect 50/50 weight distribution. I know the new Quattro drivetrain has yielded better weight distribution, but was Audi really able to get to a perfect 50/50 balance? Even most of the newest rear-wheel-drive BMWs have a slight front weight bias; the 335i coupe is 51/49, for example. Please enlighten me.
According to Audi's own numbers, the S5 doesn't do any better than a 335i for front-to-rear weight distribution with a 51/49 split. We're certain we meant to say 'close to 50/50.' And obviously those front rotors aren't five inches across. Thanks for keeping us honest.
You win some...
I've found a few discrepancies in the issue containing the 'Foursight' article. In the contents page, you show a picture of a right-hand-drive Quattro Turbo Coupe, not a Sport Quattro as stated. You printed the spec of the 1983 Quattro Turbo Coupe as a 20-valve with 200 hp. The horsepower is correct, though the engine bay picture shows the WR code 10v motor, with an iron block, which is correct for the Quattro Turbo Coupe pictured within the article. There are no pictures of the Audi Sport Quattro in the 'Foursight' article, though in Alistair's 'Across the Pond' column, there is a picture of a Sport Quattro. And on page 50 you have a short piece about the Sport with the correct information and a correct picture. The Audi Sport Quattro is a five-valve-per-cylinder, five-cylinder alloy block motor producing 305 hp, and could be built upwards and beyond of 600 hp. The Sport is shorter with smaller rear windows behind the B-pillars and has deeper boxed rear flares to aid cooling to the rear-mounted radiator. And there never was a right-hand-drive Sport Quattro built by Audi.
PS. If you need a German Mk I GTI 1600 to go against the MINI, I have the only one in the USA.
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