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BMW vs Audi handling (was: Why?)

Actually in all recent comparos I've read the BMW has been described as
the most sports-like handling because of its RWD configuration. I have no
dispute with this. However when it comes to roadholding and cornering speeds
especially in the wet, quattro is all over BMW, which loses it in RWD
oversteer. With quattro safety is greater at same speed - the only problem 
is that quattro enthusiasts may be tempted to explore the (much) higher wet
weather grip and get into more trouble than they can handle. At least
RWD communicates loss of adhesion at a lower speed and tends to be easier
to correct and FEELS more fun - so we must be clear on what basis we 
are comparing Audi quattro vs BMW handling. 

In the dry I think there's very little to choose between them other than 
the *feel* of the handling which I am prepared to agree that the Beemer 
*may* be more fun. The Audi is just soooo competent it feels a little aseptic.

--------------------------original message------------------------------
> Date: Sun, 30 Mar 1997 06:03:42 -0500
> From: Allan Jones <ampj@tiac.net>
> Subject: Re: Why?
> > On Mar 21,  9:56am, Mike wrote:
> > > Just a quick question, but why do nearly all BMW drivers think that
> > > their car will out handle and out pace anything else on the road?
> "Why?" Because in capable hands I think(IOW, do not know) MANY BMWs
> WILL "out handle and out pace" ALMOST "anything else on the road." In
> almost every single comparison article I've ever read, the BMW in
> question will always be THE BEST HANDLING car of the lot. 

Greg Spark
Hamilton, New Zealand
'96 A4 1.8Tq 5sp MTM 187hp Ming Blue Mothered