Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2000 22:08:21 GMT
From: winstonnopsamail.com (Winston)
Subject: Re: Would Saabs be better as RWD?


While RWD cars might be more fun to chuck around on a track, there are fewer people who take their cars onto racetracks than SUV owners who go four-wheeling in their new chromed $40k land monster. FWD is every bit as fast in normal street driving, and given the packaging benefits of FWD, it is also more efficient. Saabs are supposed to be fun, well-performing cars, but the design goal is completely different than that of a Porsche, which is supposed to be a performance car first and foremost. People buy Saabs because they have great utility, are great in adverse driving conditions, are safe AND are fun to drive. You might not be able to keep up with a BMW at 9/10ths on a twisty road, but then again you probably shouldn't be driving that fast on public streets anyway. The bottom line is that it is very tough to get yourself in trouble in a Saab when it comes to handling dynamics. Nobody has ever gone ass-end first into the woods in a Saab. While there is always room for improvement, it seems like a fundimental change to RWD would not be in keeping with the spirit of the car. In article <8d2dgi$29c$1nopsam1.deja.com>, Porsche_S2 <mavallarinonopsameja.com> wrote: > I do prefer RWD over FWD. I have a lot of Porsches and mercedes in the > past and now a Saab. My only complaints are too much understeer, bad > gauge cluster, it comes with cup-holders (blah, you wont see real cars > (MBZ/Porsche/BMW with them), and it is front wheel drive. Maybe I have > to get used to it, but it sure handles like crap. If only they could > make a decent handleing car, they would do so much better. And what's > the use of 194/fpt when it is FWD? When it is wet out I have no control > of the car. FWD does what it wants to do, and there is no correcting it > unless you punch-it hard. There is no "go-cart" feel to FWD cars > either. Whats the fun of that. You drive to drive and only drive. Why > can't cars be more like the Germans. > > Other than that, the car has been great (power, reliability etc...) >

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