I recently traded in my 1997 A.4 2.8 Q for a 2002 A4 1.8 Q.
I love the new car. My old car had a 6 cylinder engine, but it was an
automatic. My "new" car has a 4 cylinder turbo, but it's a 5-speed.
Even though my new car is less powerful, it feels peppy to me and has
more than adequate power for me.
I don't customarily cruise long distances at 80 mph, but certainly do
go that fast, and sometimes slightly faster, for fairly long
stretches. Now, in my old car, I think the engine turned over
considerably slower at that speed. In this car, at 80 mph, the engine
is turning nearly 4,000 rpm. So, my question is, is it OK to cruise
at that engine speed? Will it hurt anything? Will my engine wear out
faster due to the increased rpm? Sounds awfully fast, but maybe I'm
just used to the 6 cylinder which cruised at a more relaxed engine
speed. I know the redline is like 6,500 rpm, so this should be OK,
but just wondering whether others have any insight?
Thanks for any comments. Love this car....