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QUOTE (vincentr @ Jun 9 2010, 10:17 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=331208
I was just pondering on whether all this fancy engineering we are blessed with, actually has much benefit to the end user .

MG Metro

1275 cc, 73 hp (54 kW) at 6000 rpm and 73 ft•lbf (99 Nm) at 4000 rpm
Bore & Stroke: 70.61 mm x 81.28mm
0-60mph, 12.2 seconds, maximum speed, 100mph (source: Autocar)
Dry Weight – 840 Kg
Tyres : 165/60 R13

Hyundai I10
1248 cc 77 bhp at 6000 rpm and / 86. 8 lb/ft (117.7 Nm) at 4000 rpm
Bore & Stroke 71mm x 78.8mm
0 - 62 mph (acceleration) 12.8 seconds Maximum Speed 102 mph
Dry weight – 1010 Kg
Tyres 165/ 60 R14

Metro a cast iron lump about as crude as can be, the I10 state of the art. Interestingly the I10's Kappa is notable under square

Yet the performance is virtually the same.

Not intending to start a squabble, just an interesting aside.
I see your reasoning but the Hyundai starts first time be it cold, wet or baking hot. No need to jiggle the choke or mess about with the points. A whole lot quieter too. 35 k before the Kappa needs new plugs is mind blowing. No tappet adjustments or pissing about with distributor caps and carburettors.

Then I had to fiddle with the car before doing a long journey and never quite sure if I would get there, Now I just jump in and expect to get there no matter how far.
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