Last post on Sep 08, 2007 at 11:04 AM
You are in the Honda S2000
What is this discussion about?
Honda S2000, Nissan 350Z, Coupe, Convertible
#164 of 183 Re: 350z test results [fedlawman]
Jun 24, 2007 (9:56 am)
i thought once a wheel was spinning with an open diff it send more power to the spinning wheel because there is less friction (resistance) at that wheel. that is why you usually only get one stripe on the ground with an open diff.
#165 of 183 Re: 350z test results [fedlawman]
Jun 24, 2007 (10:05 am)
it seems that, at least theoretically, you should get more power to the ground with a limited slip versus an open diff. and regardless the handling performance would have been greatly improved had CD used a 350z with limited slip, such as the unimpressive slalom speed. this ref also gives some supporting info about the lsd.
#166 of 183 Re: 350z test results [dat2]
Jun 24, 2007 (1:03 pm)
This disscussion is so funny!!
Ive recently just bought a 350Z GT(i think the US version would be the "track" edition). My previous car was a Honda Integra Type R... Like the S2000 it was driver focused, it was light weight, peak power was reached at 8600Rpm and could out handle car costing twice the price. In fact here in England its been recently reviewed at the best front wheel drive car EVER!!!, and voted as 1 of the top 10 car of all time along with the likes of the NSX, Mclaren F1, F40..liEVO artical.
So when i came to replacing it i looked at the S2000, but i my mind Honda will never produce another car as hardcore as the Integra Type R (mine had no air con and i had to fit a radio my self!!) Instead i wanted something more refined, more comfortable, with more torque but still drove well. The 350Z meets all those requirements and more, yes i would agree its over weight, but if am after a track day car i would have kept the Integra R....However had I not owned a Integra Type, I probably would have gone for the S2000.
Basically both the S2000 and 350Z are amazing cars which puts to shame much more expensive marques. But at the end of the day if i had the money i would be in a 911 or 360 in a flash...and i bet most of the other people here would too.
#167 of 183 Re: 350z test results [gzoom]
Jun 24, 2007 (7:07 pm)
GT is "Grand Touring," isn't it? That would be the same here. You've got the coupe version?
I HAD the money to be in a 911 if I wanted, and I chose the Z convertible. It's not just a question of money, although of course both initial costs and maintenance costs for the Z are likely to be less. I just like the car better.
Where in England are you?
#168 of 183 Re: 350z test results [gzoom]
Jun 24, 2007 (10:19 pm)
Does the English Z have a more upscale interior, and I think I read the suspension is tuned differently? Do you have the new '07 motor (the VQ35HR) with the higher redline and more power? Sounds awesome, would love to see what it looks like, enjoy. Can you still get a late model "200SX" in good shape over there?
#170 of 183 Re: 350z test results [dat2]
Jun 30, 2007 (7:09 pm)
You will get better traction with an lsd regardless of the road conditions so long as the car has enough torque to spin the tires, turning or in a straight line. Open diff=one tire spinning, lsd=no tire spin, better acceleration. You're right.
#171 of 183 Re: 350z test results [dat2]
Jun 30, 2007 (7:15 pm)
...but the lsd might not have helped the slalom speed because the slalom tends to reward understeer and the lsd might have done the opposite, increasing oversteer. Unless the car was struggling for traction in the slalom, I don't think an lsd would have helped the time/speed.
#172 of 183 Re: 350z test results [montrose]
Jun 30, 2007 (7:58 pm)
You're wrong. A LSD will not prevent wheelspin when both wheels have equal traction.
My 2 BMW's and my Miata all had LSD's, and on wet pavement, I could easily spin the rear wheels and do donuts all day long - if I was so inclined.
#173 of 183 Re: I'll settle it... [accelerator]
Jul 03, 2007 (10:19 am)
I agree with your opinions. Good luck and go for it!
I couldn't wait any longer either so I just got a new 2007 s2k and totally love it! Particularly the sound of the engine and the way it feels when I drive it. Besides the price, these were the determining factors for me as well. It also fits me just fine and I'm only 5'2''.