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    Will I need to change my driving style with the Quattro?

    Serious question guys.

    Having not driven a Quattro or any type of 4x4 in the past (always FWD, oh and RWD on my VW camper), will i need to change my driving style when i pick up the A4 1.8T Quattro on saturday?

    Are there any foibles these cars have that i will need to get used to ?

    Anything i should be carefull about when driving that wouldnt of mattered in a FWD car?

    I'm looking forward to having some grip at junctions and roundabouts when pulling away in the wet

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    just keep your foot in!

    quattro (all 4wd for that matter) grip better when the power is on plus ESP will kick in if one wheel starts to spin
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    Avoid dropping the clutch too much, 2wd will spin but 4wd will lunch the clutch quite quickly
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    You will notice the weight difference for sure, but will find it just seems to keep gripping.

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    Agreed, they just grip and go!!

    I had oversteer once - I dont feel the need to repeat that moment
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    Quote Originally Posted by quattrojames View Post
    I had oversteer once - I dont feel the need to repeat that moment

    hell-yeah mine was at around 80 on a wide round-about - scared the be-jesus out of me
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    Quote Originally Posted by quattrojames View Post
    I had oversteer once - I dont feel the need to repeat that moment
    Humm, i experienced that years ago in my old Pug 309 gti, back tyres were rubbish and would breakaway on roundabouts and sharp bends untill i put a set of yoko's on all 4 wheels, then it stuck like it was on rails.

    Some arse in a BM had a big one infront of me on a roundabout a few weeks ago, i think it was done on purpose as he thought it was really funny to be pointing the wrong way on a roundabout in traffic

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    Only thing I can say is that you will be praying for some snow this winter when you realise how much grip you have.
    Remember that snow earlier in the year? Not a hint of wheel spin on an untreated road. I put my foot down and whoosh, I took off like nothing I had ever driven.
    Word of warning though, it will still stop like a normal car whatever the weather.
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    If you want oversteer just turn the esp off and hoof it in the wet
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xmay4444 View Post
    Word of warning though, it will still stop like a normal car whatever the weather.
    A very valid point, thanks for making it


    Quote Originally Posted by BILKO1 View Post
    If you want oversteer just turn the esp off and hoof it in the wet
    I don't thanks. Not on the public road at least!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BILKO1 View Post
    If you want oversteer just turn the esp off and hoof it in the wet
    Indeedy! If you don't turn off ESP and start getting oversteer you're probably a bit beyond even semi-reasoanble limits for the public road: 70-80 on dual carriageway junction roundabouts is the only time you can really get enough visibility and turn to do this! And that's NOT to say it's recommended.... if you find you new "driving style" is making this an issue on a regular basis, you might want to look at (1) anger managment classes and (2) a RS4 RARB - keeps the whole car VERY flat... works well in mine, even with my big V6 TDI up-front!

    The only thing to REALLY bear in mind is the comment about ramping up the revs and dropping the clutch.... not a good idea! Even with ESP off you'll put an unreasonable amount of strain on the clutch.... so always, left foot all the way out, THEN bury the right foot and just hang on
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    what sort of clutch upgrades can be done to allow this?
    i cant seem to find anyone who sells uprated clutches.

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    I've found I have plenty of grip for the available power

    As with "normal" cars, you will understeer if you plough into a corner too fast but keep it sensible and you shouldn't be able to phase the car. The only "fun" I have is in the wet with some mid corner 4 wheel drifting but other than that, it's very surefooted

    The quattro really came into it's own earlier on this year when we had the snow in the south and southwest - felt planted to the motorway even in the slush and a layer of the white stuff

    On the flipside, it's not as much fun as the 2WD with the occassional accidental wheelspin before the ESP kicks in and it is heavier

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nutkin View Post

    i cant seem to find anyone who sells uprated clutches.

    There's definitely kits for the 1.8T and i'm sure I've seen mention of 1.9TDI kits... it's the 325lb/ft / 440Nm on the 2.5TDI's that they don't seem to cater for...

    A seriously modifed 1.8T will be hitting 350lb/ft and I'm absolutely certain that MTM do clutch kits for the for 350-400bhp brigade.... i'm guessing that there's a more budget-friendly Sachs version for the much larger group of 250-300bhp 1.8T owners....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    Serious question guys.

    Having not driven a Quattro or any type of 4x4 in the past (always FWD, oh and RWD on my VW camper), will i need to change my driving style when i pick up the A4 1.8T Quattro on saturday?

    Are there any foibles these cars have that i will need to get used to ?
    Yes, I found that I had to get used to putting my hand in my back pocket much more and stopping whenever I saw a petrol station..

    Apart from that - you will love it.. And remember, the first few months are always for free!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lostbok View Post
    The only thing to REALLY bear in mind is the comment about ramping up the revs and dropping the clutch.... not a good idea! Even with ESP off you'll put an unreasonable amount of strain on the clutch.... so always, left foot all the way out, THEN bury the right foot and just hang on
    Second that - light throttle to get the car rolling then as soon as the clutch is fully in right pedal to the metal.

    The problem is that the grip of 4 tyres to the road is great enough that the clamping force needed to stop the clutch slipping is so large the clutch would have to be huge and probably wouldn't fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nutkin View Post
    what sort of clutch upgrades can be done to allow this?
    i cant seem to find anyone who sells uprated clutches.
    Clutchmaster make uprated clutches for the Audi range so do Southbend.
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