Originally Posted by NABS4
Wow, talk about "cherry-picking" data. Your test is in the proverbial "wheel house" of diesel strength.
I think I made both of those points clear in my post. Not trying to hide that by any means. I have 3 other comparisons I'll post as well. In all of those (or at least 2.5), the 3.0T outperformed the TDI. However the differences were much more subtle in comparison to this one, which led me to post this first. And because I have a TDI :P
I did not chose this test based on RPM (to favor the TDI) - I chose it based on a reasonable speed range (60-80mph) consistent with what some magazines test (I think 50-70) in top gear. In general, I'm not a fan of a top gear test as it favors the guy with the crappier-economy-geared vehicle. In this case, they have the same tranny and near identical final drives, so that wasn't such an issue. Also, this test came in part out of the video that was posted that claimed the TDI was "flat footed" on highway accel, for which there was some inference or we created one in that thread which tied to top gear.
Here's that post/thread:
So yes I would have expected the TDI to outperform the 3.0T in this test, but after having driven both of them daily, I wasn't expecting the difference to be this great. All around, they seemed to perform quite similarly.
The other tests I'll post are (1-3):
1.) 0-100 in "S", ESP off, foot to floor (w/kickdown)
> Scenario: Fastest off the line (eg 0-60)
2.) 45-100 in "S", full throttle (w kickdown)
> Scenario: Similar to a common B5S4 testing range. Fastest possible from that starting point. Street-racer type comparison.
3.) 60-100 in "D", full throttle (w/o kickdown)
> Scenario: Highway passing; quickest in civilized (no "S" or kickdown) manner (ie wife/family in car)
4.) 60-80 in "M8", full throttle (w/o kickdown)
> Scenario: Top gear comparison.
Each car gets to pick their own gears for those tests so nobody can complain