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Old 05-30-2004, 15:59   #1 (permalink)
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Is there really any noticable difference between egas and standard BA?

I have seen some people in these forums say that the BA egas is very sluggish and slow. I had a chance to drive a BA XT egas on the w'end and a standard BA xr6 and I could not tell the difference in power between the two cars. The xr6 flew and so did the xt egas.

The torque difference i noticed is only 8nm.

So I just want to know from others that have driven both what they think.

I am thinking of getting the egas as it is so cheap to run but was concerned about the loss of power but after the w'end that concern is no longer.
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Re: Is there really any noticable difference between egas and standard BA?

You've answered your own question. why worry about what others think when seat of the pants driving show very little between them.

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Re: Is there really any noticable difference between egas and standard BA?

I just wanted to confirm with other people that have driven them as I would be led to believe the people who say there is a difference havn't actually driven both to compare...
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Re: Is there really any noticable difference between egas and standard BA?

ditto


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Re: Is there really any noticable difference between egas and standard BA?

There is around 30 kw difference, and a fair swag of torque as well. Nothing a set of extractors on the e-gas model wouldn't help fix.
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Re: Is there really any noticable difference between egas and standard BA?

have you driven both to compare the actual differences rather than the statistical difference?
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Re: Is there really any noticable difference between egas and standard BA?

I own a 2003 BA XT with eGas and have driven an XLS petrol as a loan car while mine is being serviced. There is a noticable difference between the two but its more in how they drive rather than power or torque output. The stats say that both put out about 350nm of torque and 156 (eGas) to 182 (petrol) in Kw. The few things I noticed were that they both excellerated the same when driving 'normally', the petrol has more push higher up than the eGas when the foot is flat but overall times in the real world probably aren't that different. The petrol has much better engine braking when going down hills, the eGas you have to put into third to stop using the brakes all the time. I've towed a 1500kg trailer with the eGas with no problem and could still pull 100 km/h up hill. What ever small amount of power lost is made up by the fact that it costs me about $30 to go 600km (I took it to Melbourne from Adelaide - one tank - 92litres, 782 km!)
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Re: Is there really any noticable difference between egas and standard BA?

Our wagon was serviced last week and the loaner was an XT e-gas. As mentioned above in normal suburban driving you wouldn't spot the difference. It's only when you try for maxiumum acceleration that it became noticable the egas didn't pull as hard at the upper limits. It also cranked a little longer before starting. Boot space was the thing that would stop me from buying one.
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Re: Is there really any noticable difference between egas and standard BA?

wife drove one and thought it wa a slug

even compared to my ef with extractors and cat back
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Re: Is there really any noticable difference between egas and standard BA?

thanks guys for your input. I think andrew was right I didn't really need to ask the question as I answered it myself. The only thing I can see as a drawback of the gas model is the spare tyre in the boot. Apart from that I think it is a well spent $900 for the amount of savings to be had. Also the other benefits of gas such as a cleaner engine and cleaner emissions.
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