Sunday, June 29, 2008

AutoRacing1.com - Dave Cipolloni's Car Test Page

AutoRacing1.com - Dave Cipolloni's Car Test Page: "Power comes from the 5 valve turbocharged 1.8 liter 4 Cylinder making 180 bhp @ 5500 Rpm's. Doesn't look all that impressive huh? Well maybe the fact that the 173 lb-ft of torque comes in at 1950 Rpm's and runs out to 4700 will brighten your day. This is the same basic powerplant as the Audi A4 and the new VW Turbo Beetle except those cars only pump out 150 bhp. To grab the extra 30 horses Audi had to change the turbocharger, intake manifold, exhaust manifold and pistons. The biggest gain was in the redesign of the intake manifold that creates a tumbling effect on the turbocharged air as it enters the combustion chamber. This in essence increases the combustion process by improving the mixing of air and fuel. The result is increased engine efficiency and lower exhaust emissions.

The Bosch Motronic ME 7.5 engine management system keeps the little 1.8 running smoothly and employs drive-by-wire throttle operation. This system also handles the electronically locking front differential (EDL) and the standard traction control called ASR (anti-slip regulation). Audi uses the KKK Type K03 turbocharger that produces a maximum of 9.6 psi of boost. Turbo lag is reduced to such a low rpm range that the average driver will not take notice. This in part is accomplished by the engines 9.5:1 compression ratio which is rather high for a production turbo motor. Shi"

Saturday, June 28, 2008

2001 Audi TT Roadster - Exterior & Engine - First Drive & Road Test Review - Motor Trend

2001 Audi TT Roadster - Exterior & Engine - First Drive & Road Test Review - Motor Trend: "Unlike the 180-horsepower front-drive car, which seems adequately powered but not very inspiring, the Quattro model is awesome. All-wheel drive takes away the push in the corners that's so prevalent in the front-driver, allowing the Quattro car to corner amazingly flat. The extra horses propel the 225-horsepower car 0-60 mph in an estimated 6.2 seconds, about 1 second quicker than the 180-horsepower version. The ride is firm, but comfortable by sports car standards, and handling is tight. Point it where you want to be, and it's there--no delay. The interior is stylish and ergonomically near perfect, and the rubber/aluminum pedal pads and dead pedal are a nice extra touch.

Audi will import 5000 roadsters into North America for an on-sale date of April 2000. Half of these will be equipped as Quattros, and only 1250 are expected to be the 225-horsepower version. Audi tells us delivery time is projected at six to nine months, which should leave you plenty of time to plan your first topless road trip. We hear Italy is nice in the summer."

2001 Audi TT Roadster - First Drive & Road Test Review - Motor Trend

2001 Audi TT Roadster - First Drive & Road Test Review - Motor Trend: "For the record, both Coupe and convertible can be had with either the 180-horsepower engine (front- or all-wheel drive) or the 225-horsepower engine (all-wheel drive only). The extra 45 horsepower, an increase of 25 percent, is made possible by a larger turbocharger and twin intercoolers (compared to the single intercooler on the 180-horsepower engine), higher-compression pistons, higher-flowing dual exhaust system (compared to single exhaust), performance camshaft, and revised engine computer. The 225-horsepower version also comes standard with beefy 17x7.5-inch wheels and 225/45R17 Bridgestone Potenza tires, larger-diameter ventilated rear disc brakes, and optional Xenon headlights. Our Nimbus Gray Pearl Effect, 225-horsepower roadster had additional options available on all open-air TTs, including the power folding top (manual top is standard), Amber Red leather interior with baseball stitching, and Bose audio system.


If the TT Roadster looks to you like a Coupe with the roof cut off, rest assured Audi engineers took great pains that the Roadster would feel and handle just as well as its fixed-roof brother. They reinforced the lower sill panels, added high-strength steel inserts into the windshield frame and A-pillar for rollover protection, and installed a transverse aluminum bulkhead behind the front seats to hold t"

My Audi TT 2001 Roadster interior



'Vorsprung Dirch Technik' [ Advantage Through Technology" - Audi's German Tagline. Audi will import 5000 roadsters into North America for an on-sale date of April 2000. Half of these will be equipped as Quattros, and only 1250 are expected to be the 225-horsepower version. So what the heck does TT stand for anyway? That would be "Tourist Trophy" as in Great Britain's historic racing series of the Isle of Man. TT Now Stands for Terrifically Topless.

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