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    "I saw myself founding a new religion, marching
    into Asia riding an elephant, a turban on my
    head and in my hands the new Koran I would
    have written to suit my needs." - Napoléon Bonaparte

    "More than 60,000 Germans fell, not beneath the
    Roman arms and weapons, but, grander far,
    before our delighted eyes. May the tribes, I pray,
    ever retain if not love for us, at least hatred for
    each other; for while the destinies of empire bear
    hard upon us, fortune can give no greater boon
    than discord among our foes." - Germania, Tacitus

    #2
    Battle of the obscure beaters!

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      #3
      Originally posted by BlaRo View Post
      Battle of the obscure beaters!
      Sexy beaters.
      "I saw myself founding a new religion, marching
      into Asia riding an elephant, a turban on my
      head and in my hands the new Koran I would
      have written to suit my needs." - Napoléon Bonaparte

      "More than 60,000 Germans fell, not beneath the
      Roman arms and weapons, but, grander far,
      before our delighted eyes. May the tribes, I pray,
      ever retain if not love for us, at least hatred for
      each other; for while the destinies of empire bear
      hard upon us, fortune can give no greater boon
      than discord among our foes." - Germania, Tacitus

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        #4
        I'd love a Taurus SHO 5spd

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          #5
          ^ Absolutely. The SHO will always have a special place in my heart.

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            #6
            ...and the year after this article came out, the newly updated Nissan Maxima beat the SHO in a head-to-head comparison. Oh well, you can't win them all or forever
            "Power corrupts. Lack of power corrupts absolutely."
            -Redliner, ironically



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              #7
              wow cool, despite looking like a soap box, that dodge is awesome...... small unit, lots of grunt, just like VAG's current engines.
              Transport History:
              96' Ford Ka 1.3
              02' Ford Focus 1.4 CL
              03' Skoda Superb 1.9 TDi + 06' Honda Civic ES 1.8 i-Vtec

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                #8
                There is a nasty little rumor abound that the Z34's 3.4L DOHC v6 was originally pumping out 300hp from the factory but GM higher ups wanted it to work with their automatic. Due to the auto-transaxles general weakness under power it was detuned.

                My e30

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                  #9
                  I love that the writer references The Fat Boys.
                  There is no such thing as a stupid question.* *but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots.

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                    #10
                    Thank You very much for the article!
                    I want any of these 3 cars (I wish they would've tested the Pontiac Grand Prix STE with 3.1 Turbo 205bhp)

                    If I can slightly change a Jeremy Clarkson quote: "Automatic transmissions are for the feeble!"
                    "It's the difference between watching great sex and having good sex." - Labcoatguy on the difference between an automatic and a manual gearbox.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by thedguy View Post
                      There is a nasty little rumor abound that the Z34's 3.4L DOHC v6 was originally pumping out 300hp from the factory but GM higher ups wanted it to work with their automatic. Due to the auto-transaxles general weakness under power it was detuned.
                      I actually know about this.
                      The first 3.4 Twin Dual Cam that GM produced made exactly 281hp and they were very pleased with it. They wanted to sell it as 275hp.
                      But the GM Hydramatic (transmission) division dropped the ball big time - they didn't have the time (or the wits) to make a FWD auto-transmission that could handle 275hp. So what they did is they beefed up their current TH440 transmission that was used in the regular 3.1 cars, but even after that it could only cope with 200hp. So GM had to limit the engine at the flywheel at 200hp.
                      Sad story...
                      Although, I'm not sure how successful a 275hp FWD car would've been.
                      "It's the difference between watching great sex and having good sex." - Labcoatguy on the difference between an automatic and a manual gearbox.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by _HighVoltage_ View Post
                        I actually know about this.
                        The first 3.4 Twin Dual Cam that GM produced made exactly 281hp and they were very pleased with it. They wanted to sell it as 275hp.
                        But the GM Hydramatic (transmission) division dropped the ball big time - they didn't have the time (or the wits) to make a FWD auto-transmission that could handle 275hp. So what they did is they beefed up their current TH440 transmission that was used in the regular 3.1 cars, but even after that it could only cope with 200hp. So GM had to limit the engine at the flywheel at 200hp.
                        Sad story...
                        Although, I'm not sure how successful a 275hp FWD car would've been.
                        A 275hp FWD car can be very successful, look at the Mazdaspeed3.


