[A4] new / used a4

Rocky Mullin caliban at sharon.net
Sat Jul 8 14:31:45 EDT 2006

	i don't doubt at all that a cherokee when prepped with autocrossing
in mind can perform well.

At 10:20 AM -0700 7/8/06, Ken N wrote:
>My absurd comment about the Jeep Cherokee needs to be couched a
>1. A Cherokee modified for autocrossing comes in under 3100
>pounds. That substantially lighter than my loaded V6 A4..
>2. The suspension is lowered multiple inches and has minimal
>3. Autocrossing rarely has high speed curvy sections.
>4. The in-line six-cylindar engine has an incredible torque
>5. 4WD. You can throttle-steer this beast very nicely and get in
>the throttle off the curves long before you can with most
>cars--especially FWD. It's nasty going into the corners--but as
>soon as it is rotating you are able to jump on the throttle
>6. Short wheelbase, stiff unibody construction. The Classic
>Cherokee is actually a pretty small and lightweight vehicle.
>7. Racing tires ain't Goodyear Wranglers.
>The premise of my claim is restricted to autocrossing
>conditions. Tracks are a bit different because you'll have wider
>sweeping corners where 50/50 balance, aero and suspension design
>are so critical. Even so, the Cherokee hangs in there pretty
>well, but it scares you to death.  It's not reassuring at all.
>That leaf rear suspension is horrid, but a heavy-duty anti-roll
>bar really helps--but then gives you a push condition.
>My 1988 RX-7 convertable was an awesome car at higher-speed
>handling. The Audi can't even compare to that.
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