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Why does the torque on my car make it feel sooooo fast?

bingobongo123 Jul 13, 2009

  1. bingobongo123

    bingobongo123 Member

    I have a TDI170 common rail engine (2 weeks old) and it is so fast. am i imagining things as its only 170bhp
  2. h5djr

    h5djr Well-Known Member VCDS Map User Gold Supporter quattro Audi A3

    I think you will find it's because large amounts of torque are produced from relatively low revs right through the range. Unlike a petrol engine which needs to be reved to make it go, a diesel 'goes' at much lower revs.

    It's quite simliar in some ways to a larger petrol engine which can produce lots of power without the need for high revs. I once owned a 2.8 Golf VR6 and that was able to produce the power in a relatively lazy way.

    Glad you're liking you new A3 and the s-tronic. It certainly adds a new dimension and lots of enjoyment to driving.
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2009
  3. mikep

    mikep Member

    Torque gets you there, bhp keeps you there. The classic diesel mantra.

    The new CR 170s are seriously good in the torque stakes.
  4. Johnny Bravo

    Johnny Bravo 6+1 Gears Audi A3

    S-tronic also ads to the feeling.
    Had the same feeling when i drove mine. I used to drive similar powered card but with manual gearbox.
    With DSG thoug, you can relax and just feel the car accelerating.

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