                        The sky has been falling for decades.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Crazyjeeper View Post
                          A 275hp FWD car can be very successful, look at the Mazdaspeed3.
                          This is GM we are talking about... Early 90's GM at that. Mazda is willing to invest money to make it work, and there still are complaints of torque-steer from actual owners.

                          Still would have been interesting to see how things might have turned out if GM had actually sold the engine with the power it should have had. Of course they did do exactly that with the Quad 4 HO and they get no respect for that engine, and the 3.4 twin cam v6 IIRC had head gasket problems (same as the Q4ho).

                          My e30

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by _HighVoltage_ View Post
                            Although, I'm not sure how successful a 275hp FWD car would've been.
                            Not very:

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                              #15
                              Seems like they sold quite a few of those.
                              "I saw myself founding a new religion, marching
                              into Asia riding an elephant, a turban on my
                              head and in my hands the new Koran I would
                              have written to suit my needs." - Napoléon Bonaparte

                              "More than 60,000 Germans fell, not beneath the
                              Roman arms and weapons, but, grander far,
                              before our delighted eyes. May the tribes, I pray,
                              ever retain if not love for us, at least hatred for
                              each other; for while the destinies of empire bear
                              hard upon us, fortune can give no greater boon
                              than discord among our foes." - Germania, Tacitus

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                                #16
                                Originally posted by thedguy View Post
                                This is GM we are talking about... Early 90's GM at that. Mazda is willing to invest money to make it work, and there still are complaints of torque-steer from actual owners.
                                Truth. The W bodies (Lumina for example) were very revolutionary for GM when they came out in 1988, but GM was still hung up on FWD performance from the 1970's....

                                And where are you finding these articles?!? I used to scour all the auto mags back in the 1990's, it is weird to see articles that I read from fifteen years ago.
                                LET | FOREVER | BE

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                                  #17
                                  And where are you finding these articles?!? I used to scour all the auto mags back in the 1990's, it is weird to see articles that I read from fifteen years ago.
                                  A few guys on http://forums.vwvortex.com/zeroforum?id=1 post them.
                                  "I saw myself founding a new religion, marching
                                  into Asia riding an elephant, a turban on my
                                  head and in my hands the new Koran I would
                                  have written to suit my needs." - Napoléon Bonaparte

                                  "More than 60,000 Germans fell, not beneath the
                                  Roman arms and weapons, but, grander far,
                                  before our delighted eyes. May the tribes, I pray,
                                  ever retain if not love for us, at least hatred for
                                  each other; for while the destinies of empire bear
                                  hard upon us, fortune can give no greater boon
                                  than discord among our foes." - Germania, Tacitus

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                                    #18
                                    Originally posted by _HighVoltage_ View Post
                                    I actually know about this.
                                    The first 3.4 Twin Dual Cam that GM produced made exactly 281hp and they were very pleased with it. They wanted to sell it as 275hp.
                                    But the GM Hydramatic (transmission) division dropped the ball big time - they didn't have the time (or the wits) to make a FWD auto-transmission that could handle 275hp. So what they did is they beefed up their current TH440 transmission that was used in the regular 3.1 cars, but even after that it could only cope with 200hp. So GM had to limit the engine at the flywheel at 200hp.
                                    Sad story...
                                    Although, I'm not sure how successful a 275hp FWD car would've been.
                                    I've read this same thing. Does that make the 3.4 engine a responsive engine to soup up?

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                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by Ezbok58a View Post
                                      I'd love a Taurus SHO 5spd
                                      It's nice until the Escort sourced clutch gives out.

                                      Originally posted by Spectre View Post
                                      Not very:

                                      Well in their defense they did pull it off with some success before.

                                      bogative ?

                                      "Any car which holds together for a whole race is too heavy." - Colin Chapman
                                      "If you think about it breast implants aren't much different than braces. Their main purpose is to improve one's appearance, at least that's how it was in my case." - KaJun
                                      "So the [suspension's] spring seats fail every 2 years, so what? They cost less than $250 to fix. And if a person can't afford that every two years, than maybe he shouldn't own a car at all." - _HighVoltage_ on Volvos.

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                                        #20
                                        A great read. And yeah, I'd go for the Dodge.

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