In Reply to: s2000 has no torque.....(more) posted by alex on October 04, 1999 at 20:19:16:
: in a tight course with lots of turns, the m3 should win out againstthe s2000. reason being, the s2000 has no torque. it makes all it's power high in the rev range. despite being such a light car, it would not have the power to pull it out of corners as fast or hard as a m3 could.
How did you reach this conclusion? Torque is basically the energy available to move a weight...so if its lighter, it doesn't need the torque. Using your argument, an F1 car would be whipped by our M3's on any slalom (they make all their power at the top end too).
how often on an autox course would you be able to wind out an engine to 9000rpms? true, there could be some nice straights, but by then, the m3 should be a good amount ahead. props to the honda engineers for their 240hp 2.0 liter gem though.
Why not? If the motor can rev that high, they could keep it in first or any other gear gear the whole time if they wanted. I say wait and see...let's not automatically bash competitors products before we can truly compare.