What is "extraordinarily poor gearing"!?Nick325xiT 5spd said:A very well driven manual WRX will take a 330xi off the line. But too much of that will break the TRANSMISSION.
Thanks largely to extraordinarily poor gearing, a 330 (maybe even a 325) will take the WRX at speed.
You've obviously never driven one, at least not a US market one.Jspeed said:
What is "extraordinarily poor gearing"!?
Gearing can be optimized for bottom-end, top-end, or in-between. Subaru simply geared the WRX for quick launches off the line. Naturally it would become a disadvantage at the top.
So what if the two top gears are overdrive!? It's the overall ratio that matters. They are:Nick325xiT 5spd said:You've obviously never driven one, at least not a US market one.
Subaru geared the car for low revving highway driving. It's poorly geared for a launch, poorly geared for acceleration... It's just plain poorly set up in that department. It launches HARD because it has a REALLY strong OE clutch. First gear is way too tall, then you shift to second, which drops you out of the boost range.
The car is just not geared right, every gear needs to be about 15-20% shorter. (Were you aware that the car has a DOUBLE overdrive?)
OK, still, who cares how the gear ratios compare? Have you looked at the difference between the two car's dyno charts? The fact of the matter is that the gear separation forces you out of boost for extended periods of time. And the 330i is geared way too tall for that matter, but the problem is not nearly as egregious as it is with the WRX. And if you haven't spent serious time in the WRX, you probably haven't had time to notice the deficiencies in its power band. The first few times I drove it, it seemed stupefyingly fast. After I drove it a few more times, the torque curve got really annoying.Jspeed said:
So what if the two top gears are overdrive!? It's the overall ratio that matters. They are:
13.46, 7.61, 5.34, 3.78, 2.89
The 330i's overall ratios are:
12.34, 7.3, 4.86, 3.63, 2.93
Except for the top gear the WRX has 5-10% shorter gearing than the 330i. The 330xi's final drive is about 5% shorter than the i's so that makes the WRX's gearing 0-5% shorter than the 330xi.
BTW I drove two Canadian WRX's before, and I don't think they're differently geared from the American models.