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First Drive with Supercharger (archive)

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Posted by FWK-Z3 on June 10, 1999 at 10:22:10:

My Z3 is back on the road!

The Downing Atlanta supercharer installation is complete, and I have had lots of questions about what it is like to drive. The first drive was a little delayed due to caliper painting then weather. It finally happened this morning.

First, the sound. When you hit 6 grand, the S/C make a moan that should get an R-rating.

Power? The only way to describe this is that this morning, I reached down to upshift out of third only to find that I was already in fifth! It's a wonderful, swelling torque that comes on with a rush at the high end that the 2.8 is missing. This IS a SPORTS CAR engine!

Downsides? The standard Pilot HX's feel like snow tires. Get theee to the Kinesis and Tire Rack websites! Oh, yeah, when I fianlly opened it up to about 85 and got things cooking, I came up on the back of a lawn service truck rather quickly. Suddenly everything reeked of unburned gas. It was probably the truck, but the alternative was going up in flames. I had visions of gasoline erupting all over a hot (in every sense of the word) engine. I pulled over, shut down and opened the hood. Everything we dry and tidy.

Oh, and by the way, no blinking check engine lights. The S/C is happy with Stuart's box, K&N's cone filter and a Remus' exhaust.

SUMMARY - Read the write up and EUROPEAN CAR and figure that the only thing that kept from more parise of the Downing Atlanta supercharged 1.9 was the need to get out and have more fun with the car.

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