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A4 Quattro/Non-Quattro

Discussion in 'Handling' started by Rich, Jan 24, 2007.

  1. Rich
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    Rich Rollin on boost mother hubbards

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    Whats the different like in handeling between the 2? currently I have the non Quattro and I get the feeling somtimes theres too much power for just them front wheels on there own. I mean its possible to wheel spin in 2nd gear in this car :p

    IS the different in the 4WD worth thinking about selling my 2WD and grabbing a Quattro?

    Are there any benefits to having a 2WD > a 4WD/RWD ?

    I think it might just be a case of the grass is always greener on the other side :D
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    for a while we had two 1998 a4 avant tdi's same engine (AFN 110) but one quattro one normal.

    first point is that the quattro had sport suspension - and I think its the case that all quattros had sport (1BE) suspension.

    the 2wd felt a little nippier (but the quattro had an aftermarket maf which I think impacted - it was solid rather than thin wire)

    handling wise the awd won hands down. even my wife could tell the differece and prefered the awd.

    I would go with the awd every time.
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    Recently drove a 2wd 56 plate A6 2.7tdi while my 51 plate 2.5tdi quattro was in dock. No comparison 4wd better. More grip, no wheelspin, just feels more planted on the road.
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    I second that.
    Just got my pug 205 gti road rally car back on the road. Obviously totally different car to my a4 2.5 tdi quattro but i can full power round wet corners in the audi and pull away from standstill in wet weather with no spin. Whereas with the pug in wet weather especially i have to play with the throttle in order to avoid under/over steer when cornering and i've also forgotten how incredibly easy it is to wheel spin.

    4wd is great and makes driving a whole lot easier but it may take some of the fun/skill out of driving.
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    Yeah, main reason I ask is having jsut got my A4 B5 I'm kinda wondering how much I can throw it about before I wipe out and die :p

    Before that I had the Astra sport hatchback, which had TC and was quite nimble and you could just chuck it into corners etc with no worries. I guess its as its a new car ya just need to get used to it and learn the limits without causing pain :p
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    I have a quattro A4 and its grip is immense, I have never managed a wheelspin (maybe the engine isn't powerful enough)
    I went round a roundabout like a madman the other night and because it was freezing the car slid sideways, but only for about 2 seconds, the ESP kicked in and it was like a huge hand had come out of the sky and put my car back on the correct path minus the slide, it was amazing. Quattro and ESP rocks!
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    Yeah, I'm jellous of that now :)

    I think I may save up a few K over the next few months and see if I can get a part exchange somwhere and swap mine for a Quattro!
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