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What is the front end handling like?

SRRAE Nov 26, 2018

  1. SRRAE

    SRRAE Member

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    In all seriousness, in general what is the handling like on A4.
    I have a Technik and I've never been impressed with the handling. I came from a 2004 Mazda 6 and I feel that car handles noticabliy better than my A4.

    I particularly notice it on slow sharp corners.

    I doubt it is my tyres as previously I had Michelin tyres and now I have Dunlop Sport and the handling is what I would call sub par.

    Would you say there's something wrong with my car in gerneral is an A4 not the greatest handling car?
     
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  3. xpoweruk

    xpoweruk TTTS 8J Smile Machine Team Meteor quattro Audi TTS

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    Bigger rear ARB and a strut brace will help immensely
     
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  4. blueleggy

    blueleggy A4 B8.5 SE Technik Quattro

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    My A4 Technik is a quattro. The Audi quattro design has a very long transmission meaning the engine has to sit very far forward. I think that adversely affects the handling of mine.

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  5. desertstorm

    desertstorm Moderator Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User TDi quattro Audi A4 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    As above the A4 isn't a great handling car especially the non sporty versions. You can make a cheap strut bar for the front if you are a little bit handy and this does make a noticeable difference . Or just buy one but you are spending a lot more money.
    https://www.audi-sport.net/xf/threads/karls-3-0-tdi-build-thread.204785/page-12#post-2716681
    Thicker rear ARB certainly helps.
    The Bilstein B12 suspension set up is also very good and makes the basis for a much better handling car. German Ebay seems to be the cheapest place to find these.
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/EIBACH-B...A4-8K-B8-Avant-E90-15-011-01-22/311913982143?
     
  6. desertstorm

    desertstorm Moderator Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User TDi quattro Audi A4 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    Audi made a lot of changes with the B8 to try and move some of the weight back in the car. They adopted a novel approach by essentially moving the driveshafts in front of the clutch module. You can see more on this in SSP409, Page 25.
    https://cardiagn.com/audi-a4-2008-ssp-409-online/
     
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  7. blueleggy

    blueleggy A4 B8.5 SE Technik Quattro

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    Wow desertstorm, lots of interesting information in there. Not seen that document before.

    Graham
     
  8. SRRAE

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    Thanks for the replies.

    I just wanted to check to ensure its not something wrong with my car. I suppose that I presumed an Audi A4 would be better everywhere over my previous Mazda 6. I must say that everywhere else it is better, just not handling.

    Its a family car which is going to get used until its uneconomically viable to keep on the road, its not something that I want to spend several hundred to get a slight improvement.
     
  9. jakm15

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    My A4 B8 s line Avant feels pretty heavy on the corners like you have to fight it to turn.


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  10. Ibis Rob

    Ibis Rob Member Team Ibis Audi A4 Black Edition

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    My old B8 handled good but found it a little sloppy on some bends, moved into a B8.5 and this handles far better and more comfortable on rougher roads both cars had and have Sline suspension.
     

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