Martin Winterkorn, head honcho at Audi, announced a while back that Audi would move to rear-wheel drive platforms for its cars to endow them with more sporty handling balance. That was until the idea was vetoed by the head of Volkswagen, Mr Burnt Fishtrousers (Berndt Pischetstreider). The reason for this apparently is that Audi customers prefer front wheel drive and rear wheel drive would alienate them.
As an Audi owner, I disagree. If Audi is to truly fulfil its ambition to be a sporting car brand, then it needs to do something about having all of its vehicles' weight located over or infront of the front wheels. Moving the engine back in the B7 A4 by 4 cm is certainly a step in the right direction, but is hardly going to worry BMW or Mercedes-Benz?
So what do you think, fellow Audiphiles? (Please choose one)<FORM METHOD=POST ACTION="http://www.audi-sport.net/ubbthreads/dopoll.php"><INPUT TYPE=HIDDEN NAME="pollname" VALUE="1095189543drum">
Should Audis have front or rear wheel drive?
<input type="radio" name="option" value="1" />a. Stick with current front weight biased front-wheel drive layout
<input type="radio" name="option" value="2" />b. Move to 50-50 weight distribution via rear-wheel drive
<input type="radio" name="option" value="3" />c. Move to a more even weight distribution but maintain front-wheel drive
<input type="radio" name="option" value="4" />d. Doesn't matter so long as Quattro option is available
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