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This is a discussion on BMW 330Ci within the Comparison: WRX vs World forums, part of the Community - Meet other Enthusiasts category; So much bad information here. All horsepower reported in the US, unless designated otherwise are standardized SAE units (for example, ...

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    So much bad information here. All horsepower reported in the US, unless designated otherwise are standardized SAE units (for example, in Germany, the hp is reported by German engineering standards, DIN, whereas US uses Society of American Engineer standards, SAE; thus the BMW in Germany reports 343 DIN hp while in US it's 333 SAE hp). Thus, there is no German hp is better than the Japanese hp if report comes in US.

    Now, why do BMWs seem to have so much hp? The reason lies in the gearing. My father's 330i pulls massively in 5th gear, surprisingly fast. The reason is the gear ratio. The BMW gear ratios are better suited to the engine they work with (as oppose to our WRXs with the frigging 4th gear acting like it's another overdrive). 5th gear in 330is and 330cis are 1:1 ratio (this isn't even remotely close to an overdrive ratio!). That's shorter than our 4th gear I believe. Thus, the correct phrase is "those Germans know how to utilize their hp better". However, due to that 1:1 ratio, BMWs aren't getting as good of a gas mileage as they can get.

    So when car's have better "top end" acceleration, you have to look at several things. One is the wheelhp to weight ratio. Another is whether a car has initial hole advantage shut as AWD. Gearing is also rather important. For ultimate top speed, aerodynamics and total crank hp comes into play.

    Of course, there's always underrating the car like the Dodge SRT-4, however underrating the engine as much as Dodge did with that car is rare. If anything, underrating would come only 1 to 5 hp.
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    Impreza01, you hit it right on the head when you said "reported". The SAE formula is the same but some manufacturers will be more aggressive or conservative in their reporting. ie. Ford with the Cobra and Mazda with the Miata (in recent years).

    As far as top speed acceleration goes I think that hp/coefficient of drag becomes more important than hp/weight as speed goes up.

    I agree that the gearing is a key to a cars ability to accelerate, look at the WRX 4th gear and the Acura CL-S automatic.
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    Originally posted by VA_WRX

    As far as top speed acceleration goes I think that hp/coefficient of drag becomes more important than hp/weight as speed goes up.

    YES! Its a geometric progression in terms of power required to move the air. The formula...pffft! I forgot that LONG ago along with most of the stuff they crammed into my head in college. Another reason a C5 Vette can hand us our butts going from a roll. They don't have to fight as much air(that and that pesky LS1 engine).
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    Re: Re: BMW 330Ci

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    Re: Re: Re: BMW 330Ci

    Originally posted by MidKnight
    Totally shameless!
    Thanks. I'm a shameless turbo-pimp. I want every WRX owner to have a big turbo. They just should!!!

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