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RE: C32 or SLK32?

Metastable - 12/26/2004 1:52 PM

Just for clarification - I meant that with proper suspension, in a corner, the cars (SLK 2.3 or AMG) would be about the same (driver being the main factor). In a straight line.... the AMG would murder the 2.3.... so in terms of what's faster... yes AMG.
Actually, I didn't want to get into this discussion. What I was pointing out was the Sports package is an appearance package not a suspension package.

Suspensions have to be balanced with the drivetrain. Brakes, suspension, power plant all come in to play in turns. Even if your suspension were "equivalent", the C32 and SLK32 will out do the 320 or 230 versions quite easily even if you could take the turn at the same speed. Your assumption works pretty much only for turns where you don't want to brake into the turn or accelarate out.

However, what I was trying to get at... is for me (again personal thing) I don't get a huge kick out of punching it in a straight line. I like the twisties. So for me, it is a bit of a waste to have all that power in a street car. Plus like I said, I really don't like automatic. At the price you usually find the AMG cars.... a Boxter is in that range..... so that's what I'd get.
I hear this one a lot. Are you saying that I only like going fast in a straight line? While I might, you know what, it isn't true. These cars handle twisties quite well and are a blast to drive on the road and on the track. If you think you can only drive them in a straight line, you should go and give one a try. You are really missing out. Point in fact, I spend most of my driving time with my 32 on the twisties. And it is usually in the turns that I put distance on those folks that like to ride bumpers - cuz I can brake later and accelerate harder - I find the Boxter to be over priced for what you get not to mention that it just doesn't look that good - the S is ok - and certainly is not as comfortable a ride. If that's what you like, go for it. Of course, we were trying to help someone decide on a C32 or an SLK32...
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RE: C32 or SLK32?

I think we are saying the same thing, but you are interpreting it differently than me.

- Yes on a track or on a twisty road the AMG version will start to walk away. Agreed.
- Yes you can brake deeper and accelerate harder with the AMG. Agreed... thus that's why it is faster.
- AMG is an appearance package only - thanks for clarifying that.
- When I said suspension work - I was talking about aftermarket.... I'm assuming it is available.
- With proper suspension work, mid corner speed will be comparable.

Anyhoo - I personally get a kick out of CORNER SPEED. You might go into it deeper and accelerate out harder.... but the average corner speed will still be about the same. What I like to do is to maintain my speed not BRAKE -> GAS BRAKE -> GAS.... that is the fastest way to go, but also the best way to get a ticket. (at the track it is a different story)

So I take it easy on the straight sections, use little brake and maintain corner speed. For doing this an AMG won't suit my bill any better than a 2.3L Komp. Plus not to mention that for 95% of the driving public, especially those folks that have never been to a track, it wouldn't matter if they had a 1.6L 4 cyl or a V-12 on a twisty road (other factors being similar).

Anyway, it's a completely different way of driving to some, I realize that. That's why I emphasized this was MY personal feeling. Of course he should do what he wants to do..... I'm just offering a different perspective.

BTW - the track is addictive. [:D]
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