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      05-01-2006 07:27 PM #1
      The cover issue of Motor Trend with 6 cars and something close to 6000hp got me thinking. What are some great cars that don't even break the 100hp barrier? Cars that you have to work at to get moving, but still are a blast to drive.

      I'll kick things off with the obvious:

      Even a top of the line Cooper S with the 1071 motor only put out 70hp on a good day. However, there aren't many enthusiasts who would think twice about taking one for a drive.

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    2. 05-01-2006 07:32 PM #2
      The original GTI

      90hp in the NA version


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      05-01-2006 07:37 PM #4
      TDi!

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      I could keep going like this forever.


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      05-01-2006 08:03 PM #7

      8v Scirocco - Same 90HP engine as the GTI, but looks waaaayy better!


    8. 05-01-2006 09:14 PM #8
      A sibling of the Beetle; the Ghia comes to mind.

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      05-01-2006 09:16 PM #9
      1997-2003 VW A-class TDIs (Golf, Jetta, Jetta Wagon, New Beetle). 90 hp, 50mpg

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      05-01-2006 09:18 PM #10
      Quote, originally posted by timbo2132 »

      8v Scirocco - Same 90HP engine as the GTI, but looks waaaayy better!

      Why does this picture look like a model kit? Something is weird about the snow, and maybe the camera lens.


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      05-01-2006 09:23 PM #11
      Quote, originally posted by RabbitsKin »
      Why does this picture look like a model kit? Something is weird about the snow, and maybe the camera lens.

      Must be a Photoshop trick.

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      05-01-2006 09:24 PM #12
      Quote, originally posted by jeff1234 »
      Must be a Photoshop trick.

      Yep.

      Though, If I had a big zoom lens - I could do that for real.


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      05-01-2006 09:26 PM #13
      Quote, originally posted by RabbitsKin »

      Why does this picture look like a model kit? Something is weird about the snow, and maybe the camera lens.

      photoshop


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      05-01-2006 09:37 PM #14
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      05-01-2006 09:38 PM #15
      Quote, originally posted by RabbitsKin »

      Why does this picture look like a model kit? Something is weird about the snow, and maybe the camera lens.

      The reason model kit photos look so weird is that the model is small enough to fit inside the entire depth of field of the lens on the camera, but the foreground and background are extremely blurry. For whatever reason this photo has been modified to simulate that effect, most likely to draw attention towards the car and away from the background.

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      05-01-2006 09:42 PM #16

      Quote, originally posted by WannabeVWguy »
      The original GTI

      90hp in the NA version


    17. 05-01-2006 09:59 PM #17

      63hp mazda B3 engine, BULLETPROOF!, very very light car, like "new" mk1 gti, also a b6t turbo Or 1.8 dohc N/A motor bolts right in..


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      05-01-2006 10:21 PM #18

      Ginetta G4

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      05-01-2006 10:51 PM #19
      CRX DX whoppin 92hp!


    20. 05-01-2006 10:56 PM #20
      well, it has less than 100hp to the wheels

      (116hp crank)


    21. 05-01-2006 10:59 PM #21

      50-80bhp depending on spec.. Even modified ones rarely get over 100bhp.
      Rear drive, 700cc 3 cylinder turbo engine. Petrol(gas) and diesel versions available.


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      05-01-2006 11:42 PM #22
      Audi Coupe GT - 100hp @ 5100rpm



    23. 05-01-2006 11:46 PM #23
      i love this thread

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      05-02-2006 12:11 AM #24
      Quote, originally posted by jddaigle »
      1997-2003 VW A-class TDIs (Golf, Jetta, Jetta Wagon, New Beetle). 90 hp, 50mpg

      The 1996-1997 b4 Passat TDI also had 90hp. With the larger 18 gallon fuel tank (sized to give acceptable cruising range with the thirsty VR6 engine), it went a long distance between fuel stops.

      The 1988-1991 Honda Civic and CRX had 92hp in most versions, but only about 2100 pounds to haul around. That generation introduced the sporty handling double wishbone suspension at all four corners.


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      05-02-2006 12:14 AM #25
      Quote, originally posted by wESTsAEED »
      CRX DX whoppin 92hp!

      Is the car in the picture a stock DX trim model?

      From what I remember, the DX trim Civics and CRXs of that generation had black unpainted bumpers, mirrors, and door handles (painted bumpers, mirrors, and door handles were used on higher trims like LX, Si, and 4WD wagon). Of course, the bumpers could be a repaint job anyway, since even the trims with painted bumpers had the black strip.


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      05-02-2006 12:17 AM #26
      ^^^^

      I typed in CRX DX in Google and thats what i got. I'm not exactly sure if it's a DX model or not, i just posted a pic for reference. What you were saying about the door handles and mouldings being black is true..and being that the hanldes on this model aren't black i wonder myself if its a DX or not.


    27. 05-02-2006 12:19 AM #27

      the honda beat..something that you guys didn't get in america. saw up one up close., and its about as small as a motorcycle...

    28. 05-02-2006 12:25 AM #28
      Fiat 500


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      Modified by Fastsquirrel at 9:31 PM 5-1-2006

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      05-02-2006 12:31 AM #29
      Quote, originally posted by BananaCo »

      the honda beat..something that you guys didn't get in america. saw up one up close., and its about as small as a motorcycle...


      Like the mid engined gullwing Mazda AZ-1.

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    30. 05-02-2006 01:12 AM #30
      Quote, originally posted by BananaCo »

      the honda beat..something that you guys didn't get in america. saw up one up close., and its about as small as a motorcycle...

      I played with that on Gran Tourismo 2


    31. 05-02-2006 01:18 AM #31
      Do older cars count?

      Lotus Elite (71 hp)

      '63 Lotus Super Seven (95 hp)

      And this one definitely deserves a place in this thread:

      Lotus Elan S2 (105 hp, IIRC)


    32. 05-02-2006 01:32 AM #32
      Quote, originally posted by DeathsHead1979 »

      63hp mazda B3 engine, BULLETPROOF!, very very light car, like "new" mk1 gti, also a b6t turbo Or 1.8 dohc N/A motor bolts right in..

      I love my Festiva


    33. 05-02-2006 01:39 AM #33
      Mercedes-Benz 240D 4spd manual.

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      05-02-2006 02:06 AM #34
      Quote, originally posted by DeathsHead1979 »

      63hp mazda B3 engine, BULLETPROOF!, very very light car, like "new" mk1 gti, also a b6t turbo Or 1.8 dohc N/A motor bolts right in..

      Bulletproof but not idiot (me) proof.It took me 6 months and 30k miles to kill a Festiva I bought new.

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      05-02-2006 02:09 AM #35
      I can't believe we've made it this far into the thread without any old school subies...



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