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Same time. The challenge with the cdi is that the power band is so narrow that there is a lot of shifting. This makes the car slow against the watch. The rev limit on the gas engines was 2000 RPM higher so you could hold the gears longer and that makes a big difference in the driving experience.
I drove a roadster-coupe in the suburbs of Paris in 2005 and it was adequate in acceleration with the 82 HP engine. With 60 it would have been a dog, even with it revving to 6500 RPM. With 60 HP but a 4400 RPM rev limit, not so much. The BRABUS version with 101 HP would make it a proper little sports car.
The tires on the roadster were wider than the fortwo so rolling resistance is also to be considered in addition to Cd and SCd as you rightly pointed out.
i just wouldn't consider that swap. The roadster to get is the coupe with 101 HP.
Most of you know me, I've even met a few of you, so not new to the group, but I am new to Nova Scotia. I moved to Pictou County a couple months ago.
So, do we have any members on the board here from NS?
Very interesting, I would have thought the drag coefficient of the roadster to be much better than the "brick" style of the fortwo.
For the sake of argument, while the drag coefficient of the normal fortwo is better than the Roadster, the frontal area of the 450 is 1500mm by 1510mm (2.265m^2) and the Roadster sits at 1192mm by 1615mm (1.925m^2).
(fortwo) 0.37*2.265 = 0.838
(roadster) 0.44*1.925 = 0.847
(roadster coupe) 0.38*1.925 = 0.732
In other words, the roadster would be about 1% less efficient in real aero drag and the roaster coupé would be just over 10% more efficient. Keeping in mind I didn't subtract the area under the car between the wheels just to keep things simple, and we're not factoring in the little bit extra rolling resistance from bigger tires on the roadsters etc.
The base roadster came with a 60hp 700cc petrol, so I don't think it's a stretch to imagine that a remapped CDI with a lot more torque than the gasser should have no trouble being at least similar in performance to the 700cc petrol, and in fact a remapped CDI in a roadster coupe body should be noticeably quicker than a stock CDI in a fortwo, even carrying around a large "passenger" (extra 100kg).
Did the regular roadster and the coupe come out at the same time, or did the coupe lag behind a bit?