Vw Quantum Syncro Is A Fivecylinder Success Road Test Morning Call — Volkswagen Quantum

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Vw Quantum Syncro Is A Five-cylinder Road Test

June 14, | by LEONARD KUCINSKI, The Morning

Looks, as the cliche goes, can be Take this week’s car, the 1986 1/2 Volkswagen Syncro. At first glance even second and third) it to be a mid-size imported station It is cleanly styled and has a certain look about it. But nothing separates it, in appearance, from station wagons in this

But why a four-wheel drive or, as VW prefers to it, all-wheel drive, station Why not? The four-wheel drive has been growing over the couple of years and a good of those buying these are not in the least interested in off-road (as are the traditional four- wheel owners) but rather more in security under adverse conditions. And for this, you certainly need a truck-type vehicle.

The Quantum Syncro (test supplied by Lehigh Valley 1346 Lehigh St. Allentown) four-wheel drive system the driver does not have to a choice. There is no pondering to use four- wheel drive or drive. That decision has been made and there is the driver can do about it. Also, points out (correctly too) drivers of part-time four-wheel vehicles must learn two of handling characteristics, while of permanent four- wheel vehicles have the same ride and handling characteristics at all

Just to dispel the idea the driver of the Syncro is just stiff sitting there and the car do all the thinking, it should be noted the driver does have a of locking differentials when the gets tough via a dash-mounted knob. If the Syncro starts down in the snow, sand or the knob can bepulled to the first to lock the center differential. will equalize torque and aft, distribute power and, in addition to improving improve low-speed braking on slippery roads. If things get — such as when the is stuck or on the verge of getting the knob is pulled fully out to the center and rear differentials. should provide super (The front differential be locked since, obviously, would lock the steering.)

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The test vehicle did not handle most four-wheel drive (when engaged in four-wheel In fact, it handled like a sedan. But, then, is what VW claims it can do. With its four-wheel independent suspension struts up front, semi-trailing in the rear), low center of gravity clearance is only 5 inches), tires, the test vehicle around curves, corners and with a good deal of The ride is a bit firm but not overly so.

the vehicle is a fuel-injected 136 cubic five- cylinder engine at 115 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 126 foot torque at 3,000 rpm. gasoline engines are not really all common. In fact, this which was designed by Audi in (Audi is part of Volkswagen), is the one around. It is somewhat of a novelty but a running engine. What has fascinated me about this (whether in an Audi or VW) is that it has its own sound. It sort of growls. probably has something to do with the needed for balancing.

But, anyway, the engine run well and provides good for the Syncro. Helping to get the most out of engine is a smooth-shifting, close five-speed transmission. Play the right and you could get 0-60 mph in 10 seconds. VW claims a top track of 113 miles per hour. Like German cars, this one was designed for the Autobahn. The test averaged 15 miles per gallon for driving and 22 mpg over the highways. a compression ratio of only unleaded regular can be used. the vehicle has a big 18.5 gallon tank.

The Quantum Syncro has a wheelbase of inches, overall length of inches, width of 66.7 height of 57.5 and curb of about 2,900 pounds. room for five and plenty of The cargo area is rated at cubic feet and 71.9 feet with the rear folded. In typical Volkswagen the seats are firmer than other cars but quite

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