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post #5 of (permalink) Old 9th December 2006
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Most,if not all small 16 valve engines produce usable torque at a higher rpm than other engines,so consequently the gearing is lower to keep the engine in it's torque band.

3200rpm sounds pretty much spot on to me,although on a long journey it can become tiresome.

I'd rather push my Alfa than drive a BMW....
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