Posted by Evolution on November 11, 1998 at 19:14:55:
In Reply to: BMW 323i/328i VERSES Audi A4 1.8T/2.8 posted by Doug Thom on November 11, 1998 at 09:13:28:
You are comparing three totally different things in here man ...
Remember, RWD will only handle well in ideal conditions (very dry pavement and virtually no little sand on the road) and would require a very good driver to extract every bit of performance out of it. For example, in a drag race (which I know BMWs aren't made for ...) an AWD car is SOOO easy to launch ... there is bascially less than 1 second of wheel spin there and you just put out all the power on the floor easily. In addition, lets say when you turn in around a corner in a race, somtimes the track (or road?) is not PERFECTLY clean and dry, then the AWD would help while the RWD car oversteers and spins out ...
Speaking of FWD cars, hmm ... Many people have opinions saying how FWD cars will never handle as well as a RWD car. But what is Honda's legendary Integra Type-R doing over there? Why is it pulling 0.93g on the damn skid pad? Why did it beat a Supra, a NSX, a RX-7 on a little track when the other cars cost nearly twice the price? And why did the Honda Prelude SH pulled IN FRONT of the M3 on a bumppy skidpad (0.86g VS 0.85)? What does Honda continue to make FWD cars if they can't turn? The problem is that some companies don't know how to make FWD cars properly. A car with a good suspension geometry could EASILY over come the down side of a RWD or a FWD cars. Anyways, this tells us that RWD cars who only handle VERY well on a perfect environment. But then life is not always perfect.
Just my 2cents!
P.S. I don't favor any particular car myself, but I would say both 328 and A4 are nice cars and their handling are generally about the same.