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Re: Audi Kool-Aid, Pt. II (long)
Matt you are a brave man!!!!!!!!!!!!
As a fellow lister who regularly got flamed (less lately, with the exception
of 1 or 2 very UNDISGUISED listers), I can relate to your bravery making
I do remember Scott (of Q ship) making a similar statement a while back (yes
as far as I know, Scott is still alive).
Now comes my point:
in the hands of an average +- every day driver, a Q will perform BETTER than
a car not equipped with AWD.....(most of us fit in this category)....
in a racing condition (none stock, high power) the article agrees that the
AWD is superior due it its ability to deliver power via 4 wheels.....
From: Matt & Jenai <email@example.com>
To: Quattro List <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Saturday, January 24, 1998 7:07 PM
Subject: Audi Kool-Aid, Pt. II (long)
>Well I finally picked up the February 98 issue of Performance Car which
>everyone has been raving about. Frankly, unless you own an
>ur-quattro(20valve), the issue is a tad harsh from the Audi quattro (street
>1)There is an article charting the rise and fall of AWD in performance
>oriented sedans. The article believes the fall was a result of
>made in the handling of front and rear drivers, tire technology and
>electronics narrowing the gap without the added expense and weight of AWD.
>2)The article comparing great AWD performance cars of the past was very
>complimentary towards the ur-quattro. However, the article claims that
>of its attributes have turned into "glaring weaknesses with the current
>range of quattro models..."
>3)A long term test of the A4 2.8Q was not glowing. Not negative but the
>bottom line seemed to be that the car was a little boring and expensive.
>4)Last but not least (and the reason for my subject line), they did a
>comparison between an A6q and a fwd A6. The results were very surprising.
>Hell, in the original Kool-Aid posts I was arguing that a well designed rwd
>car with a lsd (bmw) will handle better than our quattros. Needless to say
>I was flamed (expected ;-)) Sargent even brought out the buzzer on me!
>Lots of talk about apples to oranges and other such stuff. Well here is
>bad news. In every single test the two cars were almost exactly even (1 or
>2 tenths of a second apart). On wet asphalt the q was .6 faster 0-30. On
>ice it was 4.5 faster. Those were the big differences. The disturbing
>parts are the results in the dry handling, wet handling, and slalom tests.
> The dry handling course "combines an 80mph lane change, two tight
>hairpins - one first gear, one second - and a tightening radius
>left-hander." In the dry the q did this in 69.5 sec. while the fwd did it
>in 69.6. The wet handling course was comprised of two tight left-handers,
>longer right-hander and three quarters of a lap of a large diameter circle
>that is at the hub of the testing ground's wet grip facility. The WET
>times: q 39.9, fwd 40.1. Wet lateral G was .70 for the q and .69 for fwd.
> The slalom results were 8.33 for the q and 8.29 for the fwd. The two
>drivers remarked that the cars felt very different. "The quattro felt much
>stiffer and dartier, but its tail broke away less progressively, making it
>harder to keep on the edge." The q killed a lot more cones when pushed.
> "Verdict: The advantage of 4wd in regular driving is clearly marginal
>in a 193hp car. In the dry the fwd A6 was virtually the equal of the q,
>even in the wet the q's measurable advantage was very slim.
> The q system doesn't increase the cornering grip on offer; it merely
>allows more torque to be used accelerating out of the corners, which isn't
>the same thing."
>1) Any increase in ability to come out of the turn is offset by added
>weight hurting both braking and acceleration (if it did this poorly against
>a fwd car imagine how it would do against a rwd car when the weight has
>shifted to the rear wheels coming out of the hole);
>2) The quattro system only reaps big benefits for dry handling in a high
>environment - BTCC, IMSA, etc.
>3) Brakes, balance, lack of weight shift, etc. are much more important
>awd when it comes to handling in street hp set ups.
>4) The quattros are more stable at 7 or 8/10s they are not more stable at
>the limit. A competent driver can hang the tail out on a rwd car and hold
>it. In my experience, a quattro does not have a gray area. The car is rock
>solid and then, if pushed really hard, it snaps.
>Nomex suit on :-)
>Matt Pfeffer - 89 tqw - stage II