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Regarding street-starts in a quattro (archive)

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Posted by J.Russ on November 14, 1998 at 12:37:20:

In Reply to: 328i vs Audi A4 2.8 quattro vs Prelude Type SH posted by david kelly on November 12, 1998 at 17:03:10:

Hey. I'm just a visitor for the board seeking enlightenment about what makes you 3 drivers tick, and I couldn't help but make note of your observation about quattro being "too slow for fast street takeoffs."

True, the quattro system is slower to 60 mph than the RWD bimmer. But, if handled properly, I don't think there's anything that can beat a quattro off the line. I own a manual 2.8 Avant w/ quattro and learned this the hard way. Waiting at a stop light, I revved the engine to ~3500 rpm, popped the clutch and nearly experienced whiplash. The wagon took off so quick, I felt as if I'd been rear-ended! There's *no* wheelspin in a quattro.

All in all, though, I love both the A4 and new/old 3s. They're both great cars that excel at what they're designed to do.

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