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    • Quattro vs. X-Drive - The Audi Q5 takes on the new X3 in a test of AWD prowess

      The video speaks for itself but we must say we were very surprised with this result. What happened to Quattro?

      This article was originally published in forum thread: Quattro vs. X-Drive - The Audi Q5 takes on the new X3 in a test of AWD prowess started by Sticky View original post
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      1. Footie's Avatar
        Footie -
        This is ridiculous, this test was clearly done to favor the X3 as the Q5 had improper tires. This is BMW propoganda.
      1. 600whp S4's Avatar
        600whp S4 -
        ummm women driver end of story when the x3 went up it had more momentum she got further up the ramp when she came to a complete stop.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Heh, ok, so the defense now is A. woman driver and B. tires.

        How about C. Quattro failed?
      1. smacky's Avatar
        smacky -
        ^^ Haha. They'll need to do something a bit more scientific than that. I dunno what, but a Top Gear-esque faceoff is in order, I think.
      1. fundahl's Avatar
        fundahl -
        I'm going to have to say Audi has the better AWD system. Some of their older cars are pretty beefy too. X-Drive by BMW is pale in comparison when it comes to actual performance driving. They only use it for "city-fide" vehicles. I'd stick to Subaru, Mitsubishi or Audi if I wanted an AWD sports car. Nissan only for their GTRs. I wouldn't buy a 911 with AWD.
      1. GTR-Dad's Avatar
        GTR-Dad -
        It's hard to believe the Audi wouldn't spin front and rear in zero traction conditions. Maybe it had an open diff and the far side was spinning, but had inadequate traction to get going.
        Woman driver? Who do you think these vehicles are made for?!

        When I was shopping for a winter 3 series car I read a great review where they drove each candidate up a mountain pass that was evenually closed due to snow. The winner was the one that got the furthest before it got stuck. Not very scientific either, but a lot of fun.
      1. 654's Avatar
        654 -
        Audi has Torsen central diff, which sends a multiplicative torque to the axle having more grip. In this case one axle senses zero torque and the differential sends 3 x zero power to the axle with grip. 3 x 0 is not too much... so you know the result without even watching the video...
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 654 Click here to enlarge
        Audi has Torsen central diff, which sends a multiplicative torque to the axle having more grip. In this case one axle senses zero torque and the differential sends 3 x zero power to the axle with grip. 3 x 0 is not too much... so you know the result without even watching the video...
        Very good insight, makes complete sense. So would you argue the X-drive system is superior?
      1. 654's Avatar
        654 -
        X-drive is superior for this test. However, no system is perfect, meaning that X-drive has its own weak points. Torsen differentials are quite nice in general.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 654 Click here to enlarge
        X-drive is superior for this test. However, no system is perfect, meaning that X-drive has its own weak points. Torsen differentials are quite nice in general.
        What would be those weaknesses?
      1. 6orNothin's Avatar
        6orNothin -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 600whp S4 Click here to enlarge
        ummm women driver end of story when the x3 went up it had more momentum she got further up the ramp when she came to a complete stop.
        I know some moms that leave dudes in the rear view. And i guess the test simulates getting stuck in a sink on a hill.......
      1. 6orNothin's Avatar
        6orNothin -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by smacky Click here to enlarge
        ^^ Haha. They'll need to do something a bit more scientific than that. I dunno what, but a Top Gear-esque faceoff is in order, I think.
        old video but ummmmmmmmmmmmmm.................

        X6 was drivin by a woman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      1. mserafim's Avatar
        mserafim -
        however there is the Cayenne Turbo S Click here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by mserafim Click here to enlarge
        however there is the Cayenne Turbo S Click here to enlarge
        Also, the new Cayenne turbo is much faster.