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Turbo does not mean thirsty gas guzzler [View News Item]    (Score: 1, Normal) 01-08-2007 19:09
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Porsche 911 turbo - 480 hp - 18/25 mpg
(that is actually better on the highway than the GT3, which is non turbo and only RWD)

BMW 335 - 300hp - 20/29 mpg

Audi A3 - 200hp - 25/32 mpg

Saab 9-3 2.0T - 210hp - 22/30 mpg

Where are you naysayers getting your data that turbo automatically equals gas hog? These turbo engines are at very least on par with their larger displacement competition. In the case of Porsche, if you read into their history, they chose the turbo flat-6 over the flat-8 because of the fuel crisis of the 70's. In the case of BMW, wow, I dare any car maker to try and make an engine for a sedan with that much power and get near 30 mpg on the highway. Even the TL Type-S falls 15hp shy!!

Just because a 4000lb, AWD SUV (speaking of the RDX) doesn't get gas milage to write home about, remember that cars often weigh 3000lbs, have less drag, and are often driven by the front or rear wheels only.

Turbocharging is NOT ALWAYS the answer, but it is a good option for some applications.

Alex Wilson
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Re: Turbo does not mean thirsty gas guzzler [View News Item]    (Score: 1, Normal) 01-26-2007 01:02
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agreed. toyota is actually strongly considering it for the prius.

 
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