Well went on a 45 minute test drive this morning - was quite shocked when salesperson showed me the car and said right off you go - have fun - but all i ask is please be back for quarter to 3!!!! I was like.... oh you are not coming with????? Never had a test drive like that before but very impressed! So much more useful when your on your owna dn u havent got a salesperson in the car watching every move and going on!
Anyway, it confused me a little as it didn't 'feel' as quick as my 140 strangely enough and I was trying to get my head round why. I think its because the 140 you put your foot down and nothing - but then all of a sudden - bang - a massive whack of torque rips the car forward. But, i was surprised the 170 didn't do that, you don't seem to get that whollop of torque in it although I have to admit that it is smoother (less vibration under load) and a little quieter at speed (not much so at tickover or around town). I did find it revved much more freely however and the power held on much longer through the revs wheras the 140 is nothing -bang everything then all of a sudden nothing again its like an on off switch whereas the 170 isnt its delivers the power smoother and hence i think its this smoother ramp that hides what it actually has - which is a shame cos i have got used to loving that huge whack of acceleration the 140 gives you (albeit short lived). I cant help thinking that my car has more torque than this 170 i just drove - but surely this can't be the case???? I am a little confused by it to be honest.
The other thing that crosses my mind is - is my car a liar? Is it possible its got more power and torque than it really should have?? I got back into mine afterwards and i really wanted it to feel slow and horrible - but it didn't - it felt punchy as ever!
This just goes to show that numbers on paper can sometimes mean nothing - its how a car feels and drives that is more important.
I had high expectations for the 170 - i expected it to be the same as the 140 but just stronger urge and I thought an extra 30 bhp would have been very noticeable but i really struggled to notice it all that much as it does behave totally different to the 140.