Originally Posted by GoingTooFast
mph = (rpm x tire diameter) / (gear ratio x 336)
Do the math yourself...
What I mean is: dropping into 2nd in your 135i obviously doesn't have the same effect than dropping into 2nd in the Toyobaru after you open the throttle @ 40 mph!!!
With the 135i you can steer on the throttle from MUCH lower speeds - the throttle has complete authority over the chassis at low and safer speeds!
For you to have the same kind of control from the Toyobaru's throttle you have to rev the engine at least to 6.5k - 7k rpm which means that in 2nd gear you hit higher speeds when compared to the 135i into 2nd gear @ 1200 rpm (where the max. engine torque just starts).
True... but they don't make a sports car anymore because they don't have the right 'green' engine!
I meant at 40mph, with low end torque, I can get away just stepping on the throttle in 4th gear. The complaint is you can't do that on the Toyobaru. My resposne is, drop it into 2nd and rev the darn thing!